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Night Markets in Koh Samui

A comprehensive guide to Koh Samui Markets

Top 6 Night Markets in Koh Samui

Walking street markets are very popular in Thailand and one of the attractions you can’t miss on the island. You can find a night market in Koh Samui every day of the week with food, souvenirs and street performances. Below, there is a selection of our 6 favorites Koh Samui night markets including:

  • Fisherman´s Village Market in Bophut
  • Lamai Night Market in the Southeast of the island
  • Maenam Walking Street on the North
  • Choeng Mon Night Market located on the Northwest tip of Samui
  • Chaweng Night Market on the East in busy Chaweng
  • Central Festival Market, next to the popular Chaweng shopping mall

There is at least one night market, placed on a walking street, each day of the week. These markets gives you an excuse to visit different locations on the island.  Explore Koh Samui nightlife, try the local street food and buy some souvenirs. Each location has its own charming vibes and gives you an opportunity to meet and mix with Thai people, taste their food and have fun with their local entertainment. If you travel with kids night markets are a great choice for the evening because the streets are close to traffic. 

It is common to find, street performances, concerts and other entertainment shows. Local restaurants and bars Koh Samui remain open too and the atmosphere is fenomenal.

Walking street markets in Samui are a great way to kick off the evening, don´t miss them!

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Food Tips in Thai Markets

Watch the locals: chances are the food is yummy if a stand has queues or you find the nearby tables packed with locals. Safe bet it’s tried, tested, tasty. Go for it!

Trust your eyes: if it looks and smells yummy, it probably is. Try anything that you expect delicious. There are fruits and dishes you probably have never seen before Once you’ve sampled a bunch of harmless-looking dishes, you’ll have confidence to have a bite of something more daring…

If you feel courageous enough, you may taste delicacies including crocodile, scorpion, spider, grasshopper and worms. They say it taste like chicken!

Bring the fire brigade: it’s always good to have a cold beer or iced coconut close by, just in case things get a little hotter than  expected. 

The right heat: 

Not spicy – mai pet. A bit spicy – pet nit noi. Spicy – pet. Very spicy – pet pet.

Food Tips in Thai Markets

Shop around: Take your time visiting a few stands and asking for some prices before making your decision. There is a good chance you may find 2 or 3 stands selling same or similar articles. Compare prices before buying.

Same same: beware of paying too much for poor quality imitations!

Expect to haggle: This is Thailand, and haggling in the market is part of the “charm”. After days haggling you will probably hate it but do it or you may pay 2 or 3 times the price. As a rule of thumb slash the price in half or more if you think they are pitching too high and let the fun started.

Note: Be sensitive when negotiating Buddha images, Thais may find offensive going too hard haggling with religious items. 

Local artists: Many stands found at night markets in Koh Samui and other Thailand Night Markets sell similar stuff. The same souvenirs, carvings and clothes. The hidden gems are among local artists. Some of the local artists may be located on the sides or in studios out of sight. Open your eyes and look for local artists for paintings, jewellery and other ornaments. 

Coconut is the local specialty material for ornaments. You will find plenty of beautiful and ingenious carvings made off coconut shells including painted bowls, lamps, hangers, toys, etc

Fisherman´s Village Night Market

FISHERMAN'S VILLAGE KOH SAMUI

The biggest walking street market in Koh Samui. It goes from the Wharf to the end of the Fisherman's walking street and offers an array of street food selection, drinks, souvenirs, street performances, restaurants and shops to keep you busy for hours.


Fisherman´s Village Night Market offers so many options for the visitor! The area it is packed with local restaurants, bars and shops, you can have a walk on the beach, dine on the sand, enjoy local performers, see a magic show for the little ones... Don´t miss the Friday!


Best for:

Families with children

Organic food

Spending the whole evening


Opening Hours:

Friday (main day) & Monday (food only)

5PM to 11PM


Location:

Fisherman's Village, Bophut

Street Markets in Koh Samui

LAMAI NIGHT MARKET

One of the busiest walking streets in Koh Samui. Street food with big selection of local and international specialties as well as restaurant and bar terraces. Frequent street performances and abundant souvenirs make Lamai night market a great plan for a Sunday evening.


Lamai area is a bit less developed than Chaweng or Bophut, therefore the night market is a bit more "authentic". As popular among visitors as locals and Thais. Street performances, plenty of souvenirs available and local street food.


Best for:

Souvenir hunting

Street performances

Spending the whole evening


Opening Hours:

Sundays

5PM to 11PM


Location:

Lamai Beach Road

Maenam Walking Street

MAENAM WALKING STREET

A Koh Samui market with direct access to Maenam beach and a good selection of street foods. There is a popular Chinese Shrine Temple walking down the road towards the beach. Chinese Celebrations are the perfect time to visit Maenam Market. Don't miss it during Chinese New Year.


Maenam beach tends to be quieter than others in the north side of the island. If you want to grab some food and have a sunset walk on the beach Maenam Walking Street is a good choice. 


Best for:

Visiting Maenam Beach

Sunset views of Koh Phangan

Chinese celebrations


Opening Hours:

Thursdays

5PM to 11PM


Location:

China Town, Maenam

Choeng Mon Night Market

CHOENG MON NIGHT MARKET

A miniature floating market theme perfect to chill out with live music and a relaxing atmosphere. Take a table at the lake or take away some delicious street Thai food. Choeng Mon Market just finished some renovations and so it looks and feel better than ever!


Choen Mon Night Market is a small market, great to have dinner at one of the nearby restaurants or grab some food. We recommend staying for the market for dinner after a beach day in Choeng Mon Beach!


Best for:

Take away food

Relaxing around the lake

Relaxing atmosphere


Opening Hours:

Wednesdays

5PM to 11PM


Location:

Choeng Mon, around Muang Samui Hotel

Chaweng Night Market

CHAWENG NIGHT MARKET

Chaweng Night Market is mainly for dining. Presented as a large outside food court, it offers a fantastic array of dining options including Thai and International styles. Opened almost every day! If you just want to get some street food in the area, Chaweng Night Market is a good option. There are tables and chairs to sit and enjoy your food.


Koh Samui nightlife is specially vibrant in Chaweng. The night market is great place to start. You can follow with a Muay Thai fight night or some party time in the clubbing area nearby!


Best for:

Mainly dining

Value for money

Street food court style


Opening Hours:

Mondays to Saturdays

5PM to 11PM


Location:

Behind Star Gym, Chaweng

Central Festival Night Markets in Koh Samui

CENTRAL FESTIVAL MARKET

This night market is a great excuse to spend a Wednesday afternoon shopping at Central Festival mall in Chaweng. The market has a wide selection of street food. Tables and chairs are available to enjoy your food or cocktail. There are live performances from local bands on market days!


Central Festival it is the most exclusive shopping mall in Koh Samui. Plenty of shopping options, cinema, restaurants and children play area. Tip: There is a free parking area in the mall to park your car.

Find cars to rent here.


Best for:

Shopping day

Families with children

Visiting Central Festival in Chaweng


Opening Hours:

Wednesdays

5PM to 11PM


Location:

Central Festival Chaweng, parking lot

Map Guide for Each Night Market in Koh Samui

Our monographic map to find more details about each Koh Samui night market. Do you have suggestions? Reach out!

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Koh Samui Night Markets
Food at market stands
Night Markets in Koh Samui
Delicious Sweet Thai Roti

ONE OF OUR FAVORITES FOOD STANDS

This video was taken at Choeng Mon Night Market. KohPlanner’s Team is a regular at this particular stand on Wednesdays. We love their stir-fry dishes like the “Pad Kee Mao” we ordered here. They have a selection of skewers, seafood, oysters and BBQ specialties.

Bon appetite!