What is the Koh Samui Sunday night market?
The Koh Samui sunday night market, a cross junction of four streets filled with energy, atmosphere, food and goods stalls. This is the ultimate Koh Samui Market. Two of the Lamai night market’s streets of mouth-watering food and the other two sell gifts, electrical and clothing items. I enjoyed every minute of scanning the goods of what is probably Thailand’s best night market. The Koh Samui Sunday night market attracts visitors from all over the Thai island. I didn’t know there was that many people on this island, until I seen them all gathered at the best night market on Koh Samui.
There is a lot of top markets on Koh Samui, but this is definitely the best one to check out. The island itself is quite big, so the best to travel around Koh Samui is by scooter. If you are on Koh Samui then you should check out the best beaches on Koh Samui. This island has some amazing beaches, you will get to see on of them when you visit this epic Koh Samui market. If you are travelling from Bangkok to Koh Samui then you should get the overnight train.
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There is plenty of stalls on this epic Koh Samui Market and no matter what you are looking for you will surely find it here. I desperately needed a phone case and I found one on this mega market for just 80 BHT. Don’t worry if you can’t find what you are looking for on the Lamai night market as there are plenty of other markets on Koh Samui. Even if you are not looking to buy anything, the markets on Koh Samui are definitely worth visiting to get involved with the vibrant atmosphere and fun. Don’t worry about the stall holder’s begging for a sale, everyone is really friendly and you are free to look at the goods at your own pleasure.
In this post you will get everything you need to know about the Koh Samui’s Lamai night market and all the other best markets on Koh Samui. Let’s look what’s in this post about one of the best things to do in Koh Samui;
- What is sold on the Koh Samui sunday night market
- The time the Koh Samui sunday night market starts and where is the Lamai night market
- What other things to do in Koh Samui near the Lamai night market
- A look at the Chaweng night market
- Hotels on Koh Samui
- Other markets on Koh Samui
What is sold on the Koh Samui Sunday night market?
Expect epic low prices on all goods on the Lamai night market in Koh Samui. I couldn’t believe how cheap the food is. Even on a backpacking budget, I got to eat loads and it only cost me $3. You can get chicken skewers for $0.40, fruit shakes for $1 and pick up a Tshirt for $2. The Koh Samui Sunday night market so much to offer you and you are sure to find any sort of gift you want.
Some of the stuff on the Lamai night market isn’t all that, but can find some bargains. Remember your bartering on the night market! The locals always start the price higher than what they expect you to pay.
Let’s have a look at what’s sold on the Koh Samui markets for shopping.
Meats and seafood on the Koh Samui sundaty night market
First of all, don’t worry about eating street food in Koh Samui or Thailand. I know some people think they may get food poising, but honestly I had plenty and I wasn’t ill once. The food is actualy really tasty and at amazing prices. Okay now that;s out of the way let;s continue.
I love chicken and there must be half of Thailand’s cooked chicken on the Koh Samui Sunday night market. It’s everywhere and at great prices. There’s also every other meat you think of on the Lamai night market. I saw crocodile meat, crickets and squid. Some people was loving the squid on a skewer, that ain’t for me though. I picked up what must have been at least half a chicken, for just under $2. It was mega tasty. What ever meat or seafood suits your taste, you’re sure to find it on this sweet night market and at very low price. Don’t forget the restaurants on Koh Samui are still open when the night markets are on, so you can nip into one of the cafes if you prefer meats from one of Koh Samui market street restaurants.
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Epic Treats on the Koh Samui night market
ice cream, chocolate pancakes and fresh fruit shakes. The Lamai night Koh Samui market sells it all and you won’t believe how cheap it is. You can pick up a coconut ball for $0.15, it’s crazy. The pancakes are a big hit on the Koh Samui night markets. They’re mostly all $1 and you can have them with whatever toppings you want. For chocolate lovers there’s nuttella. For healthier option there’s banana and pancake, they’re all real tasty! I got my flavour on with the Thai famous coconut ice cream, it was amazing! Coconuts are popular in Thailand and the Thai locals make all sorts with this tasty treats; coconut ice cream, coconut juice, coconut oil, coconut curry and what ever else they can make use of a coconut for.
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Electrical and phone accessories on all the markets on Koh Samui
Need a new phone case? Or a new Bluetooth speaker to play some vibes on the Koh Samui beach? I love these kind of stalls on the Koh Samui markets, it’s crazy how good the copies. For example, the Dre beats earphones are sold here and they look and sound like the originals! Grab yourself a bargain at one of the epic markets on Koh Samui. The Koh Samui night market has it all:
- Phone cases
- Phone accessory kits
- Screen covers
There are some amazing gifts on all the Koh Samui Thai markets and the Lamai night market provides some of the best.
You can pick up unique items for the home, gifts for the family and things such as cool quirky bags. We picked up a local handmade Thai bag for $1.
One of my favourite items they sell is the wet bags. They’re very cheap and provide so much use. They’re perfect for on the Koh Samui beaches or day trips and they will always keep your stuff dry.
There’s plenty of clothes/shoes for men, women and children. You can pick up a local hand-made vest for $2 or why not got a Nike (copy) vest for the same price.
The Koh Samui markets sell a lot of copies of worldwide big name brands. But, to be fair they’re really good quality. Nevertheless, you can grab some great clothing from the Koh Samui Sunday night market.
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What time does the Koh Samui Sunday night market start and where is this Kh Samui market?
I turned up to the Koh Samui night market at around 4:30pm and the stalls was just setting up.
The actual start time of the Lamai Sunday night market is: 5:00pm.
The finish time of the Koh Samui Sunday night market is: around 11:00pm.
The Lamai night market is easy to find, its situated next to Lamai beach and you will easily see the big crowds gathering to get their hands on some tasty food. The market is not a massive area and you can walk from one end to the other in roughly 10/15 minutes. However, the stalls make good use of the space available and make sure the streets are jam-packed with goods for you to browse at. They block the restaurants view to the street but the restaurant do stay open, hoping the visitors ignore the tasty street food and call in to them instead. NO CHANCE 🙂
Use the map to see where the Lamai night market is located.
What else is near the Koh Samui sunday night market, Lamai?
There are some cool other things to see and do near the Lamai night market.
Visit Koh Samui’s best gym
I got a session in at the Ultra bodies gym, the cost is of the Koh Samui gym is 200 Baht ($6). It was quite expensive due to it being a newly renovated gym. It’s a mega gym and provides everything you need for keeping healthy and fit whilst visiting Koh Samui. I think there may also be a Thai boxing gym nearby too, you will find Thai boxing gyms scattered all over Koh Samui.
Koh Samui’s Lamai Beach
Lamai beach is one of Koh Samui’s most popular beaches. The beach on Lamai is a great chill out area on a Sunday night. We joined other ‘chillers’ on the beach with our treats from the Lamai market and filled our faces while the sun went down. Lamia beach is also a great place for something to do in the day on koh Samui. You can have a snorkel or swim in the sea. It’s all also a beach with a good atmosphere due to it being one of the more popular beaches on Koh Samui.
Restaurants in Koh Samui’s Lamai
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There are plenty of great restaurants in Koh Samui and some of them are behind the Lamai Sunday night food market. They’re all very quite, because everyone is going mad for the food stalls on a Sunday night.
You can access the Lamai beach from the Sunday night food stand street, it’s best to get yourself a treat and then go kick it on the beach.
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What about the Chaweng Night Market on Koh Samui?
I have been to the Chaweng night market and to be fair it’s a good market. However, I think the Lamai night market is better and there’s more options of goods and food on Koh Samui’s best night market.
The Chaweng food night market is open 6 days a week, so it’s worth visitng both this and the Lamia night market. The Chaweng night market opens Monday to Saturday, from 5pm – 11pm.
Accommodation in Koh Samui
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There are literally loads of places to stay in Koh Samui and you will easily find one near the Sunday night market in Lamai. I stayed at Rich Resort which is a 5 minute walk from night market. This is also one of the best hotels in koh Samui, its located on the beach and you can get a private room here for $11 a night. This accommodation is perfect for backpackers and those looking for a budget room in Koh Samui that is near the beach.
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There is plenty of hotels on Koh Samui that is suited for everyone type of holiday to one of Thailand’s best islands. There is hotels on Koh Samui with all-inclusive, with pools, spas, gyms and more. Also, you can find hotels near Koh Samui’s fisherman’s village and hotels near Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach. Let’s look at some of the best hotels on Koh Samui;
Koh Samui markets and the days they’re on
There are a few other great markets on Koh Samui, each night of the week for you to enjoy. Each one offering you a unique experience of things to do on Koh Samui. Whether you enjoy Thai gifts, Thai food or just fancy a look the Samui night markets, there is something on these epic stalls for everybody. When visiting the Koh Samui markets, always remember your bartering skills!
Koh Samui market on a Tuesday: Chaweng night market
Wednesday: Choeng Mon night market
Thursday: Mae Nam night market
Friday: Fisherman’s Village night market
Saturday: Nathon night market
Sunday: Lamai night market
Things to know about the Koh Samui markets
- Always remember your bartering skills, stall holders expect you to knock them down on the price! You need to grab yourself a bargain and this means using a little persuasion. Don’t worry about feeling bad, they expect it 🙂 this is a standard thing with the markets on Koh Samui
- Sometimes there is live entertainment on the markets, such as singers and other acts. They actually fun and brings a good atmosphere to Koh Samui.
- If you go to the night markets a little later on, you maybe able to get the prices of the goods even lower. I wouldn’t expect cheap prices when the Samui night markets first open.
- If you a buying more than one on anything, this includes food. Then you should ask for maybe a free item. I have done this many times and a lot of the times I do get one or more free if I am buying for example, four t-shirts.
Video of the Koh Samui Sunday Night Market
Make sure you visit the best night market on koh Samui or one of the many other top markets on Koh Samui and be sure to bag yourself a bargain and taste some epic food. There is plenty of things to do on Koh samui, but the night markets are a perfect way to end a great day on one of Thailand’s best islands to visit.
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