The major villages of Chaweng, Nathon, Lamai and Maenam all have central commercial districts. For daytime shopping most people head for Nathon, where a wide variety of shops are open all day. Chaweng Center's night market, located along
Chaweng's main street and surrounded by many restaurants, stays
open well into the evening.
Many souvenirs, clothes, jewelry etc. are
produced on mainland Thailand and brought to Samui. By comparison to Bangkok or
Chiang Mai some products may not seem like the bargains you had hoped they would
be. But they're still likely to be less expensive than they are where you live!
Try to make the best purchase possible by getting a fair price.
Many labor intensive items are produced
locally, such as custom tailoring, and some of the handmade crafts found on the
market. There are also several jewelry manufacturers on the island. Many of
these items can be bought at very favorable prices.
A bargaining tip:
Smile when you say "That seems a little expensive!" Thai merchants do
not respond well to aggressive, loud, or insistent tactics. You may consider
yourself a good negotiator, but remember that in the Land of Smiles, the
friendlier and calmer you remain, the better deal you are likely to get.