Lamai beach is a much smaller shopping zone than Chaweng so it doesn't have quite as much choice but theres still plenty to keep you occupied. The prices in Lamai tend to be quite a lot cheaper than Chaweng and there is less of the hard sell! Lamai also has some really funky shops selling individual and unusual items, great for the perfect present
BanSoi Gemstones/Mr Samui's
Walking into Mr Samui's is like walking into Aladdin's cave. Silver, gold, gems, trinkets, ornaments and scarves are in every corner and littering every surface. There are bracelets, anklets, necklaces, rings and earrings made out of every metal and precious gem imaginable! Choose from one of the thousands of pieces in the display cases or you can have your own design made up. Once you've finished browsing, take a load off and relax on the Thai style floor cushions. You can also eat here or just enjoy a drink and soak up the atmosphere. Open from 9 am. till late every day. South Lamai Beach Road.
If you want a beautiful unique piece of jewellery, then head to Dreamcatcher near Hinta HinYai. The owner and jeweller Pin handcrafts every item himself. He can also create your own design or help you design something special. Dreamcatcher sells silver jewellery inlaid with with precious gems such as turquoise, amber and island shells. As well as jewellery they have a selection of gorgeous leather bags studded with turquoise stones. Great as a gift or for treating yourself. Open from 9 am. every day. Opposite HinTa HinYai, Route 4169. Telephone : 0862667572.
Owned and run by jewellery designer Sumetta Sangouthai, Exotica is well worth checking for top quality, unique souvenirs of your visit to Koh Samui. Located just up the road from one of the island's biggest tourist attractions, the phallic rocks Hin Ta and Hin Yai, Exotica specialises in jewellery which is handmade by Sumetta and which includes a range of eye-catching stones and settings. Bracelets, necklaces and earrings are all available for as little as 700 Baht. There's also a funky selection of colourful Chiang Rai bags on sale and stunning limited edition hand tinted photos from celebrated, Samui-based photographer, Claudio Cerquetti. Lamai Beach, on the way to Hin Ta Hin Yai.
Ginger is a funky little boutique that opened in 2006. They have a beautiful selection of trinkets, clothes and jewellery. They also sell shoes and accessories and everything is reasonably priced. Ginger is a great place to go if you're looking for something pretty but different. Open 9 am. till 8pm every day. Hin Ta Hin Yai, Route 4169, Lamai. Telephone : 065869334
Island books is one of the best second hand book shops on the island. Paul the owner is fastidious about the quality of books he puts on his shelves so you are guaranteed that your book won't fall apart as soon as you open it. The bookshop is very well organised and easy to navigate and Paul is always on hand to give advice and answer questions. Island books has a large range of books in English, French and German and a small selection of other languages. You can choose to buy or rent your book and Paul will also buy your old books from you. All the books are priced very reasonably at around 150 to 180 baht per book. Open 9 am. till 8 pm. every day. Near Buddy Beer bar, Route 4169, Lamai.
This cave like shop is not much to look at from the outside but there are some wonderful finds to be had inside the gloom. The shop is packed to the gills with stunning teak furniture, ornate carvings and religious idols in metal and wood. Be prepared to barter hard in here though- the owner is stubborn! Open from 9 am. every day. Route 4169, opposite Wat Lamai.
Samui Hotclub also has a store in central Chaweng beach selling good quality cheap clothing. They have a great range of tourist favourites such as Thai fisherman's trousers, kaftans and printed sarongs. Hotclub also stocks some more expensive hand painted and embroidered sarongs and a good selection of accessories. Everything is fixed price so don't try bartering in here. Open 10 am. till late every day. Lamai Beach road and Chaweng Beach road. Telephone : 077232276
Hin Ta Hin Yai Stalls
Next to the famous grandmother and grandfather rocks in southern Lamai are a group of stalls selling a range of goods. The atmosphere here is great fun with a one man band playing Thai tunes as you browse. These stalls are one of the best places to pick up traditional coconut wood carvings and shell ornaments. Try not to buy the coral or larger shells as this encourages reef damage and bringing coral into your home country can land you in hot water! Try the local Thai caramel and coconut sweet desserts as well they are absolutely delicious and a great gift for friends back home. Hin Ta Hin Yai, Route 4169.