Chaweng is a little more pricey than Nathon town but the choice here is vast. Up and down both sides of the beach road are hundreds of stalls selling watches, DVDs, CDs, clothes, shoes, sunglasses - you name it they sell it in Chaweng! The standard of the copies in Chaweng tends to be pretty good but be prepared to bargain quite hard with the vendors. There are also name brand stores selling international brands at a fraction of the western price. The best way to shop in Chaweng is just start walking and see what grabs you!
Australian Bikini Shop - Life's a beach
The Australian Bikini Shop now has 2 locations on Chaweng beach road. Selling imported popular bikini brands, this is the store to hit if you want high quality long lasting swimwear. They stock all the latest fashions and trends with well known brands such as Seafolly and Wahine in sizes ranging from 6-18. This shop is quite expensive by Thai standards, due to the name brands and quality but you still save money compared to western prices. Open 11am till 11pm every day. Central Chaweng Beach road, Telephone: 077422630
You can find Bookazine stores throughout Thailand and Chaweng beach has two already with another planned for Lamai in the near future. If you need a book to read by the pool, Bookazine has a great selection ranging from the latest international bestsellers, trashy novels and even the classics. Alongside some beautiful hand painted greetings cards, they also sell most western newspapers and magazines. The chain stocks a huge range of different guide and information books about Thailand, covering everything from the language to the food. Open from 10am till 10pm every day. Central and Northern Chaweng Beach Road. Telephone: 077413616
Boots is a well known British pharmacy chain, stocking everything from makeup and suntan lotion to medicine. Boots stocks many western brands at reasonable prices and certainly a bit cheaper than at home. There is a fully qualified pharmacist on hand to answer any questions and give advice - although keep in mind this is Asia and you will always be offered the most expensive option first! There are two Boots stores in Chaweng, one in the centre near Tropical Murphy's and the second in the northern end of Chaweng. Open from 10am every day. Central Chaweng beach road. Telephone: 077413724
Central Shopping Arcade
Very smart shopping arcade attached to Central Samui Beach Resort, that's well worth a look for genuine brand goods. Jim Thompson probably needs no introduction and, as elsewhere in the Kingdom, specialises in high quality Thai silk clothes and accessories. Oriental Gallery sells a wide range of authentic Thai and South East Asian antiques at authentically expensive prices. Magistral sells Italian bikinis in a full range of Western sizes. Splash sells golf gear, G-shock watches, Man U clothing and local brand surfwear. Try Out has some very elegantly designed handmade silver jewellery. The owners of Armani Suits International may have been nowhere near Milan recently, but the shop is still one of the best tailors in Chaweng and has an excellent selection of international fabrics to choose from. Finally, for visitors in need of a decent haircut, Jack Holt is up to international standards. Central Samui Beach Resort, Chaweng.
Chandra is a boutique clothes store selling exotic finds from all over Asia, including Bali and India. They also stock a lovely range of their own designs. As well as clothes Chandra has jewellery, accessories and a small home ware range. There are some great items in Chandra, although they can be quite expensive due to the unique nature of the pieces. The main store is next to Tropical Murphy's in central Chaweng and the smaller second store is in southern Chaweng near Poppies. Open 11am till 10pm. Central Chaweng. Telephone: 066063639
D&D Framed Asian Arts
As the name suggests, D&D sells hand framed antiques from all over Asia. The pieces are all mounted on a Thai silk backing and are high quality, if a little pricey, souvenirs. Pieces are bought from all over the continent and include everything from Burmese opium pipes and Thai Buddhas to Japanese ceramic erotica and Chinese Feng Shui compasses.
The shop has over 180 pieces in stock at any one time, all between 20-65 years old. Certificates of origin and all the necessary paperwork are provided to ensure a swift passage through customs. South Chaweng, Behind Armani Suits.
Owned by British expat Maggie, ESP opened its doors earlier this year. The shop sells funky clothes for men and women hand selected by Maggie from around Thailand. The T shirts, jeans and other items come in a good range of sizes. ESP is an internet café and restaurant as well as being a clothes store, so once you've finished browsing you can grab a bite to eat or check your email. Open 5pm till late. Soi Colibre, Chaweng Beach Road. Telephone: 0873806153 for more information
Golden House has been open for over 22 years now and is one of Koh Samui's most reliable jewellers. They have an impressive array of gold, white gold, silver jewellery and precious gems. There are thousands of pieces to choose from inside the large showroom or you can design your own creations. Golden House has its workshop on the premises and you can watch the craftsmen as they work. As well as buying and selling jewellery, Golden House can also make adjustments and repairs on anything from watches to wedding rings. They offer a free pickup service from your hotel. Open from 9am every day. Chaweng Lake Road. Telephone : 077413531
Samui Chiang Mai Art and Deco
This small shop in central Chaweng has an amazing array of antique Thai furniture and art. The pieces come mainly from Chiang Mai and are all hand selected. They can help with international delivery questions regarding the larger items and they also have smaller choices suitable for gifts. Open from 11 am. every day. Chaweng Beach Road.
Samui Golf & Sport Centre
For all your golfing needs on holiday and for some great discounts on international brands, head to Samui Golf and Sports Centre near Tesco Lotus. They stock brands such as Titleist and King Cobra alongside a vast sports wear selection and compared to western prices everything is a bargain! As well as clothes the store sells shoes, bags and of course golf clubs. Open from 9 am. every day. Route 4169, Next to Tesco. Telephone : 077246191
By far and away the best opticians on Samui and certainly one of the best in the country - as the shops long list of Bangkok based customers can testify to. Using all the latest hi-tech optical equipment, Sawang offers free eye tests and stocks a comprehensive selection of top of the range ultra thin plastic lenses and very reasonably priced designer frames. The shop has been the best seller of Raybans in Thailand for the past four years. It also stocks a full range of Oakley, Dolce and Gabbanna, Gucci, Armani, Prada, Kenzo and Versace sunglasses. Central Chaweng, open Monday - Saturday 11.00 am. - 9.30 pm.
Stocks a small, but impressive, range of high quality baggy beachwear, including many items from their own collection as well as imports from Bali, India, Hong Kong and Singapore. The hand-beaded handbags from Hong Kong are particularly eye catching. The owners spend a lot of time trawling Asia for their stock and the results show in the eclectic selections, which are a cut above most other garments available on the island. North Chaweng, Near Poppies Samui, open 1 pm. - 11 pm.
Watson's pharmacy and supermarket is located in central Chaweng near Soi Green Mango and has absolutely everything you might need while on holiday. They also have some great weekly deals so keep your eyes open while wandering around. They have a small confectionery section selling international sweets, for the homesick among you. Chaweng Beach Road. Telephone : 077230327