Chaweng Walking Street located on Koh Samui is a great outdoor market to visit especially if you are seeking a quiet night out after a long day at Chaweng Beach. While this Thai market may not be as well known as some of the larger Bangkok markets (including the Chatuchak Weekend Market), this venue still offers shoppers plenty of merchandise to buy and at a fraction of department store prices.
Once you arrive at this night market your senses will be flooded by the sights and smells tempting you to both shop and eat until your heart is content.
The outdoor market comes to life by mid afternoon when the traders arrive and begin setting up their stalls under the hot Thailand sun. However, it is not until about 6 PM in the evening when this Koh Samui market really springs into life and the tourists start to arrive in large numbers looking either for that elusive bargain or simply to sit down and have dinner.
Chaweng Walking Street seems to extend along the Main Beach Road for several kilometres, and each block is packed with a variety of stalls erected side by side along the footpaths. Each of the different stall owners are here to sell either fresh produce, cooked food or a variety of consumer goods. Although, live performers also attend the market, and set up at different locations, and they can also be seen and heard as you walk along the street.
Indeed, you can find just about anything and everything at the Chaweng market Thai vendors peddling a variety of fake brand products including Ralph Lauren and Lacoste polo shirts, T-shirts, jeans, Ray Ban sunglasses, bags, cosmetics, watches, DVDs, beach wear, and of course hand made souvenirs such as wooden elephants and silk scarves .
Most of these brand named goods can be purchased at a fraction of the cost that you would expect to pay from an official outlet in Thailand or in most western countries.
Just remember, that most of the CDs and DVDs that you buy here will be pirated so don't be afraid to haggle and get them cheap, especially if you are buying multiple items. The traders can only say no (but usually they will say yes to reasonable offers) and remember its all part of the fun. This advice also goes for the sunglasses that you may be tempted to buy that have Ray Ban and Bolle labels on them. Make sure you check them for quality, and don't pay any more than about 400 Thai baht.
FOOD AND DRINK
When all that walking and shopping makes you feel tired then its probably time to stop and have a bite to eat. There are of course a large number of stalls and small restaurants along the Chaweng Walking Street selling a variety of delicious Thai food including curry chicken, grilled pork, sticky rice and squid.
There is also a 7-Eleven, a Mcdonalds and Burger King situated along the main Beach Road for people who feel like hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and coke instead of the local Thai cuisine.
Chaweng is located on Koh Samui in southern Thailand. The best way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Samui is by plane. Samui International Airport which is privately owned by Bangkok Airways would have to be the most beautiful airports in southern Thailand. Opened in April 1989, the airport is located along the northern part of Koh Samui near Bophut Beach. Its airstrip measures 2,100 metres in length and the main terminal was designed to blend in with the island's natural flora and fauna.
The Chaweng market opens from about 4 PM to midnight but is closed on Fridays and Sundays. It is located in south Chaweng along the main Beach Road.