Bophut hosts numerous attractive fashion boutiques, local bazaars, standalone shops and tiny quaint stores set in old Chinese-style buildings. The best way to enjoy retail therapy in Bophut is to put comfy sandals and stroll along the centre o Fisherman’s Village, which is dotted with countless street stalls and shops. Follow our guide to discover some of the best shopping in Bophut.
1. The Wharf Samui
Located in the heart of Fisherman’s Village, The Wharf is a stylish shopping hub with both outdoor and indoor outlets. The venue offers a variety of shopping choices with an incredibly wide range of local and imported quality goods. If you’re looking to bag some brand items though, you need to look elsewhere, as The Warf mainly offers small local shops.
Thaikila is a famous Bali based bikini brand with retail outlets spread all across Asia. You can find one of their cool shops in Bophut, set in a large beach shack-style building in the centre of Bophut Beach Road. Selling a wide selection of trendy swimwear and accessories, Thaikila is a one-stop shop for securing the coolest bikinis in Samui.
3. Fisherman’s Village Walking Street
For an authentic local shopping experience, head to Fisherman’s Village Walking Street, which is held every Friday after the sun goes down. After sunset, Bophut’s main street turns into an endless open-air local bazaar with hundreds of aisles lining both sides of the road, selling all kinds of souvenirs, clothes, shoes, jewellery, spa products, electronics…and more.
4. Bophut Plaza
Bophut Plaza is a cluster of open-sided boutiques and street stalls lining Bophut’s main street. Crammed full of clothes, shoes and accessories, handicrafts, ceramics, jewellery and souvenirs, these endless street stalls offer a huge selection of exotic gifts and unique items to bring back home.
If you are looking for something really unique, head to Siri Boutique, a small appealing shop located right on the main street. You’ll find an eclectic selection of accessories personally sourced by the owner of the store, designer clothes brought from around the continent and charming hand-carved amulets with Thai script engravings. A great spot for picking something special for yourself or for the folks back home.
6. Elephant Walk
Set opposite to the appealing Happy Elephant restaurant, you’ll find yet anothet tiny night market in Bophut village: Elephant Walk. The market attracts holiday-makers to stroll along the open-air bazaar and browse through the interesting souvenirs and handicrafts. Quaint and lovely, this tiny marketplace is also a great spot to sample ready-made local snacks and fresh juices served in improvised eateries with a couple of tables set in the centre of the shopping hub.