8 Best Night Markets in Koh Samui - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)

Night markets in Koh Samui or what the natives call them – the walking streets – are the main attractions around this island. Night markets are part of Thailand’s culture; so, must-visit spots on Koh Samui island. It’s in the night that this island comes alive as the streets pack up with foreigners and locals alike.

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So, take some time out to walk down the car-free road and soak the local culture with several other fun elements like lounges, shopping stalls, live music, etc. to fully enjoy your trip. Whether shopping freak, food lover or cultural explorer night markets such as  Mae Nam Night Market, Nathon Night Food Market, Chaweng Walking Street, etc. serve the interests of all.

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There are many stalls in every market and no matter what you are searching for you’ll surely find there. From local food, handicrafts, and souvenirs to cultural shows, the night markets charm everyone. What's more, most of the items are reasonable too. The vibrant scene and fun at Koh Samui night market will definitely leave you awestruck!

Here are some of the best night markets in Koh Samui:

01

Chaweng Walking Street

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Chaweng Walking Street

The Chaweng Walking Market is, for the most part, about food exploration. Each night this little market over the road from Chaweng Lake serves tasty Thai cuisine along with various Western foods to visitors that too at low costs. When you get worn out from shopping, sit at any of the numerous food stalls that sell delicious barbecued chicken, rice bowls, and smoothies.

Even without shopping, one can invest some quality time with friends simply strolling at this Koh Samui night market after having a delicious dinner. There are likewise a few little bars that offer drinks, and you can tune into some live music as well. It’s an incredible spot to enjoy the nightlife.

Location: South of Chaweng Beach Road, opposite Bophut Police Station

Timings: Monday to Saturday 17:30 – 23:00

Highlights of the Market: Authentic Thai food

Ideal for: Enjoying Thai nightlife

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Night Market Bophut/Fisherman's Village

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Night Market Bophut/Fisherman's Village

The Fisherman's Village night market is situated in Bophut. The nearby merchants of this little island accumulate and make it the biggest Koh Samui night market. You can see some vendors sitting on their floor mats or with the stalls.

The products sold here are assorted; they sell souvenirs, garments, toys, watches, electronics, and a lot more. However, Muay Thai dancers and other street artists are the main attractions of this market, which makes the market a stage itself. This place is always full of tourists enjoying the local culture of the area.

Further, voyagers relish Thai food, beverages, and main course meals. This street market also sells freshly caught lobsters and fish.

Location: Big C Supercenter Fisherman's village

Timings: Friday 17:00 – 23:00

Highlights of the Market: Fresh seafood

Ideal for: Shopping and Street Shows

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04

Chaweng Night Market Food Center

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Chaweng Night Market Food Center

The Chaweng Night Market Food Center is a huge food court, with a selection of local Thai food, European and international options and also a few small bars. As usual prices at Chaweng Night Market are very economical, with Thai meals from 70 baht and snacks from 50 baht.

Several stalls are made of higher quality than you would generally expect from a local market, especially the international food stalls. Enjoy the market and food while sitting at the chairs and tables section placed in the center of the densely-packed court.

Location: Pru Chaweng Night market Tambon Bo Put, Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani

Timings: Daily 17:00 - 23:00

Highlights of the Market: Multi-cuisine market

Ideal for: Reasonable food and beverages

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05

Lamai Night Plaza

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Lamai Night Plaza

It’s the second biggest night market in Koh Samui Lamai, situated just down Had Lamai Road that takes place every evening. Take a quick walk down an alley, and you will find here a lot of locally created souvenirs of all sorts, from clothes and accessories to about anything you could imagine.

Whether you fancy a bizarre handbag to bring back home or are searching for authentic Koh Samui gifts for your family and friends, you'll discover it at Lamai Night Plaza. And yes, like any other market in Thailand, this place is also about bargaining. It's a fun place to comfort your shopping longings with several items and accessories and, obviously, local food when you get tired.

Location: Lamai Beach Road

Timings: Sunday 17:00 – 23:00

Highlights of the Market: Locally handcrafted items

Ideal for: Souvenir shopping

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Mae Nam Night Market (Thursday)

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Mae Nam Night Market (Thursday)

Another one of the famous night markets in Koh Samui which has a great variety of street foods and also, direct access to Maenam beach. This market is petite but well-established, in the starting you'll see food vendors selling snacks and fast food. As you head further, the stalls will be selling main course dishes, mostly hot curries with rice and sweet delicacies. 

Additionally, there’s a vibrant Chinese temple where island souvenirs are sold, such as handicrafts, knockoff items, toys, and so on. If you are here during Chinese New Year, better not chuck out this market from your itinerary. You’ll also love this place to enjoy some good food and a sunset walk on the Maenam beach after shopping.

Location: Tambon Mae Nam (Mae Nam Beach)

Timings: Thursday 17:30 – 23:00

Highlights of the Market: Various food stalls

Ideal for: Chinese new year celebration and Maenam beach

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Sunday Lamai Street Market

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Sunday Lamai Street Market

It’s amongst one of the big Night markets in Koh Samui that brightens the otherwise sluggish passages in Lamai. To have an ideal Sunday evening spend time here exploring the market spread across four lanes.

The souvenir and apparel choices at this market are quite diverse and have a wider range than the other mentioned markets. The street food is delightful as other markets and is moderately priced too. You’ll notice little pop-up stalls selling signature cocktails at 60 Baht price.

Also, street performers take center stage here with some lively theatrics and live music performance to glisten up the scene. Walking across this market will take nearly 2 to 3 hours, but it is hard not to get absorbed into the wonderful blend of colors, lights, and cuisines of this market.

Location: Northern end of Lamai beach road.

Timings: Sunday 17:00 – 23:00

Highlights of the Market: Clothes and souvenir shopping

Ideal for: Enjoy live performances and lively environment

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Nathon Night Food Market

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Nathon Night Food Market

Prior to dusk, little carts cluster around the old dock of Nathon in Koh Samui to create a traditional food market. It is where you can eat the best Pad Thai of your lives, as well as various other delicacies.

This place is gold for foodies! You will get almost any kind of food you like to eat. You’ll be spoiled for choices, as nearly every Thai street food is available in this market.   are real, and rates are affordable as well like other Night markets in Koh Samui.

Location: Ang Thong, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

Timings: Daily 16:00 - 22:00

Highlights of the Market: Budget-friendly and assortment of food options

Ideal for: Pad Thai

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09

Elephant Walk Koh Samui

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Elephant Walk Koh Samui

This daily Koh Samui night market is a lot smaller in scale but will not fail to impress the visitors. In case you are searching for trendy and unique gifts items, this is a suitable spot for you.

You can discover distinctive and one of a kind clothing, spa items, and keepsakes – you won't be able to control yourself to grab some. But this market can be somewhat heavy on the pocket.

The market additionally has many well-known eateries around it. A notable element of eateries is there – all the restaurants have an eccentric seating style. They utilize cool kinds of stuff to decorate their places like painted oil drums as chairs.

Location: Bo Phut, Koh Samui District, Surat Thani

Timings: Daily 17:00 - 22:00

Highlights of the Market: Chic restaurant setting

Ideal for: Bizarre souvenirs shopping

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