Shopping Mae Nam, Ko Samui District Surat Thani Thailand Published on: 13-11-2015
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Maenam Walking Street is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Maenam Walking Street is special ?
The walking street in Maenam is held every Thursday along the u-shaped road in the center of Maenam. The Maenam walking street vendors sell items such as Jewellery hand crafted from leather and Myanmar Jade, Thai silk goods, aromatic oils, and handmade soaps made from mangosteen, frangipani, coconut, tamarind and jasmine. There is a music stall that sells miniature guitars, guitar strings, plectrums, harmonicas and flutes. There are numerous stalls selling real leather goods and the more usual Thai souvenirs such as carved soap, Buddha images, toys and artifacts carved out of coconut all of which can be purchased at a fraction of the price you would pay in the shops. The market stalls have local fruits, sunglasses, shoes, underwear, electronic goods, glass ornaments, utensils made out of coconut wood, bees and wasps made out of coconuts, bedding, fingernail decorations and all manner of other goods.
What to explore at Maenam Walking Street?
This is a lovely but rather noisy family experience and the only difficult thing about visiting Mae Nam walking street on Thursday evenings when the market takes place is finding a place to park nearby but this can be circumvented by getting there early before six o’clock.
On your stroll down the street you’ll come across corn-on-the-cob sellers, sweet vendors, acres of denim, a huge choice of T-shirts, ‘almost genuine’ Ray-Ban sunglasses, secondhand clothes, charming handicrafts, toy guitars and real guitar accessories, and those wonderful stands selling 50 baht cocktails – a quarter of the price of those sold in nearby five-star hotels.
Towards the end of the market you’ll come across a colourfully lit Chinese temple which is definitely worth a photo.
Take your time; there’s absolutely no rush here and on some nights you can listen to live music played by local expats or enterprising Thai teens. If you wish to take it all in over dinner then try La Bonne Franquette near Mae Nam’s only traffic lights or simply munch on snacks as you go (deep-fried grasshoppers are 20 baht a scoop). This is Thailand and you’re never far from delicious food.
- "Great night out"
- "Interesting night market"
- "Many things to shop"
- "A lively night market"
- "Cheap and good products"
Mae Nam, Ko Samui District Surat Thani Thailand