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Koh Samui Shopping

Fisherman's Village
Bophut , Koh Samui
Thailand

Fisherman's Village is a strip of old Chinese shophouses on Bophut Beach converted into boutiques, bars, and restaurants. Gain courage at the Mosquito bar (66-81-895-7210; atias@baantropicana.com) before heading into Yes, It Is!! Tattoo (66-87-385-6571; korkiat_artist@yahoo.com), where the island's top tattoo artist, Korkiat, etches his original designs onto skin.

Fisherman Pants Shop
Lamai Beach , Koh Samui
Thailand
Tel: 66 8 9586 5263
fishermenpants.com/index.html

Fans of loose-fitting Thai fisherman pants and crushed-silk sundresses consider Fisherman Pants Shop nothing short of a pilgrimage site. The Israeli owner has a knack for turning vintage Thai silk textiles into fashionable adaptations of the easy-to-wear, one-size-fits-all trousers favored by local fishermen.

Open daily 10 am to 7 pm.

Magic Alambic
44/5 Moo 3
Namuang , Koh Samui
Thailand
Tel: 66 77 419 023
www.rhumdistillerie.com

Magic Alambic distills quality rum from local Thai sugarcane. Located on the island's southern shore, the distillery has an orchid-filled garden where visitors can sip the tropical spirit. The colorfully printed bottles make for great souvenirs.

Open daily 9 am to 7 pm.

Shopping in Hua Thanon
Hua Thanon , Koh Samui
Thailand

The ancient Chinese fishing village of Hua Thanon is filled with shops hawking beach-chic dresses and market vendors selling local confections and housewares made from organic materials. Two French expats run the India-inspired boutique Siddharta, which sells Thai hill-tribe silver jewelry, Nepalese floral hippy frocks, and floppy beach hats (210 Moo 1 Tambon Ban; 66-77-233-264; www.siddharta.fr). Next door, you'll find African-inspired frocks at the brightly hued ZER (215 Moo 1; 66-77-232-121). While the phallic seaside stones here known as Hin Ta and Hin Yai, grandmother and grandfather respectively, do not merit a glance, the narrow lane nearby is crammed with stalls selling chic hand-carved coconut wood housewares that cost only a few coins. Also look for homemade garamear, a glutinous confection of coconut, palm sugar, and sticky rice best enjoyed immediately.

Shopping in Nathon
Nathon , Koh Samui
Thailand

The port town of Nathon has numerous souvenir-shopping opportunities, including the shiny, inexpensive seashell offerings at Asia Souvenir Shop (Pier Rd.; 66-77-236-120). Around the corner, a vintage Chinese storefront now houses Samui Shoes, where Nimit "Mr. Mit" Meefuang, a local legend, hand-stitches sexy stilettos and thigh-high boots in crocodile, snakeskin, or lizard (214/1 Moo 3; 66-77-236-150).

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.