Koh Samui’s latest open-air mall, the Wharf, is within easy reach of a number of the island's top rental villas and offers a relaxing shopping experience with a spread of boutiques, gift shops, restaurants and bars spread across a quaint seaside-themed facility.
The attractions on Koh Samui do not end with its glimmering beaches, flourishing hillside jungles and underwater palaces of marine life. The island is also gaining pace as a destination for quality shopping, and the Wharf, Samui’s latest retail offering, is one appealing example.
With a mixture of east and west, the Wharf is an attractive and distinctive open-air shopping mall where you can get your hands on anything from home accessories to an authentic Thai silk scarf.
Located in Bophut, the recently opened facility is already attracting international tourists with purchasing power. Below are five reasons why...
Shopping is a Breeze
For serious shoppers, the likes of Siam Paragon and the Emporium in Bangkok, or even the Central Festival malls on Phuket and Koh Samui are ideal – particularly when it comes to seeking out designer goods. However, if you are in the mood to enjoy a slightly more laid back atmosphere while spend your hard earned cash, open-air options like the Wharf Samui offer an ideal opportunity for holiday retail therapy. There is no need to battle the crowds as you would in a cramped market either, as there's plenty of space to wander at your leisure. Such locations are perfect for casual window shoppers and those in search of some retail therapy at a slower pace.
Whether your suitcase is rammed full of co-ordinating holiday outfits or you packed light in order to stock up on island fashions, malls like the Wharf Samui are great destinations to pick up a few new items for your wardrobe. The mall offers a selection of unique fashion boutiques, and is a real gem if you are searching for a few bikinis or sarongs to jazz up your beach wardrobe. Unlike stalls at the bustling markets also peppered across the Thai islands; the cool boutiques at The Wharf also offer air-conditioned interiors where you can take your time and try things on before you buy.
If you want a break from trawling Samui’s treasure trove of market stalls for authentic souvenirs to take back home, The Wharf’s selection of modest souvenir and craft shops may be just the alternative you are searching for. The shops on offer provide everything from home décor to authentic, handmade souvenirs. So whether you are buying for your own home or taking back a few goodies for loved ones it's a great place to pick up a keepsake from the Kingdom.
Shop & Dine
There is nothing better than a coffee and cake break in between shops and The Wharf Samui is home to an array of pleasant eateries, including a sumptuous seafood restaurant and fusion cuisine eatery if you are in the mood for a longer lunch in between your credit card workouts. If you want to grab a lighter lunch on the go, the Wharf also boasts its own food court, with everything from Thai classics like chicken noodle soup, to Western-style fast food.
Sooth your Souls
If and when the shopping gets too much for you, there are plenty of places to flop at the Wharf. Home to a number of massage and beauty shops, you can enjoy a pamper package whilst your other half finishes up in the shops or even prepare for a night out at the beach clubs by treating yourself to a mani-pedi at a professional nail salon.