Fisherman's Village Market in Koh Samui
Day 3 in Koh Samui led me to the biggest street market I've ever seen - the Fisherman's Village. Handmade jewelry, clothing and shoes, to lines of food vendors cooking up everything from pad Thai and BBQ chicken to crocodile and octopus. Winding through the streets along the beach, it's a great Friday night activity (only happens on Friday nights).
Getting to the Market
The Fisherman's Village is located along Bophut Beach which is on the North shore of the island. It's a big tourist attraction so any local could point you in the right direction, or, there's always Google Maps (When you do have WiFi, pull up the Fisherman's Village and you'll be able to track your movement even when you're offline. Google Maps uses local WiFi signals to figure out your location, and you can always download maps for offline use).
Outside of the scooters, the songthaew is the next best form of transport for travellers on Koh Samui. Flag 'em down, ask the price (it ranges depending on amount of passengers and travel distance...we paid 100 Baht each for a 10-12 minute drive), and hop aboard.
The great thing about travelling in Koh Samui is that there is really just 1-2 main roads. They connect to each other and lead you in a loop around the island. No matter where you go, you'd never be without transport options as the somgthaews and taxi drivers are always looking to book their next fare.
Street Meat and Random Eats
I don't care much for trinkets and knock off Nikes, but the steeet food...yes please.
Fearing for the integrity of my stomach, I decided to play it pretty safe: BBQ chicken skewers, pad Thai, and a spring roll - all delicious and relatively cheap. But if you want to walk on the gastro wild side, the markets got you covered. I don't know how many times I walked past a vendor wondering what in the world they were serving.
Kinda Like the Mall at Christmas but Chill
You don't want to go here if you aren't a fan of crowds. From around 7PM onwards the place was blocked with people wandering from one vendor to the next. It reminded me of the mall at Christmas except for the fact that no one was in a hurry, I didn't have a list to complete, and, I was in Thailand.
Our crew of 4 got split up a couple of times, but we always managed to find each other. There's always a free WiFi network around to connect to so you can message your peeps if you do get split up. I haven't picked up a SIM card yet but they're readily available at any 7-11 (which are everywhere here).
Me thinks a scooter rental and some 'splorin is in order. There's a list of touristy spots I wanted to check out and, seeing as how I'm slightly sunburnt, I'll be avoiding the beach and that hot Thai sun for now.
Maybe a temple visit? Some early morning lookout action? We'll see.