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The Samui Times are going to be exploring the islands various walking street’s over the next few weeks to find out what goes on in these colorful and vibrant markets.
The Maenam walking street takes place every Thursday. Around 3pm stall holders turn up to set up their stalls and watching the market come slowly to life can be just as entertaining as the market itself. Maenam has a couple of great bars and cafes where you can sit back, relax and what the transformation of the street. Jordan’s Bar, Well Done restaurant, Tommy’s Restaurant, The Corner and See Daeng all have ring side seats.
As darkness falls the little stalls light up and create the most magical atmosphere. There are so many things on offer in Maenam, some of our favorites are Nongnuch Tran, who travels to Maenam from the Thai Winery House & Souvenirs shop in Nathon, and has a stall packed with Thai grape and flavored wines. The Samui Real Pearl stall, run by Tik Tanapat, can be found at all the walking street locations, Tik Tanapat sells very beautiful, low priced freshwater pearls and accessories that look like the cost the earth!
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.
There is certainly no need to go hungry at the Maenam walking street, it is packed full of food vendors. As you amble around the markets you will find Thai chicken balls, shredded pork, noodle soups, curries, fresh crab, green lipped mussels, Phad Thai, salted and sour pork sausages, chicken and pork sticks and deep fried potato twisters that can be enjoyed in various flavors such as BBQ, tomyum, corn and cheese, bacon or sour cream and onion, sweet corn on the cob. If you want to enjoy some western cuisine you will not be disappointed as vendors cook up English Sausages with mash or French bread, donna- style chicken kebabs, German sausages and sushi. Jordan’s regularly have pies and pasties that are delicious, and San Remo put on some excellent pizza slices. By the Chinese temple there is a burger and hot dog stall that really takes some beating and there is also an Indian stall with Samosas and chicken Tikka as well as a superb Italian outlet that sells lasagna. Sweet treats can also be found in the form of Thai desserts as well as western buns, cakes, croissant and Danish pastries.
If you are feeling thirsty there is plenty to choose from, the market it littered with fresh juice and smoothie bars, there are plenty of stalls selling beers and 50 baht cocktails and if you fancy a larger than life glass of wine then call into The Corner where you will be amazed just how much you get in one glass!