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Koh Samui’s fun fair

Koh Samui’s fun fair

Koh Samui has got a hidden treasure that’s worth to discover. 

This weekend it was mingling with locals and going for the probably most unpopular tourist spot, the fun fair market.

With garish neon pole lights, uneven ground formed by the heavy monsoon rains, randomly placed steamy food stalls, balloon shooting stands, a bit of illegal gambling, Koh Samui’s girls dancing on a huge stage to a cheery, drunken crowd, it was village life at its best.

The market is crammed with colourful merchandise, DVD rips, cheap jewellery and accessories, sunglasses for 50 Baht, shorts for 100 Baht (I don’t think it does get any cheaper than that), holy pictures and plastic toys.

The food variety offers mouth sized snacks and is quite a sight to foreign eyes.

Have a look!

If you see that sign and these little monsters, you’re there.

Location: At Koh Samui’s main road number 4169, near Bangkok Samui Hospital.

Koh Samui fun fair market Koh Samui fun fair market

 

The reason we drove back here so often, is (because we love to drive our rented motorbike on Koh Samui and) this skewer stand. Pick your skewers, place them on a plate, pass them to the Thai ladies, get them fried…

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

…and served in a plastic bag with poured sweet and spicy chilli sauce. Our favourite, fried tofu with delish Thai sweet chilly sauce. To the right, the rice cracker man, making super huge crackers. Also worth a try.

Fried tofu Koh Samui fun fair market Koh Samui fun fair market

 

Candle- Neon-light dinner. Getting our tofu with chilli fix. I am addicted.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

Friends from Singapore inspecting the BBQ squid.

BBQ squid at Koh Samui fun fair market

 

Trendy man working at the hot tea stand.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

For more daring palates, there are plenty of options.

Cockroaches anyone? Only six left!

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

How about some nice ‘n crispy larvae?

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

Finish off with fresh, hot corn in two variations: yellow or albino, with butter and salt. Yum!

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

With a full tummy, we are ready to walk the shopping aisles.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

How about this hairband? No?

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

Guys in fashion accessories. Adorable.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

Maybe a mask. Which one would you wear? I would go for the panda. Definitely.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

Bob Marley, King Rama IX and Buddha. The holy mix.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

Second hand jeans, cut to new designs. Shorts and mini skirts on sale. Thai DVD rips are playing at the stalls. We bought two and two were crap. The quality was bad in both and one was a weirdly cut version of the original film. You get what you pay for.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

Off we went to the gaming area at the back of the market.

There is this mini casino stand which was crowded with locals hoping for a quick Buck, eh Baht. We joined in and invested 200 Baht.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

At the hand-made nail-board roulette. Rien ne va plus.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

And five minutes later. Beginner’s luck.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

The lighter versions of loosing your money are located on the opposite side.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

Having a go at the balloon dart game stand.

 

Beginner’s luck only works one time.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

Eclectic mix of cartoon creatures can be won at the can knock down.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

Further back is more adult entertainment.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

The market is great to try out some Thai food stalls and watch locals enjoy themselves.

Like this bad ass six year old with tattooed arms and a burner.

Koh Samui fun fair market

 

So, we are back to paradise island, again, to get more work done. Or maybe just for the fun of riding our motorbikes to the creepiest temples of Koh Samui.

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2 Comments

  1. Looks great! I was at the same market a few weeks ago, I don’t think much has changed in 2 years!
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    • Yeah, that’s the beauty of Koh Samui. Time stands still at the island.
      For a delicious retro experience, I recommend to go for a meal at Mama Ninja, she is the great owner and cook of the best restaurant on Koh Samui. The setting is a corrugated iron roof hut, spacious but basic, white plastic tables and blue plastic plates. But the food, awesome, as always!

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