Walking streets are hugely popular on Samui and each town seems to have its own dedicated evening to hold them. They involve anyone who can sell anything (souvenirs, food, cocktails etc) setting up a table along the street as a small market area. Fishermen’s Village holds its walking street on a Friday and the ideal time to go is around 5.30pm (or before a sundowner at the quiet end of the street). We tend to enter the main gate (under the Fishermen’s Village sign) and walk down to the performance area and jetty. The streets are mainly pedestrianized and you are greeted by tables of spring rolls, mojitos, satay, carved coconuts, fried chicken, leather wallets, guitar strings, replica cosmetics, Tshirts and hand carved soaps. The food is mostly cooked at the stalls in a health-and-safety-free zone of cooking oil, bottled gas and fire, but there is so much to take in that you have to walk slowly, pausing at each stand to examine the wares.
At the jetty, there is a performance area where children from local schools play traditional Thai instruments in their school uniform. Turn right at the jetty for the crowded end of the market, then turn back, past the jetty to the other far end of the market, quieter and fewer stands but more restaurants and bars backing on to the beach, in case you haven’t filled up while wandering.
There are other walking streets at Maenam on Thursday and Nathon on Sunday.