Shopping in Thailand does allow for VAT/duty refunds. The following airports will help you to finalize your refund:

  • Bangkok
  • Chiang Mai
  • Hat Yai
  • Phuket

Be sure to keep your receipts organzied per day of your shopping expenditures. Up to 5,000 baht is allowed for VAT refunds, with a maximum of 2,000 baht spent in a one-day period. Whenever you are shopping, ask the store clerk to provide you with a VAT form, also known as "Por Por 10".

Luxury goods to local crafts and foods are all available in Ko Samui. The Central Shopping Arcade located at Chaweng Beach is a full scale mall with designer stores, Thai silk goods boutiques, to antique stores selling Thai and other Asian pieces. Art lovers may want to check out D&D Framed Asian Art located in south Chaweng behind the Armani Suits International, which has its own store as well.

Food markets and traveling "temple fairs" are a great way to stock up on more local goods. Ask natives or your hotel when the temple fair or food market is taking place in your Ko Samui destination. Buying a wide range of exotic fruits is a traveler favorite, whenever staying in Ko Samui.