The most common schedule of people travelling in Thailand is to spend the first few days touring around the country and relaxing on the wonderful tropical islands that dot its shores. So, chances are that when you get to Koh Samui, you will be ready to shop and take advantage of the wonderful prices ..also, the sellers are very persistant! Shopping in Koh Samui is a little more expensive than in Bangkok, where you can find shopping malls and craft markets everywhere if you forget to buy a gift. Or, if you don't mind haggling, you can go to the many shops in Nathon, especially those selling carved wood items. They usually have a small back room, where you can watch the entire process of a piece of wood turn into a work of art.