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What to Buy ?
A wealth of shopping opportunities awaits the visitor, and bargains abound throughout our country in traditional handicrafts, textiles, gems, jewellery and antiques, as well as more contemporary items.
Clothing
Clothing
Clothing
We're one of the world's leading manufacturers of ready-to-wear clothing. Fashion boutiques are found in every shopping mall, while cheaper clothing such as T-shirts and jeans are available at bargain prices from street vendors. Custom tailoring is also very affordable and tailors can produce or copy most styles in just a few days.
Silk
Probably the most famous of all our kingdom's handicrafts, silk is available in a range of colours, patterns and plys, and is sold by the yard, or as ready-made clothing and souvenir items. A unique style of Thai silk is Mat Mee, a tie-dye silk traditional to the North-east. The best known outlet for Thai silk is undoubtedly Jim Thompson's shop at the top of Surawong Road in Bangkok.
Cotton & Batik
Thai Silk
Thai Silk
Our Thai cottons have become increasingly popular and are a good deal. Particularly notable are the hilltribe cottons woven by the tribal people of the North, typically displaying bold designs and often lavish embroidery. Equally distinctive are original batiks crafted at several studios in Bangkok.
Pewterware
Pewter is fashioned with great skill by Thai craftsmen, and the smooth, silky finish of this attractive alloy is enhanced by delicate relief decoration. Pewter ware items include plates, boxes, vases and pocket flasks. 
Gems & Jewelry
Bangkok is the coloured gemstone capital of the world. Rubies and sapphires are indigenous stones, but virtually all coloured gems, as well as diamonds, are available. Shoppers should exercise caution and buy from reputable dealers only.
Antiques
Thai, Chinese, Burmese and Khmer antiques are excellent buys. There is an export ban on certain pieces, particularly Buddha images. Other pieces may require an export license, but any reputable dealer will be able to advise on restrictions and any necessary documentation.
Ceramics & Pottery
Silver Ware
Silver Ware
Both traditional and contemporary styles of pottery are available throughout our kingdom. Best known are the distinctive sea-green celadons from the Sukothai area, and the central provinces' colourful Benjarong (five color) porcelain, which are unique to our country.
Nielloware
Practiced in the South for hundreds of years, nielloware is the craft of decorating gold and silver objects with delicate etched designs filled with a metal ware. Nielloware trays, boxes, vases and other items are some of our best buys.
Lacquer ware
A specialty of Chiang-Mai and the north, this craft involves coating split bamboo or wood with lacquer, then adding intricate hand-painted designs typically gold-on-black lacquer or yellow and green on a red brown background. Look out for lacquer ware bowls, boxes, trays and other items for decoration or for souvenirs.
Thai Orchids
We're famous for our huge variety of orchids and their magnificent colours and durable beauty make them a popular purchase. Specially packaged flowers, complete with water supply, are easily transported and can be conveniently purchased at Bangkok International Airport.
Furniture
Thai Orchids
Thai Orchids
Rattan and rosewood furniture items are available in many designs and styles and can also be made to order. Shops in Bangkok and Chiang Mai have a wide selection and can arrange shipment overseas.
Hilltribe Crafts
The tribal groups who live in the hills of the north make a variety of beautifully embroidered textiles and silver jewelry. Chiang Mai is the centre for such goods
Where to Shop ?
In Bangkok
Shopping in Bangkok is not limited to one or two major streets. There are many areas throughout Bangkok affording ample choices and easy access. The principal shopping areas in downtown Bangkok which boasts many specialist shops, shopping plazas, and department stores include Silom, Siam Square, Ratchadamri, Ploenchit, Pratunam, Bang Lamphu and Chatuchak Park Weekend Market.
Beyond Bangkok
The main city for shopping outside the capital is Chiang Mai, which ranks as one of the world's largest centers for handicrafts and cottage industries. The extensive range of local products includes cotton and silk, hilltribe clothing, Burmese tapestries, hand-painted umbrellas and lacquerware, and many such items can be found at its fascinating Night Bazaar. Pattaya also offers plentiful shopping for Thai goods while virtually all other cities and resorts provide ample opportunity for buying gifts and souvenirs, as well as local specialties.
Clothing
Central
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Central World Bangkok 0 2272 4440-1 Siam Paragon Bangkok 0 2269 1000
Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok 0 2264 5555 The Emporium Bangkok 0 2121 8000
MBK Center Bangkok 0 2690 1000 The Platinum Fashion Mall Bangkok 0 2620 9000
Eastern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Central Festival Pattaya Beach Pattaya 0 3300 3999 Rong-klear market Sakaew 0 3723 0144-5
Outlet mall Pattaya Pattaya 0 3842 7764-5 Premium Outlet Cha-am Chonburi 0 3247 3000-3
Northern
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Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai Chiangmai 0 5322 4999 Central Plaza Chiangrai Chiangrai 0 5202 0999
Central Kad Suan Kaew Chiangmai 0 2635 1111 The Warorot Market Chiangmai 0 5323 2592
North-East (Isan)
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Outlet mall Khao Yai Nakhon Ratchasima 0 4437 7555-8 Premium Outlet Udon Than Udon Thani 0 4293 1234-6
Southern
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Central Festival Phuket Phuket 0 7629 1111 Outlet Village Krabi Krabi 0 7570 1222-4
Jungceylon (Phuket Square) Phuket 0 7660 0111 Premium Outlet Phuket Phuket 0 7635 0500-3
Silk, Cotton & Batik
Central
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Batik handmade Bangkok 0 2295 1256 Phufa Bangkok 0 2655 6242-3
Jim Shomson Bangkok 0 26475 6088 Siam Handicraft Center Bangkok 0 2265 9394
Panthip Thai Silk Bangkok 0 2281 4724 White silk Bangkok 08 9120 4521
Eastern
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Burapha Classic Art Chonburi 0 3870 6340 Line Thai & Batik Pattaya 0 328 0740
Lee La Cotton Rayong 08 7743 4358 Pattaya Floating Market Pattaya 0 3828 3430
Northern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Diya Shop Chiangmai 0 5323 2304 Nopparat Handicraft Chiangmai 0 5384 0414
Ban Rai Phai Ngam Chiangmai 08 1030 5656 Shinawatra Thai Silk Chiangmai 0 5322 1076
Huanfai Dai Ngam Chiangmai 0 5396 0314 Studio Naenna Chiangmai 0 5322 6042
North-East (Isan)
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Chattong Thai Silk Nakhon Ratchasrima 0 4428 4465 Baan Kok Jik Burirum 08 6265 6540
Vijitrat Thai Silk Roi-Et 0 4351 5753 Som Kid Cotton Ubon Ratchathani 08 1966 2518
Surin Thai Silk Surin 0 4453 9114 Chanruan Nakha Udon Than 0 4220 6276
Southern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Jim Shomson Phuket 0 7627 0957 Phuket Batik Phuket 0 7621 1849
Petch thong Thai Silk Suratthani 0 7743 1337 See San Batik Satun 0 7472 1881
Pumreang, Local Thai silk Suratthani 0 7743 1337 Sam Phao Thong Batik Nakhon Si Thammarat 0 7547 2071
Pewterware
Central
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
1st Victor Bangkok 0 2476 0528 Oriental Pewter Bangkok 0 2211 9126
Arthur's Pewter Nakhon Pathon 0 2811 95057 Royal King's Pewter Nakhon Pathon 0 2368 2194
Bangkok Piewter Bangkok 0 2711 4075 Royal Thai Pewter Bangkok 0 2370 2667
Erawan Pewter Trophy Nakhon Pathon 0 2391 7856 Siam Pewter Bangkok 0 2377 7532-3
Kajit Pewter Bangkok 0 2510 8771 Thai Piewterware Samut Prakarn 0 2315 1965
Northern
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Loy Far Collection Chiangmai 0 5381 7254 Wualaisilpa Chiangmai 08 3471 8711
Southern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Bo Rae Ban Santisuk (OTOP) Phuket 0 7639 1681 Wang Talang International Lapidary Phuket 0 7652 1600
Gems & Jewelry
Central
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Gaysorn Plaza Bangkok 0 2656 1149 Supaporn Diamond Bangkok 0 2223 4185
NARA Joaillerie Bangkok 0 2438 4000 The Aurora Gold & Gems Bangkok 0 2749 5044-250
Prima Gems Shop Bangkok 0 2255 9662 The Emporium Bangkok 0 2690 1000
Siam Paragon Bangkok 0 2690 1000 Tiara Gems Shop Bangkok 0 2269 1000
Eastern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Central Festival Pattaya Beach Pattaya 0 3300 3999 Mee Chai Gems Chanthaburi 08 4070 9304
Gems Gallery Pattaya Pattaya 0 3837 1222-31 Nakhon Unyamanee Chanthaburi 0 3931 3515
Northern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai Chiangrai 0 5322 4999 Gems Gallery Chiangmai Chiangmai 0 5333 9307-10
Central Plaza Chiangrai Chiangrai 0 5202 0999 SHIRAZ Jewelry Chiangmai 0 5383 9635-6
North-East (Isan)
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Central Plaza Khonkaen Khonkaen 0 4300 1000-29 Central Plaza Udonthani Udonthani 0 4224 9192
Southern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Central Festival Phuket Phuket 0 7629 1111 Gems Gallery Phuket Phuket 0 7625 5011-10
Jungceylon (Phuket Square) Phuket 0 7660 0111 Phuket Pearl Factory Phuket 0 7623 8002
Antiques
Central
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok 0 2272 4440-1 Paul's Antiques Bangkok 0 2253 9025
Dinthong Pottery Bangkok 0 2741 9277-8 Rama Antique Shop Bangkok 0 2235 7991
Kao Kuek Nonthaburi 08 1425 9452 Road Fai Market Bangkok 08 6126 7787
OP Place Bangkok 0 2266 0186-95 The Silom Galleria Bangkok 0 2630 0944-50
Eastern
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Kalae Art & Dcor Pattaya 0 3841 3551 Thai Decor Chonburi 0 3826 7197
Northern
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De Gallery Chinese Antique Furniture Chiangmai 0 5344 1575 De Siam Chiangmai 0 5344 1545
Southern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Art de Phunara Phuket 0 7652 7562 Chan’s Antique House Phuket 0 7626 1416
Ban Boran Antiques Phuket 0 7621 2473 Soul of Asia Phuket 0 7621 1122
Ceramics & Pottery
Central
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok 0 2264 5555 Siam Ceramic Handmade Bangkok 0 2255 7197
Siam Paragon Bangkok 0 2269 1000 Som Ceramics Studio Bangkok 08 1628 5411
Ko Kret Bangkok 0 2580 0704 The Emporium Bangkok 0 2121 8000
Eastern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Central Festival Pattaya Beach Pattaya 0 3300 3999 Club Premium Chon Buri 08 6155 3969
Northern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
BPC Ceramics Lampang 0 5432 8362 Kalaery Lampang 08 9170 5627
Celadon House Chinagmai 0 5333 8288 Mee Silp Ceramic Lampang 0 5422 6418
Ceramic Center Lampang 0 5428 1884 Quality Ceramic Lampang 0 5436 6318
Dhanabadee Art Ceramic Lampang 0 5422 1103 Thai Ceramic Lampang Lampang 0 5422 6740
Dhanabadee Decore Ceramic Lampang 0 5482 1558 Tondin Ceremic Lampang 08 9851 2697
North-East (Isan)
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Central Plaza Khonkaen Khonkaen 0 4300 1000-29 Kut Nakham Sakoh Nakhon 0 4270 9162
Southern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Ceramics of Phuket Phuket 0 7627 2151-2 Siam Ceramic Handmade Phuket 0 7632 1917
Jasmine Phuket 0 7627 1582 Rattanakosin Phuket 0 7627 0102
Nielloware & Lacquer ware
Central
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Central World Bangkok 0 2272 4440-1 Siam Paragon Bangkok 0 2269 1000
Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok 0 2264 5555 Thai Nakon Bangkok 0 2629 0793
Northern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Jai Fah Lacquerware Chiangmai 0 5330 8574-5 Mungkala Chiangmai 0 5327 8494
Juthamas Lacquerware Chiangmai 0 5320 3106 Nuch Lacquerware Chiangmai 0 5327 1314
Lai Tong - Thai Lacquerware Chiangmai 0 5333 8237-8 Pratuang Lacquerware Chiangmai 0 5327 2186
Southern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Boonyarat Nakhon Si Thammarat 0 7535 6196 Thai Silver Gift Nakhon Si Thammarat 0 5327 8494
Khun Chai Nielloware Stun 0 7429 9922 Thoom Lai Thai Shop Nakhon Si Thammarat 0 7534 1992
Thai Orchids
Central
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Air Orchid Nakhon Pathom 08 5168 7077 Like Orchid Bangkok 0 9111 1225
API Orchid Ayutthaya 08 7813 9689 Mana Orchid Bangkok 0 2889 4167
Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok 0 2264 5555 Nakhonpathom Orchids Garden Nakhon Pathom 0 3426 8045
Geentorchid Samut Prakarn 08 6995 9222 T.ORCHIDS Nonthaburi 0 2573 9645
Northern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
JOE Orchids Chiangmai 0 5348 9104 Sai Nam Phung Orchid Farm Chiangmai 0 5329 9588
North-East (Isan)
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Korat Orchids Garden Nakhon Ratchasima 0 4429 8154 Parichart Orchid Saraburi 08 1809 7739
KY Orchid Nakhon Ratchasima 0 4420 3500 Phantipa Orchid Farm Nakhon Ratchasima 08 1547 2745
Western
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Chamroen Orchid Suratthani 0 7721 8422 Lada Orchid Ratchaburi 08 1612 5349
Furniture
Central
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Asia Furniture Bangkok 0 2737 5726 Index Living Mall Bangkok 0 2417 1111
Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok 0 2264 5555 Kohcept Furniture Nonthaburi 0 2832 4000
Chic-FuniShe Chantaburi 0 3942 4042 S.B. Furniture Bangkok 0 2832 4200
Eastern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Furniture House Chonburi 0 3827 3755 Kohcept Furniture Pattaya 0 3836 0481
Index Living Mall Chonburi 0 3838 3333 S.B. Furniture Pattaya 0 2832 4200
Northern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Baan Tawai - The Village of Handicraft Chiangmai 0 5343 3074 Krungthep Furniture Chiangmai 0 5311 5774
Index Living Mall Chiangmai 0 5385 1700 Mallike Furniture Chiangmai 08 0857 1205
Kohcept Home Pro Chiangmai 0 5385 1025 ST Furniture Phrae 0 5466 0033
North-East (Isan)
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Index Living Mall Khonkaen 0 4347 2600 Intrend Living Mall Khonkaen 0 4342 3888
Southern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Honest Decor Phuket 0 7637 7741 Kohcept Home Pro Suratthani 0 7748 9173
Kohcept Home Phuket Phuket 0 7625 5116-7 S.B. Design Square Phuket 0 7630 4155
Hilltribe Crafts
Central
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok 0 2264 5555 Thai Craft Fair Trade Bangkok 0 2676 0636-8
Northern
Topic Location Contact Topic Location Contact
Ban Ka Raing Ruam Mit - The Village of Handicraft Chiangmai 0 5373 7359-11 Hilltribe Handicraft Training Center Chiangmai 0 5328 7047
Chiang Mai Night Market and Bazaa Chiangmai 0 5327 0066-8 Khlong Lan Hilltribe Handicraft Center Kamphang Phet 0 5573 5340
Chompu Phuka SilverTraining Center Nan 0 5471 0177 Sakulan Decor Chiangmai 08 1694 0951
Shopping Advice
Shopping Adviec
Shopping Advice
Fixed prices are the norm in department stores and a number of shops in Bangkok, but at most other places bargaining is acceptable and expected. Generally, shopping in Thailand is easy, fun and very rewarding, but the following advice is useful especially when making gem and jewellery purchases:
Buyer Beware
The Tourism Authority of Thailand receives over 1,000 complaints a year about fake jewellery purchases. To avoid being a statistic, you must stay alert to the warning signs of a swindle at work. Heeding the Tourism Authority of Thailand warning could help you stave off unpleasent surprises and make your vacation what it should be - full of sparkle.

The following are valuable pointers for your protection :