Thailand shopping - what to buy

Thai silk, cotton,nielloware,silverware,bronzeware, pottery and celadon, pewter, precious stones, finished jewellery and a dazzling range of folk handicrafts make memorable gifts and souvenirs. International standard ready-made sportswear and leisurewear is inexpensive and quality tailors and dressmakers offer reliable 24-hour service in Bangkok and major tourist destination.

Clothing

Thailand is 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. Read more

Thai Silk & Cotton

Thai silks are famous worldwide, thanks in part to efforts by Jim Thompson, the Support Foundation of H.R.H. Queen Sirikit and the many small factories that actively support the continued existance of age-old weaving and dying techniques. Interioir and fashion designers are finding exciting new applications for the many distinctive regional weaves and patterns. Read more

Arts, Crafts and Hill-Tribe Artifacts

Most Thai handicrafts are produced in the Nort Thailand with Chiang Mai offering the visitors the biggest choice of goods. The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar sells everything from lacquerware to teak furniture and you will need several hours to see the shops on San Kamphaeng Road (Highway 1006).
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Wood, Bamboo, Furniture

For centuries, houses, temples and even drainage pipes were built from wood. Nowadays, Thailand's innovative artisans use renewable natural resources to make furniture and decorative items. From fast growing hardwood trees such as mango and coconut come cabinets (modeled on ancient manuscript chests) and tables, lathe-turned vases, serving trays, kitchen utensils and chopsticks (to name few of the myriad items). Read more

Metals

Gold, silver, brass and bronze look more beautiful than ever! Along with all the highly valued traditional hammered silver items (from miniature animals to bowls and trays), repousse accents are now creating modern accents on countless decorative items, including seashell ashtrays, wood picture frames and silk bolsters. Read more

 

Gem

It's an exciting time to shop for gems and jewelry in Thailand. As the gem cutting center of the world, Thailand is ideally placed to offer both the latest in high-quality fashion gems along along with the ever-popular classics. Recent advances in stone cutting techniques have created a global market for local designs. Read more

 

Jewelry

Thailand jewelry is popular worldwide. The jewellery industry in Thailand has developed from a group of small family owned jewelry shops. Thailand's jewelry crafters set gems stones in gold, silver and even platinum.Thai jewelry tends to be large and expressive, with a superb detailing.
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Ceramics

Earthenware vessels have existed on Thai soil since the prehistoric Ban Chiang period. Sukhothai potters first produced the typically monochromatic celadon stoneware in the 12th century. The flamboyant multicolored bencharong originated some two hundred years later. Read more

 

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. Read more

 

Woodcarvings

This art form in Thailand originated from the temples where religious objects such as Buddha images and pulpits were finely carved. Royal regalia for the court and household objects used by the nobility were also decorated with carving in temple buildings, the doors, shutters, gables and triangular brackets supporting the overhanging roofs were often intricately carved with animal and plant motifs.
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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.
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Lacquerware

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 lacquerware bowls, boxes, trays and other items for decoration or for souvenirs. Read more

 

Thai Orchids

Thailand is famous for 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 . Read more

 

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