What to buy in Bangkok

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A wealth of shopping opportunities awaits the visitor, and bargains abound throughout our country in traditional handicrafts, textiles, gems, jewelry and antiques, as well as more contemporary items.

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.

Probably the most famous of all our kingdom's handicrafts, silk is available in a range of colors, patterns and ply’s, 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.

Thai Orchids
Thailand is famous for our huge variety of orchids and their magnificent colors 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.
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 advice on restrictions and any necessary documentation.

Both traditional and contemporary styles of pottery are available throughout our kingdom. Best known are the distinctive sea-green celadon’s from the Sukothai area, and the central provinces' colorful Benjarong (five color) porcelain, which are unique to our country.