Archive for the 'Shopping' Category

Jan 20 2012

Buying cheap clothes in Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

Thailand is known for its lush silks and elaborate textiles, but in Bangkok proper, cheap and trendy clothing abounds. As we can see from Bangkok’s haunted mall and airport terminal, shopping is a bit of cultural obsession, one that is highly contagious. You can’t avoid shopping in Bangkok even if you try: opportunities for snapping … read the full post

Jan 18 2012

Bangkok’s secret lunch and shopping spots

Published by under Food,Shopping

Walking down any Bangkok street, you’ll be bombarded with vats of pork soup and made-to-order som tam. So many options; how do you choose? For a mouthwatering Thai lunch, I avoid the obvious tourist traps and do as Bangkokians do: eat in a “tent”. Around business districts, like Phloen Chit, Silom and Asok, lunch spots … read the full post

Jan 16 2012

Navigating Chatuchak market

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Chatuchak market (pronounced jat-u-jak), or “JJ” for short, is packed with items to buy — from refurbished vintage dresses through to Yorkshire terriers and quite a bit in between. JJ is not a made-for-tourists destination; gaggles of locals make a pilgrimage to this outdoor market each weekend. For some, JJ is a shopping heaven, and … read the full post

Jan 03 2012

Duty-free at Bangkok airport

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Stuck in an airport, even one that feels like outer space, can be a claustrophobic experience, verging on the traumatic. If you have some serious time to kill before you’re heading home, or you’re in Suvarnabhumi Airport on a layover, you can peruse through the duty-free section for “authentic” Thai souvenirs; just because you didn’t … read the full post

Dec 13 2011

What you can buy in Bangkok (besides souvenirs)

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We now know what you need to consider bringing to Bangkok. But besides the standard Thai souvenirs, what should you buy in Bangkok rather than at home? Here’s a list of items you may have assumed are not readily available on this side of the world and may even save some cash picking up here. … read the full post

Sep 23 2011

Fabric shopping in Bangkok

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Visiting friends and family members often have very similar queries when they land in Bangkok. “What are Bangkok must-sees?” Here are a few. “What is some food I’ve just gotta try?” How about these. And, “where do you suggest I buy fabric?” I have a few thoughts on that as well. Thai silk has become … read the full post

Sep 13 2011

Or Tor Kor market: Bangkok’s gourmet market

Published by under Food,Shopping

Wet markets in Thailand are easy to come across — gigantic Khlong Toei simmers in the south of Bangkok near the river and Hwai Kwang bubbles and brews in Ratchada — but orderly Or Tor Kor is a real treat in the north. Or Tor Kor (actually pronounced Aw Taw Kaw, every syllable rhyming with … read the full post

Sep 03 2011

DVDs in Bangkok

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As much as a complimentary foot massage, free cookies, and a wide screen at Siam Paragon sound appealing, sometimes you just want to watch a DVD from the comfort of your own bed. There is no Blockbuster, Netflix, or Hulu in Thailand, and WiFi, even at its prime, can be as slow as a food … read the full post

Aug 17 2011

Trendy clothing at Chatuchak

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I really do believe that the best tactic for taking on the always intimidating Chatuchak Weekend Market is to break it down by category. If you have the luxury of making multiple visits to the market then this category approach is easy-peasy. If you are doing the market all in one day, it still is … read the full post

Jul 14 2011

Hidden charms of Bangkok’s Khlong San Pier

Published by under Bars & nightlife,Shopping

Khlong San Pier along the Chao Phraya holds some fun and hidden secrets. Two restaurants with good music, cold beer, and great views of the boats passing by on the river flank the riverside on either side of the pier. Be My Guest and Id Beer Bar are both great spots to chill out; office … read the full post

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