Photo: Souvenirs at Narai Phand.

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Thai souvenir shopping

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Bangkok is teeming with markets and malls, but some places offer better options when it comes to picking up high-quality Thai souvenirs than others. Read on for our suggestions for finding everything from a classic silk scarf to something a bit more offbeat.





But first: What should you actually look forward to being able to buy in Thailand? Silk is probably one of Thailand’s most famed exports—the rejuvenation of the industry thanks in no small part to Jim Thompson, whose house you should visit while here—and your options extend to far more than just scarves and ties. Perhaps get a silk dress tailor-made, pick up a lipstick holder, cushion covers or a silk-covered notebook. Head out to the Jim Thompson factory outlet on Soi 93 for the most affordable range of high-quality silk items. Any market will have silk scarves, too, but the quality will vary.

Benjarong and Thai royalty spied at Chatuchak. Photo taken in or around Thai souvenir shopping, Bangkok, Thailand by Samantha Brown.

Benjarong and Thai royalty spied at Chatuchak. Photo: Samantha Brown

Aside from silk, Thailand is famous for its pretty jade green celadon ceramics and delicate benjarong porcelain—both techniques originated in China centuries ago. Silver jewellery and other items like plates and cups are generally a good buy in Thailand, too. For the kitchen, spices and curry pastes make for good take-home treats, as does locally grown coffee. Thai designers make fabulous homewares too, from placemats and coasters to cutlery and candles. If you’re an art lover, check out Bangkok’s contemporary galleries for something special to take home, while antiques lovers will likely find something among these ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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