The Thai capital of Bangkok is a vibrant city that’s home to millions of friendly residents. An even equal number of visitors troop to this destination each year, owing to the beauty it bears and the richness of its culture. Bangkok’s diversity is evident in its wide selection of products on sale, ranging from modern to the traditional. There is so much to choose from if you’re looking for the perfect souvenir. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the ten best things to buy in Bangkok. Scroll down to find out what these are.
1. Silk products
The world gravitates towards Thailand in search of the most exquisite silk, and it is for this reason you should get yourself something silky when in Bangkok. There are so many silk products to choose, ranging from pillowcases, table runners, pouches, and clothing. One of the most renowned silk stores is Jim Thompson Silk where you’ll find colorful creations that they produce in collaboration with Thai artists. You can also shop at Queen Thai Silk which is famed for selling pure, hand-woven silk.
Address: 3rd & 4th Floor, 9 Surawong Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand
Price: 2500 THB (75 USD)
Thai’s mouthwatering food is an unforgettable experience, one that you ought to carry back home. Buy yourself some of their flavorful spices and add some verve to your own meals back home. A stroll through the markets will reveal the variety of spices on offer discernible from their strong aromas. Go for the dried spices as those will definitely survive the long flight back home. Thankfully, they are normally well packed in air-tight containers, ensuring the strong aroma stays in. Markets like Chatuchak Market and Little India have almost all spices you may need, and they cost from as little as 10 THB (30 US cents).
Price: 10 THB (0.30 USD)
3. Coconut oil products
The heterogenous coconut oil serves multiple purposes. It can be used as a beauty product, famed for offering numerous cosmetic benefits and it can also be used in food. Thailand is home to a plethora of coconut oil products, most of which are popular in the cosmetic industry. Buy some of these as a gift for a loved one or perhaps for yourself. You can’t miss it in supermarkets and even in beauty shops around the city. They’re also quite affordable with the cost being about 250 THB (USD 7) on average.
Price: 250 THB (7 USD)
4. Spa products
Thailand is a place filled with spas and wellness centers. Massage therapy is quite popular here, with many skilled therapists plying this trade. Spa products are, therefore, readily available in Bangkok and are of high-quality. Famous shops include Bath & Bloom, where you’ll find some very fragrant spa products that are excellent stress relievers. Other products include scented candles and essential oils as well as soothing balms. Make sure of buying lots of these as your friends and family will certainly appreciate having the Thai spa products in their homes. You can also shop at Karmakamet, a local outlet that sells superior body products. Prepare to spend up to 1,000 THB (USD 30).
Address: 2nd Floor, Atrium Zone, Central World Department Store, Bangkok
Price: 1,000 THB (30 USD)
Website: Bath & Bloom
5. Thai handicrafts
Beautiful handicrafts adorn the markets in Bangkok, a testament to this country’s rich culture. These artistic pieces are colorful and will add some character to your home. They make for excellent gifts as well, souvenirs from your travels to Thailand. Made by local artisans, these handicrafts come in the form of different products. You can choose to buy wooden carvings or perhaps some wicker baskets. There are also hand-crafted cushion covers that will certainly add a dash of color to your seats. The Thai handicrafts are sold in markets like Chatuchak Market or Silom Village and will set you back a maximum of 1500 THB (USD 45).
Price: 1500 THB (USD 45)
6. Silver jewelry
If you’re looking for something to buy that is always a great gift item, go for the elegant silver jewelry that Bangkok is known to have lots of. True, because of the popularity of silver, the city has also been flooded with bogus silver products. The best comes from the hill tribe, who make jewelry with 99% silver. Find them online to avoid the fake hill tribe products sold by some city vendors. Also, silver products with a .925 stamp are assured to be of top quality, boasting a silver percentage of 92.5. You can take a stroll in Chatuchak Market and browse through the selection they have and prepare to spend up to 18,000 THB (USD 540) for the best quality silver jewelry.
Price: 18,000 THB (540 USD)
Thai antiques are very beautiful and unique owing to the country’s very rich culture and deep history. Their antiques are, somewhat, national treasures and are, therefore, strictly guarded by the government. For instance, you can’t leave Thailand with a Buddha statue unless you have a permit and this is on top of the statues being very expensive. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t find an antique to carry back home, but they can only be replicas. Visit Silom Village where you’ll find vendors of such replica antiques that sell at an average of 2,000 THB (USD 60).
Price: 2,000 THB (60 USD)
8. Muay Thai shorts
Muay Thai is a type of Thai boxing that involves the use of, not only the fists but also the elbows and knees. This sport is very popular in the country and Muay Thai-related merchandise would act as wonderful gifts for sports fans back home. Muay Thai shorts make for the perfect purchase and are readily available in Bangkok. They are popular among tourists owing to their low cost of as little as 300 THB (USD 9). You can buy them at the malls, sports stores or even the open-air markets.
Muay Thai shorts
Price: 300 THB (9 USD)
9. Fruit soaps
These soaps are made of natural products, free of chemical substances. They are then carved to look like specific fruits and sold at a very low cost of about 30 THB (USD 1). Their fragrance is similar to that of a Mango, the one most people go for. Head to Chatuchak Market and browse the wide selection that they have there and carry home a few to help you remember your experience in Bangkok.
Price: 30 THB (1 USD)
10. Bento squid
This is a snack of dried squid that’s been laced with eye-watering spices. Each bite will light up your mouth but will also leave you yearning for more. Bento Squid’s addictive taste is the main reason you should buy some when in Bangkok. Popular as they are, you won’t search too long before you find them. They are sold in almost every supermarket, and they cost roughly 17 THB (USD 0.50).
Price: 17 THB (0.50 USD)
Find the perfect souvenir
Bangkok is awash with wonderful things to buy so you won’t be searching for too long for an ideal souvenir or gift item. With our list above, you’ve narrowed down your options and can be sure of some of the most unique purchases. Happy shopping!
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