Thailand has been the rage of South-East Asia for far too long now. A favourite of Indian travelers, be it families or bachelors or couples, cheap Bangkok packages clutter travel spaces everywhere. There are lots of things to do in Bangkok, here’s our pick of what to bring back from your Thai holiday, the best buys!
The Thai are a big fan of silk; all of their traditional outfits are based around brightly coloured silk. Khorat is the center of the silk industry in Thailand and a steady supplier of rose Thai silk for many generations. Thai silk is famous for its special qualities produced through unparralleled manufacturing processes, bearing unique patterns and colors. From scarves to shawls, shirts, blouses, skirts, jackets, ties, bags, headscarves – you’ll find them all in silk!
The cheapest Thai silk at markets like Chatuchak Weekend Market, Talad Lot Fai (Railway Market, on Saturday and Sunday nights near Khampaeng Phet underground train station), and in shopping malls like MBK. Expect to pay 100 baht ($3.10) for a scarf and around 200 baht ($6.20) for a silk shirt.
Of course Thailand has more of those ‘contraband’ DVD’s than a lot of countries put together, but we’re not talking about those. Pick up DVD’s of your favourite American TV shows and all popular Hollywood movies; authentic and genuine, just cheaper. You can pick up Thai movies too, just check to make sure they have English subtitles. They are cheaper simply because they are manufactured for the Thai market. As long as they are sealed in plastic wrap, they should be genuine.
Don’t miss checking out DVD stalls that pop up in the mezzanine areas of Bangkok’s markets. You can pick up a whole seasons for as cheap as 299 baht and movies for around $1.30 each. You will find music as well.
Clothing is one of the cheapest and best buys in Bangkok. You will find clothes that are completely unique, that no-one back home will ever wear, for less than an average blouse in the US or Europe. Check out shops at Siam Square, and inside Siam Center mall. Just don’t buy at the market stalls that pop up on Sukhumvit every night - they’re for the tourists, and much more expensive. The designer scene in Thailand is shining bright with thousands of independent designers popping up everywhere.
Another incredibly cheap thing to buy in Bangkok is tailor made clothing. They are easy to find and will copy almost any design you choose. They are fast and efficient and you clothes will get made before you leave. You can always bargain for a cheaper price and, the more you buy, the cheaper it will be.
If you want to decorate your home and not be bankrupt by the end of it, Bangkok is the place to shop. Incredibly beautiful painted cushion covers, hand carved vases, hand made paper lights, lamps and other Thai handicrafts, all at bargain prices. You will the prettiest fairy lights and ornaments. And you don’t have to worry about carrying them back safely home, Bangkok is well-equipped with some very good packing material.
The places to visit in Bangkok for household accessories are Chatuchak Market (the place to go), Suan Lum Night Bazaar and the next-to-top floor at MBK shopping mall.
Did you know that Thailand is ‘the place’ to buy orchids; they are shipped all the over the world from here. But unlike the shipped ones abroad, they’re incredibly cheap here. You can pick them up on your way back home. When roses can be bought for as little as 50 cents a bouquet and orchids for $1, why wouldn’t you?
Other flowers too are available at amazing prices in Bangkok’s many flower markets. And if you want to ship them abroad, most sellers will be able to do this for you.
Other popular shopping in Bangkok includes bags, shoes, ceramics, pottery, electronics, computer peripherals, costume jewellery, curry pastes and other preserved condiments.