Thailand50 - Shopping In Thailand

Some of the best shopping in Asia can be found in the bustling city of Bangkok and even the most ardent shopping will be satisfied by the City's choice of wares, which can be found in some of its world class shopping malls and the local Street Markets.

There are endless shopping opportunities in Thailand. You don't even need to bring any empty suitcase as luggage is just one of the product items to be found at very inexpensively.

Popular purchases from Thailand include Thai silk, jewelry and gemstones, bronze artwork, lacquer ware, clothing, discounted brand names in clothing and accessories and many kinds of interesting local souvenirs, all at surprisingly affordable prices. When visiting any major City in Thailand a visit to a recommended tailor is a must.

Before you begin any tour of Bangkok, be sure to purchase a copy of Nancy Chandler's map of Bangkok. Described as the best tourist map of Bangkok, the colorful and hand lettered map includes a detailed map of the surrounding areas with clear marking of BTS skytrain and MRT subway stations. The map includes detailed sections of The Chatuchak Weekend Market, China Town, the backpackers' haven of Khao San and the more upmarket venues located around Sukhumvit and Sathorn.

Also available is a similarly detailed map of Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas.

The maps are accompanied by a pocket sized notebook which details shopping secrets which can take any ex-pat years to acquire.

http://www.nancychandler.net/
http://www.nancychandler.net/product.asp?pId=11

Bangkok

The Paragon Shopping Centre

This opened in December 2005 and has added another shopping venue which places Bangkok firmly on the map for world class shopping. This huge complex occupies 500,000 sq meters in the hear of the City and offers over 250 world class luxury brand names under one roof, as well as a Department Stores, Supermarket and Edutainment and Entertainment Centre.

The Paragon Centre is well located and connected to the BST Skytrain Station, just one stop from Central Chidlom.

http://www.siamparagon.co.th/

Emporium Department Store and Mall.

Located on Sukhumvit, The Emporium is a fashion and lifestyle complex of local and international brand names.

The Oriental Hotel has a Café Concession, THE SALON DE L'ORIENTAL, on the ground floor and this offers a welcome break and an opportunity to regroup before visiting some of the major international outlets located in the Emporium Complex.

The Japanese bookshop, Kinokuniya, on the 3rd Floor is well stocked with helpful staff.

In the Department Store itself, the Living Department on the 5th floor is a cornucopia of household appliances and kitchen gadgets, some of which cannot be found elsewhere.

The Food hall and Food court are situated on the 5th Floor.

Emporium complex is open from 10am to 10pm daily.

http://www.emporiumthailand.com/about.php

Central Department Stores

Located at Chidlom, Ladprao, Bang Na and Pinklao. The flagship store is located on Chidlom. A walk through from the store is available to the Chidlom BST Sky Train. Central Chidlom is a classic department store which is still favored by the established Bangkokian set.

The Foodloft on the top floor can get very busy at lunchtimes. There outlets for Thai, Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, and Italian cuisine, as well as a fruit and desert bar. The seating area is large and prices are very reasonable.

A Jim Thompson outlet is located on the Ground Floor.

A Marks and Spencer Concession is located on the 2nd Floor at Chidlom. Food products and limited amount of clothing items are on display.

The new Food Hall located in the basement presents important products, which although expensive and first class.

Car parking and valet service.

Open from 10am to 9pm every day.

http://www.central.co.th/web/index.html

Narayana Phand

Narayana Pand is Thailand's largest handicraft store. It is located opposite the World Trade Centre. This store is a joint venture between the Royal Thai Government and the Private Sector. Visitors can purchase handicrafts from all parts of Thailand, including Thai Silk, ceramics, wooden carvings, lacquerware, bronze items, inexpensive clothing and leather goods, all found at very reasonable prices.

The Basement level is a bustling market where bargaining is the order of the day. However, on the upper floors prices are fixed.

http://www.bma.go.th/bmaeng/pathumwan/narayana.html

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Covering an area of 35 acres this market contains more than 1500 shops and stalls and attracts 200,000 visitors a day. The range of products is huge covering everything under the sun, from household products to antiques and live animals.

Bargaining is mandatory and prices are generally substantially cheaper than can be found in the shopping centers and street stalls found in the central areas of Bangkok.

Your Nancy Chandler Map is a much needed resource when navigating Chatuchak Market.

The BST Mo Chit Skytrain station is the nearest stop and the Market is just 5 minutes walk away.

A trip to Chatuchak Market can be a hot and sticky experience so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and light clothing…….and take a bottle of water with you.

http://www.into-asia.com/bangkok/markets/chatuchak.php
http://bangkok.sawadee.com/chatuchak.htm

Pratunam Market

Pratunam Market is the largest clothing market in Bangkok. Situated close to the Indra Regent Hotel, Pratunam Market is in the very centre of Bangkok

If you have had your fill of the many market stalls, visit the Bai Yoke Building, which houses six floors of clothing ranging from children's clothes andT-shirts to formal suits and evening wear.

http://www.circleofasia.com/Pratunam-Market-Bangkok-Thailand.htm
http://www.hasekamp.net/markets3.htm

Khao San Road Area

In the district of Banglamphsu. Khao San was formerly the location for budget guest houses, but has now become an enclave of cafes, street markets, boutiques and bars, often frequented by the backpacker brigade.

http://www.bangkok.com/area-guide/khao-san.html
http://www.khaosanroad.com/cafes.html
http://olavi.com/Khaosan.htm

Sukhumvit Road

Sukhumvit is the main commercial road in Bangkok as well as being the preferred residential area for most foreigners.

There are shops and street markets on either side of the road. Many clothing items are on sale here, as well as fake designer goods.

The Nancy Chandler map devotes a whole section to Sukuhmvit Road from Soi Nana to Ekamai Station.

On the Corner of Soi 33 is the Villa Supermarket main store. In the surrounding streets there are many furniture and home decorating shops. Foodland Supermarket is another grocery store frequented by Expats and they have a store on the corner of Soi Nana.

http://www.thaiwebsites.com/sukhumvit.asp
Foodhalls and Supermarkets
Central Chidlom
Emporium

Villa Supermarket

Villa Supermarkets in several locations, but the one on Soi 33 Sukhumvit is the largest. It has become the mainstay for Expat groceries over the years with a large variety of local and important produce. Artichokes, Parsnips, New Potatoes, are just a few of the items to be found here. We understand that Villa is planning to open a new Branch in Pattaya during the course of 2007.

Soi 33/1, Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok 10110
Tel: +66 2 662 0372

Villa Supermarket Branches:
Soi 49, Sukhumvit Road
Tel: +66 2 662 5882

Basement Ploenchit Center,
Soi 2, Sukhumvit Road
Tel: +66 2 656 9071

Soi Nichada Thani, Soi Samakee Tel: +66 2 584 5444

Corner Soi 8, Pahonyothin Road Tel: +66 2 619 1001

Sukhumvit 11
Tel: +66 2 253 5528

Silom Road
Tel: +66 2 636 6857

Silk

Jim Thompson:

Jim Thompson is an international brand name these days but with it'\s roots firmly settled in branches all over Thailand. For high quality and beautifully made garments, accessories, handbags, wallets, and well as furniture and soft furnishings, Jim Thompson cannot be missed.

A complete list of branches can be found at the following link:

http://www.jimthompson.com/aboutus.asp

Anita Thai Silk
Shop Address:
294/4-5 Silom Road
Bangkok 10500, Thailand.
Tel : (662) 234-2481, 234-7637, 237-8485-6
Fax: (662) 237-1375

Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

http://www.anitasilk.com/shop.shtml

Tailors and Made to Measure Garments

Tailors can be found on almost every street corner in Thailand. You can either supply the Tailor with your own fabric or purchase from the shop at the same time you order your made to measure garment.

Garments can be made to quick order and will often be delivered to your home or hotel.

Jewelry and Gemstones

Thailand has a long history of natural gem resources. As a result the Thai gemstone and jewelry industry was a natural conclusion as the Thai people have an established tradition for fine craftsmanship.

Thailand is well known for its Ruby and Sapphire deposits and gems from many areas around the world find their way to Bangkok as Thai cutting skills are recognized as superior to many other locations.

Thai Gold, which is purchased in a weight unit of one Baht . In the past Thailand had extensive gold mines, and its former name of Siam literally means 'gold'. Thai gold is a .965 fine, a little over 23k. One Baht of gold is 15.2grams. The price for Thai gold is displayed in every gold shop and that price is not negotiable. A piece of gold jewellery is therefore sold by weight, plus a manufacturing charge, depending how ornate or labor intensive the piece has been to make.

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