Bangkok Shopping

Each year more and more tourists are drawn to the Thai capital for its relatively cheap silk, gems, and tailor-made clothes. But there are a slew of other goods worth discovering: quality silverware, fine porcelain, and handmade leather goods—all at prices that put western shops to shame. The already low prices can often be haggled down even further (haggling is mainly reserved for markets, but

shopkeepers will let you know if they're willing to discount, especially if you started walking away).

Don't be fooled by a tuk-tuk driver offering to take you to a shop. Shop owners pay drivers a commission to lure in unsuspecting tourists. Avoid getting scammed on big-ticket items like jewelry by patronizing only reputable dealers.

The city's most popular shopping areas are along Silom Road and Surawong Road, where you can find quality silk; Sukhumvit Road, which is rich in leather goods; Yaowarat Road in Chinatown, where gold trinkets abound; and along Oriental Lane and Charoen Krung (New Road), where there are many antiques shops. The shops around Siam Square and at the World Trade Center attract both Thais and foreigners. Peninsula Plaza, across from the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok in the embassy district, has upscale shops. If you're knowledgeable about fabric, you can find bargains at the textile merchants who compete along Pahuraht Road in Chinatown and Pratunam Road off Phetchaburi Road. You can even take the raw material to a tailor and have something made.

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Siam Bronze Factory

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For quality works in bronze, try Siam Bronze Factory. It's near the Mandarin Oriental. ...

Siam Centre

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This is where Bangkok's young hipsters come for the latest fashion trends. With one-of-a-kind handmade clothing, shoes, and accessories,...

Siam Discovery

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Full of shops selling international labels, Siam Discovery has the added bonus of the most grandiose movie theater in Thailand, the Grand...

Siam Leather Goods

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

For shoes and jackets, try Siam Leather Goods. ...

Siam Paragon

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

With 250 stores, including all the big international designers from Porsche to Chanel, Siam Paragon also has a multiplex cinema, tons...

Soi Sampeng

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

This street has lots of fabrics—it's Bangkok's best-known and oldest textile center, and is located in the heart of Chinatown off Ratchawong...

Sretsis

  • Clothing

Three Thai sisters, darlings of the local design scene, created Sretsis, a feminine design label that has fashionistas around the world...

Than Shine

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Run by sisters Cho Cho and Mon Mon, Than Shine offers classic and modern designs. ...

Uthai's Gems

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With top-quality gems, reliable service, and hordes of repeat clients, it's no wonder you need an appointment to peruse the huge inventory...

Yunomori Onsen Spa

  • Spa/Beauty

Bangkok's first Japanese hot spring, this traditional bathhouse has first-class spa treatments. There's even real spring water, thousands...

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