Bangkok Shopping

Many tourists are drawn to Bangkok for its relatively cheap silk, gems, and tailor-made clothes. But there are many other goods worth seeking out: quality silverware, fine porcelain, and handmade leather goods—all at prices well below those in western shops. The already reduced 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 start 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. Patronizing reputable dealers will help you avoid getting scammed on big-ticket items like jewelry .

Thai antiques and old images of the Buddha require a special export license; check out the Thai Board of Investment's Web site at www.boi.go.th/english for rules on exporting and applications to do so.

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 Anantara Siam Bangkok hotel 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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Anantara Spa

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A relaxing massage with warm oils is among the many treatments available at the Anantara Siam Bangkok. You can even arrange for a poolside...

Asiatique the Riverfront

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In a prime spot along the Chao Phraya River, this complex of eateries, bars, and shops occupies 10 old warehouses with retro and industrial...

Benjarong

  • Ceramics/Glassware

This massive ceramics shop has a huge inventory and will make to order dining sets, bowls, and vases. ...

COMO Shambhala

  • Spa/Beauty

The ultimate urban escape, this spa relaxes you upon arrival with a cup of ginger-lemongrass tea. There's a wide range of treatments.

Central Chitlom

  • Clothing

The flagship location of Thailand's largest department store chain has a good selection of jewelry, clothing, and fabrics, including...

Central World

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

At more than 1 million square meters (nearly 11 million square feet), this monster claims to be Southeast Asia's biggest mall. It's packed...

Chaophraya Bootery

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

You can get custom-made cowboy boots for around $200 here. The shop also stocks a large inventory of ready-made leather shoes, boots,...

Chatuchak Weekend Market

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

You can purchase virtually anything at the city's largest market, including silk items in a mudmee (tie-dyed before weaving) design that...

Emporium

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

One of the first malls in Bangkok, this glitzy place has a little sales area on the sixth floor full of beautiful silks, incense, and...

Gaysorn Shopping Centre

  • Clothing

This upscale shopping center may outshine all the others with its white marble and chrome fixtures. You'll find all the requisite European...

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