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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  • Ceramics/Glassware

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

Chaophraya Bootery

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

Need custom-made cowboy boots? Get some for around $200 at Chaophraya Bootery. There's also a large inventory of ready-made leather shoes,...

Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company

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This is a prime place for silk by the yard and ready-made clothes. The prices are high, but the staff is knowledgeable. There are numerous...

Lin Silvercraft

  • Household Items/Furniture

Among all the knickknacks stacked from floor to ceiling, this shop has some of the most finely crafted silver cutlery in town. ...

Mandarin Oriental Spa

  • Spa/Beauty

A gentle massage in genteel surroundings is what you'll get at Mandarin Oriental Spa. Amid the wood-panel sophistication you can treat...


  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

Asking a taxi driver to take you to Patpong may prompt a smirk, but for fake Rolex watches, imposter Louis Vuitton handbags, and Western-size...

Ruen Nuad

  • Spa/Beauty

An inexpensive but excellent option for traditional Thai massage is Ruen Nuad. A 90-minute massage will cost B750. ...

Siam Bronze Factory

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

Siam Leather Goods

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