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Bangkok Shopping

> see also Bangkok photo gallery

Bangkok has a well-deserved reputation as one of Asia’s top shopping cities. Regardless of budget, the city has shopping opportunities at every bend, from modern, air-conditioned malls to sidewalk markets where bargaining is the order of the day.

Thailand is the world’s largest producer of rubies and sapphires; both can be found in the city’s numerous jewelry shops, usually set in 22 karat gold. Diamonds, cultured pearls from Phuket, and Burmese jade are other top purchases. Jewelry should only be purchased in reputable stores to avoid fakes.

Thai silk is another local specialty; local tailors can cut custom suits, dresses, and shirts in a matter of days. Home decorating items are also popular, from mother-of-pearl trays to celadon, a Thai ceramic usually done in a jade tone. Wooden and bronze images are also found in Bangkok’s antique shops but the Thai government prohibits the exporting of any Buddha image.

For big-ticket items, air-conditioned shopping malls are popular including the Siam Centre, Mahboonkrong, Oriental Plaza, and Amarin Plaza. For local crafts, the Queen’s Chitralada chain of stores, and Narayana Phand, the government handicrafts center, are top choices. Weekend travelers shouldn’t miss the market at Chatuchak, which includes handicrafts from across Asia.

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