from Bangkok Honeymoon Planner
see also Bangkok photo gallery
Bangkok has a well-deserved reputation as one of Asias
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 worlds largest producer of rubies and sapphires;
both can be found in the citys 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.
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 Bangkoks
antique shops but the Thai government prohibits the exporting of any Buddha
For big-ticket items, air-conditioned shopping malls are popular including
the Siam Centre, Mahboonkrong, Oriental Plaza, and Amarin Plaza. For local
crafts, the Queens Chitralada chain of stores, and Narayana Phand,
the government handicrafts center, are top choices. Weekend travelers
shouldnt miss the market at Chatuchak, which includes handicrafts
from across Asia.