A trip to Thailand is incomplete without shopping. From the tiny local shops selling beautiful handicrafts to huge malls stocking up luxury items, the retail industry in Thailand caters to people from a diverse economic background. If you want to experience this in person, you have to visit Thailand soon.
What to shop?
From home décor items, jewellery, clothing and souvenirs to authentic Thai spices and Thai silk, the country never ceases to amaze its visitors with its huge options to shop. Thailand is known for its Bencharong Porcelain and Sangkhalok stoneware which are carved intricately to make showpieces, crockery and other home décor items. Wickerwork items like baskets and furniture made from locally produced bamboo plants are also popular in Thailand.
Thailand is also famous for selling “dupes” or “first-copies” of well-known branded items. If you do not want to spend a fortune on buying expensive branded products, you can try purchasing their first-copy items from here which are exact replicas of the original products.
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How to shop?
Although shopping is cheap in Thailand, you must ensure that you are paying the right price for a product. Ensure that you go to a standard shop if you want to buy original branded products because these shops sell products at fixed and original prices. Always ask for receipts before paying the bill so that you can come back in case of any discrepancy.
Small shops and flea-market stalls do not provide receipts for the products sold and do not take any responsibility for the quality of the products either. Usually, these shops tend to charge double the original price of the product and can easily fool you by selling copies of branded products at the price of the original!
Wear light cotton clothes to shop comfortably during the daytime. Apply sunscreen and wear a sunglass and a hat to stay safe from the heat. As shopping will involve a lot of walking here and there, try wearing comfortable slippers or a pair of good sneakers.
Where to shop?
While your heart will crave for some more time to shop, you’ll need to ensure that your trip itinerary is not disturbed due to it. You need to balance sight-seeing and shopping side-by-side and hence you need to shortlist the main places to shop in the country instead of visiting each and every one of them. To ensure that you do not miss the fun to shop, we present you a list of top 6 shopping destinations that must be a part of your Thailand trip itinerary.
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1. Central Festival, Phuket
Location: 74-75, Wichitsongkram Road, Wichit, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Timings: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM. everyday
It is a hub with around 120 shopping outlets in Phuket. One can spend an entire day here shopping for everything under one roof like clothing, handicrafts, sports items, books and stationeries.
2. Central World, Bangkok
Location: 4,4/1-4/2 4/4 Ratchadamri Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, every day
Central World in Bangkok is a 7 storied shopper’s heaven with multiplexes, restaurants, shopping stores and bars and nightclubs, everything under one roof. It is the 11th largest shopping complex in the world!
3. Chatuchak Weekend Market
Location: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, KhwaengChatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung ThepMaha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM – Wednesdays and Thursdays | 6 PM to 12 AM – Fridays | 9 AM to 6 PM – Saturdays and Sundays
As the name suggests, the Chatuchak weekend market is a fascinating market with more than 8000 stalls selling exquisite handicrafts, jewellery exotic pets, apparel and other wonderful products. This market is also a go-to place for street food lovers.
Location: Yaowarat Road, Bangkok
Founded in 1982, Bangkok’s Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world. It serves as a hub of Chinese culture, with numerous shops selling traditional goods and local street food as well as fabrics like silk at wholesale prices
5. Pattaya Floating Market
Location: 451/304, Moo 12, Sukhumvit Road, Pattaya
Timings: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
The Pattaya Floating market is one of the popular tourist attractions as well as a shopping centre in Pattaya, Thailand. The floating market hosts long boats on waterfronts where the sellers showcase their products. You can shop from the pavement or take a boat ride for a closer look at the products sold there. You can buy fresh flowers, fruits, vegetables, souvenirs, jewellery and other household items here.
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6. Asiatique the Riverfront
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Location: CharoenkrungSoi 74-76, Bangkok
Timings: 5:00 PM to 7:00 AM
Witness the magic of a shopping mall and a night market at Asiatique, the riverfront. The beautiful décor and ambience make this place a popular tourist attraction in Bangkok. The shopping complex is a home to some of the finest luxury and boutique stores in Thailand.
So, whenever you plan your Thailand trip, ensure that you do not miss to visit these attractive shopping destinations to shop until you drop. Thailand, in its true sense, is indeed a shopper’s paradise. Call us today to get your Thailand trip customized!
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