Thailand’s shopping experience would leave the average shopaholic utterly bamboozled. With street markets, glitzy malls, towering shopping complexes, artsy galleries and winding bazaars crowding the landscape of Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai, shoppers are spoilt for choice.
To the inexperienced eye, these crowded streets and malls might be a chaotic whirlpool of scarves, precious stones, bags and belts. But if you know where to go, Thailand will ensure you shop till you drop without burning too big a hole in your pocket. Here are the best places to visit in Thailand to get the best and budget-friendly deals.
Bangkok is home to the Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the largest markets in the world. A weekend market, it has within its boundaries more than 15,000 stalls bringing together everything from flutes to chunky silver jewelry, from expensive brass works to cuddly pets. The Chatuchak Market assures the enthusiastic shopper a plethora of choices. From large canvas paintings to trendy t shirts, from traditional pottery to delicious snacks, you will find it all at Chatuchak.
Nestled in Phuket Town, this gallery is considered one of the most interesting of its kind, selling art and craft items right from the pre-boom era to the post-recession period. The Drawing Room is reminiscent of 20th century London with its beautiful artworks. To the art lover, this gallery will prove to be a paradisiacal outlet of colourful canvasses and aesthetic paintings.
Entering the halls of the Emporium in Bangkok is akin to traversing the pages of a glossy magazine. Four out of seven floors of this shopping centre are devoted to fashion, but there is also provision for a gadget floor for all those with an interest in enhancing their digital lifestyle. The glitzy mall includes a separate floor for sporting goods as well.
Famous for its handicrafts and portrait paintings, the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar in the culturally rich Chiang Mai is one of the city’s main night time attractions. If you are looking for a souvenir from Thailand for someone back home, this is the place to look. Carved soaps, knitted woolens, cottage-industry goods, toys, lanterns, lights, clothing and jewelry are all popular items of sale.
Also known to locals as MMK, this sprawling shopping mall in Bangkok is fast becoming the city’s top attractions. On any day, thousands of people can be seen flitting in and out of the massive glass doors. The mall’s floors are bordered by shops selling mobile phones, mobile accessories, wallets, handbags, fashion apparel, shoes and name brands. There are also special departments dedicated to selling kitchen and home-ware.
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