Shopping in Thailand

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Thailand is many things—a beachfront resort, a major tourist attraction, the home of beautiful elephants—but one of the best sights its known for are its markets. The whole of southeast Asia is a great place to pick up quality souvenirs and tacky knick-knacks alike, but it’s Thailand—with its night markets, floating markets, outdoor malls and waterside shopping centers—where you can truly say you’re in a shopper’s paradise.

Our agents can organize an unforgettable trip for you and your friends or family to Bangkok and Chiang Mai, the country’s two main shopping hubs. Follow one of our guides to the JJ Market (aka Chatuchak Weekend Market), a gigantic bazaar that covers 35 acres! Here you can pick up some gorgeous Thai silk, Celadon ceramics, teak wooden crafts—or fun, eclectic items like vinyl records or suits of armor. At Asiatique Night Bazaar, a waterside trade port-turned-outdoor-mall, you can browse over 1500 different boutiques while you snack on ice cream. Wander an after-dark mall like Rot Fai or one of the famous floating markets like Taling Chan, just 12 km from downtown Bangkok.

One of our clients, Dave H., lived in Thailand for 4 years and says that if you’re ever in the country, to check out these places:

Venus Thailand, Bangkok

Jewelry store that is honest and fairly priced. They’ve catered to expat and embassy staff for years and strive to do their best and keep their excellent reputation.

Sop Moei Arts, Bangkok and Chiang Mai

A 30-year-old nonprofit where you’ll find excellent silks, woven baskets and other crafts.

Mengrai Kilns, Chiang Mai

Famed for its fair-priced celadon, with colors of blue, green, turquoise and rare purple.

We at Willamette Intl Travel have a few knowledgeable vendors in Southeast Asia who organize trips, guided and independent, for our travelers. Whether you’re into traditional cooking or overnight hiking or just splurging on shopping, we can point you in the right direction! Call our travel experts to plan your trip today!

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