If you’re into shopping, shopping in Thailand can be a marvelous experience. With their dazzling array of offerings, both local and imported and coming in a wide variety of prices, you’ll never know what you’ll find and for how much you can score it on your shopping forays in the country. We’ve compiled here the must-see places where you can get the best deals when shopping in Thailand.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Located in Bangkok, the Chatuchak Weekend Market is a true bargain hunter’s paradise. In its sprawling space you’ll find hundreds of stalls selling an unbelievable variety of products, from clothes and jewelry, to exotic animals, to electronics and home appliances, and to DVDs and collector vinyl records. Haggling is a game you’re encouraged to play here, so long as you do it politely.
If Chatuchak Weekend Market is a bargain hunter’s paradise, then Siam Square is for the brand-conscious and with money to burn. Siam Square is Bangkok’s equivalent of Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles, Fifth Avenue in New York, and Savile Row in London. It’s also a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee and do people-watching.
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar consists of several stalls sprouting like mushrooms at the intersection of Chang Klang Road and Tha Pae Road. While most of these stalls sell clothes, fashion accessories, and local handicrafts, there are some that sell one-of-a-kind jewelry and other goods here. Even if you’re not shopping, it’s nice to soak in the energetic atmosphere of the place as well as to sample the street food.
Phuket Old Town
This island in Thailand isn’t all just beaches and bar-hopping. If you pass by Phuket Old Town, you’ll find a quaint and fascinating collection of shops selling clothes and textiles, as well as locally made handicrafts. There are also several artists’ studios where you can browse and buy Thai art, either with traditional or modern styles and themes.
Hat Yai, Thailand’s fourth-largest city, is Southern Thailand’s shopping capital. This burgeoning metropolis has an impressive collection of shopping malls and department stalls. Most notable of these are Robinson Department Store, Tesco Lotus, and Central Department Store Hat Yai. These establishments carry almost everything, both local and imported. Hat Yai also has multiple markets where you can find luxury brands at discounted prices, as well as outright knockoffs.
Thailand is a lovely place for shopping. Book your trip to Thailand now and experience the heady excitement of shopping in Thailand.