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Why Going To Thailand Specifically For Shopping May Be Worth Every Penny

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Thailand is among the most popular shopping destinations in the world. It offers a huge variety of products – from antiques to silk to incredible jewellery to great spices. A visit to this shopper’s paradise is worth every penny you spend there. Here are a few things you should pick on your trip:

  1. Thai spices and sauces for their unique flavours.
  2. Wooden carvings of elephants, the symbol of Thailand.
  3. Thai silk known for its exquisite quality.
  4. Handcrafted Thai jewellery.
  5. Bencharong porcelain and Sangkhalok stoneware pottery that Thailand is famous for.
  6. Wooden furniture from Chiang Mai – the furniture capital of Thailand.
  7. Coconut candies, dried durian and chocolate in the shape of Thai tuk-tuk is the best souvenir you can take home
  8. Muay Thai shorts that may inspire you to learn Thai boxing.
  9. Wickerwork exclusive to Thailand.
  10. If you are an antique lover, you have to pick some of the antique silverware, wooden carvings, or pottery.

How to shop?

While shopping in Thailand can be very economical, you should nevertheless make sure that you are paying the right price. If you plan on buying a branded product, prefer to purchase them from reputed stores that offer a fixed price. Insist on receipts for everything that you buy, so you can get back to them in case a discrepancy turns up. This is also important as Thailand is known for "duplicates".

Of course, small shops and the stalls in flea-market will not make a promise of the quality of the product sold. They will not give you any receipts even. Make sure you bargain hard – they will quote at least double the price they are willing to sell it at. And make sure that you do not pay the price of the original when buying a copy from them.

When going on your shopping trip, make sure you wear light, cotton clothes and put on your sunscreen. Sunglasses and a hat help staying safe in the heat as well. Flip-flops are the best footwear for the long walks that your shopping trip will include.

Where to shop?

When in Thailand, you will have to pull off a balancing act between sight-seeing and shopping. Here are six shopping destinations that you shouldn’t miss.

  1. Central Festival, Phuket
  2. Central World, Bangkok
  3. Chatuchak Weekend Market
  4. Bangkok’s Chinatown
  5. Pattaya Floating Market
  6. Asiatique the Riverfront

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