Thailand : A Shopper's Paradise

Introduction

If bargains are your thing, Thailand is your place. Spruce up those haggling tactics because you’ll need them. It is said that shopkeepers actually get upset if you do not haggle! So, put on those walking shoes and get shopping; you are never far away from a good bargain in Thailand.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

The top of the pops, this huge market engulfs every aspect that retail has to offer via the plethora of merchandise on sale. A small world in itself replete with Thai aesthetics, this weekend’s market should be on every visitor’s list when in Thailand. Wade through a complex yet organized maze of stalls to find precious buys, unbelievable steals and an insane variety of products. Be sure that you’ll find it all from apparel, accessories, handicrafts that are local and regional, home furnishing, plants, antiques, collectibles, pets, art, ceramics, you name it. Shoppers should be ready to bargain, as it is a completely accepted practice in Thailand. This mega-shopping destination could take you your entire weekend to pursue, so be forewarned!

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Chiang Mai night market

Night markets are an experience that one must not miss, if given a chance. Tops in some Oriental charm and you have a dazzling and unique shopping spree at hand. The Chiang Mai Night Market is filled with numerous street markets in one locale. The many streets of this market spread far and wide that one does end up spending several hours coursing through the delightful stalls. Whether it is Thai skills or ceramics or it is regional artwork that catches your attention, Buddhist replicas or exquisitive silver jewellery, the options are endless for shopper looking to take back as much of Thailand as they possibly fit in. This market is known for its quaint shopping spots, one will also see bag names in clothing and electronics with copy goods and designer names. All in all, the Chiang Mai Night Market is a quirky mix of retail heaven.

Chaweng in Koh Samui

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Koh Samui is one of the most popular spots in Thailand and the beach-side shopping fiesta takes it notches above. Chaweng is the shopping hub in Koh Samui that is a as big as any city shopping centre. An electric combination of stalls and shops, this shopping haunt offers an unbelievable assortment of products.

Bargain-junkies will find specialized boutiques offering unusual items that are made locally while mall-shoppers will find their fill in large retail shops like Giordano. Don’t miss the cash-and-carry mart that helps you stock up on cute beachy stuff. Tropical print bikinis, faux, designer sunglasses, sarongs, headscarves, sandals, souvenirs, customized tailor shops, beachwear, lovely jewellery, make-to-order art on the spot by artists on stand-by; the shopper in you is sure to celebrate the art of shopping. Dotted with shops selling plenty to eat and drink, the Chaweng shopping fiesta is a must-do for any and every tourist.

Local food market in Krabi

Oriental spices wafting through the air, colorful food stalls selling delicious fare and a whiff of the local atmosphere is what the local food market in Krabi Islands is all about. Unlike the usual food markets meant for tourists, this food market has an exceptional variety of local dishes on sale by street vendors or stalls. The scent of local Thai spices envelope you as you stroll through the market. Almost entirely dedicated to Thai cuisine, this spot is a haven for those looking to sample the local delicacies with local chefs and experts doling out sumptuous meals. Do not expect 5 stars dining here but instead relish a traditional Thai soup, or one of the several chicken, seafood or beef dishes or sample a simple red and green Thai curry with sticky rice. Reasonably priced, this food market should be sampled to be believed.

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Mae Hong Son hill tribe market

Set against the backdrop of stunning Northern Thailand, Mae Hong Son Hill Market is for those looking to score unique, rare collectibles from their travels. A quaint little village that offers an interesting mix of different religions and cultures that co-exist together. As a result of this fusion, the market offers myriad options to shoppers. Traditional items to modern products, it is a remote shopper’s haven. Souvenir’s, handicrafts, precious gems, locally crafted goods, antiques, collectibles and vintage goods make this tribal market a delight to shop in. The food too is great here. Made from local produce, It tickles your senses and gives you Thailand’s best on a plate. There are several markets in Thailand that are rich with vivid colors, crafts and sounds to experience. You cannot leave Thailand without getting a glimpse of the top five haunts that offer Thailand’s heritage and USP rolled in one.

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