Souvenir Shopping, Bangkok

It would be a pity to leave Bangkok without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Bangkok, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Thailand » Bangkok (See other walking tours in Bangkok)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Author: Daniel
Disaya Accessories at Central Chidlom

1) Disaya Accessories at Central Chidlom

What to buy here: Disaya Accessories - fun, feminine, and fabulous, are the words to describe the oh-so-chic accessories line of a successful ready-to-wear Thai designer brand, Disaya. For young girls and ladies who are young at heart. The current autumn/winter 2011 collection is inspired by the winter moon and is named “Call of the Winter Moon.” Disaya jewelry shops are located in the luxurious malls of Bangkok, like the Central Chidlom Department Store (Chidlom BTS, exit 5). The prices start at a few thousand baht, but that’s what you have to pay for an in style lavish brand. Disaya has top celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Osbourne, Agyness Deyn, and most recently Camilla Belle who have worn the label.
HARNN at Gaysorn Plaza

2) HARNN at Gaysorn Plaza

What to buy here: Herbal Spa Products – Thailand is known as a leisure & relaxation travel destination, for its superb service and value for money. True local scents like jasmine, lemongrass, or plumeria will excite your senses during your time in Thailand and remind you of your holiday even after you return home. A popular and posh Thai spa brand is named HARNN, with its beautiful and sophisticated packaging. HARNN is located on the 3rd floor at Gaysorn Plaza (Chidlom BTS.) Be sure not to buy anything too big, as liquid quantities are usually regulated at most international airports. Nearby the shop you will find several other massage and spa product brands. Enjoy picking the many wonderful aroma and beautiful packaging. A gift of pampering for the body, mind and soul.
Gourmet at Siam Paragon

3) Gourmet at Siam Paragon

What to buy here: Durian Chips | Pre-made Thai Seasonings | Ready to Eat Chili Paste | Thai Good Luck Dessert.

-Pre-made Thai Seasonings - Mussaman Curry was voted in 2011 as the world’s most delicious dish on CNN’s travel website CNNGo. Popular Thai dishes like Tom Yum Goong and Pad Thai have also made it to the top 10 list. These pre-made seasonings could easily be found in big supermarkets around the city.

-Durian Chips – An intimidating fruit with a notorious smell. When turned into chips, however, they are as addictive as buttered popcorn. The normal ripe durian is even prohibited on the skytrain and in cabs, that’s how serious people are about the smell, and they have a dedicated signs to let you know.

- Ready to Eat Chili Paste – Thailand is known for its spicy food, the many variety of ready to eat chili paste is a unique gift for the daring taste buds. This gift is for the advanced food experimenters, even for Thai people (not everyone eats chili paste). Price of the chili paste varies depending on size, brand, and ingredients (for example if the chili paste is made with shrimp, it will be more expensive than a fish paste,) from 35-85 baht. These containers are sealed air tight so do not worry about the interesting aroma coming out.

- Thai Good Luck Dessert – A moist treat made of egg yolk, sugar, flour and coconut. These gold colored desserts are also named after the precious metal, and are eaten at special ceremonies like weddings or house warming parties, to supposedly bring good fortune to the hosts and guests. The taste might catch you off-guard as they tend to be too sweet for some people, but if it’s for luck, why not? Most convenient locations are on G floor at Siam paragon (Siam BTS,) and 5th floor the Emporium, a place called kaopeenong (translated to 9 siblings) the shops are located in front of Gourmet Supermarket at the department stores. A pack of 6 pieces costs 40-120 baht. The ones especially used for special ceremonies are “Thong-Ake” aka. Golden Pinnacle (70 baht,) “Sa-Nae-Chan” aka. Charming Moon (70 baht,) and the most intricate one “Ja-Mong-Kut” aka. Royal Crown (120 baht.) You can also purchase the desserts in gift box versions ranging from 250-1,500 baht.

Operation hours: Monday-Sunday: 10:00-22:00
Siam Discovery Center

4) Siam Discovery Center

What to buy here: Nantakwang Cushion Animal.

A well-known homespun cotton weaving brand originating from the North of Thailand. These cushion animals are adorable and have unique patterns and characteristics. Due to its strong well-made cotton material and high standard handmade quality, these lovely animal dolls will last for many years. An adorable oriental gift for young children, if maintained well, it could even become one of those cool classic family heirlooms. The store also provides first class cotton apparels from table linens, purses, pillows and clothing. While the quality and brand image are superb, the prices are rather friendly, the average size animal cushion starts at about 360 baht. Convenient shop locations are on 4th fl. Siam Discovery Center (Siam BTS station).

5) MBK

What to buy here: Fishermen Pants | Silk and Cotton Scarf | Elephant Patterned Ties

- Fishermen Pants are super comfortable free size wrap around pants come with various colors and patterns. The ultimate pants for Thais to wear on their beach vacation or when relaxing at home thanks to their light and breezy quality. These pants are also popular among foreign backpackers. The name “fishermen pants" comes from the fact that the fishermen in the south of Thailand wear them on a daily basis, assumedly because the fabric gets dry easily. However, the story of how these pants became so popular is unknown. You wear them by wrapping the pants around your waist, the pants come with 2 strings so you tie them around your waist over the fabric (basically they act as a belt). You can easily find them at MBK (National Stadium BTS station Exit 4,) on 4th floor Zone AA in front of Tokyu department store (supermarket section.) The prices are 199 baht for standard fishermen pants at MBK.

- Silk and Cotton Scarf – Beautiful handmade scarves, delicately soft to the touch. Comes with many colors and patterns, it can be a fashion statement and keeps both the body and the memory of Thailand warm. Although you rarely ever need a scarf in Thailand’s all-year-round tropical weather, there is an abundant sale of good quality scarves everywhere. Prices range from 150-2,000 baht, depending on quality and design. Find the scarves at MBK 6th floor Zone C.

- Elephant Patterned Ties – No other ties say “Thailand” more than a silk elephant pattern tie. A charming and sophisticated gift that are known to be quite the “lucky charm.” A good place to get quality ties are from major department stores around Bangkok. When you go to MBK (National Stadium BTS station exit 4,) you will find Tokyu, a small department store there. The neck tie section is on the 3rd floor by the escalator. There you will find many ties, and of course many elephant pattern ties with different designs and colors. Prices range from 950-1,590 baht, depending on the material. More expensive than the usual street vendors, but you can expect higher quality.

Operation Hours: daily from 10 am to 10 pm.

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