1. "Soi Lalai Sap"
This market has a peculiar characteristic: it opens on weekdays only just before noon and closes not long after lunch. It is almost impossible to walk through the tiny alley without buying something; hence its name, "Soi Lalai Sap" (meaning "the street where you spend all your money"). Workers from nearby offices shopping for clothing, leather goods, food, gifts and knick-knacks mostly frequent the market. Prices are reasonable.
Address: Thanon Silom (Near the Bangkok Bank Headquarters) Bangkok 10500
Opening hours: 11.30am-1pm Mon-Fri
Telephone: +66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
Neighbourhood: Bangrak
Nearest train: Sala Daeng
URL: http://www.tat.or.th
Email: prdiv3@tat.or.th

2. Lang Krasuang Market
Located between the Royal Hotel and the Interior Ministry, this vibrant market is a popular haunt for locals. A haven for those seeking out secondhand goods, the area draws its fair share of curious travelers. There is also a row of shophouses, which sell old and used products like antiques, cameras, musical instruments, typewriters, radios and all other electrical appliances. Goods that have been forfeited by pawnshops are also on sale here. Tends to busiest in the early evening.
Address: Thanon Atsadang Road Bangkok 10200
Opening hours: 9am-9pm daily
Telephone: +66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
Neighbourhood: Phayathai/Chatuchak
URL: http://www.tat.or.th
Email: prdiv3@tat.or.th

3. Ma Boon Krong (MBK) Shopping Center
This is the best place to go for shoppers who love shopping in a market-style atmosphere, but would prefer to do so in air-conditioned comfort. It is positively packed with stalls selling anything from clothes, leather goods and fashion accessories to electrical supplies, furniture, cosmetics and all kinds of gift items. Bargains are common, but shoppers should guard against imitation clothing, watches and other items. The seventh floor includes a modern movie theater showing all the latest releases.
Address: Interseection of Phayathai and Rama I Roads Attached to the Tokyu Center Bangkok 10400
Opening hours: 10am-9pm daily
Telephone: +66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
Neighbourhood: Phayathai/Chatuchak
Nearest train: National Stadium

4. Patavikorn 1 Market
This open-air market occupies a huge area leading to the Sukhaphiban 1 Village. Its opening hours are therefore subject to weather conditions. It is a good place to find a bargain if you are looking for items such as tapes, VCDs, CDs, electrical appliances, dresses, gardening tools, second hand television sets, home decorative items and antique reproductions, to mention a few. Then, if all that shopping is making you hungry, there are also food stalls and fruit stands.
Address: Patavikorn 1 Sukhaphiban 1, Amphur Bengkum Bangkok 10230
Opening hours: 4pm-9pm daily
Telephone: +66 02 694 1222
URL: http://www.tat.or.th
Email: prdiv3@tat.or.th

5. Saphan Khwai Market
This market is open every day and offers fresh produce and all types of food available from early morning. If you need a new outfit at a bargain price, there is a fairly large range of fabrics and a number of small tailors and dressmaking shops to create your new look. Further down the road you will find a large number of electrical goods stores selling anything from electric irons to rice cookers and television sets.
Address: Corner Sutthisan and Pahonyothin Roads Bangkok 10400
Opening hours: 9am-9pm daily
Telephone: +66 2 694 1222
Neighbourhood: Phayathai/Chatuchak
Nearest train: Saphan Kwai
URL: http://www.tat.or.th
Email: info@tat.or.th

6. Weng Nakhon Kasem Market
This is a good haunt for shoppers looking for moderately priced second-hand goods. Many items on sale here are unredeemed goods from pawnshops, including musical instruments, electrical goods and uniforms. The area also sells antiques, including Thai and Chinese art objects, porcelain, brassware, copperware and furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Perfect for bargain hunters. Nearby, along Yaowarat Road are lots of food stalls, which are open from 7pm to midnight.
Address: Between Yaowarat Road & New Road Bangkok 10100
Opening hours: 8.30am-5pm daily
Telephone: +66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
Neighbourhood: Bangrak
URL: http://www.tat.or.th
Email: prdiv3@tat.or.th

7. Bo Be Market
This market, located at Krung Kasem Road, is considered Bangkok's major retailing and wholesaling market for clothes. The goods here are up for grabs at very low prices and usually sold by the dozens. Indeed, it is a favorite haunt not only for shoppers but also for traders. Though actively trading throughout the day, the market is busiest in the morning. Some of the shops have moved into air-conditioned high-rise buildings, thus making shopping more pleasant.
Address: Krung Kasem Road Bangkok 10200
Opening hours: 6am-11pm daily
Telephone: +66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
Neighbourhood: Dusit
URL: http://www.tat.or.th
Email: prdiv3@tat.or.th


1. Asia Auction House
If you are an antique collector or you have old watches and jewelry to auction, this is the best place to visit. This is Asia's first online auction house specializing in gemstones, jewelry and watches. Buyers can visit the company's website to bid for high-quality goods directly from Thai dealers at excellent wholesale prices. It also offers the services of an in-house gemologist to appraise your goods for bidding.
Address: Suite 2209, Jewellery Trade Center 919/285 Silom Road, Suite 2209 Bangkok 10500
Opening hours: 10am-5pm daily
Telephone: +66 02 630 0611
Neighbourhood: Bangrak
Nearest train: Chong Nonsi
URL: http://www.asiaauctionhouse.com/

2. China Journal (The)
The China Journal is a wonderful example of the humbling majesty of Chinese antiquities and the historical preparation of tea. Many of the antiques are for sale and you can marvel at their beauty as you sit at one of the six antique tables provided. Teas range in price from THB80-120, and include Oolong, Korean, fruit teas and Chinese tea served in traditional Xi Ying pots. The hot peach tea is sweet and delicious. There is less of an emphasis on food, with only sandwiches and salads on the menu. It is only a short walk from the Thong Lo Skytrain.
Address: 41 Soi 55 (Thonglor), Sukhumvit Road Bangkok 10110
Opening hours: 9am-9pm Tue-Sun
Telephone: +66 02 712 8589
Neighbourhood: Klong Toey
Nearest train: Thong Lo
Email: dragon9@samart.co.th

3. Old Maps & Prints
Looking for an old map or print of Siam or Indochina, well, antiquarian Joerg Kohler might just have it. And he has a very reasonable return policy. If you don't like something you have bought at his shop, you can bring it back and receive something of equal value. The merchandise is not cheap, but it is original: prints range from THB1,000 to 5,000; and maps from THB5,000 to THB20,000. Joerg, the only foreigner in the Thai Antique Association, has many loyal customers, and it is worth a trip just to see the artifacts he has on display.
Address: Shop 412, 4th Floor, River City Complex 23 Yotha Road, Si Phaya, Sampantawong Bangkok 10500
Opening hours: 11am-7pm Tues-Sun
Telephone: +66 2 237 0077-8, ext. 432
Neighbourhood: Bangrak
Nearest train: Saphan Taksin
URL: http://www.classicmaps.com
Email: info@classicmaps.com

4. Riverside Arts and Antique Auction
Riverside Auction House holds its regular auctions on the first Saturday of every month in the River City Shopping Complex, the largest arts and antiques center in Southeast Asia. Here you willl find ceramics and lacquer ware from China and Japan, pottery, bronzework, decorative Burmese woodwork, and treasures from Europe as well—the perfect place to find that authentic piece to commemorate your trip. All lots are on view one week prior to the auction, and catalogs are available in the Preview Room.
Address: 23 Trok Rongnamkhaeng, Yota Road (River City Shopping Complex, 4th floor) Bankgok 10100
Opening hours: 1:30pm first Sat of the month
Telephone: +66 02 237 0077
URL: http://www.rivercity.co.th/
Email: auction@rivercity.co.th

5. TR Gift Shop
Finding that ideal gift when you are traveling can often be a big headache. At TR Gift Shop, variety and quality help set aside such concerns. It sells mostly local products, such as statues, silverware, jewellery, antique reproductions and almost all the little things you need for your home decor. It also offers free delivery to customers within Bangkok. The merchandise here is produced from all over Thailand and prices range from a low THB20 to a hefty THB100,000.
Address: 2-4 Oriental Avenue New Road Bangkok 10500
Opening hours: 9am-8pm Mon-Sat; 10am-7pm Sun
Telephone: +66 02 234 5773
Neighbourhood: Bangrak
Nearest train: Saphan Taksin


1. Phuket Town Central Market
What better place than a market to experience the color, confusion and variety of Thai life? Central to the market is the food section--fresh poultry, meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers vie for attention. Enjoy the aroma of herbs and spices and the vast array of unusual products. On the periphery are numerous small stores selling fake designer clothing, travel bags, kitchenware, electrical goods, silk, handicrafts and a host of other goods all at extraordinarily low prices, and you can still bargain these down! You will find the market west of the traffic circle.
Address: Ranong Road Phuket Town Phuket 83000
Opening hours: Early morning to early evening
Telephone: +66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)


1. Touch Wood Antique Furniture
Specializing in a variety of wooden products, this shop sells furniture--new, reproduction and old, hand carved, wooden plaques and a range of wooden home accessories and bric-a-brac. The older pieces were acquired in Southeast Asia, and tend to be in the British Colonial and Victorian style. The in-house finishing service means that specific needs can be met and also accounts for the reasonable prices. Shipments to any worldwide destination can be arranged. Additional Branch: 206/8 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong Beach. +66 01 893 1540.
Address: 12-14 Ratsada Road Phuket Town Phuket 83000
Opening hours: 9am-8pm daily
Telephone: +66 76 256 407
Email: amono@loxinfo.co.th

2. Chan's Antique
Located 10 kilometers from Phuket Town, owner Chan Sim offers the largest collection of antiques and traditional object d'art on the island. He sources his antiques from across Asia and also has a great deal of wood carvings (teak) made by master craftsman in Chiang Mai. The showroom is packed with everything from modern-crafted teak suites to Chinese medicine cabinets and golden statues. Most of his customers come to the showroom and the items are then shipped abroad. Some buyers come from Hong Kong to buy authentic antique Hong Kong furniture!
Address: 26/3 Thepkrasattri (Airport) Road South of The Heroines Monument Phuket 83000
Opening hours: 8.30am-5.30pm daily
Telephone: +66 76 239 344
Email: info@chans-antique.co.th

3. Palace of Art (The)
The Palace of Art is said by many antique connoisseurs to contain the best fine art and decor objects in Thailand. Owner Shahe Donabedian has collected a vast array of artifacts from across Southeast Asia. Buddha images are the specialty, from full-sized pieces in gold leaf to small wooden heads and tabletop figurines. There are also hand-carved teak elephants, antique cabinets, ceramics and small gilt and stone ornaments. Buddhas sell from around THB5,000 (reproduction) to THB500,000 and beyond.
Address: 103/3 Moo 4 Srisounton Road Phuket 83110
Opening hours: 8.30am-6pm daily
Telephone: +66 76 276 533
URL: http://www.thaiart.com
Email: shahe@thaiart.com

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1. Night Bazaar
Though the main Night Bazaar is located in a rather drab three-story building, this shoppers' paradise also sprawls along the entire Chang Klan Road. The street stalls sell a variety of items, including fine Thai silk, antiques, silver, clothing, handicrafts, CDs, videos, perfumes and watches. Many imitation branded goods flock the market, and wandering vendors will try to sell you an unusual range of products. Look out for the fried insects! Bargaining is expected, but do so in a good-natured way. This is an exciting area to shop for gifts, and there are plenty of places to eat and drink, too.
Address: 104-1 Chang Klan Road Chiang Mai 50100
Opening hours: 6pm-midnight daily
Telephone: +66 53 235 575
Neighbourhood: Night Bazaar
URL: http://www.tat.or.th
Email: prdiv3@tat.or.th

2. Warorot Market
This is one of the largest markets in Chiang Mai, centrally located and lying close to the Ping River. You can buy almost anything here, from fresh fruits, vegetables and spices to jewelry, clothes and, of course, hill-tribe products. Unlike the nearby touristy Night Bazaar, where most stalls are only open at night, Warowot Market is open during the day and evening, frequented more by local Thais than by tourists. Explore the maze of indoor and outdoor stalls, enjoy the chaos and color, and be ready to bargain. It is, after all, part of the fun.
Address: Corner of Changmoi and Witchayanon Roads North of Night Bazaar, on west side of Ping River Chiang Mai 50100
Opening hours: 8am-midnight daily.
Neighbourhood: Night Bazaar


1. Arts & Crafts
This outlet specializes in Amaravadi decorative items and antiques, which come with certificates of authenticity. Most of the items originate from Burma and northern Thai provinces. Ceramics and porcelain from Ming, Yuan and Sukhothai dynasties are also on display, along with all kinds of bronze articles. Naturally, Buddha images and figurines form part of the collection as well. The outlet is approximately five kilometers from the Superhighway intersection with the Sankamphaeng Road and can be easily accessed by taking a local taxi.
Address: 172 Moo 2, Chiang Mai-Sankamphaeng Road T. Ton Pao Chiang Mai 50130
Opening hours: 9am-4.30pm Mon-Sat.
Telephone: +66 53 338 026-28
Neighbourhood: Outlying

2. Ban Chang Kham
If you are a collector of old furniture and antiques, then this outlet has a great variety of such items for you to browse through. The furniture reflects the ancient styles of northern Thailand as well as its neighboring countries. A commendable selection of Amravadi antiques is also on display. The ambience is very traditional as the facility is constructed in a typical Thai style. It lies approximately a 10-minute drive from the airport intersection.
Address: 141 Chiang Mai-Hangdong Road Kilometer 14 Banwaen Hangdong Chiang Mai 50230
Opening hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Sat.
Telephone: +66 53 441 628
Neighbourhood: Outlying

3. Ratana House
As you are heading out along the Hang Dong Road, you cannot miss Ratana House, a fabulous teakwood house (really a life-sized spirit house). It is a very well-maintained shop with quite a collection of temple artifacts, salvage items, antique furniture and reproductions. Elaborate candelabras, inspired by temple carvings, are available for THB18,000 whilst marble reclining Buddhas cost THB14,000. Ratana carries some unusual items, such as cool, wooden Asian "strollers," definitely from a bygone era, and also carries a large collection of elephant bells, which are popular with collectors.
Address: 284 Moo 6, Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road Chiang Mai 50100
Opening hours: 9.30am-5.30pm daily.
Telephone: +66 53 271 734
Neighbourhood: Outlying

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