Prepare for a Shopaholic's Paradise
If bargains and beautiful, unusual things are what you're looking for, then Thailand has to be one of the best places in the world to go shopping. Polish up your haggling skills - vendors actually get offended if you don't barter with them - and get shopping! Shopping in Thailand is so much fun. Here are a few hints and tips...
Where to Shop
Markets sprawl the streets, even the rivers, of every town in Thailand, so you'll never be far away from a good buy.
This capital city is quickly developing in areas, where high-rise stores such as the World Trade Centre offer products at the cutting-edge of technology and fashion. Sukhumvit is the main shopping area. If you are a backpacker in this city you'll find it hard to miss the Khao San Road, which is lined with stalls and open-fronted shops offering everything from fake designer clobber, jewellery, pirate DVDs and CDs to tacky, but essential, souvenirs.
For an unusual experience, visit the floating market at Damnoen Saduak, just outside of Bangkok - get there by bus and arrive between 8-10am. It's one of the best experiences you're going to have when shopping in Thailand.
This capital of the north has the wondrous Night Bazaar - which I consider to be the best market I've ever come across. It's massive - with stalls crammed along both sides of the pavement on a long road, so your head swivels from side to side as you try to take in the array of all sorts of amazing products.
The Southern Islands
Again, more market stalls dotted about, but this time they're laden with tropical print bikinis, faux designer sunglasses, sarongs, headscarves and sandals.
What to buy when shopping in Thailand
What to buy and ship home
How much is it likely to cost?
The pound is usually strong against the baht and everything is at rock-bottom prices.
What I bought when shopping in Thailand
Total shopping spree: £20
What my boyfriend bought when shopping in Thailand
Total shopping spree: £24
So there's no need to break the bank in Thailand!