10 Unique Souvenirs To Pick Up In Bangkok

Home Decor/Courtesy of Kelly Iverson
Home Decor/Courtesy of Kelly Iverson
Photo of Kelly Iverson
9 February 2017

Be sure to leave plenty of room in your suitcase before making your way to Bangkok. You will surely need the extra space when you realize how many unique, remarkable souvenirs there are that you simply have to have, and incredibly low prices are an added bonus.

Thai Silk

Jim Thompson originally made Thai silk famous, and his legacy, or silk for that matter, has definitely stuck around Bangkok. You can find this shimmering, soft silk at almost any market or mall in Bangkok, and do not expect to pay much more than ฿200 (about $6) for this beautiful piece of cloth.

Thai Silk Scarves/Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Soaps and Spa Products

Do not let the shape fool you: Thailand has some of the best smelling soap and spa products around. From coconut lotions so smooth you will never want to stop applying, to fruit-shaped bar soap, you will want to stock up on these easy-to-pack souvenirs. Soaps are usually sold for about ฿40 (about $1) each.

An Assortment of Soaps/Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Wooden Carvings

This might seem like a strange, inconveniently heavy item to add to your list of things to purchase while traveling, but Bangkok has some of the most beautiful, wood-carved handicrafts you will ever see. Lights, bowls, figurines: if you can imagine it, it can be carved out of wood.

Wooden Light Fixtures/Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Home Decor

Impress even the least impressible house guest with Bangkok’s many of home decor items. You do not need an eye for design to find Bangkok’s most beautiful household items. Simply explore the city, and you can not go wrong with any of the decorations you will find.

Intricate Bowls Found in Bangkok/Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Traditional Thai Clothing

Traditional Thai clothing varies from city to city, but one thing remains the same: it is beautiful. Every color you can imagine graces everything from skirts to tops, with patterns blending flawlessly throughout. While you may not want to purchase an entire outfit, you can purchase any of these items separately.

Handmade Bags

Prepare to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of bags Bangkok has for sale around the city. From backpacks to clutches, you will not leave disappointed. You can also find great deals on designer bags, however, be wary that not all of them may be authentic, especially with such a low price tag.

Purses on Display at Chatuchak Weekend Market/Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Thai Snacks and Spices

Bangkok is a foodie’s haven, but what happens when it is time to go home and leave all of the delicious snacks and spices behind? Never fear, because the curries you loved and the spices you devoured can all be taken home with you, if you look hard enough. Dried fruit is also a popular souvenir option … and it is delicious.

Dried fruit/Courtesy of Kelly Iverson


Any room can be transformed with a proper set of lights. Find these souvenirs lighting up Bangkok, with string lights, paper lanterns and more to choose from. They only start out at about ฿150 (about $4), so feel free to purchase more than one strand to truly light up your own home.

Lights/Courtesy of Kelly Iverson


This light, easy-to-pack souvenir is one you can not leave Bangkok without. For one, you can buy as many pieces of jewelry as your heart desires, being that it is such a small souvenir. Secondly, the jewelry you purchase here (although may not be one-of-a-kind in Thailand) will surely be special at home.

Jewellery/Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Phone Cases

This might sound incredibly strange, but take a moment to think about how much a phone case can cost. Then, cut that price by more than half and you have yourself a Thai phone case. The phone cases here are more decorated and creative than some of the jewelry, with fake water moving throughout the back of a case to strange cartoons ready to greet you every time you answer a text. They are also incredibly cheap, so stock up before you head home.

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