Thailand is famous for its orchids which are not only enjoyed locally but also all over the world. Thai orchids which are shipped overseas are very expensive. However, at local street markets in Bangkok, a bunch of orchids will only set you back about $1 USD.
Bangkok’s markets are a great place to pimp your wardrobe for rock-bottom prices. Try Khao San Road, Chinatown, or Chatuchak Weekend Market for inexpensive clothing. Don’t worry, many places also cater to foreigners in terms of sizing.
Wander around a food section of a local market in Bangkok, and you’re bound to see alive frogs sadly awaiting their fate. The frogs are usually tied with string or in a netting and are used to make dishes like jungle curry.
If you are looking for a Thai souvenir of a different kind, look no further than the upcycled tuk-tuks which are made from old soft drink and beer cans. A great ornament for a kid’s bedroom back home.
Shoes and Bags
Shoeaholics and bagaholics delight! Bangkok is an excellent place to pick up purses, clutches, handbags and shoes of all kinds. Whether you are looking for a locally inspired bohemian design or a high-end luxury brand, Bangkok has it all.
Enjoy the flavours of Thailand long after your holiday is over! In many Thai markets, you can pick up spice packs so you can re-create your favourite dishes for family and friends.
Thai silk is delicate and luxurious. Thai markets are a great place to pick up a few silk shawls to match with your outfits or for lightweight gifts for loved ones back home.
CDs and DVDs
Step back in time and sift through hundreds of CDs and DVDs. Not only do they make great gifts, they are also cheap enough to replenish your personal collection back home.
Shark Fins and Bird Nests
Sadly, you read that right. Shark fins and bird nests are extremely popular in the Chinatown area. The stalls selling these “delicacies” cater to the old generation of Cantonese living in or visiting the capital.
Unlike the north, where silver is more popular, Bangkok’s markets a teeming with gold shops. On offer is pure gold up to 96.5% and at much more affordable prices than many other countries around the world.
If you’ve been in Thailand awhile you’ve likely seen the fried creepy crawlies on sale at street markets. Embrace your adventurous spirit and give these crunchy local snacks a try.