Montra Cafe & Gallery
You can’t miss Montra Café & Gallery, located on Silom. Its bright purple exterior with gold flowering detail is sure to catch your eye before you even enter the café and gallery. It is here you will find strange and intriguing décor, some delicious eats, and jewelry. If you are on the prowl for necklaces, look no further than the Montra Café & Gallery, which has a wide variety of chunky, beaded, colorful necklaces on display. Shop at Montra Café & Gallery during the day or spend an evening here, as it is open late. Montra Café & Gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Thonglor Art Village
Thonglor Art Village is a handful of cute shops in the trendiest neighborhood in Bangkok, Thonglor. You can not miss this village while walking along Soi Sukhumvit 55, with bright tiling and plenty of signs leading you to their quaint shops. Thonglor Art Village has brands from all over the world, including Europe, America, and even India. On top of the jewelry this village sells, there is also a plethora of dresses, knick-knacks for your home and collectibles. Thonglor Art Village is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is even a small café within the village, should you built up an appetite while shopping.
Rock Me Handmade Jewelry
These dainty pieces of jewelry are perfect for brightening up your accessory collection. Rock Me Handmade Jewelry’s pieces and collections are somehow both bold and delicate. Our favorite pieces are those with their ornamental stones and gems that come in a wide variety of cool pastels. These are tucked into gold or silver bands, and they can be either rings or bracelets. You can find Rock Me Handmade Jewelry at both Chatuchak Weekend Market and at Terminal 21.
Sampeng Lane Market
If you are headed to Chinatown for the gold, be sure to also check out Sampeng Lane Market. This is one of the only markets that is open during the day, and we suggest visiting there on a weekday if possible; the market can hardly handle the crowds on the weekend, with people sliding past one another like sardines.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Chinatown in Bangkok. It is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world. It has a dense history, the food can’t be beaten, and there are some noteworthy temples and bars that are worth exploring. Chinatown is best known for its gold, however, with brassy, yellow pieces of gold drawing in even the most disinterested of shoppers. This gold does not come cheap, however. According to a September 29th, 2016, Bangkok Post article, the Gold Traders Association announced that buying prices are at ฿21,254.32 per baht-weight for gold ornaments and ฿21,650 per baht-weight for a gold bar. If you feel like splurging, take the MRT subway to the Hua Lamphong stop. From here, you are a short walk from Wat Traimit or a taxi ride away from Yaowarat Road.
Wang Lang Market
Wang Lang Market is known for its street food, but it also has some affordable jewelry. This market is off the radar of most tourists, so you will find that it is much more local than any of Bangkok’s bigger markets, for example, Chatuchak Weekend Market or Asiatique. This market is located near the Grand Palace on the Chao Phraya River. The closest piers are Tha Maharaj and Phra Arthit.
By Kelly Iverson