in Krabi for many is an exciting and pleasurable
experience. Whether you are shopping for a suit or
bargain hunting, looking for that extra special
'something' for someone special back home whatever it
is, shopping in Thailand can be fun.
vendors often seem to be on every street corner
showing you their goods (with a calculator in one
hand) from silk scarves, hammocks and sarongs to laser
pens etc. If you are interested in any of the wares
you find, then it is time to start bargaining, If you
are not interested in what is on offer, simply smile
and continue on your way.
Thai, Chinese, Burmese and Khmer
antiques are excellent buys. Certain categories of
antiques are restricted, particularly Buddha images.
Others pieces may require an export license, but any
reputable dealer will be able to advise you the
appropriate restrictions and necessary documentation.
Throughout Thailand, coloured gemstones such as rubies
and sapphires are readily available. Many other
varieties of coloured stones can be found here as
Thailand is one of the world's leading manufacturers
of ready-to-wear clothing. Fashion boutiques are found
in every shopping mall, while cheaper clothing such as
T-shirts and jeans are available at bargain prices
from street vendors and stores alike. Custom tailoring
is also very affordable and tailors can produce most
styles promptly. Then of course there are the
'designer label' copies, that frustrate the designers
themselves but are a dream come true for many bargain
Rattan and rosewood furniture items are available in
many designs and styles. They can also be made to
order in some shops in Krabi. Arrangements for oversea
shipment are often available at the place of purchase.
Practiced in southern Thailand for hundreds of years
nielloware is the craft of decorating gold and silver
objects with delicate etched designs filled with a
metal inlay. Nielloware trays, boxes, vases and other
items are often strikingly beautiful and because they
are created from precious metals can be of great
value. They are excellent examples of souvenirs unique
to southern Thailand.
Thailand is famous for its huge variety of orchids.
Their magnificent colours and beauty make them a
popular purchase. Specially packaged flowers, complete
with water supply are readily available for the long
journey home and can be conveniently purchased in many
locations including the Gift Shops in the
Pewter is fashioned with great skill by Thai
craftsmen, the smooth, silky finish of this attractive
alloy is enhanced by delicate decorative relief.
Pewter ware items include plates, boxes, vases and
pocket flasks and are available in many shops
Probably the most famous of all the kingdom's
handicrafts, Thai silk is available in a range of
colors, patterns and plys. It is sold by the yard or
as ready-made clothing and souvenir items. A unique
style of Thai silk is Mat Mee, a tie-dye silk
traditional to the North-East.
Shopping on PHI PHI
Phi has a wide selection of goods for sale though most
items are more expensive than anything you will find
on 'mainland' Thailand. As with shopping elsewhere in
the country, taking time out to shop at leisure is
important and if you have time to practice your
bargaining skills you will more than likely be happy
with the final price.
Shopping on Koh Lanta
There's not much in the way of shopping on the
islands belonging to the Lanta group. If you do plan
on making major purchases it's probably best saved
till you get back to 'mainland' Thailand somewhere,
such as Krabi town itself, where there are seemingly
endless choices and the prices will be cheaper anyway