Are you looking forward to antique shopping in Bangkok during you trip? Antiques and many other beautiful products are available just about everywhere you go in Bangkok. You can go to malls and market and you’ll find them in huge numbers, but for a more rewarding experience, we recommend that you hunt for Bangkok antiques in some of the rarer antique shops. Here are a few key places for Bangkok antique shopping:
The Asian Heritage Shopping Centre is a mall that has shops for Bangkok antiques scattered everywhere. You can find furniture, textiles, silk and other handicrafts too. Siam Paragon is similarly a great place for antique shopping in Bangkok but it has fewer shops compared to Asian Heritage Shopping Centre. The antique shops are lined up on the fifth floor of Siam Paragon.
Sukhumvit Road in central Bangkok has a long strip of shops and boutiques that specialize in Bangkok antique shopping. You can find them easily enough by walking along the road, or else just ask around to find out where the shops are located (but remember not to ask the tuk tuk drivers, unless you want to pay them for taking you there!).
If you want to go antique shopping in Bangkok without having to jump from one location to another, you can head to the River City Complex, near the famous Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel. It has what is reputed to be the best collection of Bangkok antique shops. For top class antique collections, proceed to the 3rd and 4th floors of the River City Complex and check out stores like the Old Maps and Prints, and Acala. As well as Thai antiques, here you can find rare artifacts from Tibet and China, along with antique maps and illustrations.
Gaysorn Plaza is located in close proximity to the Le Meridien President Hotel and Tower, Ploenchit Road, near Siam Square. Most tourists enjoy Bangkok antique shopping here because the artifacts are a mix of Bangkok antiques and modern artifacts. For Southeast Asian collections, you can go to Triphum, which is located on the 2nd floor. The Thai Craft Museum is also found in the same building but it specializes in textiles and ceramics rather than antiques. They usually have craft demonstrations that attract a lot of tourists.
The Barang-Barang Antik store has some of the the most beautiful and rare collections of antiques and furniture from Indonesia. To find this one-of-a-kind store, just head down Ploenchit Road from Gaysorn and you can’t miss it.
If you want to go antique shopping in Bangkok for some vintage Thai furniture, pay a visit to Paul’s Antiques in Sukhumvit Road. The pieces featured here date back to the time when Thailand was known as Siam – during the colonial period.
Lastly, one great store that has to be mentioned is the Old Siam Trading Company, located in Sukhumvit Road. It has a wide variety of Bangkok antiques, such as postcards, stamps, traditional costumes of Khmer and Thais, headdresses, documents, etc.