One good reason to visit Bangkok: Thai handicrafts shopping. For generations, Thais have passed on the skills of making and producing superb quality, beautiful handicrafts using unique methods molded by Thai creativity and perseverance. The detail and the intricacy of the handicrafts are incomparable to anywhere else in the world. Thais have successfully preserved their culture, their tradition and their proud history in the handicrafts that they produce. The beauty and the quality of these crafts are sought after by many tourists in Bangkok.
Nowadays, Bangkok is a vision of urbanization, typical of the world today. However, the skilled handicrafts of Thais are not lost nor are they forgotten. Thai handicrafts shopping remains one of the top reasons to visit Bangkok. The street vendors, markets and luxury malls are scattered with these amazing handicrafts. Here is a short guide of places to go handicrafts shopping:
- The Chatuchak Weekend Market is a stretch of land covering up to 35 acres with about 15,000 stalls and has an estimated 200,000 visitors during weekends. This place is packed with shoppers because it is one of the largest and most well known markets not only in Thailand, but in the world. This is your one-stop shop for Thai handicrafts shopping. With the numerous stalls and endless bargains, you will have your hands full from shopping!
- MBK or “Mah Boon Krong” Shopping Center is widely known among tourists and locals. It has six floors of shops that number about 2000 in all. Head to the fourth floor to find some of the most coveted Thai handicrafts.
- The Bangkok Doll Factory and Museum houses a huge collection of Thai dolls and foreign dolls. There are ones for display and there are also some that are available for purchase.
- Baan Baht or the Monk’s Alm Bowl Village is one of the major destinations to go to for Thai handicrafts shopping. Located at the south of Golden Mount, this village is teeming with the latest generation of artisans that specialize in the production of the brass bowls that Buddhist monks carry in their arms during their rounds for morning alms. This skilled craft involves hammering the bowls into shape using their bare hands. The Baan Baht village is a community that has long been producers of these special brass bowls and their history traces back to the 18th century. Back then, the artisans were abundant but nowadays, only five households remain to continue the tradition of producing these bowls.