Wondering what to buy in Thailand? Many holidaymakers return with items that seemed so evocative at the time but have no idea what to do with them once they get home. If you are going to buy souvenirs on your holiday in Thailand, make sure they are useful or beautiful.
Thailand has great shopping. It’s fun to explore street markets and floating markets as well as shiny bright malls, all full of interesting goodies. If you want to take a piece of this fascinating country home with you, here are the best souvenirs from Thailand.
If there is one thing there will be an abundance of when it comes to Thai souvenirs, it’s anything elephant-themed. The wonderful pachyderm is a symbol of Thailand and you will find many gift and souvenir ideas emblazoned with images of elephants.
Elephants are depicted on everything from bags to ornaments, and in many media from paint to wood carving and silk embroidery. If you have a few baht left when you get to the airport, the duty free shops sell elephant-shaped chocolates (usually containing macadamia nuts). They are equally delicious for yourself or as a charming gift.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Chiang Mai, there are some exquisite silver shops that sell fine jewelry as well as other items such as cups (lovely as christening or anniversary gifts), napkin rings and commemorative wear. If you are going to spend a significant amount on a piece of jewelry or silver, be careful where you buy and make sure your item is authenticated.
Wooden items are some of the best things to buy in Thailand. Thai craftsmen make some practical as well as beautiful items that make great gifts. Wooden games are especially clever gifting items. Not only do they make lovely displays on coffee tables or desks when not in use, but they are also fun to play. Whether your giftee is a competitive youngster or high-flying exec, a wooden wine puzzle game or the exciting shut the box game, which is played in a group of two or four people,is sure to please the whole family.
Thai silk is highly desirable and can be purchased as ready-to-wear garments and accessories, or as lengths to make your own clothes or soft furnishings. Thai silk is available in bolts of gorgeous individual colours or amazing patterns. It can be found in the markets and malls but, as with anything, if you want to guarantee authentic Thai silk you should buy from a reputable seller.
Thai Food and Snacks
The world loves Thai food, so it is very tempting to chuck sweet and savory treats into your bag whenever you visit a market or walk through a mall. During your time in the country you will have many different taste experiences, and it’s only natural you want to recreate those flavours at home. You might want to pick up some raw spices or spice blends, curry paste, chili sauce, bean paste or even rambutan jam.
These would also make great gifts for Thai food lovers back home, but be sure to check the rules of declaration and know which products are not allowed through customs. Permitted food and liquids will probably need to be packed in your checked luggage.
The important thing when trying to decide what to buy in Thailand is to not just let your heart rule your head. Even though you are on holiday, make considered purchases and you will bring home souvenirs that will provide a lifetime of memories.