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Must Buy Items in Thailand

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Must Buy Items in Thailand

Hi all,

What are the must buy items when I visit Thailand? I know it's a matter of taste, want , and need, but I'm looking for those items that most people pick up for whatever reason. I searched the forum and the FAQ on items to buy but those posts relate mostly on where to buy. So far on my list I have:

- Havaianas Flip Flops - $3

- Fisherman pants - ???

I won't be picking up any gems or tailored suits.

Could you recommend other items to buy as well as approximate cost?

Thanks all!


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1. Re: Must Buy Items in Thailand

Some ideas:

Silk weavings: for table runners, scarves, wall hangings, couch throw, etc.

Ceramics and lacquer ware

Hand made paper and crafts from them - lamps, books, etc

dried fruits - tamarind, longan, mango, guava etc.

small decorative buddha figurine or amulet

Hilltribe silver jewelry

Costs for these things vary widely, of course, but in general not very expensive at all...

Edited: 11:59 am, April 26, 2011
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2. Re: Must Buy Items in Thailand

i was about to post a similar questions, so thanks richierich! i will be interested in all the answers you receive. i would also be interested in finding out from others if they have ever travelled to Thailand and bought anything too large to fit in their luggage and had to ship it back and how they did it and how expensive it was, how long it took and did it ever arrive?


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3. Re: Must Buy Items in Thailand

$3? Where are they from Chatuchak market?

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4. Re: Must Buy Items in Thailand

If you usually wear suit, I'd recommend a Thai silk neck tie. The most famous one is Jim Thompson's brand.

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5. Re: Must Buy Items in Thailand

Anyone else?

My musts are MBK, massage, facials, pedicure, manicure & food.

Some of the face creams are good too.

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6. Re: Must Buy Items in Thailand

You can get everything in the MBK malls and you will end up buying things not in your list either.

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We picked up some cool mobiles last trip to hang around the BBQ area. Our favourite is a seagull love it -

Check out the music DVD's good selection.

There is so much to buy over there. My husband always comes back with several long sleeve shirts each trip .

Just go for a wander you will always find something different. CJ

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One thing that I do like, and is only found there Siang Pure Oil, the red one. Useful for knocks and sprains but has a refreshing smell. But if you use a sauna or steam room, the smell is great.

here is a link: alibaba.com/product-free/112658231/Siang_Pur…

However, my wife sears by (or is addicted to) the Pim Saen Nam - Balm Oil Roll-On so much that we have to buy 36 at a time then when we get home she gives them away to all her friends as presents, because they like it.


Failing that, with a name like Richie Rich & Salsajo, both being Canadians after watching “Men in Trees” – you could both find yourself a Thai wife.

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@ Screensilver,

Does Pim Saen Nam - Balm Oil Roll-On really helps to relief headache/dizzy?

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10. Re: Must Buy Items in Thailand

Hey screensilver... considering I'll be bringing my new wife as of May 7th, a Thai wife won't go over too well. I'll ask her though and see what she says.

And yes, shipping from Thailand back to Canada or US... easy or pain in the bum?