Best things you should buy in Thailand

January 18, 2024 - 6735 views

: If you have an opportunity to travel to Thailand, do not forget to buy some things to give your friends or relatives. In Thailand, there are various options for you to choose from foods, drinks to clothes and accessories.

Thailand is famous not only for its beautiful tourist destinations but also attracts a large number of visitors by attractive shopping locations with affordable items. However, a lot of tourists wonder what to buy when coming to Thailand. Below are your suggestions for the top 20 things you should buy in Thailand.

Accessories

1.Thai silk

A lot of tourists buy silk as a present for families and friends when coming to Thailand. Most Thai silk and fabrics are made by Jim Thompson. Then, it is distributed throughout the country. Thai silk and silk fabrics often have eye-catching colors and patterns. However, the price of Thai silk is not very cheap because it is woven by hand.

If Thai silk is too expensive for you, you can turn to buying other small items which are made from Thai silk such as tie, handkerchief or purse. There are many shops for you to choose to buy Thai silk in Thai Lan such as Queen Thai silk, Narai Phand or Jim Thompson Outlet. 

Thai Silk - Best things you should buy in Thailand

A lot of tourists buy silk as a present for families and friends when coming to Thailand

2.Thai jewelry

Jewelry is a good item to buy as a gift in Thailand. Referring to jewelry, tourists often choose silver jewelry due to its cheap price. You can even buy a string of 10 bracelets for only about 100 Baht. Previously, Thai silver is designed simply, but nowadays manufacturers have focused more on design to bring not only cheap but also high-quality silver products.

High gloss is one of the advantages of Thai silver. Even if you use it for a long time, there is no worry about tarnish. To avoid buying low-quality goods, you should choose to buy at reputable stores in the shopping center. You can buy Thai jewelry or silver jewelry at Siam Paragon, Emporium shopping mall, Lin Jewelers or SJ International Jewelry to have affordable prices with high-quality goods.

Thai Jewelry - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Jewelry is a good item to buy as a gift in Thailand

Handicraft

3. Handmade bags

Thailand is known as the kingdom of silk, brocade and handmade goods, which are sold by a lot of merchants from all over the world. Handmade bags there have unique, fancy and eye-catching colors. Moreover, they are designed in a meticulous and sophisticated way. So, handmade bags are bought by a lot of tourists when they travel to Thailand.

There are some famous stores you can visit to buy handmade bags such as Sop Moei Arts or Studio Naenna in Chiang Mai.

Handmade Bag - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Handmade bags in Thailand have different designs and colors

4. Thai handicraft

If you have not known what to buy in Thailand, Thai handicraft is a good suggestion. Some handicrafts that are favored by tourists are paper umbrellas, knitting baskets and pottery. These items can be found at commercial centers or airports. You can also go to markets or night markets to save costs. Thai handicrafts are made meticulously and leave a good impression on visitors.

Wood and copper craftsmanship is popular in Bangkok. Especially, you can easily find status, carvings, masks with different sizes and shapes in the markets. Prices will depend on the materials and sophistication of products.  

Thai Handicraft - Best things you should buy in Thailand

If you have not known what to buy in Thailand, Thai handicraft is a good suggestion

Health & Beauty

5. Inhaler (Ya Dom in Thailand)

Thai people have a habit of using inhalers (Ya Dom) for people with rhinitis. You can choose between the two most famous inhaler brands: Poy Sian and Peppermint. The inhaler is made from 100% herbal, so it is very safe for use, even in a long period of time.

The product is small, so it is convenient to package and carry around. People often buy inhalers to give their parents or grandparents.

Inhaler (Ya Dom In Thailand) - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Thai people have a habit of using inhalers (Ya Dom) for people with rhinitis

6. Spa products

Instead of using skincare products from Korea, Japan or France, a lot of people prefer to use spa products in Thailand. In this country, you can find handmade soap made from natural ingredients. This product has a light aroma which is typical of fruits like mango, coconut, and so on.

Moreover, you can also find many famous cosmetic brands in Thailand such as Nars, Srichand Powder, or Oriental Princess, which are all hot names on social networks. You should buy spa products in the showroom or Duty Free because their products are more guaranteed about quality and prices.

Spa Products - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Instead of using skincare products from Korea, Japan or France, a lot of people prefer to use spa products in Thailand

7. Soap carvings

Soap carving is a unique art of Thailand. It has existed for a long time in Chiang Rai. During farmers’ free times, they often make small vases and flowers from soaps to decorate their homes. Once the soap carvings are displayed for sales at night markets, they attract a lot of tourists.

The beauty of the flowers made from soaps depends on the skills of the artisans. After many years, Chiang Rai is still an ideal place for tourists to come to buy soap carvings to give to friends and relatives. You can even go to the factory and see the steps to create soap carvings.

Soap Carvings - Best things you should buy in Thailand

These flowers are amazingly created from soaps

8. Takabb Anti-cough pill

Takabb Anti-cough pill is a local remedy and is known as a miracle remedy. It is even said that one you take the pill into your mouth, you will immediately stop coughing. It is made from different kinds of Thai natural herbs. With herbal flavor, the pill is easy to use for both adults and children from three years old.

Visitors often buy Takabb Anti-cough pills to give to their relatives or for storage. To use this pill, people just need to put about 2 to 4 tablets in their mouth each time, and use 3 to 4 times per day to have the best effect.

Takabb Anti Cough Pill - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Takabb Anti-cough pill is a local remedy and is known as a miracle remedy

9. Tiger Balm

Tiger balm is the product of Aw Chu Kin, an ancient doctor in Xiamen, China. He and his two sons, Boon Par and Boon Haw, have developed the product. Historically, Tiger Balm was made according to the traditional formula and used for Chinese Kings. It is estimated that nearly one-third of the world population has used Tiger Balm in the last 100 years.

Tiger Balm works very well with osteoarthritis pain, sneezing or running nose. Until now, Tiger Balm has been sold in over 100 countries. Thailand is no exception. Celebrities such as Lady Gaga or Gwyneth Paltrow also use this product.

Tiger Balm - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Tiger balm is the product of Aw Chu Kin, an ancient doctor in Xiamen, China

10. Coconut oil

It is undeniable that Thailand is a paradise for coconuts. Coconuts are used not only for making cream or dishes but also for producing coconut oil. Coconut oil is widely used in skincare, health care, and even cooking. So, it is not difficult for tourists to find a bottle of coconut oil in Thailand. You can find this product in supermarkets or stalls in the malls at an affordable price.

Coconut Oil - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Coconut oil can be used for both skincare and health care

Food

11. Thai snacks

According to a lot of tourists’ travel experiences in Thailand, Thai snacks are attractive options you should buy here. Thailand is famous for various kinds of snacks such as bento squid, dried fruits, fried fish, banana cake, and so on.  Thai snacks with different flavors will surely be attractive gifts for your relatives and friends.

Thai Snacks - Best things you should buy in Thailand

According to a lot of tourists’ travel experiences in Thailand, Thai snacks are attractive options you should buy here

12. Instant noodles

Noodles are familiar dishes for many people in a lot of countries. However, instant noodles in Thailand are delicious in a special way. There are various flavors for you to choose such as basil stir-fried flavor, chicken green curry flavor, creamy tom yum minced pork flavor, shrimp tom yum flavor, Pad Kee Mao flavor, and so on.

Do not forget to buy some instant noodles when traveling in Thailand. Actually, instant noodles here are cheap and convenient for you to bring to your home countries.

Instant Noodles - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Noodles are familiar dishes for many people in a lot of countries

13. Chewy milk candy

Chewy milk candy Thailand has a milk layer and fruit juice inside, which gives you the feeling of enjoying a real fruit flavor blended with the milk. There are up to 12 different fruit flavors for you to choose such as banana, corn, strawberry, apple, watermelon, chocolate, coffee, mango, tea.

Chewy milk candy provides customers with not only special taste but also the nutritious ingredients. Sugar provides glucose to energize the body. Besides, fruit ingredients will provide vitamins, nutrients that prevent some kinds of diseases. 

Chewy Milk Candy - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Chewy milk candy Thailand has a milk layer and fruit juice inside, which gives you the feeling of enjoying a real fruit flavor blended with the milk

14. Dried fruits

In Thailand, there are a lot of fresh and nutritious fruits. When the fruits are ripe, Thai people will dry them to help preserve them longer. Dried fruits in Thailand are very delicious and attract a lot of tourists.

Ingredients of dried fruits are carefully chosen. They are fresh, hygienic, and still retain the natural flavor and nutrients. Through the process of heating, there will be no steam in fruits anymore, which helps preserve fruits longer without using any kind of chemicals. The fruits chosen to make dried fruits are plentiful. They can be durian, jackfruit, bananas, potatoes, and so on. 

Dried Fruits - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Dried fruits in Thailand are very delicious and attract a lot of tourists

15. Thai spices

Apart from fruits, snacks and other kinds of foods, you should also buy some kinds of spices in Thailand such as curry, green curry, seafood sauce or pad Thai stir-fried spice. Thai spices are quite cheap with an average price of 20 baht. This will be a great gift for you to bring the taste of Thai cuisine to your relatives or friends.

Thai Spices - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Thai spices are quite cheap with an average price of 20 baht

16. Clothes, accessories

Many tourists go to Thailand to purchase clothes and accessories. If you want to buy clothes at affordable prices, you should go to Pratunam Market. The price here is quite cheap. The more you buy, the cheaper the clothes are. In case you are looking for high-end clothes, you should buy at Siam Paragon or Central because of the variety of goods here.

In Thailand, there are big discounts in the summer and at the end of the year. So, you can go shopping this time to save money. If you are into accessories, you should buy at handmade shops and Chinatown in Bangkok. Their goods are fashionable and affordable.

Clothes, Accessories - Best things you should buy in Thailand

If you want to buy clothes at affordable prices, you should go to Pratunam Market

17. Essential oil

Aromatherapy is a part of massage art in Thailand. So, essential oil is one of the goods you should buy when going to this country. The oil is extracted from natural herbs such as flowers, leaves, and bark. You can freely find a favorite scent to relax right at home.

A 10 ml bottle of essential oil costs from 50 to 100 baht. The price will be cheaper if you buy in bulk. For example, the price is about 100 baht if you buy 10 bottles. Essential oils can be purchased at Chatuchak market, Pratunam market, and night markets.

Essential Oil - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Essential oil is one of the goods you should buy when going to this country

18. Thai massage plaster

Apart from foods and clothes, Thai massage is also one of the services that people would like to try in Thailand. Thai massage plaster is suitable for people who sit a lot in their offices or older people. Using Thai massage plaster will help users feel like being massaged with aromatic herbs. This brings users a comfortable way to relax. It is also a suitable gift to buy when traveling to Thailand.

Thai Massage - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Thai massage is also one of the services that people would like to try in Thailand

19. Cooling powder

Cooling powder is a kind of powder that is used for summer. You will feel cooler right after applying cooling powder to your skin. So, this product is suitable for people living in countries which have hot weather such as Vietnam, Indonesia and India. There are a lot of places to buy cooling powder, but tourists often buy this product at BigC to ensure quality and prices.

Cooling Powder - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Cooling powder is a suitable gift when coming to Thailand

20. Durian chips

Durian is one of the famous specialties in Thailand. However, bringing a big durian as a gift is not a good ideal. That is the reason why Thai manufacturers have made dried durian chips. Even people who do not like durian can eat and like this kind of chips. The price of dried durian chips ranges from 120 baht for a bag of 200 grams.

Durian Chips - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Bringing a big durian as a gift is not a good ideal

21. Milk tea

Thai milk tea is a popular drink which attracts a lot of tourists in Thailand. However, you cannot bring home a whole cup of milk tea. Therefore, buying milk tea packaged in bags will be the most reasonable and convenient option. Although milk tea is packaged, their flavor remains the same.  One bag of Thai milk tea costs from 40 to 100 baht depending on type and quality.

Thai Milk Tea - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Thai milk tea is a popular drink which attracts a lot of tourists in Thailand

22. Tao Kae Noi seaweed

Tao Kae Noi seaweed is also a specialty of Thai people. It is often sold at the airport, in supermarkets or stores. The seaweed has been seasoned and then dried to become a delicious snack for anyone. The price of a package of Tao Kae Noi seaweed is around 39 baht. So, this is a suitable gift you should buy for your friends and relatives.

Tao Kae Noi Seaweed - Best things you should buy in Thailand

Tao Kae Noi seaweed is also a specialty of Thai people

Thailand is known as a shopping paradise in Asia. If you have not known what to buy when going to this country, do not hesitate to refer to some suggestions above to have the most suitable choices for your trip.

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