With so many unique products on offer in modern Thailand, it’s hard to resist the urge to treat yourself to a luxury gift that will remind you of your holiday in the Kingdom.
Thailand enjoys a world-renowned reputation as a shopper’s paradise, and visitors from all over the globe now indulge in a little retail therapy during their holiday.
When it comes to gift shopping, the obvious silk goods, handicrafts and local artwork may spring to mind but there are plenty more options now available for visitors that want to spend some of their holiday cash on something extra special.
Today’s Thailand is known for its many high-end designers, luxury spa brands and even wholefood producers, so it’s possible to pick up a luxury gift or souvenir that not only oozes the essence of the country, but also stands out as something unique and world class.
Browse a few choice examples below.
Thai women are famous for their chic, effortless style, so it’s no wonder there are plenty of incredible boutique jewellery stores for visitors to browse and find a few statement pieces to complement their wardrobes. Bangkok is home to the best selection, however islands like Phuket and Koh Samui also boast their fair share of outlets. Trimode Accessories is a favourite brand when it comes to chunky, statement pieces – including eye-catching metallic bangles. Experimental and fun, you can’t go wrong with this innovative Thai designer.
While Thailand may not be as well-known for its handcrafter leather goods as, say, Italy, there’s a superb selection of handbag designers for visiting shopaholics to choose from. Peace Pollution in particular stands out from the crowd and produces a range of stylish urban-inspired goods to complement the full gamut of outfit ensembles. Minimal design and geometric details work together to ensure that each and every Peace Pollution bag ticks all the boxes in your style checklist.
If you want to savour the flavour of Thailand once you head back to your home country without heading to the local takeaway every week? There is a simple way to bring the tastes of the Kingdom right back to your kitchen. Whether you’re after locally-sourced coconut oil, dried durian or rambutan jam, islands like Phuket and Samui are home to plenty of wholefoods boutiques where it is possible to pick up a selection of high quality goods before you head home. Of course, check your home country’s custom rules before investing in a lifetime’s supply of culinary treats that you won’t be able to carry across the border.
While you may have always associated Thai alcohol with beer brands like Chang and Singha; there are plenty more local breweries and distilleries where it’s possible to pick up a bottle of exquisite local booze. If you’re enjoying the delights of Koh Samui, make time to head over to the Magic Alambic Rum Distillery – especially if you fancy mixing up a few homemade Pina Coladas back at your private villa. The distillery’s shop is home to full range of delicious rum-based products which will serve as great souvenirs to take the taste of Thailand back home.
If you’ve spoilt yourself with a few pamper sessions at the local spa or in your private villa then you’ll know there’s nothing quite like the scent of healing Thai spa ingredients such as jasmine, lemongrass and coconut. To re-create the same ambience back at home, treat yourself to some Thai-made spa products. Brands like Harnn, Thann and Siam Botanicals all offer indulgent options. Siam Botanicals in particular is an excellent choice for those who like to use beauty products that are 100% natural. From body scrubs to massage oil, they have it all.