Coconuts are a tropical treasure that can be used in a variety of ways. They also make for great souvenirs or terrific reminders from your Thailand holiday.
Souvenirs are a wonderful way of bringing back fabulous holiday memories after you arrive back home. Whether you are picking up a few treats for yourself or for loved ones, the gift is extra special if it reflects an authentic experience in the Land of Smiles. If you are travelling to islands such as Koh Samui or Phuket, the many handicraft stalls peppered across the town markets offer a range of unique and remorable coconut souvenirs to tickle your fancy. So, if you thought that the best thing a coconut had to offer was a pina colada, take a look at our list of terrific tropical souvenirs.
Light up my Life
If you want to pick up home décor items from Thailand, there are few items that have more appeal than an authentic coconut shell lamp. Not only will the coconut lamp remind you of all your favourite holiday memories, it is also a great way to introduce a natural accent to your interior décor. There are a range of lamps available, whether you are looking for an electric lamp or a carved candle holder. The soft, warm light of a coconut lamp creates a relaxing, romantic atmosphere, making them ideal as atmospheric night lights.
Pretty in Pearl
Coconut bowls also make great souvenirs for travellers who enjoy displaying evidence of their travels around the home. Many of the coconut shell bowls available at Thailand’s handicraft markets are intricately hand painted and glossed, so they add a unique pop of colour to your décor. Some of the more luxurious bowls are even set with an inlay of mother-of-pearl or egg shells. Aside from looking pretty, these nifty souvenirs can also be used for a variety of purposes, from displaying colourful lotus flower candles to holding potpourri.
Healthy & Luscious
In the past decade or so, coconut oil has established a reputation for itself as one of the world’s top superfoods. The oil comprises a unique combination of fatty acids that are proven to have an array of wonderful health benefits when ingested, including a proven ability to kill harmful pathogens such as bacteria and fungi. A simple spoonful in your green tea tastes great as well. What's more, coconut oil is also a wonderful cosmetic product to have in the house, and many studies have shown that it improves the moisture and lipid content of the skin and hair.
A Tasty Treat
If you have a dinner party coming up, and wondering what tasty appetizer to tempt your guests with upon arrival, why not consider coconut chips? Not only are coconut chips a lot more healthy than regular salty potato chips, they also taste great, and offer guests something fresh and new to snack on with their aperitif. These crispy creations also make great souvenir gifts if you were thinking of taking the flavours of Thailand back home to share with your work pals or friends.
Whether you are buying them for yourself or for a loved one back home, coconut jewellery has a tropical wow factor that makes it an irresistible souvenir. Luscious brown hued coconut shell can be intricately carved to create beautiful pendants with beads, earrings with shells or elegantly simple bangles. If you are looking to create a tropical surfer look with your holiday ensemble, then locally-crafted coconut jewellery will add the finishing touch.