7 Places to Buy Thai Crafts in Bangkok

Find Unique Souvenirs at Great Prices

With skills that are passed down for generations, Thai crafts have long been a reflection of the nation's creativity and ingenuity. The intricate detail and meticulous methods used are a display of inventiveness while the elaborate designs are proof of perseverance. Moreover, the abundance of natural materials such as wicker, palm leaves, rattan and coconuts make it possible for Thais to produce beautiful and inexpensive handicrafts.

Although you're less likely to find a full-blown craft village in Bangkok nowadays, as decades of rapid urbanisation have taken their toll on the city's traditional living spaces, Bangkok remains the centre for crafts trade. From street-side vendors all the way to luxury shopping malls, you'll find all kinds of arts and crafts here, sourced from all corners of the country.

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Thai Craft Shops in Bangkok

Baan Baht (Monk's Alm Bowl Village)

This is the last existing artisan village in Bangkok that still hammers out – by hand – the brass bowls that Buddhist monks carry with them during their morning alms rounds. The Baan Bat community has been producing these bowls since the late 18th century. Today, fewer than a handful of households still make a living selling their craft.

  • Location: Soi Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)80 362 0778

Bangkok Doll Factory and Museum

The Bangkok Doll Factory and Museum houses an interesting collection of Thai and foreign dolls made by the local factory, making it fun for Thai culture enthusiasts and children alike. Both modern and antique items are on display, and you can see for yourself the ancient practice of doll making that has been passed down over the decades. There's also a shop where you can purchase your favourite doll.

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday–Saturday from 8am to 5pm
  • Location: 11 Ratchaprarop Rd, Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)96 789 1455

Chatuchak Market

Once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market is now a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’!

The 14-hectare area of Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Saturday–Sunday from 9am to 6pm, Friday from 6pm to midnight (the plants sections also open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7am to 6pm)
  • Address: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
  • Tour Available: Chatuchak Market In Bangkok
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Doi Tung Shop

This well-established brand is better known for its coffee than its fascinating lineup of handmade crafts, even though they're actually the cornerstone of the brand. Instead of pure function, Doi Tung crafts sport contemporary designs that feel resolutely Thai yet blend in with western-style homes, whether home accessories, hand-woven carpets, ceramics, mulberry paper stationery, or apparel.

Most major shopping malls, such as Siam Paragon, The Emporium and Siam Discovery Center, carry Doi Tung products and there are a few standalone stores, too.

Koh Kret Pottery

This manmade island just north of Bangkok is home to ethnic Mon people, who are renowned for their exceptional pottery skills. But unlike northern Thailand's celadon ware or stoneware, Koh Kret's earthenware pottery has simple forms and a rather down-to-earth appeal, which goes very well as a decorative piece in the garden.

On Koh Kret, you can watch the craftsmen at work or try to make your own pottery at one of the many studios around the island. The best way to explore Koh Kret, though, is to go on a cycling tour. You'll find yourself in another world, and it'll be difficult to imagine the city is just 20 minutes away by boat.

 

  • Location: Ko Kret, Pak Kret District, Nonthaburi 11120, Thailand

MBK

The multi-storey MBK is probably Bangkok's most legendary shopping mall, popular with both tourists and locals. There are 8 floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell everything from clothing, fashion accessories, handbags, leather products and luggage to furniture, mobile phones, electric appliances, cameras, stationery and DVDs. MBK is a beehive of activity, especially on weekends, when Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
  • Location: 444 Phayathai Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 620 9000
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Silom Village

Travel back to a time when the grandeur of traditional Thai houses hadn't been replaced with modern skyscrapers right in the heart of Silom, one of the city's most important business districts. Set among lush tropical greenery, Silom Village captures the spirit of old Bangkok through a compound of 17 well-preserved antique houses dating back to the glorious era of King Rama V.

The complex features a hotel (Silom Village Inn), and a shopping arcade where an impressive collection of fine antiques, handicrafts, lacquer-finished products, jewellery, Thai silk, and furniture can be found. Besides the shopping arcade, you can also enjoy authentic Thai and international cuisine at the Silom Village Restaurant, complete with a Thai classical dance show.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30am to 11.30pm
  • Location: 286/1 Silom Road, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 235 8760
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