2, Jul 2023
The Insider’s Guide to the Best Souvenirs in Thailand

Ah, the beautiful and lively kingdom of Thailand. A country with an enchanting culture, delicious cuisine and cosy and welcoming people. There is no doubt that a trip to Thailand is an experience that can leave lasting impressions on any traveler.

We fell in love during our first visit to Thailand and ended up staying for five months instead of the month we had planned. We covered all the main regions of the country and sent home two large boxes of Souvenirs that we took with us on our travels.

From Thai silk pillows to adorable wood carvings to an Album of beautiful elephant paper and huge painted compartments, we still have the same Thai Souvenirs scattered around our house years later and we don’t contrition buying one.

For those who want to take a little piece of this lively country house, you are in luck!

Thailand is a shopping paradise with an abundance of exquisite souvenirs waiting to be discovered.

Let me walk you through some of the best Thai souvenirs and Thai souvenirs you can bring from your own Thai adventure.

1. THAI SILK

The first is the famous Thai silk, known all over the world for its exceptional quality and its unique production process.

Jim Thompson, an American architect turned silk merchant, popularized Thai silk in the mid-twentieth century and led to its worldwide popularity. If you are in Bangkok, you can visit the Jim Thompson House for a fascinating insight into the silk manufacturing process.

Thai silk is perfect for scarves, clothes, pillowcases or even wall hangings. It comes in bright colors and various patterns, making each piece a unique work of art.

2. celadon ceramics

A walk through a local market in Thailand and you will find a range of beautiful celadon ceramics. These handmade items are distinguished by their beautiful jade green glaze and have a rich history that dates back to the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai.

You can get Thai celadon ceramics in plates, vases, bowls and figurines. The choices are almost limitless and due to the manufacturing process, each piece is guaranteed to be a topic of conversation whenever someone sees it.

3. SPA AND WELLNESS PRODUCTS

Thailand is known for its soothing spa treatments. Is there a better Souvenir than the gift of relaxation?

Thai wellness products, including herbal balms, essential oils, massage oils, coconut products and aromatic incense, are made with local ingredients and are an ideal way to recreate the Thai Spa experience at home.

The world-class beaches are only a few hours away from the busy streets of Bangkok, making it an easy Thai spa day. If you want to make Thailand a regular getaway, buy a Villa in Jomtien Beach or visit the magnificent Spas in the area.

4. Crafts

The art of Thailand shines with its wide variety of crafts. Thai wood carvings, especially teak and sandalwood items, are particularly sought after as Souvenirs and works of art. Woven items such as baskets, carpets and wall hangings from local markets are also wonderful Thai Souvenirs.

If you are looking for something truly unique, keep an eye out for the products of the “one Tambon One Product” (OTOP) program. This Initiative promotes the unique products of each subdistrict or Thai drum and ensures that you have a truly unique souvenir.

5. THAI SNACKS

As we always say, there is no better way to remember a place than by its flavors! Thai snacks like Durianchips, coconut sweets and a variety of rice crackers cannot be not-found.

Look for unique treats like Khanom Thai, traditional Thai sweets made with coconut milk, sugar and rice flour. Don’t forget to check your country’s regulations regarding food to take home, as there are certain dietary restrictions, as indicated at the end of this article.

6. SHORTS FOR MUAY THAI

For those who are interested in martial arts or are simply looking for a unique souvenir, Muay Thai Shorts are a must. Available in a rainbow of colors and patterns, these shorts not only serve as functional clothing for workouts, but also as a fun and sporty reminder of your Thai adventure.

Even if you don’t care for most martial arts, it is an exciting thing to see a Muay Thai Match, whether in Bangkok or elsewhere in the country, with a long Tradition that dates back to the 16th century. Even if you don’t watch the matches themselves, the behavior of the spectators and the show alone are often worth the cost of admission.

7. THAI SILVER JEWELRY

Thailand is known for its exquisite silver jewelry, especially from the northern city of Chiang Mai and the tribes of the northern regions. Made with exceptional skill and precision, silver coins often feature intricate patterns inspired by nature or Thai Mythology.

Whether you are looking for rings, bracelets, necklaces or earrings, Thai silver jewelry is an elegant Souvenir. Look for 99% pure silver if possible (more popular in the north), but those marked with a 0.925 stamp that indicate that it is 92.5% silver are affordable for the wallet to find nationwide and often look just as good.

8. THAI SPICES

No Thai culinary experience is complete without the punch of aromatic spices. The colorful markets of Thailand offer a wide variety of locally grown spices, such as lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, Thai basil and various types of chili peppers.

Since our first visit, the food in Thailand has been our reference for some of the best dishes in the world. The problem is that we are constantly disappointed that the best flavors do not reach our local Thai Restaurants. Although most of the ingredients are the same, it is the spices that make Thai cuisine famous.

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