10 Best Shopping Experiences around Khao San Road

While Khao San Road is known for being cheap, it isn't always known for its quality, but there is a new renaissance of shops out to change that. Places like the Lofty Bamboo, where Fair Trade practices and traditional clothing and handicraft products from ethnic minorities and craft villages around Thailand are giving shoppers in the area hope. There are an amazing array of shopping possibilities in the Khao San area. Custom made quality silver jewellery can be found at the three decades plus running Rainbow Silver. You can get a custom made suit at a fantastic price from the long running Buddy Tailors, you can buy souvenirs and gifts from Happy Time, and you can pick up some used paperbacks at Thatvee Books. If you want to shop for yourself, try getting inked at Bkk Ink Tattoo or if that sounds too radical, maybe just a henna tattoo or hair extension at Pakgai out on the street. Rambutri and Phra Athit roads, both just around the corner from Khao San, have a bit more refined shopping, such as the elegant textiles and even better postcards at Taekee Taekon. And if you have no more room in your suitcases for shopping, well get a few pieces of jewelry that you can wear and not feel the weight. JC Jewelry House has some great selections of silver and other precious stones. You certainly won't get bored shopping on Khao San Road.

Bangkok is a good place to stock up on used paperbacks for traveling around Asia, and especially in this part of Khao San Road, all of the latest bestsellers and popular reads are always being swapped and sold, so the selection is pretty good....  Read More

Just as many visitors to Bangkok shop for a tattoo to ink on and take back home, many folks seek out the hair braiders on Khao San Road to get their hair put into plaits, dreadlocks, woven, or other. There are many hair braiding stalls as one...  Read More

This large and reputable jewelry shop has a very wide selection of jewelry ranging from bangles, bracelets, earrings and chokers to a variety of pendants, rings, and all sorts of silver products. They also stock plenty of fine stones, whether it...  Read More

No, this is not a friendship organization between the Hoosier State and the City of Angels, and neither is it a shop selling saris and bangles as one might be led to believe by the colorful psychedelic Ganesh Indian elephant sign outside the...  Read More

While it might seem novel, actually a lot of visitors to Bangkok make a journey to a tattoo parlor high on their list. Getting inked isn't for everyone, but for those who want some body art, Bangkok has become a good place to get it, with some...  Read More

Happy Time started as a small shop on Khao San Road selling handicrafted lights and lighting designs. Immensely popular, they've since moved into a larger shop on Chakrapong Road just around the corner, and they always seem to be the busiest...  Read More

Bangkok is one of the better spots in the world to buy quality mens' clothing at excellent prices. Custom tailoring is a big draw here, yet it is often hard to know whom to trust and what a fair price is, especially around Khao San Road, where...  Read More

Rainbow Silver is a second generation family business that has been one of Khao San Road's top shopping spots since 1981. Not only are they a wholesaler of fine silver jewellery, but also a manufacturer that knows silver craft pretty darn well....  Read More

While visitors to Thailand are often drawn to ethnic hill tribe crafts as souvenirs, it can be difficult to find genuine products that are actually made by villagers, not to mention the villagers actually receiving some real remuneration for...  Read More

Taekee Taekon (pronoucned takeh takone) is a lovely shop specializing in textiles from all over Thailand. You can buy some decent silk here, along with plenty of other arts and crafts, and there will certainly be something here that can make...  Read More


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