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.