Pretty as a Picture: The 5 Best Places to Buy Jewelry in Bangkok
Wondering where to buy jewelry in Bangkok?
As you’d expect in a country full of beautiful things, the jewelry in Thailand is to die for and Bangkok is the beating heart of the the country’s fashion community.
Whether you want it for yourself as a holiday souvenir or for your friends and family as a memento of your trip, jewelry is the perfect take-home present. Prices range from cheap and cheerful at the market stalls to sky-high in the boutique galleries so there really is something for everyone. Bangkok has an amazing choice of places to shop till you drop, so here’s our pick of the best. While Bodega Bangkok may be a party hostel, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a break to get your souvenir shopping covered!
Wang Lang isn’t on the traditional tourist trail so don’t expect polished English and manicured stalls but it does boast a huge range of affordable jewelry, much of it handmade. Haggling is the order of the day here so make sure you bargain on sales and don’t be afraid to walk away if the price isn’t right. The best bit? This is also a great place for street food so once you’re done with your jewelry shopping you can stay for a tasty dinner!
How to Get to Wang Lang Market
Take a boat across the river from Tha Maharaj or Phra Arthit piers, then walk west for 300 metres.
Not a single location but a whole area of the city, Chinatown excels at one thing- gold. Everywhere you look there are shops and stalls selling this bright gaudy metal and it comes in a range of forms. Choose from dainty rings with semi-precious stones or huge brooches and necklaces costing several thousand dollars. Prices hover around $1000 per ounce so take your credit card!
How to Get to Chinatown in Bangkok
Take the MRT to Hua Lamphong station and walk towards Wat Traimit or Yaowarat Road to get into the heart of this buzzing area.
This gorgeous boutique shop sells handmade, unique pieces which you won’t find anywhere else. Think delicate gold and silver rings and dainty chains in a range of colors with gemstone pendants and geometric designs. If you can’t make it to the shop at Terminal 21 then you can also catch Rock Me at the huge Chatuchak market in the north of the city.
How to Get to Rock Me Handmade Jewelry
Take the BTS on the Sukhumvit Line to Asok station and the Terminal 21 mall is right outside.
If you fancy a venue with a bit more than just jewelry on offer then head to the trendy Montra Café and Gallery. The beautiful purple and gold exterior hides a trendy space filled with weird and wonderful artifacts- if you don’t like life-size clown models then give this one a miss! Their necklaces are deservedly popular.
How to Get to Montra
Montra is located in Silom, about a 10-minute walk from either Chong Nonsi or Surasak BTS stations. Walk north up Si Lom 26 and you’ll find it on the left-hand side.
Our final choice is a collection of shops in the trendy Thonglor neighborhood. You’ll find a great selection of handmade jewelry designed by both Thai and western artists at a range of prices, and many places take commissions as well as selling their own work. Be warned- this place is addictive and doesn’t just sell jewelry, so you’re at high risk of coming away with a few other souvenirs as well!
How to Get to Thonglor Art Village
The closest public transport option is Thong Lo BTS station which is an 18-minute walk to the south. If this doesn’t appeal then just flag down a metered taxi and save your energies for the shopping to come!
Buying Jewelry in Bangkok Insider Tip
Prices in Thailand are very rarely set in stone. If you see something that you like but you think it’s too expensive then ask the shopkeeper if they’re willing to take less- they usually are. As long as everyone keeps a smile on their face then it’s all good!