Saturday 12 May 2012

Travelling and shopping in Thailand

I have recently returned from an amazing two weeks in Thailand at the end of April! I had a great time with some friends travelling around Thailand - from Bangkok to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, a day in Burma and then back to Bangkok for the last few days. We had full packed days of travelling and our nights were for going out and exploring the Thai nightlife! It was definitely one of the best holidays I have been on so far and I can't wait to go back and see more of the country. One of the highlights for me was visiting the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai, as well as the temples and seeing the reclining Buddha. Another highlight was of course, the shopping!

Those of you who know me know that I would not go abroad without exploring some of the best shopping areas. I decided to write this blog to share with you all the highlights of the shopping in Thailand. Firstly the capital city Bangkok is absolutely fantastic. Extremely busy and packed full of residents and tourists from around the world, it's a city like no other I've seen before. One of the busiest shopping centres in Bankok is MBK. Full of markets, restaurants as well as department stores, you've got everything you need there. I bought a few dresses from there, as well as lots of jewellery.

When we travelled up north to Chiang Rai, the major shopping mall was Central Plaza containing the Thai high street stores. My favourite store was Robinson as they had lots of lovely dresses, as well as jewellery and beauty products. Another shop that we became regulars in during our time in Thailand was the Beauty Buffet. It looks like a sweet shop but instead full of every beauty product you can think of! I even bought a sheep placenta face mask from there! Really good quality products at good prices, Beauty Buffet is heaven on earth. 


Finally the markets were great for grabbing bargains but I also noticed the stunning handmade jewellery. I found myself buying a necklace every time I walked past one of the market stalls! I've ended up with a beautiful collection of beaded necklaces in different colours to go with nearly every outfit. The necklaces are very much statement pieces because they are so prominent and eye-catching, so they can be the only piece of jewellery needed once worn. See below for examples of a couple of the ones I bought. 

Thailand is a beautiful country with so much to explore. There's lots more that I want to see next time I go, but within two weeks we managed to see quite a lot. Until next time Thailand!


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