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Bangkok is arguably the shopping capital of Southeast Asia, a place where you can score rock-bottom prices on everything from jewelry and handbags to t-shirts, handicrafts, electronics, antiques, silk — you name it, you can probably get it (though it might be a knock-off). The city’s labyrinthine street markets, including the famous weekend Chatuchak Market, draw most of the retail headlines — and rightfully so — but Bangkok is also home to sprawling, modern megamalls such as Siam Paragon, CentralWorld Plaza and the fun, travel-themed Terminal 21 that can keep you busy shopping for days. Be sure to experience both sides of the coin.
Though you can find great deals on custom-made suits and formal wear from tailors found along Sukhumvit Road and other parts of the city, our Forbes Travel Guide editors think two of the best things to take home from Bangkok are an item made from silk from The Jim Thompson House — we love the scarves in particular — and a piece of jewelry or perhaps small Buddha from a stall at Amulet Alley, located near the Grand Palace and just off the Chao Phraya River.
Of course, those are just two of many well-priced treasures to be had in Bangkok. If you plan on doing some shopping, consider packing an extra bag to check on the way home — you just might need the space.