Things Should Buy In Thailand

1-THAI SILK

It would be a shame not to buy some Thai silk when you visit Thailand. This particular kind of beautiful fabric, which is commonly sold by the yard, was made famous by Jim Thompson and it is available in an assorted of lovely colors, weights, thickness and patterns. Silk, perhaps, is the most popular among Thailand’s products. One unique kind of Thai silk is called Mat Mee which is actually tie-dyed silk. If you have time, make time to visit 2-Jim Thompson house which is located at the top of Surawong Road in Bangkok. Thai silk products include bags, pillow cases, beddings and drapes among others.

2- BATIK & COTTON
Aside from Thai Silk, it would also be nice to buy some cotton or batik products. Cotton products of Thailand were produced by certain locals or tribal people. Some nice pieces were even carefully embroidered using differently colored threads.

3-JEWELERY
There are loads of gorgeous pieces of jewelery that are imported from surrounding countries like Cambodia. Aside from these imported ones, Thailand also has its own mines and cutting centre for a variety of precious stones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, etc. A lot of striking pieces of jewelery are usually on sale in markets that are scattered all over Thailand. If you have a particular design or cut in mind, you can even ask the jeweller to make a copy for you.

4-Thailand Gold

Aside from alluring precious and semi-precious stones, you can also hunt for jewelery that are made of gold or silver. There would be quite an assorted of delicate chains, rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces to choose from. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the price of gold can vary from day to day. As for silver, you can shop for olden or antique pieces which would make exquisite gifts and souvenirs.

There are also jewellery pieces that are made of pearls. Pearl farms are scattered all over Thailand but are concentrated in certain places like Ranong and Phuket.

5-CERAMICS & POTTERY
Thailand is also known for different ceramic products and pottery that bear elaborate designs. These products also come in different colors, shapes and sizes all throughout the kingdom. This country produces sea green Celadon and the Benjarong style porcelain that exhibit up to five colors.

6-APPAREL OR CLOTHING
It would also be nice to shop for clothes while in Thailand. For sure, stalls and stores that sell different clothing items would be scattered all over the city like in flea markets, street vendors, hypermarkets, and the leading department stores. Prices range from the most affordable to the middle range and up to the luxurious ones. Some international label brands even have factories in Thailand where the actual products are sewn together in different clothing factories in Thailand. If you feel that you cannot find what you’re looking for then you can head to the nearest tailor and have clothes custom made for you.

7- WOOD CRAFTS Wood carvings are also delightful. The detailed carvings done on various pieces of furniture are enough proof of the expertise and talent of the different craftsmen of Thailand. Wood crafts come in the form of huge and bulky furniture, wooden animals, wooden palaces or temples, etc. Some pieces of furniture are made of rosewood, rattan, bamboo, etc. These wooden crafts can be custom made and some shops like the ones in Bangkok and Chiangmai can even ship to other countries.

8- Thai Orchids

LACQUERWARE Chiangmai is known for attractive lacquerware. This particular handicraft is produced by coating bamboo or any other kind of wood with lacquer. After doing so, designs are usually hand painted on the item following linear and tribal designs. The usual color combinations for lacquerware are yello and green on reddish brown lacquer or gold on black lacquerware. Favorite lacquerware items are usually trays, sauce dishes, and bowls among others.

THAI ORCHIDS – A lot of the world best looking orchid variety can be found in Thailand. Thai orchids come in various colors and sizes. Transportation of these orchids is also not a problem. Orchids can be packed together with portable water containers. A lot of flower shops offer these to tourists and it is possible to purchase Thai orchids at the airport of Bangkok.

Thai Perfumeries With Thailand New Year Traditions

Thai Perfumeries are comprised of several kinds of fragrant cosmetics. In the old days, ladies would wear perfume everyday while men would do in some special occasions. Thai Perfumeries could described into four categories as follows:

1. Water-based perfumeries: Nam-Ob Thai (eau de toilette ) and Nam- Proong (eau de cologne);

2. Oil-based perfumeries : Fragrant oils, Tani oil (thick body oil), and fragrant lip balm;

3. Powdered perfumeries: Fragrant talc, Sarapee talc (siamensis Kosterm), Poung talc, Kra-jae talc, powdered nutmeg, powdered Kamin (Curcuma domestica Valeton), and Juang;

4. Scent chewing herbs: Mak-Hom, Niam leaves, Ganploo (Syzygium aromaticum), and nutmeg. These perfumeries may be applied together with each other, such as Kar-Jae talc is mixed with Nam- Ob Thai, or individually used such as scent talc for powdering.

Pang-Ram (Scented talc)

Pang-Ram is made of naturally white talcum powder. It is ground into fine particles and mixed with other fragrant herbs or perfumeries, i.e., kameyan, Magrood (lime)’s peel (Citrus hystrix), Chamod ched (Viverricula malaccensis), saffron, alum and red cane sugar.

Ladies would directly powder their skin with dry Pang-ram, or melt it with Nam-Ob Thai before applying it. The Pang-ram could reduce skin irritation caused by heat or pollens. Thai people use Pang-ram after taking bath.

New year traditions

The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. People roam the streets with bowls of water, water guns or even a garden hose, and drench each other and passersby. This, however, is not the heart of this festival. Not many people, even the new generation of Thais, realize that Thai ancestors started this festival to teach their descendants some important things. This festival teaches people to come home to visit their parents, pay respect to them, and usually bring them a small gift. Mother and Father have given to their children so much, and this is the time that children show them that they recognize their parents’ favor. People also visit their older neighbors to keep the good relationships and to pay respect to the elders around the neighborhood. For these reasons Songkran days are also considered the family days and the elderly days.

People go to a wat to pray and give food to monks. They also clean Buddha images in temples with water and gentle Thai perfume (น้ำอบไทย), as it is believed that this will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year. In many cities, such as Chiang Mai, the Buddha statues from all of the wats in the city are paraded through the streets so that people can wash them as they pass by. People carry handfuls of sand to their temple to in order to recompense the dirt that they carry away on their feet during the rest of the year. The sand is then piled into large, tiered piles and decorated with colorful flags. Later in the day, people also do community services. Going to wat and doing community service teach people to give, the most basic way to happiness in Buddhism.

Some people make New Year resolutions – to refrain from bad behaviour and to do more good things. Songkran is a time for cleaning and renewal. Many Thais take this opportunity to give their home a thorough cleaning.

The throwing water part was originated as a way to pay respect to people, by pouring a small amount of lustral water on other people’s hands as a sign of respect. The youths also do it in a more fun way. They splash others with water to relieve the heat, since April is the hottest month in Thailand (temperatures can rise to over 100°F or 40°C on some days). This has changed to water fights and splashing water to people on vehicles, a hallmark of Songkran as tourists know, as Thais assimilate more western cultures and technologies.

The use of plaster is also very common having originated in the plaster used by monks to mark blessings.

Nowadays, the emphasis is placed on fun and water-throwing rather than on the festival’s spiritual and religious aspects, which sometimes prompts complaints from traditionalists. In recent years there have been calls to moderate the festival as there are many road accidents and injuries attributed to some extreme behavior – water being thrown in the faces of travelling motorcyclists and elephant riding elders.