Handicrafts are among the most sought after souvenirs in Thailand.
Handicrafts made in Thailand are some of the best in the region, given their unique designs and excellent quality. For hundreds of years, Thai craftsmen have been known for creating different types of handicrafts that have specific purposes. Today, they are among the most sought after souvenirs.
The north is famous for hill tribe products that include teakwood carvings, silverware and lacquerware; while the northeast is known fir its fine silk. In the south, one can find the best nielloware and basketry. For jewelry and bronzeware, the Central region would be the best source.
These products find their way into many stores and markets not only in the country, but also around the world. You can start your quest for these items right here on Samui.
While the range of handicrafts here is hardly the same as those available in Bangkok or Phuket, some serendipitous browsing may yield a surprise. Real bargains are found on sidewalk stalls in Chaweng - RTWs, silk, leather goods, gold, ceramics and antiques.
Silk remains one of the best buys; ever since the American Jim Thompson came over in the 1950s, the industry has boomed and now employs thousands of people.
One of the more popular items among Westerners and Thais alike that does not fall into any of the listed categories is the mon khwan, a triangular cushion. They are found in almost every Thai home, where furniture is minimal to allow the free flow of air.
In Western homes, throw pillows and cushions are an essential part of any family room, for both practical and aesthetic purposes. The mon khwan is perfect for propping yourself up in the front of the television.
If you admire the beauty and style of Thai handicrafts, don't leave without buying something. Very few countries in the world have so much to offer for shopping, most of which are sold at a bargain.