gay Thailand Travel: Bangkok Shopping Adventures
Who doesn't love a bargain? In Thailand they are endless. If you love to shop, Purple Dragon can take you on our amazing Bangkok shopping adventures in some of the most fascinating parts of the city. Your private guide will help you to find practically anything you are looking for, from antiques and Thai handicrafts, to knock-off designer accessories, sequined drag, and bargain-priced home electronics. Your Thai-speaking guide will assist with negotiations, then help you find an extra big piece of luggage to take it all home in!
Professional Help for Shopaholics
If you really love shopping, Purple Dragon's Bangkok shopping adventures day trips will steer you to a bounty of bargains and a trove of treasures. Whether you're after hand-woven silks or hand-crafted furniture, Thai handicrafts galore, sensuous celadon or pre-historic pottery, superlative silver or glittering gems, wacky t-shirts or tailored suits, heirloom antiques or funky folk art, you're sure to find it on sale in Bangkok's markets, street stalls and mega-malls. Select from the following itineraries, or plan your own, for a fun-filled day of discoveries. Our personal guide will assist you in translating, negotiating and navigating the maze of merchandise.
Saturdays and Sundays only. Explore Chatuchak, Bangkok's Weekend Market, the largest shopping bazaar in the world, with more than 9000 shops and hawkers selling everything from antiques to livestock. Your personal guide will bargain on your behalf for that phallic rice pounder, Burmese sewing trunk, some of those Celadon espresso cups, a few bolts of Khmer silk and hand-crafted silver chopsticks, et cetera, et cetera. Snack at any one of the hundreds of delicious fresh food stalls that ring the market. Why not finish off your amazing day with a sunset dinner at a delightful riverside seafood restaurant?
A walking tour of eclectic, fascinating Chinatown. Hunt for bargains in the lively street markets of Sampeng- crammed with fabric, toys, produce, crafts, clothing and knickknacks - all at wholesale prices. Snack on delicious Thai sweets and fresh fruit as you wander through winding alleys where Thai life has changed little over generations. Along the way discover traditional herbal pharmacies, Chinese shrines, Buddhist religious supply shops or time-warp beauty salons proffering the hair-dos of long-dead starlets. Visit glimmering gold shops, bustling temples and hustling electronics showrooms. Wander through Old Siam Plazawith its staggering variety of goods and craft shops. Why not conclude your thrifty spree by dining on unusual Sino-Thai specialties in charming and un-touristy restaurants that ooze antique flavor from Chinatown's past?
Street Markets of Siam
Slice-of-life walking tours to visit three of Bangkok's large and lively traditional street markets. Stroll through sprawling Klong Toey, a thriving hive of hawker booths strung in and around four city blocks, and then wander through the maze of Pratunam, the wholesale clothing district where Bangkok's army of after-hours hostesses and boys-who-would-be-divas shop for show-stopping frocks. Snack as you go at delicious, fresh food carts or yummy noodle stands. End your afternoon exploring the maze of mini-shops in Siam Square.
Where do Thailand's glamorous nangfaa jahm laeng (angels in disguise), get their stunning beaded and embroidered evening gowns? We know the secret market stallswhere the best-dressed cross-dressers go to find ultra-fabulous deals on hand-made dresses and feathered 'n sequined show-stoppers. Dream up your wildest design and return home with a stunning (and CHEAP!) custom creation. Our personal guide will take you to see the amazing range of costumes available and help translate during your fitting. There are lots of fabric and accessory stalls to choose from and we know the seamstresses who understand what it takes to make a big girl look llllleeerrrtt kaaa (fabulous!).