It is undeniable to leave Thailand without buying souvenirs. One of the best
memories of Thai culture is handicraft. Different regions have a unique way of crafting
and materials vary depending on local resources. Thailand has a wide range of handicrafts
such as nielloware, bronzeware, weaving, lacquerware, enamelware, ceramics, silverware,
woodware and basketry.
Abundant with lime stone, Chonburi, in particular Ang-Sila has produced the lime
stone mortars as well as decorative items such as jewellery and home decorative
ornaments. Basketry is also found in the province.
Gem & Jewelry
Having had the reputation in its beauty, Thai jewellery and gems are in high
quality including its style, cutting and polishing. Gemstone is found in the eastern
region of Thailand. Chonburi's neighbouring province, Chantaburi is a hub of gem
and jewellery production. It is known for ruby and sapphire. Other gemstones such
as amethyst, aqumarine, garnet, spinel and zircon are also found. Pattaya has a
number of jewellery stores spread throughout. Yet, customers may need to be wary
of fake gems scams. The retailers with the government's JFC seal are proved of authentic
quality standard which should be affixed in front of JFC member outlets. The JFC
logo represents a ruby ring with the names TGJTA and Jewel Fest Club.
Fashion & Accessories
Fashion boutiques are located throughout. You can find them in shopping malls.
There are also street vendors selling them at bargain prices. Some are handmade-individual
brands, some are counterfeit brand names.
Fabric & Textiles
Weaving textiles is a country's cultural heritage. Thailand is one of the
country that has impressive quality in particular silk. Different regions have
unique patterns and tradition in weaving. Some ancient patterns are still
maintained. Textile is the major industry in Thailand focusing on the northern region which is the main
producers. Nevertheless, it can also be found in other regions such as lower north,
northeast and southern regions. The products are not only sold in Thailand but
also exported to many countries around the world.
Many art galleries can be found along Pratamnak Road in South Pattaya and in other major tourist areas.
Besides art exhibitions, some of them offer a variety of works and services including
made-to-order pieces and art reproductions at reasonable prices and high quality.
Pattaya may not be an ideal place to go electronics shopping due to the high
prices but ones can purchase at shops located along the main roads or an IT
shopping centre featuring a wide range of products such as cameras, computer
hardware, software, gadgets, mobile phones, electronics parts, TVs, DVDs and many more.
There are shops selling furniture for home and office both modern and
traditional styles. Most modern style furniture is found in furniture shops in
shopping malls but if you would like to opt for more traditional styles, there
are local shops selling furniture in different types of materials namely teak,
lacquer wood, rosewood, rubber tree or rattan. Some shops also have overseas
Pattaya has average number of bookstores catering tourists and expats living
in Pattaya. There are English language publications sold in franchised
bookstores like Asia Book, B2S and other local bookstores with a wide range of
new books and newspapers. Some local bookstores offer second-hand books and some
trade second-hand books and new books with discounted prices. There are also
local publications in other languages such as German, Russian and Scandinavian languages.
An array of hospitals and clinics are located in Pattaya. Some
hospitals are state-run. The treatment and medicines are at very reasonable
price but language barrier may occur. Private hospitals also provide excellent
service with higher price but still inexpensive compared to the western
countries. Medicines can be purchased at local pharmacies located throughout and
most of them are prescription-free. International chain pharmacy like Boots is
available at major shopping malls as well as one in Walking Street.