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Pattaya Shopping Guide - TravelPuppy.com
The shopping experience here is as diverse and fascinating as Bangkok's. Some of the popular shopping spots are the Big C, Mike's Shopping Mall, Lotus Tesco Supermarket, Foodland, Central Festival Shopping Centre the Royal Garden Plaza, home of Ripley's and also popular fast-food outlets. Central Festival Centre deserves a mention for its combination of modern shopping outlets and handicraft stalls representing most provinces in Thailand.

Central Festival Centre located on Pattaya 2 Road also has a large supermarket and several restaurants.

Gems are another big shopping item. There are first-class stores that sell a wide range of gems and jewellery to suit your budget. All the gems sold in reputable shops such as at Pattaya World Gems are covered by a quality guarantee.

The famous 24-hour tailors can be found almost everywhere and hand-made suits and dresses are created over night at bargain prices. Handicraft factories are close to Pattaya, so there are many fine examples of traditional furniture and gifts. Jewellery, silverware, Thai silk, antiques and teak handicrafts are all hallmarks of the shopping experience.

For those in search of local products such as handicraft, basketware, dried seafood, can go to the following major markets that are popular among Thai tourists. They are situated outside of Pattaya city.

Ang Sila

Ang Sila is a village for fishing, located approximately 5 kilometres from Chonburi and it was 1 of the oldest beachfront resorts which is renowned for its stone mortars and animal sculptures, like elephants, horses and tigers. It also has numerous restaurants with seafood. On the seashore, travellers can see villagers shucking fresh oysters. There are also a vast variety of local handicraft available for sale to visitors.

It is situated in the same area as Bang Saen Beach.

Nong Mon Market

Nong Mon Market is renowned for Chonburi's locally made handicrafts and souvenirs and it is about 1 kilometre from the junction leading to Bang Saen. Popular purchases include the many types of dried seafood; kao lam, gluttonous rice baked in bamboo; hormok, spicy steamed fish cakes; hoi-jor, deep fried shrimp cakes; sweetened-banana; taro chips; and sweetened-fruit preserves. You can also purchase rattan and bamboo basketware from Panatnikom, a district famous for its distinctive and elaborate weaving techniques.

Nong Mon Market is located in the same district as Bang Saen Beach.

Basketware Village

Basketware Village is located at Mu 1-11, Tambon Railakthong but mostly a Mu 10 in the area around Wat Kohkaew Klong Luang, around 4 kilometres from the district along the Panamnikom-Chacheongsao Road and continuing right for another 4 kilometres.

Ladies' handbags, baskets, betel nut sets, etc. in different colors and designs are made from woven bamboo. They can be easily bought at stalls behind the Municipal Daily Market (Talad Kao)
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