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Famous for its high-quality artisans, Thailand is the place to buy antiques and collectibles. Buddhism is reflected in many of the goods made here, and so angels, demons and Buddha images are carved and sculpted into many products.
The River City Shopping Complex in Bangkok is perhaps the best place to browse as its floors are filled with stunning antiques. Porcelain, ceramics, and finely-styled wood carvings can all be found here. Just as good is the city’s Oriental Plaza, with its galleries and charming collection of shops. Inside these can be found various antiques and handicrafts.
Outside of the major shops, the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is a wonderful place to browse, and some of the nearby shops specialize in antique and collectible goods. Down in Phuket, Chan’s Antique House has the island’s largest collection, while Ban Boran Antiques is also worth a look.