has become one of the most popular shopping destinations in Asia,
offering the convenience of browsing in modern, air-conditioned malls
as well as the thrill of discovering bargains in atmospheric markets
known mainly to locals.
handicrafts are traditional to the country, and many of the most popular
items are created in small cottage industries, employing skills handed
down for generations. Others are produced in factories boasting the
latest in advanced technology and quality control. Both are distinguished
by the superb craftsmanship that makes a "Made in Thailand" purchase
something special to treasure for years to come.