During peak seasons, you won’t have a hard time looking for souvenirs or personal items in Krabi because everything comes near to you. There are seemingly countless peddlers walking along the beaches and selling virtually any type of goods, from food and snacks to sunblock lotions, sarongs, towels, hammocks and many more. However, if you intend to get around, you can’t resist shopping in Krabi as there are many shopping places in every part of the province.
What is worth buying in Krabi? There are a lot of different fascinating souvenir items in Krabi including antiques, furniture, handicrafts and gem stone. Antique items from China, Myanmar and Cambodia are great stuff, but make sure you secure needed documentations and export license for certain items. Furniture made of rosewood and rattans are available in varied designs; made-to-order items can also be requested in certain shops in Krabi. Shipping is not a problem as there are courier companies offering overseas shipping services. Gemstones such as sapphires, rubies and pearls are everywhere in Krabi. Shopping in Krabi for cheap fashionable clothes is also fun and exciting as there are plenty of fashion boutiques present in places such as Ao Nang, Krabi town, Railay, Koh Lanta and Phi Phi. The streets are also teeming with stall after stall selling souvenir stuff and clothes. You can also haggle in these places and get goods at extremely low bargain prices.
Unlike shopping capitals like Bangkok or Phuket, shopping in Krabi isn’t too diverse although there’s still a wide selection of goods to choose from. In terms of shopping, the area of Ao Nang is more laid-back and not too intense. There are still shops selling rubber slippers, tees and hats. Many replicas of designer and popular items are sold, although buying these items still depends if your country allows this stuff. Hone your haggling skills because most items here don’t have a fixed price except for items in groceries and branded shops. Since haggling is part of the whole shopping process, you can get items at bargain prices and save a lot of money.
When getting around Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, you won’t see too many shopping places on these islands and if there are any, its bound to be more expensive compared to those items you see in the main Krabi area. Thus, better save your money and make the most of your shopping spree when getting around Krabi town or in Bangkok and Phuket. If you want a more peaceful shopping area free from busy cars and noise, the best place is in Railay beach. Just remember that there are shopping differences between Railay East and Railay West in terms of prices. Of course, Railay West is more expensive with its fabulous restaurants, hotels and shops while East Railay is a lot cheaper yet it’s less attractive than the West since there’s no actual beach there but more mangroves and mud.
Shopping in Krabi can be a pleasurable and exciting experience for all tourists. Handicrafts are the best buys in Krabi if you want to bring souvenirs and gift items for your friends back at home. Spend some time strolling around the stalls and you can find native bags and footwear. Just remember to check the quality of the items you buy and see to it that it’s made in Thailand.