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Lampang

Ceramic

Ceramics produced in Lampang are of the best quality in Thailand. The indigenous clay, added by the local craftsmanship, has helped to make Lampang the centre of such products, with scores of factories and shops dealing in this craft.


Where to Buy

Indra Outlet

382 Vajiravudh Damnoen Rd. Km.1 Prabaht Muang Lampang 52000

Tel. : +66 (0) 5431 5591
Opening hour : Daily at 9.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Website : http://www.indraoutlet.com/

 

Nan

Golden Orange

The only true world–class shopping center in Thailand. On 500,000 sq.m. this huge complex houses over 250 flagship stores of leading international and local labels of fashion, luxurious watches, and jewelry. The Paragon Department Store, one of the largest in Thailand, has a huge selection of imported and luxury products, from designer clothing for children to household items from top brands. Get a unique dining experience at one of the many Thai and international restaurants within a unique atmosphere. You can also visit one of Asia’s biggest aquariums, the Siam Ocean World, and many more excellent entertainment venues.


Where to Buy

Tang Chit Nuson

Kha luang road, Muang District, Nan

Tel. : +66 (0) 8 2388 1677
Opening hour : Daily 8.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

 

Loei

Chateau De Loei

Over a decade ago, Dr. Chaijudh Karnasuta discovered that the Phurua highlands of Northeastern Thailand could produce good wine-making grapes. His conviction bore fruit. In 1995 Chateau de Loei, the first commercially produced quality Thai wine, hit the market.


Where to Buy

Chateau De Loei

Phu Ruea District, Loei

Tel. : +66 (0) 2 716 5337
Opening hour : Daily 8.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

 

Phetchabun

Sweet Tamarind

Phetchabun Province is renowned throughout Thailand as the home and centre of tamarind production or sweet Tamarind production to be more precise.


Where to Buy

Rai Anucha

4/1 Mu 7 , Sila Sub-district, Lom Kao District, Phetchabun 67000

Tel. : +66 (0) 8 5726 1349
Opening hour : Daily 7.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

 

Buriram

Buriram Silk

The Buriram Silk is all handmade from start to end.
With conserving the traditional village methods of hand weaving, Buriram silk supports this culture passed along from generations. The results are natural silk luster and beautiful elaborative patterns.


Where to Buy

The Silk Weaving of Ban Kok Sa Ard

Mueang District, Buriram

Tel : <+66 (0) 8 7260 1157
Opening hour : 8.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

 

Samut Songkhram

Pla Thu

Samut Songkhram provides the most delicious Pla Thu. In the past, the villagers of Amphoe Mae Klong used a local tool made from bamboo to trap the fish.


Where to Buy

Mae Klong Market

Mae Klong Sub-district, Mueang Samut Songkhram District, Samut Songkhram

Tel. : +66 (0) 9 8425 2451
Opening hour : Daily 6.20 a.m. - 5.40 p.m.

 

Ratchaburi

Dragon Jar

Ratchaburi is well known for a major manufacturer of jars, plant pots, and ceramics for home and garden decoration. Most products are made from local clay, red- black clay, decorated with trademark dragon figure on the jar.


Where to Buy

Tao Hong Tai Ceramics Factory

234/1 Jedeehak rd., Ratchaburi

Tel. : +66 (0) 8 3233 7574
Opening hour : Daily 8.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

 

Trad

Kapi

Traditional ‘Kapi’ (Shrimp paste) has counterparts found across Asia. Thai kapi is made by fermenting krill called ‘Kung Foi’ or ‘Keui’ with salt. Regional variations from the East and South result in Kapi suited to different dishes, so gourmands stock a variety.


Where to Buy

Kapi Klong Yai

42 Moo 2 Lek Beach Sub-district, Klng Yai District, Trat

Tel. : +66 (0) 1814 1741
Opening hour : Daily 7.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

 

Trang

Roasted Pork

Trang also has another famous food-Trang Roasted Pork. The crispy roasted porks from Trang is very unique. The way the roasted pork is made is truely a traditional one: both in the seasoning mixture and in the ingredients.


Where to Buy

Trang Roasted Pork

201/5 Huayyord Road , Tabyiang District , Ampoe Mueang , Trang.

Tel. : +66 (0) 7 521 9342
Opening hour : Daily 7.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

 

Nakhon Si Thammarat

Mangosteen

Sometimes called ‘Mungkut Khiri Wong’, have been planted for more than 300 years along the slopes of the Khao Luang Mountain range in Nakhon Si Thammart province, and is still grown organically to day.


Where to Buy

The local Enterprise Network of Khiri Wong Mangosteen.

Tel. : +66 (0) 9 5953 6610
Opening hour : Daily 7.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

 

Chumphon

Kafae Khao Thalu

Roasted Khao Thalu Robusta beans produce a strong, bitter, full-bodied coffee that is true to its slogan: “From trees to cups: Khao Thalu coffee for a truly strong taste”. Khao Thalu coffee is exported to overseas market; such as, Lao PDR, and Myanmar.


Where to Buy

Saeng Thong Sawi

124 Mu 7, Na Pho Sub-district, Sawi District, Chumphon.

Tel. : +66 (0) 7753 1153
Opening hour : Daily 7.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

 

Chanthaburi

Thuriani

One of the most widely grown breeds in Chanthaburi is the. delicious, intensely sweet, fragrant indigenous ‘Puang Mani’. with delicate orangey-yellow fleshed Thurian that is also. hardy and resistant to disease.


Where to Buy

Suan Sao Sut Chai

Mu 1, Plio Sub-district, Laem Sing District, Chanthaburi.

Tel. : +66 (0) 8 5071 4549
Opening hour : Daily 7.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.