You Can't Leave Bangkok Without These 10 Products

PUBLISHED BY VIACONNECTS | 10 Feb 2021

It's no secret that Bangkok is a shopping haven, blessed with a dizzying array of night markets, shopping outlets, department stores, and high-end malls. Whether you're buying things for yourself or for friends and family at home, shopping in Bangkok is one experience you can't miss! From spicy instant noodles to skincare products that Thai locals swear by, here's everything you need to buy in the Thai capital (here's a list of must-haves you gotta try!).


FOOD

MAMA instant noodles

MAMA instant noodles cooked to perfection

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You must be thinking, "Wait, we have plenty of that instant noodles in Singapore!" That may be true but nothing back at home comes close to Thailand's queen of instant noodles, MAMA. Aside from being incredibly affordable, MAMA instant noodles boasts a wide array of flavours to suit different tastes. It's best-sellers are the Tom Yum-flavoured variants which all have rich, creamy, spicy-sour broth laced with that distinct umami flavour that you just can't resist! You should also try out some of their other exotic flavours such as Chicken Green Curry and the vegetarian variant, Shitake. Their noodles are bouncy and firm, with each bite bursting with flavourful spices.


Where to buy: Convenience stores like 7-11 and major supermarkets like Big C.


Thai tea and instant milk tea sachets

A hand holding a pack of Cha Tra Mue Thai tea mix

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If you're a big fan of Thai tea (who isn't?), this is your chance to take some of that liquid goodness home with you! One of Bangkok's most well-loved local teas is Cha Tra Mue which offers a vast range of unique tea flavours that are difficult to find in Singapore. Their best-sellers include Thai Tea Mix, Green Tea, and Rose Tea. If you're looking for a sweeter, creamier alternative to satisfy your Thai milk cravings, we recommend getting a pack (or three!) of Thai Instant Milk Tea.


Where to buy: Cha Tra Mue has its own stores, but their products can also be bought in most supermarkets and malls


Dried fruit

A pack of Kunna assorted dried fruit snacks

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If you're looking for an exotic alternative to your good old potato chips, dried fruits are the way to go! Dehydrated fruit snacks are popular in Bangkok as they are surprisingly flavourful and have an utterly satisfying crunch with every bite. Some of their bestsellers include dried mangosteen, dried jackfruit, durian chips, and salted papaya! Perfect for when your favourite fruits aren't in season.


Where to buy: Dried fruit is quite easy to come by in Bangkok. Head to the 4th and 5th floors of MBK where you'll find several dried fruit stores.


Local beer snacks

Koh-Kae Peanuts of different flavours arranged on small plates

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If you can't have a cold beer without pairing it with a savoury snack, then you're gonna want to buy some from Bangkok. With beer snacks, it's all about the crunch, flavour, and heat. Keep an eye out for snacks like meat floss rice crackers which are great even without alcohol-laced companions! You can also buy look out for baked cuttlefish, dried anchovies, Bento Squid (super spicy dried squid!), as well as Koh-Kae Peanuts, Thailand's iconic peanut snack.!


Where to buy: Convenience stores like 7-11 and major supermarkets like Big C.


PERSONAL CARE


Snail White products

A bottle of Snail White serum and a tub of Snail White facial cream

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If you're looking for a product to add to your beauty regime, you should definitely consider Snail White, Thailand's homegrown skincare brand, which promises smooth, glowing and supple skin. Snail White offers a complete skincare line for every step of your skincare routine, from facial washes to serums. The Snail White Gold Facial Cream - part of their anti-ageing series - retails at 855 baht (S$37.99) for 50mL and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.


Where to buy: Snail White has a flagship store along Rama I Road in Bangkok where you can buy all their products. However, Snail White products are still also available in most department stores and beauty/health care stores like Watsons.


Bath & Bloom products

Bath & Bloom massage oil set with four types of scented massage oil

Credit: Bath & Bloom Thailand


Have you ever wanted to step out of the shower smelling like 50 kinds of flowers? If so, you won't want to miss out on some Bath & Bloom products while in Bangkok! Bath & Bloom is a Thai-grown company that specialises in aromatherapy, bath, shower and spa products that not only smell heavenly, but work wonders on your skin as well. If you enjoy having that spa-like experience in the comfort of your home, we recommend purchasing the Pure Sensation Massage Oil Set (which includes 4 scented massage oils) and the Thai Jasmine Body Lotion for smooth, supple skin.


Where to buy: Bath & Bloom flagship store at Central World mall in Pathum Wan.


Coconut oil products

Coconut oil, desiccated coconut, and cracked coconuts on a table

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Coconut oil has long been praised as a beauty cure-all. There's much to love about coconut oil: it has a long shelf-life, it can be used as a breath freshener, a makeup remover, and a hair conditioner. They say when you massage it into your hair and leave it on overnight, it makes your hair thicker, shinier, and more lustrous. You can even use it to clean your makeup brushes and beauty blenders or use it in cooking to unlock health benefits. Some brands to look out for are Agrilife and Thaipure.


Where to buy: Convenience stores like 7-11 and major supermarkets like Big C.


Thai inhaler (Ya Dom)

Different types of Poy Sian herbal nasal inhalers

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Locals swear by ya dom, or Thai herbal inhaler, an all-natural inhaler that is said to relieve nasal congestion.

Aside from decongesting your stuffy nose, ya dom is also believed to have energising properties that help make you feel refreshed each time you take a whiff. The two most popular brands of ya dom are Poy Sian and Peppermint Field.


Where to buy: Convenience stores like 7-11 and major supermarkets like Big C.


BAGS AND ACCESSORIES


NaRaYa bags and accessories

A NaRaYa storefront displaying different styles of bags

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Looking for a cute statement piece for your next outfit? Get yourself an adorably printed drawstring bag from NaRaYa! Considered a staple souvenir when visiting Bangkok, NaRaYa is a handmade bag and accessory brand that originated in Thailand. Their high quality bags come in a wide range of colours and designs, with their most popular bags being the silk drawstring bags. Despite its popularity, NaRaYa maintains a relatively budget-friendly price range for their products. Bring one home for each member of your squad and turn heads with these cute printed bags.


Where to buy: NaRaYa has several stores in different malls around Bangkok including their flagship store at Siam Paragon, and Central World.


Conclusion

One of the best things about visiting Bangkok is the sheer array of unique products at affordable prices. The next time you're visiting the city, make sure your Singtel Dash mobile wallet is loaded and ready for convenient, cash-less QR payments and be sure to bring home some of the listed here to your family and friends in Singapore!


Download the Singtel Dash app [AW1] and look out for the VIA and other partner logos whenever you travel to Bangkok and the rest of Thailand for a seamless payment experience!


 [AW1] Hyperlinked to Dash website or Google/Apple store.

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