LUXE City Guides - Bangkok - - Shopping Itineraries -

Start at the top of Soi Ori­en­tal (Charoen Krung Soi 40) and walk down to­wards Man­darin Ori­en­tal (see Ac­com.), de­tour­ing into the lit­tle soi on your right to find #9 Lin Jewel­ers / 02 234 2819 / lin­jew­el­ / for great pic­ture frames, cuff­links and ear­rings, they can even en­grave same day. Now tot­ter down the soi and on your right you’ll see shabby old teak joint Thai Home In­dus­tries / #35 / 02 234 1736 / where time has stood still and so have the shop as­sis­tants, but at least they’ve fi­nally whipped round with a duster. It’s an eclec­tic repos­i­tory of bronze, pearl and nickel trenchers, cot­tons and flat table­ware. If it’s not in stock you can or­der. Be­hind this store on Soi 38 is O.P. Place / 02 266 0186 / home to ob­jets d’art at Ob­jects / 2/F / 2266 0186 / and the divine an­tiques spe­cial­ist Ash­wood Gallery / 2/F / 02 266 0187 / the last word on Asian art. Swoon at how so many ex­quis­ite items came to be in one room; mar­vel at how you can’t af­ford any of them. Cry. Leave. Come out of O.P. Place, back onto Soi 38 and walk to­wards the main road Charoen Krung. Turn left to find O.P.’S court­yard sib O.P. Gar­den on Soi 36, where ATTA / Unit 1109-1110 / 02 234 6422 / atta­ / is the go-to for edgy, lim-ed jew­ellery. Op­po­site is fine art and pho­tog­ra­phy space Serindia Gallery / Unit 3101-3201 / 02 238 6410 / serindi­a­ / while out front lurks lush hair and skin boost­ing Siam Botan­i­cals / 02 126 6617 / siamb­otan­i­ Thirsty? Perch at leafy Mango Tree / 02 238 6400 / for a manao soda, but don’t linger. Skip back up to Charoen Krung Rd, head left, hail a cab and alight at the cor­ner of Soi 30 also known as Cap­tain Bush Lane. Nip down the soi and a cou­ple of stores to the right at #1277 is Lek Gallery / 02 639 5870 / good for Thai and Burmese an­tiques. Exit, turn right and take the first left into a culde-sac hous­ing daz­zling idio­syn­cratic bronze and brass ta­bles at P. Ten­der­cool (see Adv. Shop­ping). Walk back onto Soi 30, turn left and at the cor­ner you’ll find Asian / 59-65 Cap­tain Bush Ln / 02 267 8063 / for all your bric-a-brac needs. Trot to the end of the soi and bear right past the back of the Sheraton to find the huge, four-storey cache of an­tique (and faux­tique) trea­sures at River City / Yotha Rd / off Charoen Krung Rd / 02 237 0077 / Brave the dreary en­vi­rons, go full caveat emp­tor and don’t for­get to hag­gle. There are masks and lac­quer­ware ga­lore at #322 The Ve­ran­dah and Be­yond – ask to poke around their larger pieces up­stairs; snap up mod art and an­tiques at #345 Pagoda (see An­tiques). Nos­tal­gic S.K. Graphic Arts / 08 1805 6034 / at #432 sells vin­tage maps, In­do­chine posters and prints. Dry as an old stick? Run the es­ca­la­tor to the G/F and nurse a cock­tail at Viva Aviv The River / 02 639 6305. Still want­ing more? Stag­ger to the jetty in front and hop on a ferry to Kh­long San Pier for funky-chic ware­house The Jam Fac­tory (see Ac­tiv­i­ties) com­pound of book­store, gallery, gorge in­te­ri­ors at Any­room / 02 861 0955 / and hi-so comfort bites at / 02 861 0953 . Rather!

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