Bangkok's Bountiful Baht Bargains

Thai jewels and antiques are cheaper than ever

Asia's financial crisis has turned the region into a bargain-hunter's paradise, and nowhere is this more true than in Bangkok, the city where the region's economic implosion began. With the baht down 36% against the U.S. dollar since mid-1997, Bangkok has become the shopping capital of Southeast Asia, allowing you to stay in great hotels and snap up high-quality gems, antiques, and flatware at unbelievably low prices.

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