Check out Siam Leather Goods for handcrafted leather clothing and accessories ranging from shoes and handbags to pants, wallets, and wine sleeves. Not all the leather here is from obvious sources: the pricier custom pieces are crafted from the skins of farm-raised crocodiles.
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you've really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors' recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
This gold-spired complex built in 1782 served as the home of Thai kings for more than 100 years. The palace is divided into three primary sections: the Outer Court (the visitor entrance today); the Center Court, which was home to the king; and the Inner Court, the residence of the king’s consorts and daughters. To visit, men must wear long pants; women cannot expose their shoulders and should be covered in long skirts.
Travel Bangkok by canal to get a glimpse of why the city was once called the Venice of the East. Grab a long-tail boat at the Tha Chang pier near the Grand Palace, but don't forget to stop by the striking Wat Arun temple on the other side of the Chao Phraya River.
Vibrant, chaotic, and packed with surprises, Thailand's largest market—with thousands of stalls tucked into narrow sois, or alleyways, on the city’s north side—offers everything from rare orchids to block-printed textiles. Don’t let the name fool you: sections of the market are open weekdays as well.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.