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Buy 2/Get 1 Free Thailand Tour Special 

  • Book a 2 Day Chiang Mai Thailand Antiques Buying Tour, Get a 1 Day Bangkok Antiques Buying Tour FREE
  • Travel: November 2017 – February 2018

Book a 2-day private, custom Chiang Mai Thailand tour with our expert Diva Guide, and we’ll provide you with a full 1-day Bangkok tour! 
Bangkok and its better-looking sister to the north Chiang Mai, are treasure chests of exotic antiques that tempt even the most well-traveled shopper. In the Bright Light Big City of Bangkok, you find a wealth of inventory from various time periods the reflecting cultures of Thailand and its surrounding countries. In Chiang Mai, you enter the ancient kingdom of Lanna – which traditionally is a crossroads for trade routes through the Golden Triangle into Laos, Burma, China and beyond. Our Thailand Antiques Tour Guide will custom plan an Asian antiques buying tour for you whether you’re looking to purchase antique furniture, textiles, decorative accessories, handicrafts and artisanal creations or architectural salvage. We will also help maximize your time and money by translating and negotiating on your behalf, and finally, liaise you with an international shipper. 

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Angela Somwalya Asia Antiques DivaYour Thailand Antiques Diva Guide, Chief Asian Diva Guide Angela Somwaiya, has lived in Thailand over 20 years and has one of the most highly respected antiques shops in Bangkok, Paul’s Antiques, and over 20 years expertise sourcing Asian antiques. In fact, Angela takes you to the many antique stores where she personally has been sourcing for her store. As one of the leading experts in Southeast Asian antiques, Angela’s design eye understands how to create a modern global mix with Asian and European antiques and art. Angela is an expert guide to sourcing Asian bespoke furniture makers using reclaimed teak, and how to up-cyle and repurpose found items.

 

Antiques Diva Asia Buying Tours Thailand: Chiang Mai

Antiques warehouse, Chiang Mai, Thailand 

 

Chiang Mai Antiques Tour
Available 7 days a week
One to Three Day Tour

The Chiang Mai region is ideal for trade clients because it is home to the best wholesale antiques sources in South East Asia with the most variety of inventory from Thailand as well as from neighboring countries. In part this is because of the historical traditions and geographical positioning in what has traditionally been called the Golden Triangle where the borders of 3 countries meet – Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. Lanna culture has distinctiveness from the rest of Thailand. It was an independent kingdom for years, and you can see Indian and Chinese influences. It has distinctive architecture that incorporates hand carved woods and stylistic motifs. While Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city and has all the modern amenities of a modern city, the culture of the people is still reminiscent of the countryside where you find a slower pace of life, more personal interaction, and people are more patient and kind. There is also an influence of the hill-tribe culture in the region, which creates product variety because the hill-tribe handicrafts are different than the city and royal cultures. From antique furniture and decorative accessories to architectural salvage and beyond, Chiang Mai is a magical place to source a variety of Asian antiques. Whether you’re looking to source small amulets or entire rice barns for architectural salvage, our Chiang Mai Antiques Buying Tour has a lot to offer. As always, on tour our Thailand Antiques Tours Guide will translate, negotiate, and liaise you with an international shipper.

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Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Bangkok Antiques Tour
Available 7 days a week
One to Three Day Tour 

All roads lead to Bangkok. Being the major city of South East Asia, all antiques wind their way through this city – so you will find antiques from the rest of Thailand as well as Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia, India, and even China. While you will certainly have the opportunity to purchase classic Asian antiques such as Buddha statues, Bangkok offers so much more. Ornate architectural salvage from temples and Thai homes as well as garden antiques such as Spirit Houses, benches, lanterns, and other pieces can be found in abundance. When it comes to furniture, our Guide will take you to hidden sources where you’ll see Rattanakosin Period antique furniture, scripture cabinets, traditional Thai beds and tables, cabinets, mirrors, and Chinese furniture. For those who love decorative accessories, shop for red lacquer containers, betel boxes, hill-tribe weathered baskets, sturdy pottery, brass and wood carvings, and opium weights and tools. You’ll also find textiles, costumes, amulets, gems, and Thai jewelry, as well as antique handicrafts from the many villages surrounding Bangkok. On our Thailand antiques tours we will translate and negotiate on your behalf, maximizing your time and money. We also liaise you with a shipper to get your purchases home.

 

WATCH: Antiques Sourcing at Bangkok Chatuchak Market with Toma Clark Haines of The Antiques Diva & Co

 

 

Chatuchak Market – Bangkok’s JJ Market Shopping Tour
Available Saturday & Sunday
Limited Availability Mid-Week Upon Request
Full Day Tour

Everyone knows the Paris Flea Market is the place to shop for antiques in Europe… In Asia the equivalent is Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market (aka the JJ Market). It’s massive and sprawling… and the best bits are hidden. Most tourists arrive amidst the tourist tack or get lost in the maze that sells literally everything from pets to candles to t-shirts. The lucky ones find their way to the housewares and decorative accessories – even the reproduction antiques – but to get to the true antiques, off the main soi’s, tucked away in alleyways you need an expert’s hand and that’s where we come in. Our Thailand Antiques Tours Diva Guides not only know the vendors, but they know the hidden antique warehouses, they know the fakes from the genuine pieces and they know how to avoid the heat – escaping occasionally from the brutal heat into AC and when and where to rehydrate with a fresh coconut. They even know the best loos. Shopping the JJ Market without The Antiques Diva & Co simply put is a waste of your time. We save you money by bargaining on your behalf – remember in Thailand negotiation is an art. And as we know the market like the back of our hand, we save you energy by helping you avoid both sensory overload and frustrating dead ends. What To Buy? Everything, but our favorites include Thai Wooden Carvings, Burmese Antique Teak Furniture, Buddhist Manuscript boxes, Handwoven Hill Tribe Baskets, Theater Chairs, Shophouse Display Furniture, Antique Textiles and Art Prints, Architectural Remnants, Vintage Garden Furniture, Khmer Stone Carving, Retro Accessories and billions of Buddha heads (both tourist market reproductions as well as original period pieces). And while these aren’t antique we love them – Thai and Chinese silk and silk lanterns and lighting galore. Not to mention jewelry – both new and old – as well as fusion fashion. And let’s not forget fabulous lunch. In Thailand it’s all about the food – the Thai eat ALL DAY LONG, so you won’t turn a corner without another opportunity to feed your mouth. And of course we know where the best bites are. Our guide meets you at your hotel and whisks you away to the market so you avoid getting lost in the crowds – taking you directly to the area of the market you’re most interested in seeing.

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and to book your private, custom Thailand tour

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Let your senses be thrilled – your Thailand antiques buying tour is guaranteed to offer surprising finds! And we will make sure you stay fresh and refueled, and ready to experience everything Chiang Mai and Bangkok have to offer!

Kop khun kha, 

Toma Clark Haines – The Antiques Diva 

 

 

Chaing Mai Thailand Temple

Chiang Mai: Entry to Asia’s Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle: Thailand, Myanmar and Laos   

Chiang Mai Antiques sourcing with Toma Clark Haines The Antiques DivaPhotos by Marisa Marchitelli

Let me let you in on an Antiques Diva® secret… Chiang Mai is the ideal place to antiques shop for trade clients – antique dealers, interior designers, hoteliers, developers etc –  because it is home to the most number of wholesale antiques sources, and antiques warehouses in South East Asia.  Here you’ll find the most variety of inventory from Thailand as well as from neighboring countries. In part this is because of the historical traditions and geographical positioning in what has traditionally been called the Golden Triangle where the borders of 3 countries meet – Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. Lanna culture has distinctiveness from the rest of Thailand. It was an independent kingdom for years, and you can see Indian and Chinese influences.

The distinctive local architecture incorporates hand carved woods and stylistic motifs – and with architectural salvage one of the top items found in the regions antique warehouses you have the opportunity to literally take a piece of Chiang Mai home with you! One of my favorite antique warehouses actually sells ENTIRE rice barns which can be dismantled and sent across the pond and rebuilt in your hometown!

Chiang Mai - Antiques sourcing with Toma Clark Haines The Antiques Diva

Sourcing architectural salvage in Chiang Mai: rice barns can be dismantled and shipped directly to you.

While Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city and has all the modern amenities of a modern city, the culture of the people is still reminiscent of the countryside where you find a slower pace of life, more personal interaction, and people are more patient and kind. There is also an influence of the hill-tribe culture in the region, which creates product variety because the hill-tribe handicrafts are different than the city and royal cultures. From antique furniture and decorative accessories to architectural salvage and beyond, Lanna culture has distinctiveness from the rest of Thailand.

Antiques Diva Asia Buying Tours Thailand: Chiang Mai

Sourcing Asian antiques in Chiang Mai warehouses on an Antiques Diva tour. 

It was an independent kingdom for years, and you can see Indian and Chinese influences. It has distinctive architecture that incorporates hand carved woods and stylistic motifs. Chiang Mai is a magical place to source a variety of Asian antiques.

lead Asia Antiques Diva Guide Angela Somwaiya

Lead Asia Antiques Diva Guide Angela Somwaiya, owner of Paul’s Antiques in Bangkok. 

Shopping in Chiang Mai

Only a quick 1-hour flight from Bangkok, we recommend you fly Thai Airways over one of the budget airlinesWhile the price difference is minimal, the services is hands down better than Air Asia. And while I’m not going to give away any of our antiques sources I will tell you that even if you only go for shopping the traditional handicrafts you’re in shoppers heaven! Hit San Kamphaeng Road or handicraft highway to find pottery, stoneware, silverware, lacquerware, paperware, sculptures, jewelry, wood carvings and silk products. The umbrella factory is my favorite stop on this stretch!

My friend Carla Stolper, founder of 
CFMichaels, lives in Bangkok and travels regularly to Chiang Mai. She explains, “Local artisans circle the city while vintage and antique shops dot the landscape. Side-of-the-road vendors are overflowing in architectural remnants and furniture. Day and night bazaars sell it all alongside live music and endless food venues.”
Antiques Diva Asia Buying Tours Thailand: Chiang Mai

Shopping in Chiang Mai on an Antiques Diva Asia Buying Tour to Thailand.

Book A Tour with The Antiques Diva & CoWhether you’re looking to source small amulets or entire rice barns for architectural salvage, our Chiang Mai Antiques Buying Tour has a lot to offer. As always, on tour our Thailand Antiques Tours Guide will translate, negotiate, and liaise you with an international shipper.

Antiques Diva Asia Buying Tours Thailand: Chiang Mai

Antiques Diva Asia Buying Tour to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The Antiques Diva & Co offers 4 private Thailand antique tours, each one customized for you, and we can combine with other Asian country itineraries – ideal when booked in conjunction with our Bangkok tour – and create private antiques buying and design inspiration tours to meet our all your sourcing needs.

Marble Sitting Buddha Statue in front of Antique Thai Painting Antiques Diva Asia Buying Tours Thailand: Chiang Mai

Marble sitting Buddha statue in front of antique Thai painting.

Our Online Asia Antiques Course

Do you want to learn more about how to buy Asian antiques? I have collaborated with Antiques Diva Asia Guide Angela and MyAntiqueSchool to create the first online Asia antiques course! During the unique and collaborative online course we take you on a journey through South East Asian antiques using on-location video lectures filmed at Paul’s Antiques and other exclusive locations in Bangkok. The subjects are then discussed and debated in the online classroom, with weekly assignments evaluated by Angela. Course subjects covered include colonial era furniture, Burmese teak, lacquerware, hill tribe furniture, hill-tribe baskets, temple relics, architectural items and Buddha statues.

For more information about our Asian antiques course, visit http://www.my-antique-school.com.

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