What $100 Buys In… Bangkok

  1. $29 Pillow sham Jim Thompson, once an intelligence officer, revived the Thai silk industry in the 1940s. His former home is now a museum that sells silk linens and clothing. 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Rd., 011-66/2-216-7368.
  2. $18 Frame Red, yellow, and green long-tail fishing boats navigate the canals around Bangkok. Striped frames like this one are made from retired vessels. Paragon Department Store, 991/1 Rama 1 Rd., 011-66/2-690-1000.
  3. $1 Condom Cabbages & Condoms is a trendy restaurant with its own brand of prophylactics; part of the proceeds goes to HIV prevention. 8 Sukhumvit Rd., Soi 12, 011-66/2-229-4611.
  4. $13 Notebook The city's legendary Oriental hotel sells notepads with renderings of past guests. 48 Oriental Ave., 011-66/2-659-9000.
  5. $8 Polo shirt Each Monday, many Thais wear shirts with the royal insignia to show their loyalty to the king, who was born on a Monday. Phufa, 124 Sukhumvit Rd., Soi 7, 011-66/2-655-6242.
  6. $13 Bowl Benjarong porcelain was once exclusively made for the royal court. Each piece is hand painted with five shades of enamel. Benja, 176/1 Sukhumvit Rd., 011-66/2-255-4773.
  7. $11 Cake server In the province of Ayutthaya, metalsmiths have been forging cutlery for more than three centuries. N&Y, located across from the Oriental hotel, stocks platters, ladles, and more. 11 Chartered Bank Ln., 011-66/2-233-0903.

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