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Shopping in Little India (Phahurat) is not as rewarding for the average tourists, unless you are searching for Indian items such as Bollywood movies, betelnut leaves or Punjabi sweets. However, if you're looking for Indian fabrics including brightly coloured sarees, Phahurat is definitely the place to be. Besides fabrics, the area is an excellent place for accessories such as bracelets, trinkets and sandals. You'll also notice many stores selling religious paraphernalia like statues and pictures of Hindu deities.

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Fabrics in Phahurat by Globetrotter 

A popular destination for Indian merchandise is India Emporium at 561/77 Jakkraplach Road (next to the Siri Guru Singh Sabha Sikh Temple). This four-storey Indian shopping mall opens daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The shopping mall is a lot more modern than the others in the area and an interesting shopping destination for fabrics including Indian-style clothing. There is also a good Indian restaurant on the ground floor and a food court on the fourth floor, serving spicy curry, masala and tandoori dishes namely from northern India. The area surrounding India Emporium is occupied by more shops selling textiles and varieties of Indian trinkets.

The Old Siam Plaza is located at 12 Tri Phet Rd (intersection of Phahurat Road and Tri Phet Road) and opens daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is a big  shopping mall housed in a colonial European-style building. It has a strange combination of merchandise for sale such as branded and second-hand clothing, gadgets, electronics, handicrafts and gold futures. For clothes, the ground floor is the most interesting with plenty of bargains. This shopping mall is a great destination for sampling traditional Thai foods including snacks, desserts and sweets.

Old Siam Plaza building by chrisada

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