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A great variety of souvenirs made from local products are available at fair prices in Thailand. For those who have not got very much time and do not want to bother bargaining, certain items are available at fixed prices in several department store while a bargain can be made at small shops or with street vendors. Some of the preferred items include silk products, leather products, silverware, ceramics and wood products.

Jewellery and gemstones from Thailand are also a favourite item for many  visitors to the kingdom. Their beauty, quality craftsmanship and reasonable price have earned Thai precious and semi-precious stones a worldwide reputation. Yet occasionally, there have been visitors who complained about the action of few unethical jewellers who persuaded them to purchase jewellery at an unreasonable price.

Through the cooperation of the Thai Gem and Jewellers Trades Association (TGJTA) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Jewel Fest Club has been established so that visitor’s to Thailand who purchase gems and jewellery in the Kingdom are protected.

It is listed that establishment’s displaying this Emblem of Standard be patronized.

When you purchase an item of jewellery from a store that is clearly identified as a member of the Jewel Fest Club, your purchase will be duly recorded, and a certificate detailing your purchase will be issued. Not only does this certificate of authenticity clearly state the nature and price of your purchase, it also guarantees a refund less 10% if you return the merchandise to the point of sale within 30 days. A refund less 20% is guaranteed if the items are returned after 30 days but within 45 days of purchase.

For information on a regular list of the Jewel Fest Club's members, visitors may look at www.tourismthailand.org or contact the Jewel Fest Club (Tel: 267-5233-7, 235-3039 Fax. 267-5238, 235-3040)

Information from: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

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