Where to buy art supplies in Thailand
Thailand Painting Holidays is a guest house in Phon Phisai, Nong Khai, NE Thailand. We provide art tuition from beginner to experienced artists and most art materials are provided as part of the course. It is often difficult to get good quality art supplies in Thailand and this page includes some of the shops that we use.
We spent a couple of days looking for a good art materials supplier in Bangkok and I did find one called Somjai which has ten branches. They have a website www.somjai.co.th but its of limited value, as it uses images which do not translate to English and seems to have little information about products.
Somjai's phone number is 66 2225 0541 but of course you need to be able to speak Thai and know what Thai for the materials your require to have any chance of communicating .
The main shop is at this Google Map location The address for the taxi driver is Somjai, The Old Siam Plaza, Burapha Road, off Charoen Krung, Phra Nakhon. This is a fascinating area to visit with many small shops.
We thought their prices were probably a bit lower than Australia. Its difficult to be sure but think Arches paper were selling for about $4,50 a sheet while I get at discounted price of about $5 in Australia. I use a lot of Archival Lean Medium which was also cheaper even though it is made in Australia, I can also buy it in large cans I didn't think are available in Australia for a very low price per litre.
There were lots a brands of Acrylic I don't know so I can't estimate the quality or the price. The guys in the shop were very helpful and its as good as Australian art shops. They don't speak English of course, so it helps if you can show them a picture of what you want on a smart phone.
There is also a branch on the third floor of the Chamchuri building next to the Sam Yan MRT station in Bangkok. They have less stock than the main shop but worth visiting if you can't get to Phra Nakhon. The building is next to the University and the top floor is a huge academic bookstore.
They have a branch at Siam Square but I haven't been to it.
We arranged to order supplies over the telephone transferring the payment to their bank account. They ship all over Thailand on this basis, but of course you need to be able to communicate your requirements in Thai.
There is an art shop B2S, on the 4th level at Central Plaza in Udon Thani http://www.centralplaza.co.th/th/index.aspx