If you are looking for a tie-dye t-shirt with Sakon Nakhon emblazoned on it, indigo dyed skirts, or a dozen roses for your sweetheart, the best place to go is the area around and within Wat Phra That Choeng Chum in the center of the city.
Rueang Sawat Road runs perpendicular to the entrance of the temple and is nicknamed “flower shop road,” as it has several flower shops which serve temple visitors buying garlands, as well locals buying flowers such as roses for special occasions.
Soi Rueang Sawat 6 runs parallel to the temple, and on that road you will find several clothing shops selling Sakon Nakhon t-shirts and Indigo dyed fashion. You will also find these items within the temple complex. You can also walk northeast for about 10 minutes (550 meters) to visit the Mann Craft store, operated by Prach Niyomkar (aka Khun Mann), one of Sakon Nakhon’s most active promoters of Indigo dyed clothing and hand-woven cloth fashion.
About 15 minutes away, in the direction of the famous Wat Tham Pha Daen temple, you can also shop for high-quality indigo dyed clothing at Kram Sakon, which also has a nice coffeehouse and restaurant on the premises.
Sakon Nakhon is the birthplace of Indigo dyeing in Thailand, with the primary village specializing in the craft being Ban Na Kham. Learn more in the video below.