I think this suggestion is really the best way to go because so many
of the dealers who particpate in the Bangkok shows have offices in
Gem buying in Bangkok can be a great thing, there is such a variety
of stuff out there...it appeals to both the collector and those who
use it for commercial purposes... As someone who came here to study
colored gemstones it is the perfect place to be. But there is always
a buyer beware tag attached.
There are two gem fairs every year in Bangkok. And if you're friend
is a gemoholic, this show is always immediately followed by the Hong
Kong exhibition which gives you over a week to establish contacts and
shop for stones, rough, tired feet, etc. They are always in September
Here is the website for the BKK event. http://www.bangkokgemsfair.com
I believe the next one is around the 28th of Feb.
There is also a gem traders association here, but sadly the beware
bulb still goes off. The website does have for buyers
Chok(e)dee (meaning good luck in Thai)