Thailand Shopping Tips
Where to Go and What to Buy
Platinum Fashion Mall in Bangkok
Before you go off on your shopping spree in Thailand, there are a few shopping tips
you need to know such as where to go to find the right stuff, what to
buy once you get there and what type of places to avoid. You'll also
want to know how and where to bargain for the best prices.
You will also
learn about things like how to recognize certain goods such as fake
watches, antiques and so forth. Shopping in Thailand can be a lot of fun, but you also don't want to feel as though you have been ripped off
either. In all it must be a fun experience.
Shopping malls and Department stalls are found in all major cities and holiday resorts. Some are massive and ultra modern such as those of Silom, Siam Square and Sukumvit in Bangkok. Other equally impressive if not slightly smaller shopping centers can be found in most of the resort towns of Pattaya and Phuket. Some contain food courts, designer clothing boutiques and entertainment facilities such as cinema complexes, bowling alleys and ice skating rinks.
Asiatique Night Shopping
Thailand Shopping Tips - Bangkok Markets
Shopping at the
markets and street stalls
around Bangkok creates the perfect scenario for you
to attempt and test your bargaining skills. It will also give you
the opportunity to interact with the whole Thai cultural experience too.
For inexpensive textiles, ready made clothing and other assorted
paraphernalia go to markets below.
Khao San Road in Bangkok
Thailand Shopping Tips - Market Stalls
However, what you want to avoid are all the market stalls at tourist sites such as those at
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
and the Patpong Night Market
in Bangkok or other places of interest like James Bond Island in Phang
Nga Bay. Though these are all great places to visit, there is a good
chance you'll end up paying three to four times the going rate.
Buying anything here should be avoided at all costs. If you do decide to buy gifts
or souvenirs at these places you'll kick yourself later when you find the same goods in other markets at far better prices.
Although prices are fixed at all the shopping malls, department stalls and many boutiques, bargaining is expected at the markets and street stalls. In fact, it's a must. When vendors quote you the price of a particular item you wish to buy, as a shopping tip, you should offer at least half that price and then work your way up from there until you are satisfied with the price you feel is the correct value.
As a marker, begin by offering a figure less than what you are prepared to pay and then gradually increase the offer until a deal can be struck whereby both parties are in agreement. If all else fails, walking away sometimes also works. This may help to persuade the vendor to drop the original price or at the very least, meet your demands. It doesn't always work, but it's well worth a try.
Kimyong Night Market at Hat Yai
Shopping Tips - Authentic and Artificial
One of the other shopping tips you need to be aware of and that is to look out for the fake merchandise
which some of the locals have an excellent knack of producing. Items
like Louis Vuitton bags and wallets, Mont Blanc pens and Rolex watches
can be bought at most market stalls for a fraction of the actual market
value. It really doesn't pay to buy them as in most cases, they soon
Pirated DVD's and CD's are available just about everywhere in
Thailand. Though copyright infringement is rampant, they are rarely
enforced, however, occasionally police do raid stores and stalls
resulting in some vendors scurrying for cover. Just be aware that if you're caught in possession of any of these fake items, they could be
confiscated resulting in you having to return home empty-handed.
It is speculated that Thailand is the main outlet for antiques across Southeast Asia. However, you need to be extremely cautious when purchasing any such artifact deemed suspect, though this in itself may be hard for any novice to detect. Unfortunate as it may seem, many of these items have found their way across the borders of Burma, Laos and Cambodia by unscrupulous persons. It is known that some of these relics are stolen from temples in their respective countries. They are then sold in many of the markets across Thailand.
When purchasing antiques in Thailand, there are a few prerequisite shopping tips. An important lesson is to able to distinguish between what is genuinely authentic and what is actually artificial. Occasionally imitations are passed off for the real deal. Genuine antiques and Buddha images should be sourced through accredited dealers who will also be able to assist you in obtaining the correct export permit from the Fine Arts Department. Sellers will help with the paperwork, but be aware these things can take several days to process.
Stall at the Chatuchak Weekend Market
Shopping Tips - Gifts and Souvenirs
If you want to buy gifts and or souvenirs for your family and
friends back home then I would suggest you head on down to either the
Chatuchak Weekend Market where you will find an enormous variety of arts and crafts and just about everything else in between.
Another great place to shop till you drop for all kinds of Thai handicrafts is at Narayans Phand
where you'll be able to purchase items such as traditional Thai
dolls, Khon theatrical masks as well as lacquer-ware, silverware, brass
wood carvings, among other great merchandise. Whereas you can bargain at Chatuchak, you cannot do that at Narayans Phand.
If you are wanting to purchase jewellery and gemstones for
your loved ones then the small but upscale Peninsula Plaza in Bangkok
is probably the best for these items. Thailand as you may have heard, is
well known for its gold and gems in particular rubies and sapphires. Extreme caution is the keynote here.
I regard this as one of my top priority shopping tips and you
simply need to be aware of the risks out there. The scams in selling
fake or inferior quality gems to foreigners is not only legendary but
also shameless, yet hundreds of tourists get conned every day by the
clever techniques used by hustlers. Unless you are an expert identifying
genuine gems, the best advice is to stay far away as possible. Don't
get tempted by a good deal as it's most likely a
Khon Mask at Narayans Phand in Bangkok
Thailand Shopping Tips - Tailored Clothing
It may not surprise you that thousands of tourists travel to Thailand, especially (well, maybe not) to commission a local tailor to make that
dream suit, shirt or dress they always wanted back home, but said they
couldn't afford. Surely if you can afford a trip to Thailand,
you can afford to buy a tailored anything back home. Never mind, you
heard somewhere that Thai's make the best tailored clothes in the world.
Now is your chance.
While in part, some of this is true - finding the right tailor with
good quality cloth may be more than a slight miss calculation. Tailors
are two a penny in Thailand and if you think you might have missed your
opportunity in Bangkok, there's no need to panic as hundreds more are
lining up to attract your attention in cities and towns all around the
country. So much so they soon become a thorn in your side
hassling you day in and night out. Another thing I noticed and that is
most of these tailors are not even Thai but nationals coming from
neighbouring countries such as Burma and Laos, not that it really
What does matter is getting the best quality item at an
affordable price. While cheap cloth and cheap labour may seem like an
attractive proposition to you, cheap anything can also mean inferior
quality and you really don't want that to spoil your holiday, now do
you. Go to a reputable tailor such as the Embassy Fashion House
in Wireless Road in Bangkok. They have a reputation for good quality
cloth and offer you the best advice and expertise. They can also copy
the style of a garment from a picture then measure you to get the
Sign of the Times in Phuket
Return from Shopping Tips to Thailand Travel Tips
Visit Luxury Thailand Travel's profile on Pinterest.
Sep 24, 16 07:36 AM
Bangkok Escort Chanel is offering hot blooded males a once in a lifetime opportunity to make their erotic fantasies a reality, but you'll need to strike the iron while it's sizzling hot.
Sep 24, 16 04:32 AM
Asian girls don't come more fresh faced than Bangkok Escort Chrystal. Not only does this bubbly babe sport a smooth and flawless skin tone, she has an exceptional hourglass figure to match.
Sep 23, 16 07:26 AM
Look no further than Bangkok Escort Ivy as your perfect dinner date, dance companion and bedroom babe as this bubbly lass has more than enough energy to make all your erotic pleasures come true.
Sep 22, 16 08:41 AM
While the planet Venus may be the second brightest object in the night sky, Bangkok Escort Venus, named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, is the brightest star in the city of angels.
Sep 19, 16 12:25 PM
Look no further than Bangkok Escort Pam for a truly unforgettable girlfriend experience. She cordially invites you to join her for a wild ride that's sure to bring the whole house down.
Please note that this post contains some affiliate links which means I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you should purchase after clicking through my blog. Also remember that I never promote any products or services here unless I've used and loved them myself.
Your host Grahame (Yep! that's me) from Luxury Thailand Travel says he'd really appreciate your kind support. Simply take your next tour by selecting any one of the many excursions listed on the left side of this page and or book your hotel reservation to amazing Thailand using the HotelTravel search box below. Have a happy holiday and a safe trip.