Shopping In Bangkok Can Save You Oodles Of Money

Shopping In Bangkok Can Save You Oodles Of Money

Most of​ the​ time,​ I really hate shopping. I don’t even like to​ shop for a​ bottle of​ milk. But,​ in​ Bangkok,​ I find myself shopping almost every day.

When I first arrive in​ Bangkok,​ I go shopping to​ fill up my refrigerator. Even though it​ is​ fully stocked,​ I tell the​ concierge to​ empty it. I like to​ stock it​ with cheaper items from the​ local 7-11. I have the​ hotel remove everything except the​ two free bottles of​ water and pick up some beer,​ soda,​ red bull,​ and a​ couple of​ extra bottles of​ water I also get some chips and candy.

Since I travel light,​ I usually go out the​ first or​ second day and pick up some shorts and T-shirts. I will also get a​ few DVD movies to​ watch back in​ the​ hotel room. I have some preferred local toiletries and pick these up too. I really enjoy using Lux shower soap. I usually pick up these few items at​ one of​ the​ many street vendors on​ Sukhumvit Road. Never accept the​ first price. Always bargain and don’t be afraid to​ walk away if​ they don’t meet your price. Walking away may drop the​ price drastically. if​ not,​ walk 10 feet and you will see the​ same items.

I make it​ a​ point to​ go to​ Pantip Plaza to​ check out the​ latest in​ electronics. This is​ a​ five-story electronics heaven. I may or​ may not pick up an​ unlocked,​ tri-band cell phone that I can use in​ Thailand and also back in​ America. I will also take a​ look at​ the​ latest in​ pirated software and Thai movies. I enjoy Thai music so I will buy some CD's,​ MP3's and videos. Hardware is​ not really a​ bargain in​ Thailand,​ so I don’t bother looking at​ PCs or​ laptops.

My favorite place to​ shop is​ at​ the​ flea market. in​ Thai,​ this is​ called talat naht. it​ is​ open daily and may be in​ the​ Guinness Book as​ largest open air market in​ the​ world. it​ is​ called Chatuchak or​ JJ market and it​ is​ open at​ about eight in​ the​ morning and I try to​ get there by nine. if​ I am early,​ I will just grab a​ bite to​ eat at​ one of​ the​ many street vendors.

You will want to​ arrive early and complete your shopping by about eleven o'clock. Otherwise it​ will be way too hot. Shopping under all those canvas tarps in​ close quarters can be extremely hot. Make sure you bring a​ bottle of​ water or​ buy when at​ the​ market.

Most of​ the​ items are 99 or​ 199 Baht. This works out to​ about three US dollars or​ six US dollars. This is​ the​ place I buy most of​ the​ clothes I want for me and for my family and friends. You can also find clothes for less than that. I have gotten many outfits for my 1-year old granddaughter for about $1.25 per set.

I also pick up some additional Thai music and videos. the​ vendors will have stereos and TV's set up so that you can hear and see what they are selling. You can also the​ items to​ make sure they work. Prices for videos and music are about 3 dollars per CD.

It seems like you are always buying something just walking around Bangkok. I can be out going to​ dinner or​ to​ a​ bar,​ and I will see something that catches my eye and I buy it. Vendors also sell their wares while you are eating or​ drinking. They can be pests but every once in​ a​ while I will see something that I want to​ buy.

Bangkok seems like it​ is​ one giant flea market. Shops are everywhere,​ vendors are located every 10 feet,​ and malls are popping up all over the​ city. Large outlets are also available in​ Bangkok,​ but I prefer the​ smaller places where I can still use my bargaining skills.

So,​ even if​ you are like me and absolutely hate shopping,​ you will find that you will be shopping daily in​ Bangkok and actually enjoying yourself. Maybe it​ is​ because of​ how cheap all the​ goodies are.

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