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Thailand is veryThailand Market well known for its shopping. Bangkok is one of the largest and most popular destinations for shopping in Asia. Bangkok is home to many large Shopping Complexes as well as many markets where you can find just about anything. But the fun part is that you can barter down the prices. You will soon see that many items will not have a price tag on them. This is to force you into asking for a price and starting negotiating. There is no real trick to this but to try and get the lowest price you can. The salesperson is always going to give you a large price in the odd chance the buyer will accept. This does happen and then you will get back to your hotel and find out that someone got that exact pair of sunglasses for a quarter of the price.  I will provide a small list of some basic items and the prises you can expect to pay. The only rule to bartering is that if they let you walk away you have gone too low, but don’t worry there will be many other shops/stalls selling that exact thing somewhere else.MBK Bangkok

Some Good buys include Thai silks and cottons, leather goods, silver and gold, pottery with celandine green glaze, precious and semiprecious stones (in particular rubies and sapphires are indigenous to Bangkok), pearls, dolls, masks, painted
umbrellas, lacquer ware, pewter ware, bamboo and wood artefacts and bronze ware. Tailor –Made clothing is another very popular item to purchase while in Thailand. You find a Tailor shop you would like to view choose a design of what you want, barter a price you are both happy with then in 2-3 days you have a tailor-made suit/jacket/dress that will last you for until you have grown out of it.

All the tourist areas are lined with stalls and shops awaiting you to make your next purchase but here is a list of some of the well known Shopping complexes in Bangkok.

MBKhttp://www.mbk-center.co.th BTS Station, National Stadium

Siam Paragonhttp://www.siamparagon.co.th/ BTS Station, Siam

Central Worldhttp://www.centralworld.co.th/en/ BTS Station, Siam

Terminal 21http://www.terminal21.co.th/ BTS Station, Asoke

Siam Centerhttp://www.siamcenter.co.th/ BTS Station, Siam

Central Chitlomhttp://www.central.co.th/ BTS Station, Chit lom

The Emporiumhttp://www.emporium.co.th/ BTS Station, Phrom Phong

Gaysorn Shopping Mallhttp://www.gaysorn.com/ BTS Station Chit Lom

Platinum Fashion mallwww.platinumfashionmall.com By Taxi or Tuk Tuk

Pantip Plazahttp://www.pantipplaza.com/ BTS Station, Siam

You can also find across many destinations including Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui Thailand’s Premium Outlet stores. For more information and other locations visit Premium Outlets Thailand

Floating market

There are also many Markets throughout Bangkok but these will only run during specific times. You will also find throughout Bangkok and other Tourist areas that the streets are lined with Stalls which tend to operate every day and have a large variety of goods. Below is a list of some of these Markets in Bangkok.

Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market – Tour or taxi required

Chatuchak Weekend Market – BTS Station, Mo Chit

Patpong Night Market – BTS Station, Sala Daeng

Damnoen Saduak Floating market – Tour required

Flower Market – 24 Hour Market – Go by Taxi or Tuk Tuk

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market –Open Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 9:30am – 4:30pm Go by Taxi
Klong Suan Roi Pee Market

Or Tor Kor Market – 6:00am – 8:00pm MRT Station, Kamphaeng Phet

Rod Fai Market – 5:00pm – Midnight on weekends only – Behind Chatuchak Market

Ta Tian Market – Hidden Market located behind Wat Pho

Talin Chan Floating market – 8:00am – 5:00pm on weekends only – go by Taxi

Most of the clothing you will buy in Thailand will be a copy of the real thing. But in saying that, the quality of their clothing is very good. I still own t-shirts I purchased 4 years ago. You can buy genuine brand named items but you will have to look in bigger name shops rather than a market place or street stall.Siam-Paragon

Most people when going to Thailand will pack very light on the way there and either fill their bags or purchase a suitcase while in Thailand for the trip home. Just keep in mind your Luggage limits for the trip home.

When shopping in Thailand you will be pestered by every salesperson as you walk past. If you stop to look at something, they believe you will be buying something. You will need to be able to walk away as No just doesn’t cut it most of the time. People can get a bit pushy and even slightly aggressive at times. If you are not shopping or interested just keep walking and ignore the salespeople. You may think you are being rude but it is the only way to get away. Mai Ow is a very good thing to learn for shopping. It means “I don’t want”.

Shopping Prices

** Warning – prices are a rough idea of what is expected to be paid and can change**

 

 My Thailand Holiday Bartering Method

Many people are scared to barter or do not know how to barter. Don’t be scared, the salesperson expects you to barter with them. There are many different ways to Barter for your shopping within the Thailand Markets but her I will show you the method that I use. You will notice in most shops/stalls that items will not be priced? This is so that you have to interact with the salesperson. So you have selected what you would like to buy and you ask the salesperson “How much?” You will see, even through you have just had a great English conversation that the salesperson will get his/her Calculator out and do a mix of different calculations and come up with a figure. This figure is often well above what you it is expected to go for. The reason they will give you such a high figure is in the odd chance you are scared or not aware that bartering is acceptable and often still make a sale while tripling their profit.

Use the above prices as a guide when shopping but if you are not aware of what to pay here is an easy method on how to Barter using buying a pair of shoes as an example.

Salesperson – 3000B

Shopper – Too expensive, I will give you 500B

Salesperson – No No No, Too cheap I have family to look after… 2000B?

Shopper – Ok, I will give you 800B?

Salesperson – You buy 2 and I will give you special price, 1500B each?

Shopper – No sorry I only want one, 900B for one. My final offer?

Salesperson – Ok, Ok, I will do one for 1500B

Shopper – my final offer was 900B, start to walk away from the shop. ( if they let you leave you have gone too low on the price)

Salesperson – 1000B and they are yours?

Shopper – Sold!

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Tips for Bartering

The Salespeople will do what they can to make you feel bad and pay them more money.
Best shopping times are first thing in the morning, as the first sale is believed to bring good luck. If you are the first sale they will tap their store with the money you paid with. It is also good to shop towards the end of the day as the salespeople just want to make as many sales before closing.
If the salesperson lets you walk away you have try to go to low in price.
If the salesperson gets aggressive, Just leave.
If you walk away trying go get a lower price don’t worry there will be another stall with the same thing you are looking for.
If you buy multiple items you will be more likely to get lower prices.
You cannot barter at retail stores.

Thai Gold

 In Thailand you will find many Gold shops, where you can buy genuine Thai Gold. The Thai gold is 23 carat (or 96.5% pure) and very yellow in comparison to western gold. This also means that the gold is very soft. You may ask why there are so many gold shops in a third world country. Well the Thai people use gold as an Investment or as Security. As there is nthai gold shopo welfare or pension and Health insurance is too expensive for most Thai people to purchase they will buy gold. If you have any knowledge of the stock market you will know that Gold will raise and fall in price. The Thai people will buy it at a low price and sell it again when the price has risen to make a profit. Or they will hold onto it until they are in desperate need of money.
If you wanted to buy Thai gold jewellery while in Thailand it is recommended that you look up the current price for Gold in Thailand so you have a rough idea of what you are going to pay. Thai gold is measured by its weight in units of “Baht”. 1 Baht is 15.244 grams in raw bullion form or 15.16 grams when sold as jewellery. There are many Gold shops around so if you don’t see what you are looking for move on to the next shop.