Bangkok Thailand, Helpful and Effective Bargain Shopping Tips
My sole purpose when I went to Bangkok was shopping… I mean serious BARGAIN shopping! I don’t care about luxury brands because I get them all here in the States. Shopping in Bangkok is not complete without going to Chatuchak Market, the largest weekend marketplace in the world. It has more than 8,000 stalls, and they sell almost everything you can imagine.
BARGAIN SHOPPING TIPS:
Be charming, bargain with a smile – The weather is extremely hot, it’s crowded, the least thing you wanted to do is be rude, make it a pleasurable bargaining experience for you and the vendor.
Be ready to walk away – they don’t like it when you start walking away. Sometimes they would give in to your asking price or meet you halfway. There is so much competition around, believe me they want your business.
Be reasonable – You’re lucky if you get half-off of the asking price, the prices are low to begin with, just don’t expect that you will snag it for almost nothing. But sometimes you may get lucky and get the item really cheap if and when you’re the first customer. Vendors want that very first sale.
Double check the merchandise – thoroughly inspect the item before buying it. Vendors deal with a lot of people. There’s a lot of confusion going on, between the language barriers, the heat and trying to accommodate everyone’s inquiry. Make certain they handed you the correct item, and it’s the correct size and quality as in the display.
Wear comfortable and light clothing – It’s very hot in Thailand. Make sure you wear natural materials like cotton or linen and avoid denim. If you’re planning to go to Chatuchak Market, make sure to wear comfortable and breathable walking shoes like flip flops and sandals and avoid anything leather. Wear lightweight and non-greasy sunscreen.
Bring the following:
- hat or umbrella
- lightweight and non-greasy sunscreen
- a small tumbler of ice cold water or Gatorade
Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! – There are lots of food stalls where you can buy bottled drinks, fruit shakes (just opt out for sugar) and ice cold coconut water (refreshing and yummy). If all possible, avoid sugary drinks.
Be cautious –Flea markets and night bazaars get to be overcrowded, so be careful of pick pockets.I know there’s so much to see and you’re excited to get some good bargains, but don’t forget to be mindful of your belongings like cash and gadgets.
Have fun shopping! Feel free to share some of your shopping tips. Also I would love to find out the best deal you’ve bought in Thailand.