Guideline for Shopping in Bangkok

Shopping in Bangkok written by guide Eng

These guidelines will provide you with the bargaining tips for the markets, ranging from antique local products to the branded designer wears and the most famous shopping malls in different areas.

Shopping in Bangkok and the issue of bargaining

Bargaining can be a lot of fun to practice and is certainly worth a try! Many westerners are not used to bargaining, which is commonly practiced in the market, as products to do not have fixed price labels on them.

Does bargaining apply to every shop?

No, it does not. Bargaining must not be done at some shops, especially at shopping malls in the departmental section, such as The Emporium, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Central Plaza, Robinson Shopping mall.

How much to bargain?

Many guidebooks recommend bargaining 50-60 % below the originally quoted price. As a local tour guide, however, I’d like to say that this may be insulting to the local vendor. I would not recommend you to do that. Because there are sellers who mark up the price a lot higher than these vendors do. And if you are a new visitor, you will not know who you are dealing with. It would be better to check the price with shops that sell similar products so that you find a standard price and can start negotiating with the local vendor to see if you can get a better rate. Shopping in Thailand is unlike in other Asian countries which mark up the price a lot. Therefore, you should be aware to bargain and not to upset the local vendor. Always remember that doing it with the right manner and attitude will help you get a better deal.

Guidelines for Souvenir Prices

Items Cost about (THB)
  • Post card with very long connecting card (12 cards)
  • T-shirt of each tourist attraction (depending on fabric and design)
  • Fan hat
  • Thai dress set for lady
50 – 70 200 – 400 100 – 150 400 – 700

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Bangkok Thailand Shopping, Apparel

Bangkok Thailand Shopping Guide by Guide Eng Apparels consist of many categories, such as readymade clothes, body ornaments and general ornaments. In this topic, I would like to talk about readymade clothes only.

Knock out product price

You can find t-shirts, pants, shorts and skirts in knock out price in many places. The most famous among these are cotton t-shirts for ladies. They are available in many styles and designs, and can even be worn while working in the office. They are also commonly used during the summer season.

Where to get the best price?

We highly recommend that you visit the Boabea Market and the Pratonam Market for a good price. But many shops require you to buy at least 3,6 or 12 items in different colors. Well, that may be a little bit of a problem if you are alone. But if you go with many of your friends, you may want to share the items.
Or walk a bit outside of the market and you may be offered a good retail rate.
As for us, we love an open air market, where we get things for cheap. Even though it may not be the cheapest price, at least it is convenient to travel to, and there is more variety to select from.

Recommended Shopping

I think the best shop in Boabea is children’s clothes. It is brand new, beautiful and very inexpensive. Socks, t-shirts, or pajamas are worth buying.