Shopping in the markets in Thailand is better than one would assume. If you know what you're doing you'll never pay too much, and if you don't then you're not paying a fortune anyway. If you go in searching for any thing that's a real brand you'll be quickly disappointed but if you're willing to pay not much for clothes that're fine quality wise it's perfect. Most of these items were so cheap initially I didn't need to barter with the price. Here's a look at some of the goodies I picked up on my trip.
Boy London t-shirt: $3 AUD
Chanel t-shirt: $3 AUD
'Super Junior' t-shirt: $3 AUD
Chanel no.5 tank: $3 AUD
Feather tank: $3 AUD
Peplum singlet: $3 AUD
Collared shirt: $6 AUD
Clock: $3 AUD
Beats headphones: $12 AUD
(my last fake pair lasted approx. 1 year)
Stuffed dog: $4.50 AUD
(handmade from this orphanage)
Rings: $5 AUD each
Naked 3 palette: $26 AUD
(The authenticity of this palette is questionable
but the makeup quality passes the test)
'Inferno' Dan Brown novel: $8 AUD
(I can't go away without buying books)
Aside from the markets I also went to an actual shopping centre and visited H&M so these items you can get at home.
Pinky/peachy scalloped flats: $20 AUD
Black ankle boots: $40 AUD
From previous travel experience I know things like clothing bought cheaply will actually last, whereas electronics and the like are prone to not quite live up to what the salesperson is selling. However, I know what I'm getting when I'm buying this stuff, and really, who can resist a bargain.
Let me know your thoughts as always, and any travel shopping tips you might have.
Miss J xx