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Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand
Bangkok is the best place for cheap shopping of all kinds. They are renowned for their authentic-looking rip-off designer goods, and clothing is amazingly cheap. Best markets/places to go include: Chat Tu Chak (although it is really hot and crowded can become overwhelming), Sum Lum Night Bazaar is good for a night out, MBK (Mahboonkrong) Center sells great bags and clothes (and is wonderfully air-conditioned), but by far the best place for shopping (and just to check out the scene) is Patpong. It is certainly the Thai experience. I kinda hate Bangkok, as it is a falling down mess, but the shopping and food are unbeatable. I suggest being adventurous buying from the street sellers... they really make the best food although it looks dodgy. Great places to visit are: The Royal Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and taking an hour or so train to the abandoned city of Ayutthaya (although I suggest seeing Ayutthaya before ever going to Cambodia for Angkor Wat). After Angkor Wat, Ayutthaya is quite disappointing.
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Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand
When approached by a gentleman with a nice camera asking to take photos of you at some of the tourist sites, politely and firmly refuse. He is most likely a "tout" sent to take you to specific tourist sites where you'll be asked to spend a lot of your money on souvenirs and trinkets. Smile and walk away!
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Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand
Advise is to bargain for everything from the moment you get off the plane never take the price that is first offered to you. A thai friend told me to take 70 percent off what they tell you and and after working out a price you will find you you have paid 50% less then the price you where quoted. Its all part of the fun of being on holiday a fantstic country cant wait to go back.
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Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand
Experienced shoppers will notice a sometimes discrete rubbing of money across merchandise by vendors just after a sale. This is money from their first sale of the day and it means good luck for the rest of their day. Be aware during opening hours that these merchants are eager for their first sale and may quickly reduce their price before you even counter offer. Don't exploit this and make tourists look greedy for a few cents. Just be aware of it and try not to engage the seller unless you really are interested in buying the item. It may look like superstition to you, but it's religion to them. You can tell if you're their first shopper by how attentive they are.
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Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand
You can survive on very little money in Bangkok but be wary of the locals trying to rip you off. Always take a radio taxi from the airport, not just someone touting for business, as you may end up paying double. The floating markets and the bridge over the river kwai are must do's as is the grand palace! Khao San road is also the place to be at night.
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Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand
Bangkok airport is not best place to go cos last time I went there, my legs boiled up because of the red sun there.
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Bangkok Yai, Central Thailand, Thailand
Make friend with a local and get them to go shopping with you. Half the price.
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Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand
DO NOT drink the water.
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Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand
take taxis, they are cheap and air con and u don't feel like you are going to die from air pollution like tuktuks
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Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand
only seen the airport gr8 though
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