Shopping Advice Please

Jan 4th, 2006, 09:24 PM
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Wow! Thanks for the info on Big C complex and outlet stores. I've had a request for LaCoste and Polo and if they are the real thing for a couple bucks more, I'll do that. I've ordered Nancy Chandler map in hopes to do some shopping homework so I can shop and not spend all my time doing it. (I am not a good shopper - but willing to work on those skills!)

So many good ideas here - thanks to everyone - I expect to be totally overwhelmed by it all. I've heard of a book, Treasures and Pleasures of Thailand - anyone have an opinion on it?
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Jan 4th, 2006, 09:50 PM
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Sammie - the la coste on the street stalls are definitely copies - but actually very good and they wash and wear very well.

What you find at the Fashion Outlet will be other brands. I've bought abercrombie and fitch, nautica etc for myself (knitted tops) - Billabong for surfies, the levis (but dearer than the market) and other such things. Definitely worth a look but its just whats there then. There is also a levi outlet store out on Sukhumvit Road (beyond Jim Thompson outlet) but the usual problem there is they only carry fairly small sizes.(thai size)

If you want the knock off stuff off the stalls then you'll find it on the street outside Big C area and also up and over the bridge to the north (very close) is Pratunam markets - the wholesale clothes market. (as well as all round the city) Stalls outside have most of the knock off and inside there are lots and I mean lots of clothing traders - you can buy one or a hundred pieces! Its very hot in the market so beware and take it easy.
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Jan 4th, 2006, 09:59 PM
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I believe the only "real" Polo for sale in Thailand is at Central Chit Lom. Polo does not yet have a store in Thailand, but I believe they will be in Siam Paragon this year. There are plenty of fakes everywhere, even at some of the big stores. The only places for real goods are the high end shops in the upscale malls, and the prices are very high. Thailand has luxury taxes that can exceed 200%.

The best shopping is for Thai made goods at local shops & markets.
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Jan 4th, 2006, 11:46 PM
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MaryW - Are the knock off LaCoste/Polo etc. obvious knock offs or do you know that because of where you bought them and the price. I'm not trying to fool anyone, but curious.
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