Khao San Road, Bangkok
Khao San Road is a backpackers haven. You can spend hours fingering through the counterfeit cd's and dvd's, clever cheap screen tees, tattoos, and so on and so on. There is a ton of shopping to do on Khoa San Road of all varieties. Be aware that purchasing electronic items is strictly at your risk, as the quality of these goods are always in question.
Some great people watching can be had in this area as well. In the early afternoon it may seem sleepy, but come back at night when the street is in full force. You can't escape the noise of the women dressed in traditional hill tribe clothing trying to pawn off their frog noise maker things to you. You'll know what I'm talking about when you get there!
Khao San Road goes through stages during the day. Really quiet in the morning with no to few shops open, 11am shops slowly start to open and set up, 5pm more street vendors start to set up and then at around 11pm - 1am everyone (except bars) shuts again at the end of a hectic selling day/night.
The shopping is varied with the usual touristy items through to clothes, bags, DVDs/CDs/hair extensions, henna tattoe's and jewelery. It's fun to browse and buy and of course if you get sick of shopping there are plenty of bars and restaurants to quench that thirst or hunger.
As usual bargaining is expected except with the DVD salesmen. For some reason they all refuse to budge on their price!
This place is heaven for people who like cheap and fake stuff. I didnt buy a lot of stuff there but it´s really nice to see all the people bargaining.
What to buy: Everything, from t-shirts to fake driving licenses.
What to pay: Depends of your bargaining skills.
What to buy: (last date visited - July 16, 2006)
16 pcs at 20 ThB each = ThB 320.00
l) Saudi Arabia
khao san road has both night life and shopping...you can buy local handicrafts and souvenirs, like wooden vases (350-500baht), thai silk (100baht and up) , and thai clothes (150 baht and up)...thai bags for 250 baht and up, price is about average since the locals know that more foreigners frequent the place thus they have higher prices than other markets
What to buy: local handicrafts for household interiors and souvenir items, thai clothes
What to pay: 100 baht to thousands depending on the handicraft and how many pieces you will buy
We always go to the Kodak shop near Lucky Beer bar in Khao San Road to get our photos loaded onto disks and developed - costs 6Baht a pic - which is about 15c at home, compared to the cheapest prices here, for about 35c. As long as this doesn't load up your luggage too much, if you are a photomaniac.
What to buy: Photo development and enlargement - both very reasonable prices.
Koh San road is lined with stalls selling t-shirts and cd's - they are all the same stuff, so i wouldn't say worrying as to whether buying from one is better gear than the other. Copied discs of all your favourite music albums are available for 100 baht (£1) so stock up here (although you may find them cheaper if you are heading to Vietnam or Cambodia soon after) - the one thing is that you MUST BARTER!! It's expected, all part of the fun.
For most tourists, the price of goods is going to be really cheap anyway - but just make sure when you are haggling that you don't insult them by trying to make a purchase for a stupidly low figue like 5p or something - which you can firnd yourself doing - let them earn a living and don't squabble over it too much.
This isn't to say that you can't some proper little contests with them over who's gonna win! The key is to walk away, as they immediately come after you with a lowered 'final' price. The thing to remember is that there is no final price, but when they have refused to go any lower, and you stand there saying you will only take it for this set price, then walk away - if they don't follow you then you know that is the cheapest they are going to sell it for.
What to buy: CD's, T-Shirts, rings, watches (fake rolex about £7), nice furniture - lamps, wooden carvings. The night market is awesome and everything is so cheap, that it would make sense to look at buying a load of stuff and just sending it back to england
What to pay: CD Albums 100baht (£1)
Diesel / Stussy (fake) T-Shirts 100baht
Diesel Trainers (fake) £8
Someone did mention this is backpacker's heaven, hmm, which is quite dissapointed. It is just a neighbourhood area with shops around, whereby pratunam is more lively and more things to see.................
While spending the afternoon waiting for our bus to Koh Samui, we decided to do a little shopping. It was the first time I have ever had to barter for goods so it was quite funny at first. I know now that I was paying way too much at first, compared to the end when I had more experience. It was a good eye-opener for what I could expect for the rest of my time in Thailand.
We purchased various shirts, some sunglasses, and a few other local goods to take back with us. Keep in mind that you can usually get goods for about 1/2-3/4 of what the vendor is asking, if you get good at bartering.
What to buy: It is a great place to shop for shirts and other clothing. At the end of my trip on our last night, my brother and I picked up a few each and they were very cheap.
The more you buy the less you will pay. I think my brother and I paid about 80-100bht for each shirt. I compare this to the 300bht I paid for one at the start of our trip.
What to pay: Again if you buy more the less you will pay, and remember to barter, as most time you can get it for half of what they might be asking.
This is a Thai local snack, which is one of my 'must-buy' food item.
The word "Khao Sai" is in Hokkein. It actually means dog ***. =P , which the pork floss strip is shaped like it. But TRUST Me, it does not taste anything like that!!!
It's delicious and you can eat it on it's own. It goes well with plain rice or porridge.
They also have it in spicy and non-spicy pieces.
You can buy it in Chatuchak or other shopping malls e.g. the top floor of WTC. And of course Chinatown.
What to pay: About 60 to 70 Baht for a bag of 12 pieces
If you're looking for a cheaper deal on fictions or travel guide books, check out Khao San Road. There are several secondhand book shops along the street.
What to buy: You can find a travel guide book for your next destination here for like half price. Some of them are still in good condition. Anyway, the price tells.
And if you dont want to carry the books you finish anymore, you can also get rid of them here. Sell them to one of those shops.
Khaosan Road is pretty much Bangkok's backpacker central, but the prices on Khaosan don't reflect that reality. I overheard a shopowner trying to rip off a Caucasian tourist to the tune of 750 baht for a tee that I saw selling at Pratunam for less than 100 baht. The merchandise here is generally overpriced -- expect to do some hard bargaining to get a really good deal.
What to buy: There's nothing really worth buying here simply because you can get the same stuff cheaper at Chatuchak. Still, if you're here just for a browse, expect to find fisherman pants, scarves, t-shirts, backpacks, secondhand books, silver accessories...
Perhaps the one thing unique to Khaosan is the hair braiding services that are offered by the roadside. I've yet to try it but tons of tourists do, apparently -- lots of dreadlocked Caucasians on Khaosan!
What to pay: 750B for a tee?
or if you're lucky, 150B.
Madhouse backpacker party at night, shop-o-holics dream by day, Khao San delivers all your purchasing needs. First, everything here is a knock-off. Second, everyone here wears and likes them, so no one cares. Thirdly, that means that the price is driven down so low, you laugh when they tell you. Shirts for 2 USD, big bags for 4 USD, etc. etc. You can buuy every DVD you ever liked for a total of about 50 USD; each costing a 75 cents each. Shirts, shorts, pants, watches, jewelry... everything!
Kao San road is the main road for tourists. You can buy everything what you want here. Shirts, food, electronic staffs. You can stay here in a hostel. Not far from the street you find a Mc Donald's too.
it sells only flip flop in all colors your can imagine. too bad when i was there, they don't have all the size for all colors
What to buy: flip flop in all colors
What to pay: 60 bath