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Shopping in Thailand

Before embarking in Thailand, we were given good tips by our Indian Travel Agent to be careful about our handbags/purses as there is widespread incidence of snatching/mugging etc in the streets of Thailand. After getting down in Bangkok, our local guide has given some tips which included the kinds of items that can be purchased during the shopping. We were mainly taken to the Indra Market. But to our dismay we found most of the items were overpriced and many shop keepers were very rude and rowdies. Initially when we were strolling in the lanes of Indra market, we found many Indian families fighting with shop keepers. However, when our turn came to do some bargaining during the shopping, we were disappointed with the quarrelsome attitude of the shop keepers. For example, we tried a soap balloon gun (toy) for my daughter, which was offered for 50 baht. Before purchasing I requested the shop owner (lady) to operate and confirm that the piece is perfect. However, it was found that the piece was defective and even after that she was quarrelling with us forcing us to purchase that defective unit. We went to this market for two days; on second day also we had unpleasant experience with respect to the quarrelsome attitude of shop keepers. My wife was so much annoyed that she has sworn never to shop anything from Thailand hereafter due to these type of bad experience as well as high price of most of the commodities (all the commodities sold in indra market are cheaper in Indian market!!). It is also a matter of concern that Thailand Government is having blind eye in encouraging such practices of shop keepers of Indra market (other wise how these people will fleece tourists). All the tourists may beware of the quarrelsome/forcing tactics of shop keepers of Bangkok. Incidentally, we have to admit that shopping was a pleasurable experience in Singapore and Malaysia compared to the painful shopping experience in Thailand. It is high time that Thailand Governement should act practively so that Tourists are not made scape goats at the hands of unruly shop keepers.

  Destination : Bangkok
  Submitted date : November 11,2011
  Written by : oat11 oat12