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1. Posted by ahernster (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y

Im no expert and have never traveld the far east. I am going to thailand in Oct this year, taking about £600 to pay for food hotels and having fun. Also, i wanted to buy alot of memento's, alot of clothes, possibly some electronics, (tho not certain about that yet)Things for my freinds and family.
Thing is for all that cash i know i can buy soooo much! I would like to know if there is a limit to how how much stuff i can bring back? I have an xbox 360, if i buy games/dvds and cds from there, will they work back at home? i think my dvd player is multi regional, but unsure bout the 360.

Thanks - matt

2. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Hey Matt,

Thailand is a haven for cheap stuff! Albeit most of it copied...;)

Personally I'd never buy anything electrical abroad unless it was authentic (you'll see loads of copied stuff out there) and comes with a genuine worldwide guarantee. YOu can generally find electronics stuff on the internet in the UK dirt cheap nowadays anyway.

As for clothes, just take the clothes on your back! well, maybe a few others . If you go to Khao San Road you will find absolutely shed laods of cheap clothes all the way along it. They're all copies obviously, but they dont look too bad so who cares! During my first trip there I ended up buying 23 t-shirts and 3 pairs of jeans. You can even buy hoodies and jackets there too You'll end up spend every penny you have left there! I was buying the t-shirts for about 120Baht and the jeans were about 600 baht for diesel copies. The DVDs should work fine (they did for me) although I'm not sure about the xbox games (you could try anyway, they'll be about £2 each or something I guess)

The best thing to do would be to buy a few things when you arrive to use fo ryour trip, then buy the rest on your way back! Good luck!

3. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 10y

Hi Matt,

Definatley recommend bringing back some axe cushions. I can't really describe them (do a google image search) but they are really comfortable and look wicked. I wish I'd bought some back but had no room in my rucksack. I've had a look on the internet but can't find any for less than about £25-30. Anyone any ideas??

Kristie x

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 10y

Quoting ahernster

Im no expert and have never traveld the far east. I am going to thailand in Oct this year, taking about £600 to pay for food hotels and having fun. Also, i wanted to buy alot of memento's, alot of clothes, possibly some electronics, (tho not certain about that yet)Things for my freinds and family.
Thing is for all that cash i know i can buy soooo much! I would like to know if there is a limit to how how much stuff i can bring back? I have an xbox 360, if i buy games/dvds and cds from there, will they work back at home? i think my dvd player is multi regional, but unsure bout the 360.

Thanks - matt

IF YOU BUY IT YOU HAVE TO LUG IT! I wouldn't buy any expensive electronics stuff, one reason is that you would have to carry it around with you or pay to have it stored or shipped (where's the bargain there?) Another reason is some of the sales back in your home country may be as good as the price you get in Thailand. In the U.S. lots of electronics are cheaper than Thailand. And you have to figure on how to make repairs under warranty.

I only bring T-shirts back home, and perhaps something small that can be wrapped in a souvenir T-shirt. Keep the souvenirs simple - or figure out how to ship everything back. If your items are too heavy or too large you will have to pay extra at the airport.

Some DVD/CD's work back home - some don't!

5. Posted by ahernster (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y

all sounds good to me! I deffo wana bring back ALOT of clothes, i know that much. I'll take your advice on buying most of it all a cople of days before i leave to save me luggin it all. i've decided to go for 3 weeks now, so im sure that gives me enugh time to find the ultimate deals! Even if its abit exepensive, i can always haggle right?

6. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Trust me, in comparison to the UK nothing is expensive!

Haggle hard and you will get some bargains, but just remember that these people are trying to make a living, so when you're haggling over 15 baht, just think of what its worth and whether is seriuosly makes that much difference to you....it does to them...;)

7. Posted by ahernster (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y

Also i dont wana make them mad! I read about one guy who tried to haggle with a taxi driver, big mistake as the taxi driver pulled out a iron bar rofl! I know what you mean trip, 100 baht is jack to me, if i do end up haggling, it would be for fun or if i feel the price is too high. Can't see myself doin it at all times. Dont wana angry the locals!

8. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Quoting ahernster

Also i dont wana make them mad! I read about one guy who tried to haggle with a taxi driver, big mistake as the taxi driver pulled out a iron bar rofl! I know what you mean trip, 100 baht is jack to me, if i do end up haggling, it would be for fun or if i feel the price is too high. Can't see myself doin it at all times. Dont wana angry the locals!

Don't get me wrong, you gotta haggle, there just comes a point where you have to just pay the price. The market sellers will artificially inflate their prices as they expect you to haggle. Don't be suprised if you end up paying 40% less than what they initially told you.

My general rule of thumb is half whatever their first offer is and work from there (well just for Khao San Road). Start low and see how it goes. At the end of the day, pay what your comfortable with, then you'll be happy and hopefully the seller!;)

After a while, you'll find your feet. Enjoy and good luck!