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1. Posted by Djmillion (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Hi there,

I'm new to Travellerspoint because it will be my first time travelling to Asia and I was wondering which countries would give me the best shopping experience. I'm looking for a place where it's inexpensive, and where I'll be able to negociate for a good price on clothes, and electronics (especially laptops and camcorders).

I was thinking of travelling to Hong Kong, but according to Frommers.com, their electronics are not as cheap as they once were so I'm really iffy on going there. I've consulted with other travel professionals, and they mentioned Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia for clothing, and Malaysia & Singapore for electronics. Is this true? And if it is, where are specific locations that I can find rock bottom prices.

I was also thinking of Manila, Philippines as a good place for cheap shopping, especially greenhills in Makati City, but I could be wrong.

Any recommendations ?

2. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 8y

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=47083 for electronics

Clothes many of my friends from overseas think it's heaven to shop here, really depends on what you want/like and how you define cheap.

3. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 8y

For clothes, for sure Thailand. Chatuchak Weekend Market, Suan Lum Night Baazar, Platinum Mall, MBK etc etc etc etc.

4. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

For electronics I agree to check out Singapore.. in Sim Lim Square or Funan Mall.

Vietnam also has the Hang Gai district filled with bargainable items..

The Philippines is also a cheap place for different items... I'd say prices in the Philippines for clothes, furnitures, and some items are relatively cheaper than those in Malaysia... I've observed that during my trips to Penang and Kuala Lumpur...

In the Philippines, specifically in Manila.. you can find cheap items where you can bargain in Greenhills Mall where they have a range of items from apparel to imitated items like bags, shoes, etc... we usually bring our American friends here...

Or if you're a bit more adventurous, you can visit the Divisoria district in Manila.. it has numerous malls and stalls where you can bargain anything... it's a go-to place for locals to buy the cheapest of the cheapest items...it depends on your skill on haggling for price... it's usually the source of other bargain centers around Metro Manila.. just be mindful of your wallets though if you plan to squeeze in its very crowded streets...

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 3, 2008, at 6:32 PM by pau_p1 ]

5. Posted by Djmillion (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

I heard Divisoria is a dirty place

6. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting Djmillion

I've consulted with other travel professionals, and they mentioned Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia for clothing, and Malaysia & Singapore for electronics. Is this true? And if it is, where are specific locations that I can find rock bottom prices.

Computers and cameras in Malaysia are duty-free items. Plus, Malaysia does not have any GST/VAT tax (yet). However, I'd recommend you to make sure that the things you wanted to buy come with international warranty and not just valid in the country of sale or Asia Pacific. Request for proof (e.g. read the terms and condition on the product manual) before paying. Don't trust what the sellers have to say as there could be some who may promise you heaven and earth just to get a sale.

7. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting pau_p1

The Philippines is also a cheap place for different items... I'd say prices in the Philippines for clothes, furnitures, and some items are relatively cheaper than those in Malaysia... I've observed that during my trips to Penang and Kuala Lumpur...

It depends on the type of items. The cost of living in Philippines is lower and you're comparing with the two of the most expensive cities in Malaysia.

8. Posted by Jennyyore (Budding Member 66 posts) 8y

I have found it difficult to buy clothes in Asia as the sizes are so different. Thais, Vietamise and Chinese women are so tiny, if you buy a top the measurements are not correct e.g the length from underarm to waist etc. is much shorter.

In Hoi An Vietnam they have loads of tailor shops for made to measure clothes and shoes, really cheap. They show you catalogues you pick what you like, then pick the fabric, they measure you then it is ready the next day.

But go with empty suitcases as the lugage allowance is not much!

I always buy far too much and constantly worry about the weight to bring home.

Jenny

9. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 8y

Quoting Jennyyore

I have found it difficult to buy clothes in Asia as the sizes are so different. Thais, Vietamise and Chinese women are so tiny, if you buy a top the measurements are not correct e.g the length from underarm to waist etc. is much shorter.

Same for Asian who travel to Europe. We wear L in Asia but in Europe, we need to look for S size or we going to be ended up being hiphoppers

10. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

Everythings on sale in Vietnam! A treasure trove of goodies. Never have I been so impressed with articles to buy. Bargaining is expected, it's easy, and it works. The artwork in Vietnam is especially wonderful and cheap.