I will be going to Bangkok for 4 days before we go to oz just to chill for a couple of days and to break up the flights and were stayinging longer on the way back.
Quick question is though, I am going to buy some new clothes before I go but would you buy them in the UK or wait till Bangkok because a few mates said wait till Bangkok as they are really cheap, look geniune enough.
Any thoughts/prices for shirts and shorts in bangkok would be useful thanks.
It might depend on what you're after. If you're after the latest "cool" shirt or something, it's better off in the UK as the very latest trends might be different. However for just general clothing, things that look half decent, and/or tailor made suits/shirts then Bangkok is your place. I reckon it's better to wait til there, given that you're backpacking, and Oz is probably behind compared to UK fashion anyway. Also take note that there's a lot more wear and tear on your clothing when backpacking, so if you buy some high quality clothes they won't be the same when you get back anyway.
High quality (for Thailand at least) and somewhat fashionable t-shirts you'd probably be looking at 300-500 baht, for the random/tourist shirts maybe 100-200 baht - this is a rough guide based on my travels there 2 years ago.
Check out the Sukumvit area, look for MBK which is great for cheap clothing, and probably the same prices or sometimes cheaper than you'll get bartering at tourist market stalls. I'm sure theres other malls too.
Also, remember you might suddenly be a size or 2 larger by Thailand's clothes
the post above has got it right.
Either ways, it depends on what you need. If youre looking for casual t-shirts and stuff, you can walk along the streets of sukhumvit/silom or head to places like MBK.
On the other hand, for formal shirts and dress pants, head to the tailors. One that i'd recommend you to go to is Crown Tailors just inside of Sukhumvit soi 8.
I would definitely say buy your clothes in Bangkok. There's loads of fake t-shirts if that's what you're after, but there's also loads of excellent general clothes as well. The Chatuchak Weekend market has loads of cool t-shirts for about four pounds each, maybe a bit more for the really smart ones. There's also a lot of cheesey souvenir t-shirts aimed at tourists with no taste, but if you're prepared to put a bit of effort in you can find some excellent t-shirts at the Chatuchak market.
I've visited Thailand every winter for the last few years now, and every year I only bring about three t-shirts and then just stock up on loads of t-shirts when I'm out here.
Hi guys thanks for your replys
I thin i will take a small amount of clothes with me and buy them when i'm there then.
I flew to BBK with 8kg Backpack and 30,000km, 12 countries and 220 days later I returned to London from New York with 25kg!
I bought wetsuits in New Zealand (BIG MISTAKE - take too much space!) and t-shirts everyone, in Thailand and Lao they are 60p/$1
MDr - Many people bring their "summer" clothes to Thailand and find that due to heat and humidity they are too heavy - even shorts shirts etc, so i'd recommend stocking uo as you go with cheap cotton/muslin stuff that you can either chuck or bring home as a souvenir.
you can buy really flash stuff at places like Parraogon (siam Sq) - if you go to Central they have much better prices and of course MBK.
however wherever you go you will fid plenty of shops selling clohting that is good for the local climate.
Bring your speedos and rash vest though - they are really expensive here - and there is no substitute!
For formal clothes head to savile row just inside rose hotel and for casual attire MBK,Siam square, Siam paragon, Night market suan lumpini, patpong night market,other places Emporium,pratunam market and platinum mall.
I am Thai living in US now...Yes clothes in Thailand is pretty cheap but quality is go by price too.
You can't wash in the washing machine otherwise you must keep it for 5 years old kid.
Bangkok has a good selection of designer type clothes at low cost. A good place to visit would be Platinum Mall for shopping of clothes and Mbk.For designer Siam discover and Siam paragon is the best.
Bangkok also has lots of Tailors for custom made clothing at excellent wool and cashmere thread count . Excelsior in downtown bangkok being the most famous.