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1. Posted by lonederanger (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

hey guys,

I'm travelling through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam for 3 months before I move onto Europe in the freezing cold winter.
I dont want to take all my winter gear with me so I was hoping I could buy it all at the end of my Asia trip.

The main thing I dont want to be lagging around with me in Asia is a winter jacket. Is a Large or XL jacket going to be difficult to find in SE Asia seeming it doesnt get that cold there and most Asians are a smaller size than me? I need something to keep me warm and water resistant.

Also need jeans, a jumper and thick socks.

Obviously im inexperienced with travelling and any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

I believe you will have both a size and a quality problem if you buy in SE Asia.

3. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

What's your last stop before Europe? If it's a relatively more international city like Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh, there shouldn't be a problem finding international labels which would stock larger sizes. Of course then there may be the issue of cost and design etc.

4. Posted by lonederanger (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

Hanoi, then half a day in Bangkok before going to Europe.

5. Posted by prettychin (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

I suggest you could buy winter gear from Ho Chi Minh. the Ben thanh market in the centre will offer you many kinds of these. Or you could come Tax to buy.

I am local in Vietnam. You could contact with me when you visit here.

Cheers,

6. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 7y

Quoting phatpat

Hanoi, then half a day in Bangkok before going to Europe.

Plenty of international brands in Bangkok's shopping malls if you can find the time to go to town, seeing you only have a half day... If not Hanoi has winter clothing for sale (it can get cold in winter), but not too sure about quality or size - you could just use it as temporary clothes until you get better (and more fitting) ones in Europe. The advantage of course is cost in Hanoi, which will be much cheaper than what you'll pay in Europe. Your best bet though if you want proper clothes is still Bangkok and all its huge modern shopping malls.

7. Posted by lonederanger (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

thanks for the handy info guys.

Do you think the MBK center in Bangkok would be worth checking out?

I will have a couple of days in Bangkok at the beginning of my trip so I could scope out the jackets before I go back there after Hanoi I guess.

8. Posted by jennwtb (Budding Member 35 posts) 7y

I think the MBK center in Bangkok would be worth checking out.

Good luck to you my dear..

Lets Travel d World..

9. Posted by Jennyyore (Budding Member 66 posts) 7y

If I were you I would just pack a warm fleece for when you arrive in England, then go shopping.
What month are you arriving here?
Jeans, fleece and trainers are fine on most days. You may want to buy a coat or a waterproof jacket but not essential unless the weather is severe.

I wasnt happy with any clothes I bought in Vietnam or Thailand. The sizing is so different, eg the measurement from under arm to waist etc.

The Ben Thanh market is just cheap market clothes, stuff for tourists, not everyday clothes for winter.

10. Posted by lonederanger (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

Quoting Jennyyore

If I were you I would just pack a warm fleece for when you arrive in England, then go shopping.
What month are you arriving here?
Jeans, fleece and trainers are fine on most days. You may want to buy a coat or a waterproof jacket but not essential unless the weather is severe.

I wasnt happy with any clothes I bought in Vietnam or Thailand. The sizing is so different, eg the measurement from under arm to waist etc.

The Ben Thanh market is just cheap market clothes, stuff for tourists, not everyday clothes for winter.

I'm arrving in Amsterdam on xmas eve. I'll be going to Poland, Sweden and Scotland so I'm thinking it will be pretty cold.