Myself and my girlfriend are currently in koh samui and are looking to buy clothes. however we are planning to go to chang mai and bangkok after this and were wondering if the clothes would be cheaper there.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
P.S How easy is it to turn up at bangkok train station and buy a train ticket to chang mai. do these trains fill up well in advance.
It was only 12 months ago that I spent time in Samui and Chiang Mai, so hopefully things will not have changed much.
In terms of clothing, I think its much of a muchness really. Clothes are cheap everywhere in Thailand and I guess it depends on what kind of clothing you are interested in. If you are after some special silk numbers, I am sure there will be many tuk tuk drivers throughout Bangkok that will be all too happy to drive you to the silk stores. These stores are cheap and the material is also beautiful. If you are after every day, western style clothing, I think Bangkok will also be the cheapest option. But, if my memory serves me correct, I dont think theres a huge price difference between these regions.
We also caught an overnight sleeper from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. This was a pretty straight forward process. We arrived at airport from Vietnam and waited one hour for the train to depart. No pre booking, no hassle, lovely!
I assume things will be similar for you. Check out the food and bev carriage in the train, I have fond memories of loud music, dancing and laughter of travellers and locals alike!
Hope this has helped.
I depends whether the time you travel is busy time or not. If happens to be long weekend or even normal Friday, then you have to push your luck a bit harder especially for the first and second class overnight sleepers, or first class seaters.
During the time like New Year, Songkran, Buddhist Lent, all kinda of transportation are quite busy. Better be prepare for plan B if you haven't arranged the tickets in advance.
Clothes and shoes, if not those with genuine brand-names, are very cheap! everywhere even for local people.
I didn't go to Ko Samui but I went to Pha Ngan and the clothes there were much more expensive than they are in Bangkok. Chiang Mai was slightly cheaper again, but the selection was far poorer, so I'd say Bangkok is best for buying clothes.
I couldn't say for definite going from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, but I know the trains in the other direction are sometimes booked out a few days ahead (for second class sleepers - not sure about 1st and 3rd). There are quite a few trains per day though, so if you are flexible about what time you leave then maybe you could just turn up and get lucky, but personally I wouldn't risk it.