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  • #46
    Did you buy any of the mink blankets? My brother got us all one, they're so warm. Would love to visit the night market

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    • #47
      Lol at first glance I thought the menu was for the sex

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      • #48
        Yuh neva hav noh trouble ah customs wid potentially "duplicated brands"?
        JA.com member #946 for LIFE!

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        • #49
          Did yuh si any ah dem ducking an shielding dem face wen di camers lense swing in dem direction?

          I couldn't help but think that many of the men I saw had wives and children somewhere in the world and went to Bangkok to take advantage of the bustling sex trade.
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          • #50
            Originally posted by MsExced View Post
            Did you buy any of the mink blankets? My brother got us all one, they're so warm. Would love to visit the night market
            No, but I didn't know they were Bangkok special.
            7/5th of all people do not understand fractions.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by MsExced View Post
              Lol at first glance I thought the menu was for the sex
              The sex shops did have menus. But the hype men wouldn't let me take pictures. Although I couldn't post those menus here.
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              • #52
                Originally posted by j-kid View Post
                Yuh neva hav noh trouble ah customs wid potentially "duplicated brands"?
                No and teng God we reach back already. Yuh see how goat mouth couldda gimme problems.
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                • #53
                  Originally posted by j-kid View Post
                  Did yuh si any ah dem ducking an shielding dem face wen di camers lense swing in dem direction?
                  HA!! NO.

                  Dem was prancing bout the place like dem nuh have a care inna di world. Heads high, teets grinning.
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                  • #54
                    I didn't take any photos in the malls and I am sure pictures would not be allowed in the knock off shops.
                    The malls were like most malls. Because we were in the middle of the city, instead of urban sprawl the malls are built upwards. 7, 9, or 11 stories high. A couple of the malls even had supermarkets. There was nothing really special about the mall prices. I think the draw for tourist was the fashions. Plenty of boutiques with a wide variety of fashions and the usual anchor department stores. The anchor stores were similar to Macy's, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor etc.

                    Then there were the high-end malls with Louis V stores and such. Fancy, fashionable and high-priced, but jam packed with shoppers. One of the shopping centers had shops that allowed haggling. What was interesting was that they readily told you if the items were manufacturers original. I got an ipad case for $12 USD, leather, front and hard back with the magnetic turn-off at closer. One of my travel companions purchased Beats Pill boxes for around $22 each. I asked the vendor if they had any Bose headphones. She let me know the ones she had weren't original, but gave me the name of a store that had Bose originals.

                    When I found that place, they had the exact headphones I was looking for. The Bose noise cancelling headphones usually sell for $300+. My son had a pair stolen from him about a year ago. The vendor had them and quoted a price of $250. So me start haggle. The fellows were young, and I don't know if these headphones fell off the back of a truck or what, but I got him down to $120. I checked out the packaging and everything was just like the other package my son originally owned. The instructions, the warranty card and the the accessories were all in the box. The sales guy opened the box and let me have a listen and examine everything before closing the deal.

                    My son was grinning from ear to ear when he saw it. He had asked me to bring him back a ring from India. He liked the look of their 22-24K gold, I knew he would prefer to get back his headphones.
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                    • #55
                      We purchased other knick-knacks, clothes, shoes and I needed a bigger handbag to carry on the plane. In that mall was also a spa. I got a mani-pedi and one of my friends wanted another Thai massage. This one was less than $10 USD, it was a little over $8. She wanted the deep massage, so that entailed the masseuse grabbing hold to handles in the roof and using her feet to give the massage. The review was the massage was amazing. I would have liked to try that out, but nevah have enough time.

                      We also shopped at a few jewelry stores. The designers and the jewelry makers were on premises, when you walk into the shops you walk by the crafts men plying their trade. Most stores offered coffee, tea or soda to their shoppers, they were so hospitable. We got rings, earrings, and bracelets. Let me go take a picture of my ring.
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                        • #57
                          Knock-off shopping....

                          Police have been cracking down on the knock-off market. All the sellers are now exercising extra caution. The cab drivers are the connections to the goods. Previously (as I hear it) one could go into a shop and ask about the knock-offs and if the store had any they would escort you to the back room. Now without a cab driver to make the introduction, the buyers will not get anywhere.

                          One place we had to walk up three flights of stairs, past living quarters and then an entrance to 'the store'. Another store sold leather goods and was located in a very nice looking shopping plaza. The cab driver knocked on the door, someone peeked out from behind a curtain and we were allowed in. The goods were in sealed trunks and our sales people would go to some back room and bring the trunks and cases out one at a time.

                          I didn't buy any handbags. I am not a huge fan of the new Louis V patterns and didn't feel like anyone who knows me would believe I really had a Hermes handbag. If I can't pass it off as real, what's the point. I must say the quality of the leathers and the attention to detail made the replicas look very close to the real thing. They had lots of Chanel, Louis, Prada etc. My friends got Louis V and Prada bags. I didn't get anything. They didn't feature American designers and my faves are Louis V, Coach and MK.

                          They had lots of watches, but again. Who would believe I had a real Rolex? So me nevah boddah. Maybe next time I go, I'll be more in love with the current Louis patterns. Or I will be making a whole lot more money so a Hermes bag wouldn't be a stretch. How much would my salary need to be to pull that off....prolly in the neighborhood of $500K?
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                          • #58
                            Of course I purchased the usual tourist trinkets, shot glasses, purses, t-shirts and such. I also picked up these two pics.

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                            The second one is of the floating market. We wanted to go, but the market was at minimum a 1.5 hour drive outside of Bangkok. We didn't really plan for a day trip, so a visit to the market will have to come on another trip.
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                            • #59
                              That about sums it up for Bangkok. Here are a few random pics.


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