Pattaya is a happening place when it comes to shopping. These shopping tips or advice for Pattaya would prove useful when you are engaged in shopping activity there.

Shopping Tips for Pattaya

These tips would come handy while shopping in Pattaya. This shopping advice is based on what has been discussed with us by seasoned Pattaya tourists.

You have to display your bargaining skills everywhere save the big department stores, and malls. In most markets of Pattaya and Jomtien, the prices could be inflated to almost twice the real price. It could be toned down after bargaining. Begin with half the price and then climb up. The final price depends on your bargaining skills and the will of the shopkeeper. You could pay upto 40% less than the original asking price.

Large retail outlets and most department stores and large retail outlets have fixed prices.

Credit Cards
In Thailand you should prefer cash payment to credit cards. Be careful to use your credit cards only at the reputable businesses and with caution because credit card fraud is increasing. Ensure that credit card never goes out of your sight. Few stores might charge handling fee for credit card purchases.

Some of the preferred items as souvenirs are silk products, leather products, silverware, ceramics and wood products. Certain items are available at fixed prices in several department stores. In other places, you would have to do bargaining.

Jewelry and Gemstones
Jewelry and gemstones are popular choices as souvenirs. Their elegance and craftsmanship have earned Thai stones fame all over. However, you must remember to purchase from shops which are the members of the Jewel Fest Club, the official organization of jewelry merchants. While purchasing from these shops, your transaction details would be duly recorded, and a certificate would be issued. This certification would help you to get a refund 10% less if you return the product within specified time.

You must not go with touting taxi drivers and tour guides who would offer to take you to exclusive places for shopping. You would be charged heftily and they would receive commissions for bringing tourists there.

Antique Artifacts
It is prohibited to take images of Buddha, deities, and antique artifacts from the country without prior approval from the Fine Arts Department in Bangkok.

A little smile could get you cheaper goods. The Thais like smiling and good humoured people.

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