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Cheap Clothes - Thailand or Cambodia

Posted by PeterW on 26/1/2012 at 12:55

Hello. Currently in Bangkok and was thinking of buying clothes here. I've come out with rubbish clothes so I can throw them away without feeling wastefull and get a load of new stuff. However, is it better to buy clothes in Cambodia (I'm flying there on the 28th)? I don't want to spend cash here and find out a 3 day wait could sort me out for half the price. Any info would be great as I've heard from others that Cambodia is far cheaper than Thailand for things like accomodation and cigs.

Currently on the Ko San Road - interesting but I'm alone and can see how trouble can hit you here quickly with no warning. On the flip side my hotel (the Rikka Inn) has a funky roof pool. Ko Lanta cool for the first few days but less chilled than I thought. Hat Yai - DON'T GO THERE!!!!!!!!. I thought I'd have to fight - not good.

Also any tips on what to do if anti malarials make me feel bad would be appreciated. I have deoxycycline. Anyone have any problems?

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Posted by annanel on 31/1/2012 at 10:30

BUY CLOTHES IN THAILAND! I can't stress this enough. Some things in Cambodia are cheaper- accommodation, cigarettes, drinks- but clothes are more expensive because they bring them from Thailand to sell here. And they bring the cheapest, worst quality because they can sell a pair of shorts for $10 when in Thailand you can buy nicer ones for $5. Bargaining is also easier in Thailand than in Cambodia.

I wish I had known this when I was in Thailand before coming to Cambodia. All the expats in Sihanoukville go to Thailand to shop. Hope I replied to you in time!

PS As for the anti-malarials- I haven't been taking mine for that same reason. Check online for malaria outbreaks- there was recently one on Koh Chang but since December I haven't heard of anything in the populated tourist areas. My doctor told me to wear mosquito repellant with DEET and avoid standing water like lakes or jungle swamps. Speaking with a local pharmacist may help if you can find one that speaks good English- they stock up on everything and it's way cheaper than at home.

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Posted by annanel on 31/1/2012 at 10:30

BUY CLOTHES IN THAILAND! I can't stress this enough. Some things in Cambodia are cheaper- accommodation, cigarettes, drinks- but clothes are more expensive because they bring them from Thailand to sell here. And they bring the cheapest, worst quality because they can sell a pair of shorts for $10 when in Thailand you can buy nicer ones for $5. Bargaining is also easier in Thailand than in Cambodia.

I wish I had known this when I was in Thailand before coming to Cambodia. All the expats in Sihanoukville go to Thailand to shop. Hope I replied to you in time!

PS As for the anti-malarials- I haven't been taking mine for that same reason. Check online for malaria outbreaks- there was recently one on Koh Chang but since December I haven't heard of anything in the populated tourist areas. My doctor told me to wear mosquito repellant with DEET and avoid standing water like lakes or jungle swamps. Speaking with a local pharmacist may help if you can find one that speaks good English- they stock up on everything and it's way cheaper than at home.

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Posted by sayadian on 31/1/2012 at 21:13

Not necessarily in agreement.There are many factories near Phnom Penh in Kampong Speu which make designer clothes for the Western market.Try the night market in Phnom Penh on Fri,Sat and Sunday.The prices are rock bottom and no need to bargain.Most of the stuff is seconds from the factories but it's hard to find the fault.

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Posted by altmtl on 31/1/2012 at 22:00

What about clothes and other things in Laos as compared to Thailand?

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Posted by sayadian on 1/2/2012 at 00:48

If you wanted stuff like Evisu jeans, Billabong board shorts etc you need to go to KhoSan Rd.

Billabong,Tommy Hillfigur t-shirts etc, I think this kind of stuff is cheaper in Cambodia, if you bargain.

Altmtl:
What do you mean by 'other things'? Clothes are certainly not cheaper in Laos than Thailand or Cambodia.

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Posted by altmtl on 1/2/2012 at 07:09

other things... natural products, soaps, shampoo, facial scrubs.... etc

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Posted by PeterW on 1/2/2012 at 23:15

Thanks for all the advice. Bought a few things in Bangkok so that will keep me going for now. Have to say - apart from fags I'd say Cambodia is really expensive compared to thailand! I'm supprised but there we go.

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Posted by sayadian on 2/2/2012 at 05:58

...and booze is cheaper.

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