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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 whardy on 27/1/2012 at 01:13

If you go to local markets instead of shopping on KSR, you'll get much better deals. For example, at the San Patong market right outside Chiang Mai, you can buy football shorts for 20 baht, a medium winter coat for 40, and t-shirts for 25 baht. How they do it, I have no clue. My advice is to get far away from the tourists and go to markets where the only thing you can understand on the sign is the numbers (hopefully they're not in Thai, but unlikely).

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Posted by MADMAC on 27/1/2012 at 05:56

Take someone with you who speaks and reads Thai and you're good to go! Have a good time Peter. I'd get off Kao San road - freak show central. But that's just me.

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Posted by sayadian on 27/1/2012 at 07:11

In Phnom Penh Ii challenge anyone to get better prices on clothes than 'The Night Market' open Fri.,Sat.and Sun.But if you want the specialists sort of surfer or Japanes jeans (think they are called Esa or something) you can't beat KSR. I've got a lovely cotton 'Angkor' beer t-shirt for $2 the wife bought 3 pairs of really nice jeans, and she doesn't wear rubbish at $5 for 3 pairs!

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Posted by tinoh on 27/1/2012 at 07:48

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

Where are you going to that you need anti malarials? In Thailand you don't need it and in Cambodia only when you really get off the beaten path. Imo it's better to prevent beeing bitten by using a product with deet and put on long sleeves after dawn. Anti malarials don't protect you against denque fever (if they protect you against malaria is also questionable. )

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Posted by PeterW on 27/1/2012 at 09:09

“Take someone with you who speaks and reads Thai and you're good to go! Have a good time Peter. I'd get off Kao San road - freak show central. But that's just me”
No MADMAC I agree with you. Been here for 3 nights - just couldn't be arsed to move, but you're right. The amount of prozzies I've been offered is unreal. Slippy slippy is the best pimp line yet. I can see how trouble can appear out of nowhere and fast

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Posted by sayadian on 27/1/2012 at 19:15

But Madmac we are of an age that don't appreciate KSR.It's partyville and the younger people enjoy it.Though I agree with you entirely.The beer is overpriced and the service is terrible.

BTW just around the corner from KSR is Banglumphoo market. If you're prepared to bargain hard you get some great bargains.
KSR though has the latest gear at a fraction of the Western price and according to my sons the copies are brilliant. A lot of stuff there you really can't get anywhere else. Speaking Thai in KSR won't get you anywhere as nearly all the shops employ Burmese. Most of them don't speak Thai but speak very good English.Again really hard bargaining is called for.

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Posted by sayadian on 27/1/2012 at 19:24

Re: anti-malarials.
Like the poster says Dengue is worse and there is no profilactic
.In nearly 8 years here I've only met one person who got malaria and that was in Koh Kong.I also agree there is no malaria in Thailand.
Angkor is your biggest threat, though again I'd go for lots of creams rather than pills. Doxycyclin also make some people very sick too.
I think if your still nervous you are much better off talking to a local doctor as in The West they'll recommend everything and fill you full of all sorts of poisons. It's an extremely over-cautious approach.

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Posted by MADMAC on 27/1/2012 at 23:18

When I was in some rather serious malarial zones in Africa, I used Mefloquine, which either worked well or I was never bitten. That said, all pharmeceuticals have potentially negative side effects and you should do your homework prior to using them. A friend of mine got malaria a long time ago in Kha San. It was a very bad experience. But in most places here, malaria is less of a concern than dengue - which unfortunately has neither preventive medicines nor much in the way of treatment.

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Posted by sayadian on 27/1/2012 at 23:34

I have had dengue one time.I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.I thought that's it I'm now resistant but apparently there are four strains.Spray and cover is the best bet.Nets are good but do tend to make you hotter. At night I usually wear long trousers and spray my feet and kneck with DEET.We are lucky as we have good mosquito netting on the windows but most fan rooms in hotels don't.The other choice ,of course, is burning coils so you get to choose between choking on toxic fumes or the chance of being bitten.Check around your room for pools of water you can put a little cooking oil into them as this stops the eggs from hatching.(the oil means the eggs sink and the little b'stds drown.)
When I lived in Isan the locals used to shut all the windows at sunset and reopen them when it was dark.Does it help? I don't know but it's what they do.Maybe Madmac can elucidate on this practice.

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Posted by eastwest on 28/1/2012 at 00:10

I don't know how this thread ended up about malaria but my 2 cents about clothes:

Both places are very cheap for the dirt cheap t-shirts and such. Not much difference between them and certainly not enough to adjust your whole plan for. For western brand clothes PP would be your best bet. In PP there are some shops now that sell directly stuff from the garment factories and they produce some A-brand stuff. Price tags with the western prices already on them and a second price for the local price which is usually about a third or so.

I assume it's clothes that haven't gotten through quality control for minor things but they are fine. Very high turnover so assortment changes many times. Look for "we export" shops. They have 2 shops near russian market and 1 on Sihanouk blvd. Several others as well. Good shopping for people at the end of their trip who need some respectable clothes for back home.

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Posted by sayadian on 28/1/2012 at 01:41

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

Eastwest wrote.
'I don't know how this thread ended up about malaria but my 2 cents about clothes....'

Eastwest-that's how it ended up about malaria' ;-)



I say this in case I'm accused of going off thread again.

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Posted by PeterW on 28/1/2012 at 01:58

thanks for all the advice. Much appreciated. at bangkok airport about to fly to phnom penh. regarding the malarials i've taken them for 2 days now and I'm fine! I used to drink on antibiotics when i was a student and was just generally unhealthy so maybe the good food here has balanced it all out :) I'll buy trousers as soon as i land and stock up on deet. bought 100% from uk anyway. sorry the writing is terrible - i blame these free internet keyboards!

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Posted by sayadian on 28/1/2012 at 02:23

Again depends on what you want.My son bought Eviso jeans,Billabong board shorts etc in KSR at a fraction of the European price.Whether they are the real thing is questionable but if not they are extremely high quality copies.This kind of stuff you only find in KSR.
Next,,Tommy Hillfiger,Quicksilver etc t-shirts can be had in Platunam or Banglumphoo market.I don't know the price there but the night market in Phnom Penh sells this kind of thing at around $2 a t-shirt. My wife buys beautiful well made clothes at the night market here at ridiculously low prices.Three pairs of well-cut jeans for $5 etc
Other than that I would agree with Eastwest

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Posted by rambin on 19/12/2013 at 19:41

In Thailand or Cambodia. There is no football shirt price is even lower than http://www.wysjg.com/ . Less than £ 16.85.
Welcome to the proposal. Thank you!

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 19/12/2013 at 19:52

25 baht t-shirt never seen it. Costs 50 baht for a kids shirt. I smell bs.

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Posted by MADMAC on 20/12/2013 at 00:01

"25 baht t-shirt never seen it. Costs 50 baht for a kids shirt. I smell bs."

I've never seen it that cheap myself. I've never seen a shirt for less than 100 baht.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 20/12/2013 at 00:15

Ive seen 80 baht shirts for women but small size.

I bought 40 baht shorts in Khong Chiam but quality was poor. They were made in Laos.

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