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Western-size women's clothes shopping

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If your bottom is any larger than a peach, shopping in Bangkok for clothes can be a frustrating experience at best and out-and-out humiliating at worst.

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Perhaps you’d considered yourself reasonably slender when you first touched down in the Big Mango. That opinion may be challenged when you take your first wander around your average night market or browse the makeshift rails along Silom Road. “It stretches, madam!” vendors will shout if you linger over pretty dresses and skirts. Or hawkers will look in horror as you rummage through piles of their denim hot pants: "No, no, no… Not for you!” they may warn, eyeing up your size 10 bottom with alarm.

And proud of it. Photo taken in or around Western-size women's clothes shopping, Bangkok, Thailand by Samantha Brown.

And proud of it. Photo: Samantha Brown

The good news is that if you know where to go, there are a few “plus-sized” shops around—and that’s anything above an Australian size 10 in Thailand. You needn’t resort to wearing fisherman's pants, really.

If you have plenty of time to wander around, Krung Thong Plaza is probably the best starting point. It has five floors of mostly plus-sized shops with names like terribly awkward names like "Fatty" and "Beaufatiful"—insert shock face emoji here. At least you'll know straight off they have larger sizes? Most shops are more local than international in style, but you'll find the odd dress, top and jeans that will slip over your curves a treat. It's technically a wholesale market, so you might need to pay a little more if you're just buying one item. They start shutting up at around 17:00.

Maximum woman, baby. Photo taken in or around Western-size women's clothes shopping, Bangkok, Thailand by Samantha Brown.

Maximum woman, baby. Photo: Samantha Brown

Khrung Tong is linked by bridge to Platinum Mall, which is another good spot to browse around; it doesn't have the dedicated "fat" shops with insulting names, so you won't be insulted, but you will have to look harder. Be warned that Platinum gets super-hectic at the best of times, and on the weekend it can get seriously ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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