Originally Posted by Hitsurume
I thought Thailand usually had items cheaper (minus electronics). I'm actually hoping to buy some tailored goods such as suites, jackets, collared shirts. MAYBE look at some "replica" watches. But mostly just browse around. I've been international traveling before and have found that buying random souvenirs don't really contribute to anything in my room.
If anyone has any favorite items that they have purchased in Thailand let me know!
I think one person said it best: if it's made in Thailand, it's cheap. Otherwise it will not be cheap. The problem is that there are very few things made in Thailand.
Vast majority of tailors just take your measurements and ship your order to the same sweat shop factory outside the city to be made. Fabric selection sucks, but if you choose decent fabric the suit won't have a low prices people sometimes post. See if any of them accepts a very small deposit and allows you to pay after you inspect the goods, because I heard bad stories from friends that went to some of the supposedly well known BKK tailors.
Sure, you can get counterfeit goods cheap - but then you're just buying overpriced brandless goods, aren't you? You can do the same in the US over the internet - probably cheaper than LOS streetvendors also.