Among my friend’s Rikke is the one with the biggest shopping gene, so of course I had to show her Sampeng Lane in Chinatown, which is the best place in Bangkok to go bargain hunting.
A lot of the shops down Sampeng Lane are wholesale only, which means that you’ll have to buy a certain minimum number of items. However, most shops (except for the shoe shops), will allow you to mix and match different designs and colors, and prices are really low. I got 30 pairs of fake lashes for the same price as I would pay for one pair in Dubai. I also bought a bunch of earrings and necklaces, so Trine, if you’re reading this, you know what you’ll be getting for Christmas:)
Rikke was first paralyzed by the huge supply and the low prices, but then she started shopping at a pace, which made me think, she was planning to buy up the entire Chinatown. Magnus was patient for the first hour or so, but he didn’t share our enthusiasm for the shopping. At the end he started looking like he was about to have a fit, so I made Rikke close her deals, and we got out before things got ugly.
On our way home from Chinatown, we passed a vendor, who was selling pre-owned watches. It wasn’t ultra-luxury brands, but really cool, very old, mid-range watches. I think most of them were at least a couple of decades old, and they all looked like they would have a lot of stories to tell, if they could speak. I fell in love with a square disc one from the Swiss brand Mido and after a little haggling, we ended at a price I couldn’t resist. It’s a men’s watch, so the watch band was a little too loose, but once I get it adjusted, I’m sure it will look great.
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