You’re invited on a shopping holiday around Asia.
Summer time = Mega Sale Time in Asia.
We don’t know any sales in Asia that rivals Hong Kong’s sale madness, but if you venturing on to other cities close by for a holiday, here’s the round-up of sales in South East Asia!
The Great Singapore Sale has already started as of the 23rd of May and will go on till 20 July, Thailand’s Grand Sale is on from June 1 to August 31 and the Malaysia Mega Sale will start from July 5 til September 1st, now that is alot of shopping time.
First up Bangkok..
Thailand Grand Sale
When: June 2 – August 31, 2008
What to expect: Discounts from 5-70% at leading departmental and shopping malls.
For the best fashion finds in Bangkok, we like Siam Center for their edgy local designer brands like Soda, Greyhound and Jasper.
Gaysorn Shopping Center not for the international fashion brands which we get plenty of here but for their local designer labels like Fly Now, Kloset Red Carpet to name a few.
Siam Square is a must visit when shopping in Bangkok, Located across the Siam Center, Siam Square is a cluster of small interconnecting streets where, local young designers and small fashion boutiques sell their own creations and cheap casual wear with prices ranging from HK$50-200 for a top or a skirt.
Siam Pavilion Gourmet Supermarket and Emporium Supermarkets located on the ground floor are the best place to buy back those savory Thai snacks, cookies and sweets. They come in beautiful packaging and is absolutely good value for money. And you know you need to bring something back for your colleagues and friends anyways, so this is the place to check off your shopping list for that stuff.
As a tourist, you get a 5% discount off at departmental store purchases, so bring your passport or ID to the Customer Service Counter at most of the major shopping malls: Siam Paragon, Emporium, Zen, Robinson.
VAT (7%) Refunds are possible but only with stores displaying the ‘VAT Refund For Tourist” sign. Check the conditions with store when you make your purchase as it applies only to luxury goods purchased at value of $2000 baht for a single receipt. Also you can only claim the refunds at the airport as you are leaving the country.