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Bangkok Money-Saving Tips

Market Madness in Bangkok

High quality silk, jewelry, and traditional crafts – everything, really, from sizeable bling to tailor-made suits – at a fraction of stateside prices draw millions to this Thai capital every year. The city’s several chaotic markets, and especially the 35-acre Chatuchak Market, are bona fide treasure troves, whether you’re a shopaholic scouting for clothing, home goods, or art – or even live roosters, pythons, or multi-colored chicks.

Beat the Jam

Those funky tuk-tuks (motorized rickshaws) might look inviting, but once you're stuck in them and in horrendous traffic, you might regret your decision. Bangkok's traffic is still legendary. Use the SkyTrain and the subway as often as possible, and combine them with river taxis. Taxis are okay, but make sure the driver turns the meter on. With tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis, you better spruce up your bargaining abilities.

Run for Cover

Public restrooms in malls and shopping centers tend to be clean but very crowded. Once you feel the need to powder anything, head for the closest deluxe hotels. Their public restrooms are neat and prim, and the men guarding the hotels’ entrances are too polite to bar foreigners from entering (except at the Oriental Hotel, if you're wearing open sandals).

The Law is the Law

All venues close at 1am or 2am at the latest. Do yourself a favor and don't start arguing with the bartender about “just another round.” He isn't allowed to pour after closing time.

Don’t be a Flip-Flopper

Remember that wearing flip-flops is not allowed in royal palaces.

Massage Parlors

No street block is complete without the inviting entrance to a deluxe massage parlor. There’s no need to break the bank to get a good treatment – if the place is clean, the service will be good. Low-cost joints offer thorough Thai massages for about THB150/hour.

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