Thailand for Sale
In the increasingly competitive tourism market in Southeast Asia, the region's top destinations are constantly coming up with new ways to draw visitors to their cities and resort destinations. Colourful advertising campaigns, sponsorship of major sport and music events, plus special packages offered by hotels and national carrier airlines tempt new and repeat visitors looking for the ultimate vacation.
One of the most effective approaches in today's troubled economic times is to appeal to people's wallets and Thailand has long been top of the global holiday hit list thanks to its reputation for providing a rare combination of fine quality, excellent service and affordability. The Kingdom is known internationally for its wide variety of shopping options, so whether its global brand stores in the shining malls of Bangkok or the country's many bustling city and beachfront market streets, the choices for retail pleasure are vast.
Whether you're staying in a smart hotel in the capital or escaping the world in a luxury private villa by the sea, there's usually some retail therapy within easy reach, either a short drive, taxi ride or in place like Bophut on Koh Samui, just a stroll away from your idyllic holiday retreat.
The Best for Less
For those with a penchant for purchases, The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2012 is an opportunity not to be missed. Until August 15, shop-a-holics around the country can enjoy the ultimate all day happy hour, with discounts of 10-80% on products and services in literally hundreds of participating department stores, shopping malls, King Power Duty Free outlets, jewellery shops, golf courses, spa and massage, hospitals, as well as from leading airlines and online travel agencies. There are also major discounts on offer at participating merchants at selected tourist attractions in Bangkok, Chiangmai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Koh Samui.
The scope of the Thailand Grand Sale is far too wide to cover in a single trip, but with virtually every major shopping location on most visitors' travel itinerary taking part, you are sure to come across some tempting deals on a trip through the Kingdom.
In Bangkok, highlights include a visit to the capital's newest downtown shopping plaza, Terminal 21 at Asoke. A whole new type of shopping experience, Terminal blends a contemporary, themed mall with with classic market street style. The building is designed as trip around the world, with each floor a destination, including Rome, Paris, Tokyo, London, Istanbul, San Francisco and Hollywood. A chic blend of fashion, food, film, comes to life with over 600 outlets, most of them run by local designers and entrepreneurs.
For a more upmarket Bangkok ambience, Gaysorn is the undisputed house of iconic luxury brands with leading international and trend-setting Thai names galore. Over 100 carefully selected concept stores, include top Thai fashion labels, original jewellery, fine home décor items and fabulous cuisine. The annual sale End of Season Special means discounts up to a maximum of 70%.
Of course, this is just the tip of the "price berg", when it comes to the capital's consumer creativity, even on a day trip you'll be hard pressed to avoid a spree.
For those heading straight to the beach, Phuket's celebrated lifestyle shopping mall, Jungceylon, in the heart of Patong, features over 300 lifestyle brands, as well as gastronomic delights from around the world and daily entertainment in its central square, including a spectacular daily Fountain Show. On presentation of E-Voucher and VISA card at the Tourist Privilege Booth in Jungceylon, visitors receive a Tourist Privilege Card with discounts from 5-50% throughout mall.
Over in the Thai Gulf on tropical Koh Samui, Iyara Beach Hotel & Plaza is a unique beachfront shopping plaza that features a choice of men’s and women’s brand name fashion outlets, as well as sport wears, kid’s clothes, footwear, accessories, excellent Thai craft ideas, as well as a choice of restaurants and a bakery.
Of course, it doesn't stop there. Visitors to other parts of the country can nip into any of the many Central Plaza shopping centres and take advantage of a wide range of privileges and benefits. This year, Thailand's Grand Sale has also been extended to offer discounts at the more traditional retail locations such as at flea markets, shopping & walking streets, a unique and integral part of any trip to the above mentioned 7 Thai destinations.
For more information and a full list of participating merchants around the country, visit: