Why is Thailand heaven for two young females? Three words: handbags, shoes
Carrie from “Sex in the City” would be in her element
browsing Chiang Mai’s markets, picking up the latest bargains, bartering
with the street vendors and trying on seriously stylish shoes. The airfare
to Thailand is almost worth it, just to buy flip-flops. I will never need to
buy a pair of shoes in England again. Pink, stripy flip flops, sparkly high
heels, black polka dot shoes costing one tenth of the cost in Britain. How
can a girl resist buying a new pair every week? What am I saying? Every day!
every back street and around every corner in this city there are shoes,
handbags and haircuts. Miraculously, a dirty, rat infested, stinking street
is transformed into a miniature, Thai style shopping mall in minutes as the
vendors set up their stalls and the shoppers gather to feast their eyes and
empty their wallets.
If only it was as easy in England to look so good!
Haircuts, clothes, massages, beauty treatments - we are spoilt for choice.
Shopping is pure heaven in Thailand.
In need of a haircut I walked into the first salon I
could find and paid 199 baht for the best haircut I have ever had, including
an incredible head massage. In London I would be paying at least 3000 baht
in the stylish Tony and Guy for anything half as good.
I buzz around Chiang Mai’s university night bizarre,
hungrily hankering after new handbags, eyes like radar checking out the best
purchases. I could stay there for hours, if only the budget would allow. I
have never seen so many beautiful clothes in one place. Unfortunately, being
a foreigner, and twice the size of the average Thai woman, I can barely fit
into the changing rooms let alone the delicate clothes!
Chiang Mai’s Sunday street market beats them all. Never
in my life have I seen so many bargains to be had at such reasonable prices.
Street upon street of beautiful clothes, shoes, handicrafts and handbags.
Chiang Mai, as we all know is seriously shopper’s heaven!
Anything with wings
will be shot on sight (and on site) says PM Thaksin, while offering to
donate 20 million baht to anyone who dies of bird flu, provided they are
prepared to collect personally in front of seven high court judges.
Chickens, no matter how well dressed or prepared, are not eligible for the