Treasures and Pleasures of Thailand

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Exploring major regions and exotic countries of the world, the authoritative Impact Guides take today's discerning travelers into the fascinating worlds of artisans, craftspeople, shopkeepers, and fine hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing. These unique guides show travelers how to have a wonderful time discovering quality products, outstanding buys, and talented, interesting, and friendly people. Jam-packed with travel tips, bargaining strategies, and recommended shops, hotels, and restaurants, the Impact Guides ...

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Overview

Exploring major regions and exotic countries of the world, the authoritative Impact Guides take today's discerning travelers into the fascinating worlds of artisans, craftspeople, shopkeepers, and fine hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing. These unique guides show travelers how to have a wonderful time discovering quality products, outstanding buys, and talented, interesting, and friendly people. Jam-packed with travel tips, bargaining strategies, and recommended shops, hotels, and restaurants, the Impact Guides represent some of the most exciting travel writing today. These books especially appeal to discriminating travelers who seek quality travel experience that go beyond the standard descriptive guidebooks.

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Focusing on Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and nine other locations in Thailand, two seasoned travelers and insightful shoppers reveal places to buy art, antiques, furniture, jewelry, textiles, clothes, handicrafts, and home decorative items, and give advice on finding the best restaurants and accommodations. They offer bargaining, shopping, and shipping advice, and give contacts for places to shop, dine, and relax. The authors operate a training, consulting, and publishing firm. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570230769
  • Publisher: Impact Publications VA
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Series: Impact Guides Series
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Chapter 1 Welcome to Seductive Thailand 1
An Intriguing Land 1
A Trip Well Worth Taking 2
Getting to Know You 2
Charming Chaos 3
Surprising Communities 4
Approach It Right 6
Treasures of Quality and Value 7
Unforgettable Pleasures 9
Select Your Cities 10
Places, Products, and Prices 10
Organize For Thailand and Beyond 11
Beware of Recommended Shops 13
Expect a Rewarding Adventure 15
Part I Traveling Smart
Chapter 2 Know Before You Go 19
New and Changing Realities 19
Challenging Infrastructure 22
Location and Area 23
Climate, Seasons, When to Go 24
Coping With Heat and Humidity 24
Getting There 26
Good Travel Deals 28
Anticipated Costs 29
Package Tours or On Your Own 30
Documents 31
On-Line and Off-Line Resources 31
Tourism Authority of Thailand 38
Chapter 3 Prepare For Your Adventure 45
Minimize Uncertainty 45
Develop an Action Plan 46
Create Your Own Good Luck 47
Conduct Research and Network 48
Check Customs Regulations 49
Manage Your Money Well 50
Use Credit Cards Wisely 52
Secure Your Valuables 53
Take All Necessary Shopping Information 54
Do Comparative Shopping 55
Keep Track of All Receipts 56
Pack Right and Light 56
Choose Sensible Luggage 57
Throw in a Calculator 58
Check the List 59
Ship With Ease 61
Chapter 4 Arrival and Survival 65
Flying In 65
Airport 66
Airport Procedures and Services 66
Airport to City Transportation 70
Customs and Exports of Antiques 72
Airport Tax and Your Loose Change 73
Currency and Credit Cards 74
Security and Safety 75
Tipping 75
Language 76
Business Hours 77
Transportation and Taxis 77
Tours and Travel Agents 83
Foods, Drinks, and Restaurants 84
Accommodations and Access 88
Electricity and Water 89
Part II Acquiring Unique Treasures
Chapter 5 Shopping, Bargaining, and Shipping Rules 93
Changing Shopping Scene 93
New Shopping Culture 94
Beware of Well-Meaning Advice 95
Touts, Cheating, and Commissions 96
Shopping By the Rules 98
Pricing Practices and Bargaining 103
Coping With Price Uncertainty 104
Establish Value and Price 105
Get the Best Deal Possible 107
Practice 12 Rules of Bargaining 107
Bargain For Needs, Not Greed 113
Examine Your Goods Carefully 113
Beware of Scams 114
Use Reliable Shippers 116
Chapter 6 Major Shopping Choices 118
Shopping Strengths 118
Thai Silk and Cotton 120
Tailor-Made Clothes 122
Ready-Made Clothes 123
Gems and Semi-Precious Stones 123
Gold and Silver 125
Jewelry and Accessories 126
Copy Watches 128
Bronze, Brass, and Pewter 130
Arts and Antiques 131
Art and Framing 134
Leather Goods 136
Nielloware and Bencharong 137
Celadon and Lacquerware 137
Handicrafts 138
Tapestries 139
Furniture 140
The More You Look 142
Chapter 7 Gems, Jewelry, and Tailoring Tips 143
Buying Gems and Jewelry 143
Tailoring Tips 151
Part III Surprising Bangkok
Chapter 8 Welcome to Bangkok 157
Chaos and Contrasts 157
A Shopper's Paradise 160
The Streets of Bangkok 160
Overcoming Street Shock 161
Getting Oriented 163
Navigating Streets and Lanes 164
Plan It Right 167
Visit One Area Each Day 168
Set Priorities 169
Bargain If You Can 169
Shipping 170
Chapter 9 Where to Shop 171
Shopping Areas 172
Shopping Arcades and Complexes 183
Department Stores 191
Markets, Stalls, and Bazaars 192
Craft Factories 198
Out-of-the-Way Discoveries 199
Shopping on Limited Time 201
Chapter 10 In Search of Quality 202
Antiques, Arts, Furniture, Carvings, and Home Decorative Items 202
Paintings and Framing 207
Silk and Cotton 208
Clothes and Tailors 209
Handmade Furniture 211
Jewelry, Silver, Accessories 211
Handicrafts 213
Celadon, Bencharong, Pottery 215
Bronzeware 216
Chapter 11 Enjoying Your Stay 217
Sightseeing 217
Accommodations 221
Restaurants 231
Entertainment 246
Sampling the Tempting Sex 251
Part IV Exotic Chiang Mai and Beyond
Chapter 12 Discovering Chiang Mai 255
Getting to Know You 255
The Streets of Chiang Mai 260
Shopping Strengths and Strategies 261
Where to Shop 264
What to Buy 270
Best of the Best 278
Getting What You Want 285
Accommodations 289
Restaurants 293
Enjoying Your Stay 295
Looking Back 295
Chapter 13 Beyond Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Thailand 297
Getting There 298
Cautiously Explore the Hinterland 299
Chiang Rai 301
Maesai 303
The Golden Triangle 307
Lampang 308
Lamphun 310
Mae Hong Son 311
Ayutthaya 312
Pattaya 314
Phuket 316
Ko Samui 323
Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam 326
Chapter 14 Myanmar (Burma) 330
Politically Incorrect Travel 330
The Travel Challenge 331
Shopping Myanmar and Yangon 332
Accommodations 339
Enjoying Your Stay 340
The Road to Mandalay 341
Shopping Mandalay and Bagan 343
Index 345
The Authors 355
More Treasures and Pleasures 358
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