The Hot Spots to Shop guides are for both first time and return visitors to the Asia-Pacific region. The series lists quality goods and services and where to find them, particularly valuable for those on a tight schedule who don’t have time for a lot of research. And for those with the luxury of hours to spend, Hot Spots to Shop directs your browsing to fertile grounds – your own particular shopping nirvana instead of the wasteland of tourist kitsch and shoddy products.
These handy volumes contain sound advice on dealing with cultural and language differences, smoothing out the barriers so that your interactions are fun and productive. Discover smart tips on comparison shopping, how to identify quality merchandise and workmanship, how to get tourist rebates and quantity discounts, and how and when to bargain for a fair price – in short, all the ‘tricks of the trade’ garnered from Wendy Johnson McFarlane’s vast mercantile experience.
Listing markets, bazaars, individual stores, outlets and shopping centres that are worthy of your time – while editing out the sheer overload of also-rans, Hot Spots to Shop guides let you choose your shopping experience: ultra-stylish, air-conditioned showrooms featuring the world’s elite labels; dusty, roadside stalls and cluttered hole-in-the-wall shops with the most authentic of local wares; or anything in between – places where your haggling skills will be brought into play! Find listed the hours and days of operation, telephone and other contacts, acceptable forms of payment and transport information, if applicable.
The Hot Spots to Shop series is for you if:
You love to shop away from home!
Travel gives you the opportunity to discover new merchandise, craftsmanship and ways of doing business. It expands your mind as well as your taste, like a cultural museum where you can actually pick up and handle the goods without setting off an alarm. Shopping beyond your milieu gives you access to sensually satisfying, original designs that express you own individuality. Why settle for the numbingly familiar clothing, accessories and furnishings that all your friends have when you can easily acquire the exceptional, often at prices that justify the entire trip!
You consider shopping a chore.
Travel the world and you’ll find that shopping, properly done, is like therapy – a new kind of leisure. Separated from your usual stress and responsibilities, with time to devote to mere looking without the obligation to buy, you’ll have opportunity to discover a whole new world. Shopping in foreign places and seeing the goods available is like having a window onto a different culture. Learn and enjoy – and maybe stock up on birthday and holiday gifts well in advance and at a fraction of the cost. That alone is a stress reducer!
Hot Spots to Shop Bangkok
The first in the series, Hot Spots to Shop Bangkok explores a city that has grown from a conglomeration of markets and small shops to a leading shopping destination with world class boutiques and malls.This is the place for luxury fabrics and beautiful gemstones. But don’t forget the street markets, day and night, with their tantalizing assortment of handicrafts and typical Thai items!
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China offers a cornucopia of goods from the sublime to the ridiculous: luxurious cashmere sweaters, antique miniature ceramic teapots in imaginative shapes, traditional and modern paintings on scrolls or canvas, Mao souvenirs, authentic antiques and antique ‘yesterdays’. Find them in the Silk Market, the mind-boggling Panjiayuan Flea Market and modern shopping malls of Beijing, in the small shopping streets of the French & English Concession, along the Bund and in Pudong in Shanghai.Unfortunately this edition is not in stock.
e-book version available soon.
Hot Spots to Shop Hanoi & Hoi An
Vietnam is a bargain hunter’s paradise for wonderful apparel including silk outfits, laquerware and wonderful handmade necklaces and bracelets. Browse the commercial complexes and bustling shopping streets of Hanoi, or the more manageable and charming village of Hoi An with its hundred small boutiques and tailor shops in former trader houses.Unfortunately this edition is not in stock.
e-book version available soon.
Hot Spots to Shop Kuala Lumpur
Long considered a shopping hub for Asia, the malls and night markets of KL are teeming with goods, from a variety of Malaysian handicrafts that include songket cloth, basketry and ceramics to knock-offs of the world’s best luxury goods. Explore the Bukit Bintang Shopping Mall for luxury items, or find treasures in Chinatown’s Petaling Street, especially during the summer Mega sales period.Unfortunately this edition is not in stock.