Kitty Chirapongse CNNGo.com 28.07.2011
Vintage is the rage in Bangkok, sounds included. My own newfound obsession with old school music started a few months ago, when I asked a relative to bring over a faux-vintage record player from the United States. The hardest part wasn’t carrying of a kilo of fragile equipment over the ocean. It was finding those large black disks to play on it. If you're up for some digging, check out the vintage Ratchada and Rodfai weekend night markets, or head out bright and early Sunday morning to Klong Thom and Charoen Krung for cheap, but sometimes badly kept, records. Otherwise, if you prefer to do your digging in air-conditioned surrounds, here are some of the best shops in Bangkok to hunt for vinyl records and players.
Bangkok Post 05.07.2011
Martin Moodie 16.02.2011
The annual Amazing Thailand Grand Sale kicks off across the south-east Asian nation next month, offering thousands of bargains to eager shopaholics. Special discounts of between ten and 80 per cent will be available throughout the festival at retailers in some of the country’s most popular tourist hotspots, including Koh Samui, Hua Hin, Phuket and Bangkok.
alley hector AfterEllen.com 16.02.2011
Chinese customers are set to account for nearly half the world market in luxury goods and travel by 2020, a report by a Hong Kong-based investment group said Wednesday. CLSA Asia Pacific Markets predicts China's share of global sales in luxury goods and travel would rise from 15 per cent today to 44 per cent in 2020, amounting to 74 billion euros (S$130.4 billion) spending a year.
Peter Day BBC News 25.01.2011
Lydia Chen Shanghai Daily 28.12.2010
Something quite extraordinary is happening across Asia. In the big cities all across the continent, people are shopping as though their lives depended on it, day after day. In Singapore and Hong Kong, it's been the main leisure pursuit for years. But now, rather suddenly, the cult of luxury shopping is spreading - and China is emerging as what will soon be the biggest luxury market in the whole world.
OVERSEAS tourists visiting Hainan Province will be able to shop tax-free from next year. The plan, which will apply to foreign travelers and those from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, is a central government initiative aimed at building the southern Chinese island into an international tourist destination by 2020.
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