shopping city in the country is undeniable Bangkok. Unfortunately, Khao
Lak does not quite measure up to the competition from the capital, but
a traveler who is looking to buy clothes, shoes and souvenirs would not
In Thailand the currency is Baht. A Baht is
composed of 100
the Satang coins are almost never used because of the small value. Baht
coins are in denominations of 1, 2, 5 and 10. The notes are in
denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 baht.
The souvenir shops around the main street
Road) and Lao On
Village is opening in the afternoon, when the temperature is starting
to drop a few degrees. Here you can find local products, swim wear,
copies from Billabong, Lacoste, Ed Hardy, Adidas, etc., DVD movies,
cheap sunglasses, slippers, sandals and jewelry.
You can and should bargain in most markets and
in Khao Lak (and
in Thailand). Exceptions apply in convenience stores (like 7-Eleven)
and department stores, etc. In the Thai department stores and the
official brand stores you'll not find counterfeit clothing, but only
Glasses are relatively cheap in Thailand and
available in local
optician chains such as KT Optic and Top Charoen Optical. These stores
also sell sunglasses (original products) of famous brands like Ray Ban,
Gucci, Versace and Oakley. Sometimes they have special sales and you
might be able to bargain a bit.
There are also tailors in Khao Lak, which makes
suits, shirts, skirts, blouses and dresses. Remember to bargain hard.
When the seller is getting a bit impatient or refuses to negotiate
more, then you can be almost sure that you have reached "your best
price". Also make sure that the fabric that the tailor use is of good
On the main street above Nang Thong Beach you'll
found a relatively
large supermarket called "Nang Thong Super Market". This shop offers
local and imported food, alcoholic drinks, sweets and snacks, sunscreen
lotions and other odds and ends.
La On Village and the central parts of Khao Lak
has a number of tattoo
artists, internet cafes, camera shops and art studios (where they
plagiarize popular artists' work or make oil or acryl portrait
paintings for sale).
available in all of Khao Lak and there are also a few money
changers and small banks.