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"Bangkok airport has quite..." Bangkok Tourist Trap Tip by drxym

Bangkok Tourist Traps: 355 reviews and 182 photos

Bangkok airport has quite possibly the worst, most outrageously expensive duty free section of all the airports I've been to. Along its 800 meter length are dozens of 'King Power' stores each virtually identical to the next and all selling the same designer crap such as watches and cameras, alcohol, souvenirs, perfume and cigarettes for vastly inflated prices. None of them sell music CDs, videos or any normal brand items you'd see anywhere else. The Thai souvenirs are the biggest scam of all often selling stuff at a 500%+ markup over the price in any Bangkok market. For example I bought a leather wallet in a market for $3 which was on sale in the airport for $28!

I urge anyone travelling to avoid this place like the plague. Most travellers can get a VAT refund at the airport so there's precious little here to shop here anyway.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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