Buyer beware

There are many counterfeit goods in Thailand of varying quality, some more convincing than others. Unless you purchase a handbag at a Louis Vuitton store in one of Bangkok’s finer shopping malls, you are undoubtedly buying a fake, the quality of which cannot be guaranteed. Just as obvious as that sounds, all goods purchased in Thailand, such as gems or electronic items, should be examined closely before purchase. Be wary of purchasing expensive items from a new “friend” that happens to know someone who can get you a great deal. Ask stores for return policies and always ask for a receipt. And if things ever get frustrating, don’t forget to maintain composure and try to realize that you are holiday and are supposed to be having fun.