Controlled Chaos In A Thai Mega Store

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One of the very first things that I do when I arrive in Thailand is go shopping for items that I want to have in my room every day.

There are some toiletries that I just don’t bring anymore because I would rather use the Lux liquid soap and the Thai toothpaste that I can get in any store, mall or 7-11 in Thailand.

I also make sure that the mini-bar is emptied by the bellboy immediately upon arrival and I shop for beer, sodas, chips, candy and other snacks to have in the room.

In Bangkok, I usually just go to the local 7-11 and in Pattaya I used to go to Mike’s Shopping Mall. It doesn’t really matter as the prices are not significantly different.

In Khon Kaen, since my girlfriend has a car, we go to Tesco Lotus. This is a store comparable to a Walmart back home. It is absolutely huge and has everything from clothes to auto supplies, to bulk items to grocery produce.

The mall or mega store is a relatively new experience to the Thai people. Normally, they shop at a small mom and pop type store. Now they can get their shopping cart, fill it up, and just say “charge it” at the cash register.

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