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Old January 14th, 2011, 08:11 AM   #1
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Thailand advice

Hey,

I'm coming to Thailand next week and staying for 3 weeks. We're going to stay in Bangkok for a few days and then head south to the beaches.

I thought it could be a good opportunity to get a tailored suit while in Bangkok. Any advice on where to do that? Are there tailors that offer the opportunity to have your measures taken and then pick up the suit, weeks later?

While we're on the subject of advice. Any advice on good places in Southern Thailand? We'll probably fly in to Phuket and then try to catch a boat to some other island (like phi phi ).

Thanks!
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Old January 14th, 2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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For the local - trying Song Samai
For Farang - Jaspal woudl work so well ...
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Old January 15th, 2011, 06:21 AM   #3
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I would recommend u a tailor named "Forchong"..it's on Sukhumvit rd. just before Thonglor bts station....reasonable price, good skills...lots of Thai celebs went there for their suit
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Old January 15th, 2011, 11:38 AM   #4
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Check this out --> http://www.dress-for-success.com/

Rajawongse Clothier by Jesse and Victor

Presidents George Bush and George W. Bush also went there.

Bush family, diplomats, spies flock to master tailor
By DENIS D. GRAY, Associated Press Writer July 27, 2004

BANGKOK, Thailand - Jesse and Victor Gulati insist word-of-mouth is all the advertising they need for their hole-in-the-wall tailor shop. And who's to argue when they have President Bush hearing endorsements from a regular customer - his dad.
A stop at Rajawongse Clothier has over the years become a must for visiting statesmen, ambassadors and generals, along with spies and Secret Service agents ("They like their suits a bit loose," Victor notes).

The shop's back wall is covered with letters of appreciation and photographs of happy customers like the Bushes, Sen. John Kerry, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and Nancy Reagan.

Rajawongse is among hundreds of Bangkok tailor shops, many catering to foreign visitors who have discovered that the city has dethroned such Asian tailoring capitals as Hong Kong in value for money.

Most of the tailors are geared to what Jesse, the 54-year-old family patriarch, somewhat condescendingly calls "the tourist trade." Prices in those places may be bargain-basement, but buttons tend to pop and collars wilt after a few wearings.

Then there are a handful of world-class masters like the Gulatis, who have built up a loyal clientele over 43 years through quality craftsmanship, reasonable prices and a friendly, smooth-as-silk service in perfect English.

"Morning, Andrew," says Jesse's son Victor, not skipping a beat as he greets a longtime customer, a State Department official traveling through Southeast Asia who pops in to have one suit, three pants and three shirts made.

Both father and son have a knack for instantly recalling names and faces of customers they may not have seen for a decade. And the Gulatis keep a detailed client database, although they admit problems arise when some forget to update with the growth of a paunch or a crash diet when placing orders from abroad.

"It's the best value in the world," says the visiting diplomat, Andrew Scott of Alexandria, Va., emerging from a tiny fitting room. "They make great stuff in Italy but you'll pay $1,000 a suit."
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Old January 15th, 2011, 05:58 PM   #5
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For the beaches in the south, Koh Lipe in Satun is very nice and quite affordable. You can go to Phuket-Phi Phi - Koh Lanta - Koh Ngi - then Koh Lipe or Phuket to Lipe via ferry and speedboat although it is more expensive and take longer than travel by land.
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Old January 16th, 2011, 04:24 AM   #6
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Big names are ofcourse,

Phuket, Samui, Phang Nga and Krabi
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Old January 16th, 2011, 09:16 AM   #7
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Excelsior tailor

I was at Excelsior tailor recently. The shop was busy with many local farang. Should check them out if in Bangkok. Paid 2 suits 2 shirts medium wool cashmere at 16000 Bht.
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Old January 16th, 2011, 03:03 PM   #8
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Thanks for the suggestions guys! I'll look in to them.

I forgot one thing. I try to get a local hat or headwear when I visit a new place, does Thailand/Bangkok/Southern Thailand have a national hat of some sort?
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Old January 16th, 2011, 07:22 PM   #9
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Thanks for the suggestions guys! I'll look in to them.

I forgot one thing. I try to get a local hat or headwear when I visit a new place, does Thailand/Bangkok/Southern Thailand have a national hat of some sort?
Sure,

We have traditional hat made of palm leaf like this one call Ngob


and this one that I often see the foriegners including my friend that come to Thailand buy


He bought the one like this too


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Old January 17th, 2011, 04:37 AM   #10
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^
Or Adrian Helmet for the old RTA if you want.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 12:14 AM   #11
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Ok.

16 hours and I'm airborne. Thanks for the advice again!
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Old June 7th, 2012, 09:04 PM   #12
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I would like to recommend Toms Fashion. They are Very friendly and helpful. You pay a bit more than at most of the tailors' in Bangkok. But it's definitely worth it! I bought three suits, three shirts and one tie, and I am very happy with them. They were made at very short notice. I will be back should I ever travel to Bangkok again.
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Old October 25th, 2012, 05:43 AM   #13
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Rajawongse is among hundreds of Bangkok tailor shops, many catering to foreign visitors who have discovered that the city has dethroned such Asian tailoring capitals as Hong Kong in value for money.
For the best quality shirts isn't HK still the best centre?

If you use on-line companies that have lower overheads such as

www.nialma.com
www.cottonwork.com
www.lewistaylorshirts.com

then prices are competitive, fabric quality good and tailoring great.

Thailand is great for the Tourist trade but possibly not for everyday business shirts.
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Old September 8th, 2013, 03:37 PM   #14
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Off to Bangkok in a couple of weeks any update on places to get clothes?
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