Very excited to be heading to Penang soon for 2week holiday with partner and nearly 3 y.o daughter. However one thing I get a bit stressed about is haggling for things - E.g. taxis and buying things in markets.
There are two aspects (1) I have very little idea what a reasonable price for things are - say a tshirt, batik print , DVD or small craft item or books or taxi and (2) I'm not sure of how to do it - ie cheery happy or intensely interested in the haggle, complimentary to the vendor , feigning disinterest ???? I would like to feel less awkward about it ( yes typical westerner!)
How do you go about it?
my partner is even worse than me and if it's left up to him he just shrugs and says 'okay' and hands the money over ( and then complains about it later). So I usually have to step in to take the lead - is it usual or not unusual for the woman to do the bargaining?
Anyway if you can provide any advice or useful tips I'd be very grateful. I am going to try to be more relaxed about the whole thing. I'd like to experience it as an enjoyable part of the travel experience but I need a few pointers.
Thanks v much in advance.