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“Time to get lost”

Bogyoke Aung San Market
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Perth, Australia
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“Time to get lost”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

Much like any other place in Asia, the markets are where life truly happens. This place is definitely somewhere, where you can easily get lost and spend (not so big) dollars.

Similarly, like other Asian markets, it has its good parts, and not so good parts - but all parts, are defiantly worth checking out. Determining the legitimacy of many things is always a skill in itself, but I was informed by my Mother, that the jewellery being sold in the middle of the market (where they all are) are quite the real deal - the ones on the outskirts, no so much.

Don't take the place too seriously, it is a good place to pick up the corny souvenirs for friends and family and to fill your suitcase with questionable goods. The place does have some pretty good souvenir shirt stalls - the Burmese alphabet T-shirts/tote bags are a big hit for tourists (i make that assumption after buying several of them for friends)

On the outside to the markets, there are food stalls and more side market streets where you can essentially by an array of goods. This place can take some time to gather your bearings, so be patient and take it in for what it is.

Have fun haggling and exploring!

Visited December 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Great place for souvenir shopping”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

Also known as Scott Market, this place houses about 2000 odd shops selling clothing, fabrics, shoes, gems, jewelry, lacquerware and handicrafts. This is a good place to pick up souvenirs - you will see all kinds of gemstones being sold from USD 20 to 2000. Items like key chains are available for as low as USD 1, but they are usually imported from China.

Be prepared to bargain - although in some cases, the shop owners will willing mention a discounted price if you buy a higher number of items. Most shops accepted the local kyats as well as USD. However, you may be better off exchanging your USD for kyat at a local money exchange facility, since they provide a higher value for the dollar.

There are vendors selling fresh-cut fruits near by - a healthy way to keep the energy levels up for a thorough round of shopping.

Visited March 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“An amazing place to visit and buy souvenirs, gems, clothes and more.”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

Spend a few hours in this huge covered market looking a gems, pearls, antiques, clothes, paintings, and just the people. I was here 12 years ago and it has not changed that much.

Visited March 2014
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Staines, United Kingdom
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“Some surprising bargains to be had”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

A busy and quite tight market which actually has some good bargains to be had, particularly with copy bags and purses and some good western style trousers and shirts. Not the best or cheapest place for longhi, much better quality material can be found 'up country' and I would not trust to authenticity of the gold or the jade - buyer beware. The Indian sellers are not up for haggling but the locals love it and enjoy the fun of it knowing that they will not sell for less than their agreed profit. Some of the sandlewood carvings are a good buy. Use facilities before you arrive as the one public toilet is filthy.

Visited March 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Jade, jade, jade”
Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

A bustling market with every local trinket that you can possibly find, come prepared to bargain. Myanmar is a country known for its jade and rubies. This market, also commonly known to the locals as the gem market is the place you want to be.

A silver ruby ring of normal quality will cost anywhere between USD80 to USD200USD. For premium quality ones, expect to pay USD500 and above for 1.5 carat rubies. Jade is a little cheaper comparatively. Only bargain if you are very sure you would like to purchase.

It is also here that you can purchase the well-loved longhi (printed long skirts) worn by both men and women. The more comfortable the fabric, the more expensive it will be. The prices range from USD5 all the way up to USD50, for a simple one.

Apart from the shops, this is also a good place to people watch. Yangon-ites from all socioeconomic backgrounds can be seen here. You have the rich ladies shopping for precious stones and poor children peddling their wares to tourists in their broken English, Japanese and Mandarin.

Visited March 2014
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