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post #16 of 22
Hi, sorry to dig up a old thread.

I am going to Thailand next month, Sara, do you mind sharing your shopping experience over at there with us once you are back?
post #17 of 22
I'll be in Bangkok as well, Mar. 29-Apr.3rd. May have to check out the store Monkokggadget if I have some time on my last Saturday. Unfortunately I'll be working long days and don't think I'm going to have much time at all to shop/sightsee. I'm just hoping to be able to have some good Thai food for dinners. Oh well.

My Headstage Arrow and Ultrasones will keep me company for listening before I turn in each night.
post #18 of 22
If you go to Pantip Plaza (oh, make sure to pick up your copy of Adobe Creative Suite for $3, ahem) check out the very top floor of the mall leading out to the parking lot. The greatest used high-end stereo shop I've ever found is there. Great gear - from vintage American and British to current stuff at prices you'll never find anywhere else. I could have picked up a pair of LS3-5as for around $400 bucks. Cant remember the name of the shop, but the owner is a nice japanese guy who knows his stuff. Its at the VERY top of Pantip Plaza (the mall where Monkokggaget is) and head toward the parking lot exit. It will be WORTH it! One of those places that doesnt look like much but is packed with great gear. You find stuff priced at half of what you'll pay for here in the west. I still regret not buying some Yamaha NS1000s sitting there, the Puccini Audio Analogue integrated amp for a song, that vintage Thorens turntable... oh...
post #19 of 22
Man, that sounds like an awesome shop. I hope I have time to go! Thanks for the heads up.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by chadbang View Post

If you go to Pantip Plaza (oh, make sure to pick up your copy of Adobe Creative Suite for $3, ahem) check out the very top floor of the mall leading out to the parking lot. The greatest used high-end stereo shop I've ever found is there. Great gear - from vintage American and British to current stuff at prices you'll never find anywhere else. I could have picked up a pair of LS3-5as for around $400 bucks. Cant remember the name of the shop, but the owner is a nice japanese guy who knows his stuff. Its at the VERY top of Pantip Plaza (the mall where Monkokggaget is) and head toward the parking lot exit. It will be WORTH it! One of those places that doesnt look like much but is packed with great gear. You find stuff priced at half of what you'll pay for here in the west. I still regret not buying some Yamaha NS1000s sitting there, the Puccini Audio Analogue integrated amp for a song, that vintage Thorens turntable... oh...

Sorry for digging up an old thread but I don't have much choice as this is the ideal time if any to do this. I am in BKK now and if I can find the time, I would like to check out this place. Which of the two Patio malls is this shop at?

And are there any updates on Ho shops in BKK?

Thanks.
post #21 of 22
I'm here now and not having any luck so far.
post #22 of 22

http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g293916-d2534849-Reviews-Fortune_Town_IT_Mall-Bangkok.html

 

We Farang need to start looking for alternatives to the madness at Pantip and MBK. I agree that MungkokGadget is a relief from the endless rows of 'same-same' stores in Pantip, but most Western currencies have lost ground against the baht since this thread was started. You need to run a few of these numbers through xe.com and ask yourself if you are really getting a 'bargain' ...

 

 http://www.munkonggadget.com/?lang=th

 

For everything other than headphones/headphones amps, I would check out stores like Piyanas and Conice Electronics - you can find their locations from their respective web sites. Be wary of 'too-good-to-be-true' prices on anything from vendors who aren't authorised dealers - you will have zero warranty if the thing fails. Note also that Thailand has 230V mains power - fine for those of us from Australia and some other parts of Asia - not so for US shoppers.  From memory, electronics imported into Thailand attract 7.5% import duty, speakers 15% and there is a VAT on top of that - can't say that I've seen too many shops outside the airport displaying a 'VAT Refund for Tourists' sign, but it may be an option if you do find one.

 

http://www.asiatraveltips.com/VATRefundsforTouristsinThailand.shtml

 

http://www.dutycalculator.com/

 

DACs@Piyanas  (their headphones are overpriced - higher import duty than electronics)

http://www.piyanas.com/showroom/en/product.html?page=shop.browse&category_id=7

 

Good luck

 

(I would add that my last trip to Pantip was marred by a particularly unsavory suggestion from a pirate DVD vendor that I would like to see something that would get most of us jailed in our home countries (and extorted in Thailand ..). If confronted by one of these touts, just keep walking. Don't even bother expressing your disgust - water off a duck's back...... )

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