Tips for a Better Shopping Experience in the Busy Markets of Asia

From India to Singapore to Brunei, the many open markets in Asia are buzzing with life and frantic activities. Even if there’s nothing you need to buy, the market offers a lot you can enjoy while you’re in there.

However, these tourist-targeted markets are places often teeming with fake and overpriced products. Plus, the noise of haggling customers and the number of unfamiliar items can be overwhelming. But there is no better place to experience the authenticity of a country than these open markets. As long as you know the tricks, you’ll surely score great finds and unforgettable experiences in these avenues

1. Arrive Early
By arriving early, not only will you have fewer people to compete with, the early vendors will also have better mood and more patience, giving you more chances to do a good haggle. Also, you have the opportunity to take a pick from the newer and fresher items, too.

2. Learn to Haggle
While this can be an uncomfortable thing for Westerners, haggling has been a big part in the day-to-day lives of people in most Asian countries. Approach haggling as if it’s a fun game, rather than an embarrassment. Anyway, most items in open markets are priced in a way that allows room for good haggling, so might as well take advantage of it. There’s no reason to feel bad. A vendor will not agree on a price if it causes them to lose money.

3. Beware of Fake Items
In these places you will find replicas and cheap knock offs of branded items. Sometimes, these are impeccable copies that you cannot even distinguish from the original, while other times, you’ll find “abibas” shoes or “Oaokley” sunglasses. But don’t be surprised if that cheap iPhone you got breaks after a week or the Rolex logo comes off from your watch. If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is, especially when it is something digital.

4. Keep Your Things Attended
Busy markets also attract people who may see tourists as targets. Be mindful with your wallet, purchases and your bag (if possible, don’t wear backpacks) to ensure you don’t become potential prey for pickpockets. Beggars and street children frequent in these markets to target tourists, so be watchful of them.

5. Don’t Expect Clean Toilets
…if you’re lucky enough to find one. If there is, it will likely be a filthy squat toilet. When you feel like you need to pee, allow plenty of time to find one. And once you find one, you will likely have to pay a few coins to use them.

Shopping at Asian night markets surely is a lot of fun, so go ahead and dive head first into the chaos—and keep these tips in mind.

Places You Would Definitely Want to Visit

Travelling to other places is never boring. You may encounter mishaps along the way but it will never get boring. You visited almost all places but you are looking for something that is magnificent and outstanding. The world is full of wonders. You should know that there are wonderful and unbelievable places you can visit.

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If you are looking for breath-taking places, you have to consider the following sights:

  • Tunnel of Love: Tunnel of Love is found in Kleven, Ukraine. Ukraine is suffering from crisis but despite that, there is no doubt that the place holds so much love. You can see it in their Tunnel of Love. It is a passageway for lovers and well, trains. The rail is about 1.8 miles long. It is used by a private train to transport wood to a factory nearby.       
  • Hitachi Seaside Park: Hitachi Seaside Park is a public park located in Hitachinaka, Japan. The 190 hectare park is known for its flowers. Tourists are drawn to the park because of the baby blue-eyes flowers which yields lustrous blue flowers in the spring. Apart from the baby blue-eyes flowers, the park also boasts of daffodils, tulips and many flowers. The Ferris wheel and the cycling paths give more charm to the park.   
  • Tulip Fields: Netherlands (or formerly known as Holland) is famous for their tulip fields. The tulip fields are a common sight for the Dutch during spring but for the tourists, the sight is incredible and drawing. The bright yellow, pink and red colours are indeed a beautiful sight to marvel.   

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  • Mendenhall Ice Caves: If you love caving, the Mendenhall Ice Caves will be a surreal experience. It is found in Juneau, Alaska. It is a 12 mile long glacier located in Mendenhall Valley. You need to kayak and climb before witnessing the magical place.
  • Salar de Uyuni: Salar de Uyuni is in Bolivia. It is the largest salt flat in the world. It is also considered one of the largest mirrors in the world. The big mirror formations will take uou to the sky. It is truly a heavenly sight.

You will be awed when you see these places. You should search for pictures. However, if you cannot afford international travel as of this time, you can always explore Singapore and look for places that will interest you and your fellow Singaporeans. Mind you, there are quite a lot of breath-taking places here in Singapore. It only takes a beautiful mind to appreciate it.

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