Hi - we are flying to BKK for the first time in July. Is it true that the shopping in BKK is much cheaper than in Phuket, where we usually go. I am referring to the usual tourist purchases - cheapish ladies clothing, copy T shirts for men, handbags, pashminas, shoes, Kiwi brand kitchen knives, makeup, and who knows what else we might see ...... I don't want to waste time in BKK shopping for "bargains" if it's not really much cheaper than in Phuket. We are only there for 3 full days, so don't want to waste time on shopping if seeing the sights is really a better use of our limited time. (My better half is not into shopping, but graciously trails after me with the large backpack, being the porter, so I need to be considerate as to where and when we shop.) We have found good leather shoes purchased in Robinsons to be much cheaper in Phuket than in NZ, is BKK even better for shoes than Phuket? I hope to go to MBK, and as we arrive Friday night, was thinking of going to the Chatuchak market over the weekend. Are there any ready made curtains available in MBK, or in Chatuchak? Any replies much appreciated as BKK is an unknown factor for us. Any advice on best area to stay? We are not "nightlife/party" people, although we enjoy a nice Thai food dinner, and like a quiet night to sleep! So a good base to see the main sights, with easy travel options would be good. Thanks very much, looking forward to our 5th trip.