Finding Shopping Paradise: World's Cheapest Shopping Destinations

Finding Shopping Paradise: World’s Cheapest Shopping Destinations

For many travelers, a vacation is not complete without a shopping experience. For some people, this means taking a trip to a traditional market to find bargains or to simply take in the sights, sounds and smells. For others, a true vacation shopping trip entails heading to the biggest shopping mall in the city or perhaps strolling down a boutique-lined shopping street. The best destinations for shoppers have all kinds of shopping options. Of course, heading to a destination with cheaper prices can make for a great shopping-centered vacation.

Seeking a great shopping experience that won’t wreck your budget? These cheap shopping destinations are the perfect choice for anyone who finds excitement in seeking out the best deals in the world.

Vietnam

Vietnam

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This Southeast Asian country has all the shopping venues that a bargain-seeking adventurer could want. Traditional markets, selling everything under the sun, can still be found throughout the country, while boutiques line the streets of big cities like Hanoi and Saigon (officially called Ho Chi Minh City). Many popular brands are manufactured in Vietnam, so it is sometimes possible to find great deals on designer clothing at wholesale prices. Hand-made products are widely available as well, so this is also a good place to get tailored clothing and handcrafted goods.

Southern China

Southern China

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Southern China is a great place to find name-brand clothing at very cheap prices. Yes, there are plenty of knock-offs in the markets and malls of Chinese cities, but the country is also the most important manufacturer of electronics, designer clothing, andaccessories. If you are patient and know where to look, you can find awesome name-brand goods at prices that are lower than the lowest sale prices you’d find at your local department store or mall at home. Cities like Shenzhen and Guangzhou, both in Southern China near Hong Kong, are filled with malls, markets and boutiques that offer great deals on designer goods.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

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Thailand is a country with a great tourism infrastructure. Its largest city, Bangkok, is characterized by numerous large malls, all with a mix of local and imported designer products. The city also offers a variety of great accommodations, find what Bangkok has to offer through Expedia. There’s also huge outdoor markets, some only open on the weekend and at night, make it possible to search for all types of products from clothing to handicrafts to electronics. All these goods are sold at clearance-like prices. Bargaining is a must at market stalls (but not at malls or boutiques), so it is wise to never accept the first price.

Mexico

Mexico

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Mexico draws shoppers from the neighboring United States and bargain-hunters from around the world. Though not quite the manufacturing giant that China is, Mexico is certainly a great place to find designer goods, manufactured locally, that are for sale for wholesale prices. These deals can be found at boutiques and malls in the cities and resort towns of Mexico. In addition, no place in the Americas is better than Mexico when it comes to finding quality handmade products. Shoppers can find everything from woven blankets to art work to quality glass and metal products in this country.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

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Eastern Europe is thought of a cheap destination by many travelers. This is, in some cases, true. Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is a great place to find good deals on a variety of domestic and imported products. People from Western Europe take shopping vacations to places like Prague to escape the exorbitantly high prices that they have to deal with at home. This is also a great place for a budget vacation, with quality hotel rooms available for very reasonable prices. Prague boasts a cheaper overall cost of living compared to popular destinations in Western Europe.

Panama

Panama

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Panama has long been a haven for deal-seekers. As an major international port of call with favorable tax laws, this is the epicenter of Central America’s retail scene. Goods from all over the world find their way to Panama’s shops, so the variety is tremendous. The deals are not bad either, with dirt cheap clothing and accessories found in every retail space. The Colon Duty Free Zone is definitely a shopping area that is worth checking out, especially for people who are seeking ultra-cheap prices on quality clothes.

Have some other cheap shopping destinations that you want people to know about? Tell us about them in the comments section below.

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About Josh Lew

Josh Lew has traveled widely in Asia and the Americas. He has contributed to popular travel sites like Gadling and Brave New Traveler and currently writes a weekly travel column for MNN. His work has also appeared on the websites of CNN and Forbes Magazine.

One thought on “Finding Shopping Paradise: World’s Cheapest Shopping Destinations

  1. Helen

    I have just come back from a break in Prague and didn’t find shopping cheap at all! Most of the shops are middle – top fashion ranges with prices to match. Certainly, coming from the UK, our goods are much cheaper.

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