One of the very first things that I do when I arrive in Thailand is go shopping for items that I want to have in my room every day.
There are some toiletries that I just dont bring anymore because I would rather use the Lux liquid soap and the Thai toothpaste that I can get in any store, mall or 7-11 in Thailand.
I also make sure that the mini-bar is emptied by the bellboy immediately upon arrival and I shop for beer, sodas, chips, candy and other snacks to have in the room.
In Bangkok, I usually just go to the local 7-11 and in Pattaya I used to go to Mike’s Shopping Mall. It doesnt really matter as the prices are not significantly different.
In Khon Kaen, since my girlfriend has a car, we go to Tesco Lotus. This is a store comparable to a Walmart back home. It is absolutely huge and has everything from clothes to auto supplies, to bulk items to grocery produce.
The mall or mega store is a relatively new experience to the Thai people. Normally, they shop at a small mom and pop type store. Now they can get their shopping cart, fill it up, and just say “charge it” at the cash register.
And the Thas shop like they...