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Hot Spots to Shop: Bangkok

Wendy D. John­son (In­ter­na­tional Bliss, $19.95) THIS wordy lit­tle guide­book is the first in a planned se­ries of­fer­ing tips and tricks to shop­ping in Asian and Aus­tralian cities. Af­ter more than 20 years in the air­line in­dus­try and hav­ing lived in Bangkok, Wendy John­son of­fers a per­son­alised tour of the sois, shop­ping cen­tres and mar­kets of the city. She be­gins with prac­ti­cal­i­ties, in­clud­ing air­port ar­rival in­for­ma­tion, Cus­toms re­quire­ments, trans­port ad­vice, shop­ping hours and bar­gain­ing tech­niques. There are shop-by-shop list­ings in more than 20 cat­e­gories: from an­tiques to art gal­leries, fash­ion to soft fur­nish­ings. Plus in­ter­na­tional size charts and space to jot down cur­rency con­ver­sions and other notes. One par­tic­u­larly use­ful in­clu­sion is Seven Days in Bangkok: daily itin­er­ar­ies to take shop­pers from back-lane stalls to in­ter­na­tional bou­tiques. www.hotspot­s2shop.com. Sharon Fowler

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