Tailors, Siam Square and my wedding dress

24 Jan

As many of you know, our big trip took a happy turn this Christmas. We got engaged (hurray!) and all of a sudden we were doing things in reverse with an exotic honeymoon before the wedding. And today, ahhh, I found my dress!!

Earlier this week the Internet told me that the Japanese quarter of Sukhumvit was the place to go for wedding dresses. Unfortunately it didn't tell me the likely price tags. I had almost given up on the idea of making a dress in Thailand until Sunny, one of my brother's Thai friends from university, entered as my wedding dress fairy.

This afternoon she took us to her tailor shop. Even for a tailor newbie, I think I can say I struck gold! In a matter of minutes of Sunny's translation, the tailor had sketched my perfect dress. Being there with a Thai person, I even received the Thai price (everything here comes in two prices – one for the Thai and one for the falang). So, as any sensible person who has just in effect saved money, I ordered two dresses more.

Sunny also introduced us to Siam Square, where she showed us a great and reasonably priced tailor of suits. (If you're in Bangkok looking for one, the details are: Peter Kelly, 412/16 Siam Square soi 6. I'll add the details of the dress shop later – all I remember now is that it's below Ekemai BTS.)

A week into our trip, we've also realised that guidebooks should not be relied on. Siam Square barely features in them, though the place should (as this review points out) be given a special chapter called 'the hub of all things cool'. In addition to the massive Siam Centre, which includes both South East Asia's largest aquarium and an Imax cinema, the area includes ten-folds of tiny streets with trendy or quirky shops, cafees and restaurants as well as a street market.

 

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