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Dress clothes, bring them or buy them?

 
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MrWright



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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 5:01 pm    Post subject: Dress clothes, bring them or buy them? Reply with quote

So if I come I will be kicking it backpacker style, trying to keep my possesions down to what I can carry in a large backpack. I'm not sure if there will be room for dress/professional clothes, and if there is how much. I thought maybe I could pack them all in a small suitcase and leave them with family and have it shipped to me later once I know where I'll be. I assume this option will still be cheaper than buying them there. Am I right? Also, if I bring them they are gonna be pretty wrinkled and disarrayed. I assume they have laundry mats and dry cleaners there. Am I right in my assumptions?
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suphanburi



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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 11:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Dress clothes, bring them or buy them? Reply with quote

MrWright wrote:
So if I come I will be kicking it backpacker style, trying to keep my possesions down to what I can carry in a large backpack. I'm not sure if there will be room for dress/professional clothes, and if there is how much. I thought maybe I could pack them all in a small suitcase and leave them with family and have it shipped to me later once I know where I'll be. I assume this option will still be cheaper than buying them there. Am I right? Also, if I bring them they are gonna be pretty wrinkled and disarrayed. I assume they have laundry mats and dry cleaners there. Am I right in my assumptions?


Cost of shipping a bag of clothes from home will vary widely depending on where home is. If you are from the States then shipping will be prohibitive and surface mail is not an option.

Buying clothes will depend a lot on your size.
- If you are smaller (5'8/175cm tall, 44"/110cm chest, 36" waist) then "off the rack" clothes can work and are affordable.
- If you are larger then finding "professional" clothes may be more difficult, especially away from "tourist" areas.

Custom made (tailored) clothes, while nice, aren't really an option on an EFL teacher's salary.
When you are earning $1000/month (or less) a $200 suit is a big chunk of the budget.

As far as "laundry"....
- A laundromat (north American style self-wash/dry) are few and far between.
- There are laundry services all over the place. Wash, dry, fold is cheap. A couple hundred baht will take care of a week's worth of clothes (even cheaper if you are up-country).

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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could also get them made at a tailor.
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EFL Educator



Joined: 17 Jul 2013
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there,

Plenty of tailors to be had here...especially in the Pratunam and Kaosan Road areas of BKK.. Suits are tailor-made at very competitive prices by Indian and Pakistani tailors. Stay away from hotel tailors on Sukhumvit and Silom Roads.. real tourist traps...and prices for tailor made suits are very expensive there. Good luck! Smile
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damn_my_eyes



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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could buy things when you get here that help you deal with the heat too.
Comfortable cotton shirts (Bowling is a good brand) that don't make your average foreigner look like a red faced sweating mess after a five minute walk.
I bought three shirts and two pairs of trousers when I got here for around 5000baht. They look fine for the classroom.
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plumpy nut



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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is best to bring your own clothes. However if you need dress clothes you can get them at places like Central or Paragon. They have them in Westerner sizes, although I always found them to be a bit pricey. It's easier to find clothes in Thailand then Korea, probably because of the tourism in Thailand.
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bansheebeat



Joined: 02 Oct 2013
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I brought one dress outfit to interview in (khakis, dress shoes, shirt & ties). Once I get settled in my own place I plan on picking up a couple more dress clothes for. You don't know what the dress code at your school will be. Some require shirt and tie every day, others are a bit more lax.
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plumpy nut



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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That really riles me. One of the worst educational systems on the face of the earth but their English teachers are certainly some of the best dressed. Rolling Eyes
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile Smile Smile
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