You will never get tired of the vast selection of goodies that are available, if you go for shopping in Pattaya. You can haggle over prices of local handicrafts from a small boat in a floating market or ogle exotic jewelry in exclusive boutiques, or you watch gems being assembled in a giant factory.
Silk is a must-buy item, be it a simple scarf or tie or a classic designer gown or jacket. Our advice would be that you should come for shopping in Pattaya light and leave heavy! And to carry your purchases home you'll find someone selling luggage - be it the real thing or a clever copy - on most street corners of this town.
If it is bargains you seek then the endless street markets and stalls that spring up in every part of every town are the places to start. Here the copies of designer clothes, look-alike Rolex watches, CDs and DVDs change hands for little money. Many of the items may not be on display since there is a continuing battle to rid the streets of the fakes. Chances are they are hidden behind shirts and swim suits that don't bear the polo player on horseback or the alligator logo.
These are the places to haggle when shopping in Pattaya. The vendors expect it and enjoy it. That hurt expression that you have cut the price too far will quickly vanish once cash changes hands. But don't go overboard. There are people who barter away for good 20 minutes, but sometimes the only thing you can save is just a few cents. Normally you can expect to get between 10 and 40% off the asking price.
Tailor shops flourish in all the tourist areas of Pattaya. In some places it is hard to take 50 steps without being asked, 'Where you from?' and being offered a made-to-measure suit for the price of a silk tie. Buyers beware when shopping in Pattaya. Once you enter these shop-fronts - many of them are just facades stuffed with mannequins and rolls of fabric that are solely for effect, not sewing - the prices soar and the quality may not be as good as the sample you are shown. Again, you can bargain, but like most things you will get what you pay for.
Many of the shops may look different and have wonderful designer names but on closer examination you'll find they are all owned by the same person or a co-op that operates sweat-shops behind the town, where underpaid and overworked locals or even foreigners sew garments together in a rush to meet absurd deadlines.
However, we do need to say that you will not see the frenzy that exists in Bangkok or other cities in Thailand. The main reason why is that probably there are so many things to do there that you probably don't have plenty of time for shopping in Pattaya However, you will find plenty of shops in Pattaya beach, as well as in Jomtien beach, where you can find many seaside stores with clothes and electronic equipment.