Frequently asked questions.
Via Instagram and Facebook, I get a lot of questions. Most of the girls just arrived in – or are moving to – Bangkok. Most of these frequently asked questions I asked myself too when I just arrived. Questions that you think are silly but can drive you crazy if you can’t find the answer. For example, I love to eat yogurt for breakfast, but why is there only yogurt with sugar? I spend the whole first week staring at the yogurt shelf in the supermarket, trying to find out which one does not contain sugar (or at least less sugar). It took me ages to find the right one and now they stopped selling it. It seems a bit silly, but we’ve all been in the same situation. Might not be with yogurt, but maybe something else.
With the help of other Bangkok Expat Girls, I made a list of frequently asked questions. Have a look, you might find the answer you are looking for. It can be very overwhelming moving to – and living in – a new city.
If you have any other questions or maybe you have something to share with the Bangkok Expat Girls. Go to our Facebook Page and you can ask me and the other members everything there. Or you can always send me an e-mail through my contact page!
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Manuel for a
Bangkok Expat Girl
Where can I products without whitening cream?
Skin whitening is a beauty trend seen in Asia. Therefore a lot of beauty products (day creams/ body lotion) contain a whitening substance. Other brands are available, but mostly high taxed and therefore expensive. I would recommend bringing at least enough for the first two months. In these 2 months, you can find another product you like.
Tip: always ask visitors to bring your favorite beauty products from back home.
Sephora has many branches in Bangkok, here you can find many beauty products without whiteing cream.
What (beauty) products should I bring? Products that are hard to find in Bangkok.
- purple shampoo
- sun lotion
- hair dye
- vitamin pills
- protein powder
- your favorite snacks (at least for the first few weeks, if you feel homesick)
- lingerie (“European” sized)
Where can I buy silver shampoo?
Where can I get hairextensions?
Personal recommendation is Sen Pom hair salon. She is amazing with coloring too.
Where can I buy vitamines / suplements?
You can buy these online at Iherb.
Where can I go for eyebrow threading/ shaping?
- Khoobsurat Beauty
parlour(basis, but cheap). Sukhumvit soi12.
Clean place for waxing?
- Koi Chotika (comes to your home)
- La Nature Bangkok
- Strip ministery of waxing
What place can I trust for eyebrow microblading?
- Best Salon
- Eyebrow by Tummy
- Mona Nisa Beauty
Where can I buy avocados?
Most supermarkets sell avocados. They even import from Australia, but they are expensive.
You can also buy your avocados online at Doi Luang Fruits. They come in a minimum order so better to share or freeze them. (Only in season, starting from June)
Where to find a good bakery?
Good bread is hard to find. Yes, I am from Europe, we love our bread!
Some supermarkets sell bread, but mostly it is nothing compared to the bread we like. Tops Market does an ok job baking bread.
But my favorites are:
Paul Depuis 1889. Paul is a French bakery that also sells delicious pastries. They have multiple branches in the big shopping malls like Emporium, Central Embassy, Central World etc.
Bei Otto. Besides a German restaurant, there is also a little bakery. You can eat in or buy bread to take home. They even sell bread rolls which you can bake at home. Besides bread, they also sell pastries and butchery products. You will find Bei Otto at Sukhumvit Soi 20.
Holey Artisan Bakery, this is a bakery well known for their delicious croissants. It is a little walk from BTS Phrom Phong but it’s totally worth the effort. You will find the bakery on Sukhumvit Soi 31.
Landhaus Bakery. Located in blooming Ari, this bakery is amazing. You have to try the
Where can I donate my second hand clothes?
Most Tesco supermarkets have a big box in front of the mall where you can donate your clothes. This box is from the Pan Ka Society. This society helps kids and other projects with these clothes.
Another great project is Second Change Bangkok. This organization picks the clothes up from your home for free.
Where should I take my drycleaning?
There are many local shops, I am sure there is one near you too. A personal recommendation for professional dry cleaning is Mary’s at exchange tower Asoke.
Where can I take sewing classes (sewing machine) ?
- The French Alliance
Where can I buy fabric?
There is a big shop called China World Fabric Outlet. It is in China Town and sells all the fabric you can think of. Take a taxi from Hua Lamphong railway station
Where can I buy European sized lingery?
- Marks and Spencer (Central department stores)
Etams(Central department Chidlom)
But best to stock up from home.
Where can I buy European size bikini's?
H&M at Central World shopping mall has a big collection
Terminal 21 has a nice shop called Saona Collection.
Robinson Department Store has swim clothes (but only in summer season).
Is there a flower shop near the BTS?
Close to BTS Prom Phong, there is a fresh flower shop. Walk from Emquartier shopping mall towards BTS Asoke and you’ll find the shop in an alley on your right-hand side. It is a market stall.
On walking distance from BTS Ari, there is a nice flower shop called my design flowers. They make gorgeous bouquets.
At the basement of Exchange tower, you’ll find Impression flower shop.
Where can I buy camping gear?
Decathlon Thailand sells everything for camping. They also sell backpacks, raincoats, and sports gear.
Where can I go for Karaoke with English songs.
R&B Karaoke is the place to be! They have different branches. Check their website to find a branch near you.
Reliable moving company?
Looking for a moving company that moves your stuff from one apartment to the other?
Recommended by one of our Bangkok Expat Girls is
Where can I cardboard moving boxes?
The Thai Post Office sells cardboard boxes in all different sizes. There are many branches in Bangkok. Check the one closest to you on their site.
Where can I get swimming lessons?
” Swimming Bangkok ” provides private swimming lessons for children and adults.