Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

The Hotel Muse Inspires Relaxing and Indulgence; Rae Wilson Found a Shopping Paradise in Bangkok

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

The Hotel Muse Inspires Relaxing and Indulgence; Rae Wilson Found a Shopping Paradise in Bangkok

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OPULENCE: Hotel Muse's Yama Residence has everything you need.

WET BAR: Soak up the sun, enjoy a drink and take in Bangkok's skyline at the Hotel Muse pool.

CLOTHES shopping in Asia can be a little disheartening for us big-boned Aussies.

Pants that won't go above your knee when you try them on, stunning dresses that might fit if you could dislocate your shoulder blades and pretty shoes not just one, but at least three, sizes too small.

The result leaves you feeling more like Robyn Lawley than Miranda Kerr.

The first hurdle is training your magazine-blinded mind to accept you are a large, extra-large or the aI don't want to think about ita size.

But with the Australian dollar converting into about 32 Thai baht a almost double what it was a few years ago a it's worth the effort.

Next step is the hot spots to shop.

MBK Department store in Bangkok had long been a favourite shopping destination.

But, thanks to the helpful girls at Hotel Muse, there is a new shopping mistress in town.

Platinum Fashion Mall is everything a alargea girl can hope for.

Before you even look through the shopping centre, stroll up to one of the counters and ask for a list of stores with larger size clothes and shoes.

The obliging girls should be able to print you out a list. This will be become your shopping bible.

The prices are already outrageously cheap but never forget to bargain. Think of it like dating and the prices and bargains are simply playing hard-to-get.

Most are only too happy to drop the price and you are guaranteed a discount if you buy three pieces from the one store. If they seem give you tourist prices, tell them you live there.

Admittedly there is still not a huge amount of choice but combined with the thousands of handbags and other tidbits across six floors, it's easy to spend a day in a shopping induced trance wandering through these wholesale outlets. …

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