Now that GSS is in full force, have you been shopping your heart out? If the sales in Singapore are not enticing enough, why not think of heading out of Singapore! Many of us travel and do lots of research on factors like the weather and country’s attractions but what about the sales season? As we’re on the topic of sales lately, we compiled a list of popular Asian countries that Singaporeans love to visit and noted down their sales season. So let’s get right to it!
Thailand, Bangkok (June to August)
Source: From our Alpha, Kai!
This city needs no introduction. Singaporeans’ favourite city to visit is none other than Bangkok! With lots of cheap street food and apparels, what’s not to love? Aside from places like Chatuchak Market where it’s shopping season all year round, their shopping malls run the Amazing Thailand Grand Sales during June to August which is very much like GSS back in our little red dot. Local boutiques also participate in the sales so it’s not just the same ol’ international brands but discounts apply to local designer goods too!
Hong Kong (December to February, July to August)
Source: From our Alpha, Brenda!
Ah… Hong Kong, cue the smell of dim sums. Aside from the delicious Hong Kong food, shopping is something you must not miss! Their sales season builds up to Chinese New Year which Hong Kongers take very seriously. The sales typically applies to departmental stores and shopping malls, less so of street markets (‘cause it’s already so cheap!). The summer sales tie in with Hong Kong Tourism Board Festival so be sure to grab the guidebook from the Tourism Board to get some coupons and snag vouchers from information desks at the malls too!
South Korea, Seoul (February)
Source: From our Alpha, Desiree!
With K-Beauty trending, we desperately want to get on the next plane to Seoul! Rich in culture, Seoul is a city that provides the best experience to tourists with their Korea Grand Sale. Not just for shopping, it´s a tourism festival that introduces quality Korean products, cultural experiences and includes a myriad of benefits such as discounts for attractions, accommodations and entertainment. The Koreans are really welcoming to foreigners!
Japan, Tokyo (July, December to January)
Source: From our Alpha, Jon Phay!
A rule of thumb for sales globally, there´s always clearance sales near the end of summer and winter seasons which I’m sure everyone already knows! Tokyo, with its variety of streets selling a diversity of clothing, there’s definitely something for everyone. What’s interesting is that during the New Year season, Japanese have a culture of selling “Fukubukuro” (also known as mystery bag or lucky bag) where the merchants make grab bags filled with random items and sell them at a much lower rate! If you’re looking to travel to Japan during the end-year period, remember to look out for the Fukubukuro.
China (11 November, Single’s Day)
Source: From our Alpha, Ong Ai Leng!
If you’re not travelling near the end of the year, fret not as you’re definitely not missing out on the Single’s Day online sales that’s widely popular in China! Founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma took this opportunity to create the biggest online sales on Tmall and Taobao. So fellow shoppers who’ve discovered the gem of Taobao, mark this date down on your calendar because everything is going to be cheaper than cheap.
Remember to keep the various sales season in mind when you’re planning your next trip out of Singapore! Do you have more shopping tips and tricks you’d love to share with us? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear them. That’s all we have for now!
Till then, have an awesome mid-week and just keep shopping, Churpers