Wearing luxury goods (often called branded products, even though all goods have a brand), being said, makes people’s prestige go up and be more confident. For people who can afford it, they can shop directly at the boutique or even buy directly in their home country. But who are mediocre but want to remain stylish, shop at the Factory Outlet (FO).
To save on production costs and labor costs, owners of famous brands produce their goods in third world countries. No wonder we see clothing or shoe labels that read Made in India, Made in Cambodia, Thailand, Bangladesh, and even Made in Indonesia. Somehow in these countries can sell it in their own country even though it should be for export commodities on the specific specifications of the owner of the branded goods. Even now, it has become a commodity for tourists.
Where in Bangkok would you shop if it wasn’t in the Chatuchak Market? Unfortunately, the market is only open Saturday and Sunday. This market is huge, covering an area of 35 hectares with thousands of small stalls. Any items can be found here, ranging from handicrafts, books, Thai silk, souvenirs, branded clothes, furniture, to pets. Branded goods are already among the local goods that are affixed to famous brand labels or export leftover goods. Be prepared to wear clothes that are comfortable because it is hot and very stuffy. If you are using long pants, it must be able to be rolled up because sometimes it is muddy when it rains.
A smaller market version is in Phnom Pehn precisely in Psah Toul Tom Poung, or better known as the Russian Market. In contrast to Chatuchak, this market specializes in selling branded goods at very low prices, for example, the Gap tank top brand or the Moschino brand sports bra for 1 US $. Yes, in Cambodia, people rarely use the local currency Riel but the US dollar. The most crumpled one I have ever seen is here because it is treated as a change of groceries and a motorcycle taxi.
In Colombo, the favorite tourist shopping center is at Odel, a department store specializing in famous brand clothing. This FO is comfortable and air-conditioned. Odel occupies a beautifully restored, three-story old building. The price is around 5 US dollar a piece. Clothing brands that being offered are Esprit, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Escada, DKNY, to Versace.
In Europe, people only shop for real branded goods (designer labels). The H&M and Zara brands there are like general shops because they are cheap, so they are always filled with locals and tourists. If you don’t feel disgusted, please shop for branded but second-hand clothes for cheaper price.
Unlike in America, it being said that branded goods sold on the FO are cheap because the season has passed (for example, winter clothes are sold during the summer), not because the products are rejected. The FO location is usually a bit outside the city, so the tax is cheaper and is located on the edge of the highway, so get ready to read the sign carefully. FO in America is not in one building alone but is a huge complex where each brand has a large warehouse that stands alone with a considerable distance between stores. There are about one hundred more well-known brands in one large FO, such as the San Marcos Prime Outlet near the city of San Antonio. The price is also very tilted, for example, a backpack brand Calvin Klein only 5 US $, Esprit t-shirt @ 1.50 US $, Armani Corduroy pants 10 US $. Because the place is huge and always full of queues, the most effective shopping method is to directly look for the cheapest price section with the biggest sale inscription, usually in a tub of clothes that even has to use tug-of-war method with other people.
If asked to choose, I will choose the train as public transportation when traveling far. Surely the trip to the city or region that can be reached by train. If there is no railroad track, you have to adjust the situation.
Why do I prefer to use the train compared to other modes of transportation? And I’m sure you would think that instead of using the plane? Faster and the price is also not far adrift with the cost of executive class train tickets. To buy a ticket is no less easy than buying a plane ticket—lots of online ticket sales services that also serve train ticket sales.
Honestly, I have a little fear every time I want to get on a plane, afraid of something terrible when boarding a plane. Okay, surely you think that I’m overrated too much, but that’s how I feel. What’s more, lately there is quite a lot of news about plane crashes.
Compared to airplanes, only a few accident tragedies occur in railroad transportation modes. Even if that happens, the percentage of survivors of bad things on the train is much higher than airplanes. If something terrible happens on the train, we can easily save ourselves because they are still grounded. While the plane? You can imagine yourself.
Also, when traveling, I am not a person who is required to get to the destination sooner, and I am quite relaxed enjoying each trip. And the train can accommodate that. How come it isn’t a bus? You’re also relaxed too. My problem with riding the bus is urinating. Because I like to drink, I can’t help but have to urinate frequently. For short-distance trips, it’s still okay. But no for a long journey.
Even though at this time many buses provide toilets, but I still feel uncomfortable because it is not uncommon for long trips to use the toilets on the bus often run out of water. That won’t happen when using a train because, as far as I know, the water supply on the train will be filled when it stops at a particular station. Then minimal tragedy due to excessive bus maneuvers or sudden brakes. So for the restroom business, the championship train.
The reason why I prefer to take the train compared to other modes of transportation is that only the public long-distance train mode can accommodate when I am bored because of sitting too long. Not on the bus or on the plane, you can. But what I mean here is, on the train, we can freely stretch muscles because over time sitting by standing and walking. We can freely walk from one car to another car. Even when I get bored sitting in the passenger seat, I often walk and spend time sitting in the seats provided in the restoration train while snacking on snacks or just drinking or eating something warm.
In my opinion, the last reason I stated above cannot be obtained when riding a bus or airplane because of limited space in these two modes of transportation. If you take a bus, what if your stomach suddenly protests, we must make peace until the bus stops at the rest area or restaurant to receive food rations. It cannot at any time we order food like on the train or an airplane. The only solution is that we have to bring our own food or snacks.
As for the food on the plane, we still can order or even get snacks for certain meals. Unfortunately for the traveler model like me with a mediocre budget, I have to think repeatedly before deciding on food orders on the cloud. Indeed, the price of food on the train is also not cheap, but the difference in price is still quite reasonable when compared to the price of food in a food stall or a simple restaurant there.
So that was a little bit of my story why I prefer traveling by train compared to other long-distance transportation modes. Once again, if it turns out that the destination city is not possible to travel by train, yes, I must make peace and inevitably use other modes of transportation. Yes, that’s the drawback of trains. The path is limited.