Slide Show E-mail Page Print To be eligible to claim a refund, you'll need a total shopping bill of at least Bt5,000 so give that credit card some serious exercise.

The PP10 form requires your passport number (though you may not be asked to actually produce it), and your departure flight number.

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If you miss Milin ( at Siam Paragon, don’t worry, there is one in almost every high-end mall in Bangkok.

The outpourings of an uber-talented, young designer, Milin has been a fun brand in demand for the last few years.

Put on your walking shoes (or buy some new ones) and explore everything from Hermes, Giorgio Armani, TOD's, Gucci, Bulgari, Jeffrey Cambell, Shanghai Tang and Coach to Swarovski and a fully functioning Ocean World.

This combination of class, kitsch and kids' stuff makes Siam Paragon popular with families, if only for the frolicking fish and the vast open spaces where two-year-olds can scamper free, after you pay for the babysitting service, that is.

Pick up a fine linen scarf for Bt3,500 (US$105), a men's linen shirt for Bt3,200, or a silk tie for Bt3,300. For sheer bragging rights, no would-be shopper can afford not to touch base at EM Quartier ( part of The Mall Group and right alongside Phrom Phong station) across from the glitzy revamped Emporium (both collectively termed the EM District) and the cavernous but largely empty Central Embassy.

More on these later as we proceed down busy Sukhumvit.

And remember, if it does not have a VAT tag, there will be no guarantee of quality. If you don't care about this minor quibble, get your hands dirty and jump right in.

Bangkok duty-free shopping has been pretty much dominated by the ubiquitous King Power ( who have also set up a dedicated King Power Duty Free Shop at Rangnam not far from Ratchathewi. This duty free complex offers a broad range of brands like Burberry, Coach, Chanel, TOD's, and BOSS.

The collections are feminine, curve-hugging, graceful and geometric. Hidden zippers, ruffled blouses and pops of colors accent all the right angles.

Flynow, located on the first floor, is another Thai collection that’s definitely worth perusing (Floor 1, 106-107, tel: [66-2] 610-9410).

If you're squeamish and the wallet timid, head for the anything-goes weekend market on the outskirts of town.