How to Bargain with Grace in Southeast Asia

Everyone who has ever backpacked through Southeast Asia knows the best shopping is not at stores but at the prolific markets. They are indoor, outdoor, and even floating. And to make it even better the price of basically everything can be haggled over. Embroidered purses, hand painted parasols, kitchenware, knock-off designer jeans, tuk-tuk rides, surfing lessons, live chickens, freshly slaughtered lizards… don’t take the first offer! However, after that being said, here are some good rules to follow to ensure you get the best price for you, but don’t look like a prima dona doing it.

Children at Angkor Wat, Cambodia