The market is big. Many shops and vendors gather there. You can find bags, clothes, food, jewelry, electronics, CD, VCD, crispy etc.
The most are copies from China.
Real Burma made stuffs are rare. Really disappointed.
What to buy:
The woman sold Burma natural cosmetic.
Tree trunk was grained into powder. With water to mop it on your face.
It's natural cosmetic to be white and isolate sunshine.
It's routine that in early morning women grain it for her children.
Factory made are now also popular.
Most of the merchandise at the Tachilek market is said to come from China.
What to buy: The most popular things to buy were probably DVDs - which were very cheap, and, we later found, of very good quality. We bought a few heavy box sets, singles and disks with 8 movies for 80 Baht! All worked, and were good quality. Sunglasses and magnified readers were also very cheaply available at the market. Clothing of reasonable quality, watches and bags were plentiful, with a huge range to choose from themany shops.
I subsequently found the bags much more cheaply in Bangkok, but otherwise, we purchased well at this market.
What to pay: Bargain vigorously - and aim at less than half the starting price.
There were any number of basket carrying vendors offering Westerners cigarettes, porn DVD, Viagra, X-rated playing cards and other miscellaneous sexual toys. Some gentle sales urging was attempted, such as "make your wife happy" etc., but they were generally not overly persistent.
Interestingly, we did actually see a vendor coming out of one of the pharmacies with his fresh Viagra stock, so that was clearly the origin of the merchandise!
What to pay: Deepest apologies - we did not get prices!!