Lhasa, Tibet (PRWEB) August 14, 2015
While on a tour of Tibet, many travelers discover the thrill of searching crowded markets for the perfect souvenir and haggling for the lowest price possible. Some go for things like prayer flags and trinkets while others seek out big-ticket items like art and Tibetan rugs. For those making the trip to Tibet in 2015, Tibet Travel Agency-TCTS (http://www.tibetctrip.com) shares some shopping tips.
Budget and luggage space often dictate what travelers take home. While pricey, shipping something home is always an option if a traveler runs across something special. Prayer flags, handheld prayer wheels, and incense are typically easy to travel with; just be sure to wrap things up carefully as handmade arts and crafts are often delicate.
Vendors selling unique goods can be found at nearly all popular Tibet tour destinations. The most popular, and conveniently accessible, place to shop is Barkhor Bazaar. The Barkhor area is huge with shops catering to both locals and travelers; not only is it good for shopping, but it’s a great place to see everyday Tibetan life in action. Also, the Tibetan market in Shigatse is worth a look. While the selection is smaller, prices are generally lower.
Don’t be surprised to be offered very high prices at first. Haggling is a normal practice in Tibet. Respond with an offer well below and work up from there. If a seller is unwilling to bargain, don’t be afraid to walk away. Sometimes, this is the key! At the same time, please do remember that a few RMB most likely means more to them than it does most travelers.
For the majority of travelers, shopping in Tibet is quite a bit different than back home. Keeping in mind these few simple tips can go a long way in helping travelers take home the best Tibetan travel souvenir at the lowest price possible. With the 2015 travel season wearing on, now is the time to start planning a tour!