Two Shopping Mysteries Today in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand

Written on Friday 16 Aug 2013

Mystery No. 1 – Will It Ever Happen At All

Mystery No. 2 – If It Does Happen – How Successful Will it Be?

Let Me Explain

Mystery No. 1 – Will It Ever Happen At All

It’s 915 and Kanyah has just shown her presence. She has performed her morning ritual of sweeping the upstairs floor and balcony. Now she’s in the garden doing nothing.

I was up at 0600 and have spent the time in the model engineering workshop progressing with my current project.

Now that Kanyah has arrived I’m eager to go to the hardware shops to buy the stuff on my Shopping List.

This is on no interest to Kanyah since shopping for my stuff is boring for her and makes her tired.

I don’t have a Thai driving license so I’m dependent upon Kanyah’s good will to take me.

So, I’m not even sure if the shopping trip will take place at all.

For me it’s urgent to start it early in the morning before it gets too hot and also because I know it will take along time and sap Kanyah’s patience.

It’s On!

Kanyah just agreed to take me. Only it’s 1000 AM and she has just started breakfast.

No sense of urgency, these Thais.

First Report On The Mystery Shopping Trip in Pakchong (Pak Chong)

Well, we made the shopping trip to see what we could get in Pakchong (Pak Chong) for my model engineering workshop form the Mother of All Shopping Lists.

A Resoundingly Successful Shopping Trip – In More Ways Than One  - Perhaps…

Although out of the 17 items on the shopping list I only bought one back home with me I rank this trip as one of the most successful shopping expeditions I have been on in Pakchong (Pak Chong) to buy supplies for my model engineering workshop (if the follow-up trip tomorrow pans out as promised).

So here’s the story.

First went to my favourite tool and metals shop called “Pakchong See La Borgaan” according to Kanyah (Borgaan = Service).

image of Pakchong Tool Metal Shop See La Borgaan (Service)
Pakchong Tool Metal Shop See La Borgaan (Service)

Above, my favorite model engineering supplies shop in Pakchong (Pak Chong).

The photo below is my translation of the sign . I like to do this so that I remember the name, can explain to people how to find it and it helps me to learn Thai language.

Image of Pakchong Tool Metal Shop Sign See La Borgaan (Service)

Pakchong Tool Metal Shop Sign See La Borgaan (Service)

Once inside I showed my shopping list to the lady at the normal counter and she invited me sit down at a desk with a “Mr Bouy”. (his name sounded like ‘Bouy but I’m obviously missing a bit of the tonal here).

The shopping list worked like a dream!

“Mr Bouy” seemed to be the manager or owner of the shop and he soon had the serving ladies (always puzzles me why all the workers in this shop are women) running round and bringing various tools etc to the desk for me to examine.

Although Mr Bouy spoke good English there were still some communication problems.

He asked me if I wanted the price column filling in, to which I said yes but I want to buy everything today.

I was getting the impression that he thought I just wanted the price of everything and I couldn’t quite make him understand that i wanted to buy whatever they had.

Eventually we had been through the list several times and marked those things he had with a tick and the others with an X, All the prices had been dutifully filled in and I was happy.

 53% Pass Rate Is As Good As It Gets

Out of the 17 items he could supply 8. (47%) We managed to buy one of the items from a different shop so it was 9/17 = 53 % and that’s the highest success rate I have ever had when shopping for something I’m not sure if they have or not.

We arranged to pick the stuff up tomorrow, Saturday, at 1200.

Model Engineer’s Paradise Right Here in Pakchong (Pak Chong)

As we chatted, Mr Bouy was talking about the poor quality of locally sourced tools and explained that be bought ‘good quality’ tools from japan via Agents in Bangkok.

He started talking about the quality of his bandsaw used in the shop to cut off the lengths of metal people like myself want to buy. He then said he had a bigger one ‘in the back’ pointing to the yard behind the shop.

The then started talking about CNC Multi-Purpose Machining Machines, Wire Erosion Machines and gear Hobbing Machines, and that he was producing parts here in Pakchong (Pak Chong) for a Client in San Francisco U.S.A.!

This was amazing but it was about to get astonishing!

Perhaps my dream of building a large scale traction engine in Thailand could come true after all!

I asked Mr Bouy if I could take a look at these machines and he gladly agreed and off we went together.

This story is continued on the next Post “Model Engineers Paradise in Pakchong“…

Meanwhile on the way home Kanyah finds the Aluminium Shop and we buy item 2 from the Shopping List

The Pakchong (Pak Chong) Aluminium Shop

I took this photo of the sign of the aluminium shop in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand so that i could come back again and refer to it by it’s proper name:-

image of Aluminium Shop Pakchong Sign Translated

Aluminium Shop Pakchong Sign Translated

This photo shows what aluminium you can buy there. it’s mostly sections for window frames and the like.

Not very interesting unless you absolutely must have some aluminium sections!

Image of Shop-Front View of the Aluminium Shop in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand

Shop-Front View of the Aluminium Shop in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand

That’s it for this Post.

The next two Posts are:-

“Model Engineers Paradise In Pakchong Thailand” and “Mystery Shopping In Thailand- Part 2″

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