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     With the introduction of large chain stores in Thailand there is very little that you need that you won't be able to get.  US, Western, and Japanese foods and products are readily available in most parts of Thailand.  The following international chains have branches in most of the larger cities in Thailand.

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Tesco Lotus is a hypermarket chain in Thailand and China.  Established in 1998, Tesco Lotus was a joint venture of the Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) and Tesco, the British giant supermarket chain.  But CP has since severed its ties to the company.

 

 

Casino Group of France owns approximately 63 percent of the company. The remainder is owned by Central Retail Corporation, Thailand's largest retail conglomerate.

 

 

Carrefour  (pronounced [kaa foo in Thai]) is a French international hypermarket chain. It is the second largest retail group in the world in terms of revenue and sales figures after Wal-Mart.

 

METRO Cash & Carry is the international leader in self-service wholesale.  It is the largest sales division of the German retail giant METRO AG.

 

 
 

 

7-Eleven is a subsidiary of Seven & I Holdings Co. of Japan.  The franchise in Thailand is the CP Group.  There are 4,300 7-Elevens in Thailand, , making Thailand have the 4th largest number of stores after the US, Japan and Taiwan.

 

 

Index Living Mall is one of the subsidiaries of Index Interfurn Group, Thailand's biggest leader in the furniture industry.

 

Shopping Centers/Malls

     These are very popular in Thailand and are great places to go when the weather is 400 Celsius and the humidity is close to 100%.  They are always the coolest places in town.  Click here for a list of shopping centers and malls in Thailand. 

     But don't forget the traditional markets.  The buzz and bustle of a Thai outdoor farmers market is one of the joys of living here.

 

 
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