Asian airports like Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Singapore’s Changi offer travellers the chance to splash out in sophisticated terminal shopping malls before they board their flights back home. The variety of shops and products on offer means it is now well worth holding back on your final gift purchases until you reach Departures.
As destinations like Singapore and Bangkok attract an increasing number of travellers from around the world, the number of high-quality duty-free products available in the airports is ballooning. In addition to popular designer fashions, cosmetics and liquor brands, airports like Suvarnabhumi are also home to a number of boutique outlets where it is possible to pick up a few traditional treats to take home. It is always worth getting to the airport a few hours early to take full advantage of the range of duty-free shops in the departure lounge. Whether you are seeking out souvenirs for loved ones back home or looking out for something as a treat for yourself there will be plenty to choose from on the tax free shelves this holiday season.
Fragrances are undoubtedly one of the top items to buy duty-free. For men, the recently released Dior Homme
eau de toilette embodies the traditional spirit of the brand and comprises light notes of iris blended into its unique, masculine formula. For women, the J’adore Dior
eau de parfum is an unmistakeable classic fragrance with fruity floral accents that make it an ideal gift, or a luxurious indulgence.
The Spice Road
It is not surprising that duty-free customers make up a huge proportion of consumers in the luxury whisky market. If its your tipple of choice then “The Spice Road” blend may be the perfect choice. This blend is the first of Johnnie Walker’s new Explorer’s Club Collection, which comprises a range of whiskies inspired by the travels of the Walker family and also celebrates the journeys of today’s travellers. This particular blend is the perfect whisky souvenir from Asia, as it is inspired by the vivid flavours of the continent’s thriving markets and a dash of Asia’s spices, coupled with the signature smoothness of the brand’s finest whisky.
Masterful Make up
Ladies that like to stay on trend with the best cosmetics usually browse products by the likes of Lancome, Chanel and Dior at the duty free shop. Clinique is also one of the most popular skin care and cosmetic brands on the market and some of the most popular products today include Quickliner for Eyes, City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector and Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder. However, ladies that want to look their best after a long haul flight may want to indulge in the brand's Airbrush Concealer, which is the ultimate cosmetic product for illuminating the dark under-eye circles that come with jet lag.
Airports such as Suvarnabhumi and Changi are now home to all the world’s famous fashion brands, including Longchamp, Gucci, Prada and Bally. If you are looking for a gift, or merely a decadent shopping spree, Bally’s Persis clutch bag is a winner in terms of its style and versatility. The soft leather of the handheld clutch features an intricate ribbon design that has been expertly cut, and its removable shoulder strap also makes it extremely versatile, and a great bag for holding on to your essentials.
Time for Silk
For visitors to Thailand in particular, silks are one of the favourite souvenirs to take back for family and friends. Shimmering lengths of vivid colours and intricate patterns can be crafted into everything from clothing, bags and household accessories. For travellers who did not have the time to scour Thailand’s market stalls for the perfect silk items to take home, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is home to an outlet of one of the country’s most famous silk manufacturers, Jim Thompson. A range of other luxury handicrafts are also available at Suvarnabhumi airport, particularly at Chitralada, where handicrafts are selected based on the unique artistry they exhibit to showcase the expert skills of their creators.
by MAX VEE