SALE! The word alone is enough to induce excitement among hordes of people at once and when the sale is a 3 month-long shopping extravaganza, what more could you ask for! Every year between May to August the whole of Thailand & Singapore transform into a shoppers’ paradise. The Thailand Grand Sale adds to Thailand’s reputation as a world-renowned haven for shopaholics, with discounts of 10 to 80% at more than 15,000 participating stores and services in popular tourist destinations including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Koh Samui.

During the sale, which takes place from June 15 until August 15, great deals are available at department stores, shopping malls, King Power Duty Free, jewelry shops, golf courses, restaurants, stores selling Thai products, as well as on beauty, health, and medical services. Discounts and other special privileges are also on offer at lifestyle attractions including walking and dining streets. Visitors travelling to Thailand for the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2014 can even enjoy specially-priced travel packages from leading airlines and travel agencies.

Along with Thailand Grand Sale, the Great Singapore Sale, which is held this year during 30 May to 27 July, is a must for any fashionista. In a country where dining and shopping are almost religious experiences, the Great Singapore Sale is one of the most anticipated shopping experience in the whole of the Asia-Pacific region. With its myriad of high-end and low-price shopping malls set in a safe and convenient environment, many see Singapore as a tropical shopping wonderland, which can suit every budget and every shopping style. Yet, the Great Singapore Sale, is definitely the best time to dive in for that shopping fix.

Organised by the Singapore Retailers Association since 1993, the annual Singapore sale is the main reason why tourists fly to Singapore. From Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, China, Australia even the USA, people all over the world fly in for the sea of bargain buys that the Lion City has to offer. Rebates are almost everywhere on everything. Even dining during the Singapore sales is much cheaper!

Yet, it is not only an event that shopaholics will love. The sea of bargain buys offered throughout Singapore is outstanding and also those who are not too much into fashion, shoes, jewelry or bags will get a kick out of. Because the annual Singapore sale is not just another sale – one of its kind, it’s 8 full weeks of a nationwide celebration and indulgence.

Each year, shopaholics from the region and beyond flood to these shores to get their hands on bargain buys during the Great Singapore Sale. With prices slashed up to 70% off its original prices at the main shopping belts and in suburban shopping malls throughout Singapore, this much-anticipated annual mega sale promises nothing less than tremendous bargains on a dizzying array of items from both Singaporean and international brands.

Within the mega mall ION Orchard itself is a whopping 66,000 sq metres of retail offerings celebrating the Great Singapore Sale. This stunningly futuristic mall looks more of a space voyager’s dream battleship than a swish shopper's haven housing the likes of Dior Homme, Louis Vuitton and Diane von Furstenberg as well as trendy budget-friendly options such as Topshop, Forever21 and Mango.

Other shopping destinations include 313@Orchard, Orchard Central, Mandarin Gallery and more. But if you fall into that elite brigade of fashionistas who desire the forward-looking, witty or plain eccentric budding local and international indie designers, then troop down to the breezy Haji Lane in the Kampong Glam precinct, for your bargain scouring fix and soothing post-shopping shisha or chai.

If the colourful ethnic wear and knick knacks of the various races in Singapore have enthralled your senses, then be sure to get your very own bargain pieces during the Great Singapore Sale from the exclusive boutiques in the various ethnic enclaves like Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India. At these locations, you’ll find a stunning array of value-for-money steals and unique offerings that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world. These cultural precincts are not just great places for shopping, but are also well noted for their food offerings – so round off a day of shopping by having a sumptuous meal.

Come armed with a great fighting spirit to beat the dizzying crowds, recyclable bags to hold your shopping and credit cards to earn yourself some exclusive privileges when you shop here. A myriad of cashless payment promotions, reduced taxes and concierge services are also available for you when you shop during the sales period. The Great Singapore Sale runs for two full months, giving bargain hunters more than enough time to pick up items you fancy at a leisurely pace.

So all you shopaholics, get rolling your South East Asia holiday plans for this is the time to shop till you drop. Let’s go and enjoy some much needed retail therapy!!

Team Veena World