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 Post subject: Mae Sot/Mandalay Gem Market
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:25 pm 
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The gem markets in Thailand/Burma are very quiet. The gem trade in Thailand/Burma has been hit hard by the economic slump. No one knows where the bottom is. Meanwhile, students from the gem identification class are in Burma. I will post more details later.

- Jay Joseph

Check out the links:
- Trying to get its sparkle back
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/1 ... arkle-back
- Chinese Traders Scooping Up Mandalay Gems, Precious Stones
http://www.irrawaddy.org/highlight.php?art_id=15230


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:01 am 
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What is the news from Burma? I would be very interested in hearing about the gem markets. What is the availability of stone? Have prices fallen?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:23 am 
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My view is Burma is full of surprises. Check out the link Burma's gem mines face closure http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7947914.stm

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hi,
discussion already opened here
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Thai VOA exnds in 2 days and can't go to KL anymore (friend who has my computer - main reason for going to Malaysia - is in Iran for a month).

I could 'do' another Chanthaburi gem market weekend and tie it in with Cambodia, but decided to give Mae Sot a whirl.

Any hotel recommendations, and gem-related recommendations?

If I can be bothered I will do another rubbish travel report on the place on the Field Trips forum (a'la Chanthaburi).

I won't be there long as I'm paying for a room in bangkok until the 9th, and it would inefficient to avoid staying there too much (although Bangkok costs a fortune now)


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Kyriakin wrote:

Any hotel recommendations, and gem-related recommendations?

If I can be bothered I will do another rubbish travel report on the place on the Field Trips forum (a'la Chanthaburi)


Well go to the gem market downtown it is open from 10am to the afternoon. There is the Siam hotel just nearby. This is the place I stay usually when I go to Mae Sot... Not the best resort in the world, not the worse, just a convenient place.
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Bonjour Vincent, and all the members.

Do you know if the market is open every days? what about the weekend?

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