Suit Yourself

If you are in Thailand for a reasonable length of time, getting a tailor-made suit can be a good idea.

In 2006 and 2008, we had clothes made at Kento Tailors, but this time we decided to try Magnifique, which had good write-ups on Trip Advisor. A cool drink is offered at every visit, and Nick and the team aim to make you happy. They will even bring garments to your hotel for fittings, particularly if time is running out. The  customer service at Magnifique is great.

At the initial fitting our measurements were taken, our needs discussed, and a price agreed upon. Bear in mind, if you do bring your own material, it won’t necessarily be cheaper, as they still need to line it and add facings etc.

inside leg measurement

the first fitting

We wanted bling red sequinned jackets for our karaoke business, the material of which I purchased in Australia and took over there to be made.His would be a normal blazer, while mine would be a bolero, which I sketched.

my bolero sketch

red jacket fitting

Dutchy wanted a suit, comprising a jacket, vest and three pairs of trousers. Multiple fittings later we were happy with the result, tweaking aspects that we weren’t quite satisfied with.

Ladies, if you want a pair of trousers, may I suggest that you take a pair that you love, as they can always cut a pattern from something tangible. This way the result should be good. My theory is that if in Melbourne clothes fit well just off the rack, a tailor-made pair should be almost perfect.

If you think about it, everything in Thailand seems to be a copy. If that’s what they’re best at, doesn’t  it makes sense to take something to copy? If you do go to a tailor, don’t be afraid to speak up if you aren’t happy about any aspect. You’re paying for it, so make sure seams sit flat and neat and fit you properly. Happy tailoring.

if the vest fits...

Dutchy in his new red jacket

Sandi in her new jacket


Karon View Point

Hiring a driver for the day, the first spectacular view we saw was from Karon View Point, where you could look out at the sea from a couple of directions, either up or down the coast.

Karon View Point sign

You could also look across the mountains towards The Big Buddha, many kilometres from this vantage point. You can see it just under the large fluffy cloud on the right.

The Big Buddha in the distance

To see The Big Buddha properly, a zoom lens is helpful. This was to be one of our stops later in the day.

Zooming in towards the Big Buddha


Karon View Point


Sandi and Dutchy at Karon View Point