Wanna buy . . .
At some time during your walk someone is going stalk you and ask you to buy something . . . some post cards ? a book about Vietnam? a fan ? a map ? or even an opportunity to get your shoes shined.
If I am not in the market for any of the above, my strategy for this is to be nice, give them a genuine smile and say to them ‘not today’ (Kom-phai-hom-nai), some cheeky ones will answer, what about tomorrow?, just have fun!
Some empathy shared for these street vendors can go a long way, as I am sure you wouldn’t like to be relying on selling these items as your sole income.
Showing respect even when you are hot, tired, lost, confused and annoyed is a great strength – go for it !