duty free shopping in Villa

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#1
melbourne Australia
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Hello there. Reading the threads i get the impression that the best place to do duty free shopping in Villa is a place called Feng Kiu ? Can any of you tell me, is it easy to find ? Are there any others that you guys could recommend . Thanks for any advice . ( Yep reading this forum gets you so much more excited about the holiday that lies adhead)

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#2
Newcastle, NSW
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Originally posted by TSJE4
Hello there. Reading the threads i get the impression that the best place to do duty free shopping in Villa is a place called Feng Kiu ? Can any of you tell me, is it easy to find ? Are there any others that you guys could recommend . Thanks for any advice . ( Yep reading this forum gets you so much more excited about the holiday that lies adhead)

Sandi
Hi Sandi,
Along the main street, there are quite a few duty free shops within walking distance to each other.
Fung Kuei's has a reputation of being the cheapest for alcohol & ciggies, but some of the others may have a bigger range of perfumes and electronics.

Fung Kuei's is easy to find (at the far end of the street). All of the local cabbies will know, and many of the organised shore tours will pull up at the park behind the street for a shopping break too - the guide will point the way if you are not sure.
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#3
South East Queensland
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Originally posted by arxcards
Fung Kuei's has a reputation of being the cheapest for alcohol & ciggies, but some of the others may have a bigger range of perfumes and electronics.
Hi Sandi

Following up on Geoff's comments, we noticed last week that some of the other duty free shops were only fractionally more expensive that Fung Kuei. On some items the difference was one dollar per bottle. They are still the first choice for liquor and all the smokers I spoke to said that Fung Kuei was the best value.

I guess the point I am making here is that Fung Kuei is the recommended first stop but if they are out of stock of your preferred item then you aren't going to pay too much more at some of the other stores.

As Geoff said, others may have a better range of perfumes and electronics.
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Originally posted by lias
Hi Sandi

Following up on Geoff's comments, we noticed last week that some of the other duty free shops were only fractionally more expensive that Fung Kuei. On some items the difference was one dollar per bottle. They are still the first choice for liquor and all the smokers I spoke to said that Fung Kuei was the best value.

I guess the point I am making here is that Fung Kuei is the recommended first stop but if they are out of stock of your preferred item then you aren't going to pay too much more at some of the other stores.

As Geoff said, others may have a better range of perfumes and electronics.
Agreed. Fung Kuei is the last shop on the left (the water side). Alcohol is great, but they had a very limited range of perfume. They had some watches and other gear. Jewellery rather limited. For these go to either Downtown Duty Free or Paris Duty Free.
#5
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Yes, absolutely the best place for alcohol and cigarettes. I saw some bottles I've never seen in bottle shops even. The best thing is they are very organised, and if you get your shopping done by 1.30 I think it is, they package it up with your cabin number, and it gets delivered to the ship. It's done up in carry bags of 2, with foam around one bottle, very convenient for taking home. The next time you see it is on the last night outside the cabin when you pack.

Cheers, The Devils.
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Thanks for your replies. . Now just got to keep saving those dollars. Sandi.
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#7
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Hi Sandi,
Fung Kuie Is A Great Duty Free Shop, I Received An Email From Them Saying They Now Have A Large Stock Of Wallets And Handbags In At Great Prices So Take A Look.
Happy Cruising
June
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Originally posted by JUNENIBS
Hi Sandi,
Fung Kuie Is A Great Duty Free Shop, I Received An Email From Them Saying They Now Have A Large Stock Of Wallets And Handbags In At Great Prices So Take A Look.
Happy Cruising
June
hi is there a web page to have a look at for the fung kuie shop cos i cant find it anywhere. thanks heaps if you no it. michelle
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#9
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Hi Michelle,
I don't have a web address for Fung Kuei, but I do have an email address. [email protected]

We have found their prices excellent on alcohol and cigs, OK on watches. Good jewellery isn't very good at Fung Kuei and don't bother looking at their perfume. Either buy at one of the other duty free shops in Port Vila, or on the ship.
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Australia
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While we're at Fung Kuei's, can anyone tell me if liqour and cig prices are a whole lot better than the ship prices. Seems like lots of passengers hunters head up there when the ship docks in Vila.
I read somewhere that it was the last shop on the right in the main street, but I don't know which end of the street. I guess a cabbie would know the place. Does the shop have it's name outside?
Thanks,
Anna
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hi,

cigs and booze are a lot cheaper than the ship, as you leave the ship it is at the bottom , you must get a cab its a long way, the name is outside, its a large shop well worth going to.

june.
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It is all the way down the main street but its on the left of the street not the right! u wont miss it if u walk all the way to the end!!!!
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Just ask the cabbie to take you to Fung Kuei. As you come from the ship, it is at the far end of the street on the left. It is a pale yellow two storey building. As someone else has said, don't try to walk from the ship. It would take about an hour, and the footpaths are non-existent when you are away from the main street. Depending on when you go the weather will be hot and humid or very hot and very humid.

The alcohol & cigarette prices are a lot cheaper than on the ship and the range available is incredible.

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Thanks Evon and June. We will give it a try this time.
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#16
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The best shop for alcohol was one that was simply a bottle shop... It's on the street with the rest of the duty free shops, on a corner. We went there after buying ours elsewhere and were suprised that yes, it did get even cheaper.
Don't buy anything the first place you see it, wait and go back later!
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Originally posted by mangomonkey
The best shop for alcohol was one that was simply a bottle shop... It's on the street with the rest of the duty free shops, on a corner. We went there after buying ours elsewhere and were suprised that yes, it did get even cheaper.
Don't buy anything the first place you see it, wait and go back later!
I think I know the shop you mean. Is it on the right-hand side as you come from the ship? When we checked it out the prices weren't great. There is another duty free shop (not Down Town, but close to it) where we noticed that one or two brands of alcohol our group was interested in were a dollar or so cheaper than at Fung Kuei. Overall though, Fung Kuei was better when we checked them out in March and again in May last year.

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Hi, I agree with Evon.
when we priced Alcohol and cigarettes at the corner shop, they were dearer than Fung Kuei.
that is the only place we buy from now.
cigarettes are something like 1/2 price compared to the ship.

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when we went in sep 2008 cigs were $22 per carton $19 per 1.25 l scotch in villa
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I found that Downtown Duty Free was cheaper than Fung Kwei for grog. They had lots of perfume, jewellery and things like ipods and soundocks, genuine brands and not rip offs. They're right in the centre of town on the main street just behind the local clothing markets. Best of all, they have cold driniking water available at the door which I found the most rewarding!