5 Best Places to shop in Pratunam

Pratunam Shopping Malls and Markets

Pratunam district in Bangkok deserves its place as a tourist destination. As well as offering great value accommodation and interesting street food it is a fantastic place to shop, whether you are looking for clothing, accessories or even laptops and cameras, it can all be found here. If you love shopping, it would be easy to spend the entire day in Pratunam.

Getting to Pratunam is straightforward: it’s only a ten-minute walk from Ratchathewi or Chit Lom BTS. From BTS Chit Lom, take exit 1 and walk ten minutes down Ratchadamri Road past Central World on your left, over the Saen Saeb canal and then left on Phetachburi Road. You will hit Platinum Shopping Mall first. From Ratchathewi BTS come out at exit 4 and then take the first right onto Petchaburi Road, around five minutes’ walk to Pantip Plaza IT Mall and a little further for Platinum.

Platinum Shopping Mall

The crown jewel of Pratunam, this mega mall filled with well over 1,000 shops is often compared to an indoor Chatuchak weekend market. Many visitors prefer it, thanks to the air-conditioning, and the fact that it is open from 10:00 until 22:00 every day and most importantly the discounts offered if you bulk buy. If you see three or four items that you want, be sure to try and haggle, sometimes you can get as much as 30% discount. With four floors and 1,300 shops you’ll need time to see it all. Clothing ranges from baby items to plus sized, and even cool imported brands from Korea and Japan, but the bulk of it is women’s fashion. You can grab a map near the bottom of the escalator which can help a little with navigation. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Location: Petchburi, Ratchathewi (next to Panthip Plaza)


 

Palladium World Shopping Mall

If the bargains aren’t good enough for you at Platinum, we suggest you head to Palladium, its shinier, newer and, dare we say, cheaper, sister. On our last visit we were impressed with the renovations which have created wider walkways between the roomy shops, making the whole shopping experience far less claustrophobic. Here they pile it very high indeed, selling mainly women’s fashion, accessories and jewellery. Most shops we passed by on our last trip had 100 baht stickers in the window, some of the lowest prices we have seen in the Pratunam district. Head down to the basement of Palladium World Shopping Mall if you are looking for some decently priced jewellery: Grand Silver Jewelry is known as the place to come for great deals on silver in Bangkok. Read More...

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 20:00
Location: Phetchaburi Road, Pratunam, Ratchathewi
Tel: 0 2309 8888

Pantip Plaza IT Mall

Panthip (or as some say ‘Pantip’) Plaza divides the crowds, some loving the variety and great bargains and others wary of the rumours around counterfeit goods. Despite its slightly shabby appearance we still think it is one of the best places to get great value electronics equipment, especially if you have done a little research on the item you wish to purchase, take your time to shop around the mall and remember the old saying that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Every kind of hardware and software can be found here, cameras, laptops, tablets, mobile phones and many of the shops are wholesalers, so it is a great place to grab a deal, or get some extras thrown in free. It is also a good place to come if you need your phone unlocked, to clean up a virus or need a new casing for your laptop. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 21:00 (every day)
Location: Petchaburi Road, opposite Pratunam's City Complex

Pratunam Market

If you want to shop like a Bangkokian, or even just soak up the atmosphere of shopping like a local, then we recommend that you head to Pratunam Wholesale Market. Again, the focus is on clothing here, from knock-off T-shirts to full-length satin evening gowns with diamante detailing. There is even a section dedicated to fancy dress, with wigs, feathers and plenty of sequins. A giant roof covers the market and makes the temperature similar to a greenhouse, but the cheap rents keep the clothing prices low. Like many other markets, you can negotiate, but you won’t be able to try things on. Thankfully some stores have tape measures to give you a decent estimate. Although the market is open 24 hours a day, we recommend coming after 10:00, as otherwise you might find most of the shutters down. Read More...

Opening Hours: 24 hours (retail shops open from 10:00 - 21:00)
Location: Intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads to Ratchaprarop Soi 3

Shibuya 19

Shubuya 19 is the new kid on the Pratunam block, and has a distinctly teenage feel to it. It follows the same concept as Platinum Mall (and is located just opposite it), plenty of clothing for men and women, costume jewellery, handbags and other accessories. Although it is quite small compared to some of the other malls here, it does provide a different angle, with a focus on young fashion and up to the minute designs. Shibuya 19 mall is set out over six floors, and they have created a colourful guide and map to give you an idea of what items can be found on which floors. If you are feeling peckish then head up to the 6th floor when you can grab a bite to eat at the food court, which serves a variety of Thai, Chinese, Indian and international dishes.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 until 19:00 although better to come after 10:00
Location: Petchaburi Rd, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, 10400

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