Platinum Mall, Bangkok
Platinum Mall is flooded with cheap and I mean, real cheap women clothes with a lot of variety and fashion. An absolute heaven for women who love to shop but for men, it is a lot less attractive althought I did manage to get a couple of things here for myself. Don't be shy to bargain here as well..
Operating hours are from 10am - 8pm.
Platinum Mall is located on the busy Phetchaburi Road. While the shiny silvery exterior may tempt many tourists to take a peek, the interior consists of five floors of tightly packed.
What to buy: Cheap clothing, bags, T-shirts and university uniforms. It’s a draw for Thai merchants and office workers and university students as many items can be bought in bulk for a hefty discount.
Platinum mall has got to be my favourite shopping mall in the whole of bangkok. It's air condition and organised shops makes my shopping experience more enjoyable in the city of chaos. As this is a wholesale mall, bargaining does not exactly work here if you are only purchasing 1 or 2 item from a shop. Shopkeepers tend to quote you a wholesale price if you purchase 3 pcs and above. You will be able to find some stuff here that are not sold in anywhere else in bangkok if you look hard enough.
Ladies, pay attention! This is the place for you! If you LOVE shopping and pay cheap price, this is the place you should come to. The whole mall is full of shops selling clothes. Many of them sell in wholesale price. It is the alternative to Pratunam Market.
p/s: There is a food court at the top floor which serves a wide variety of Thai food. Great place to take a break and continue shopping!
What to buy: Clothes, handbags, etc...
This massive 'mall' is a labyrinth of 1300 fashion stores. You will find clothing for men and women of any style shape or colour. Although it isn't common place to bargain with the staff, if you bring a friend an buy clothes at the same store, they will usually give you up to 50% off. This place can be dumbfoundingly large and on busy days can be a tad overwhelming, so shopping breaks are usually on the agenda. A neat little spot for a woman to stop is the manicure store on the second floor. For 80 bahts they actuall print intricate thai patterns directly on your nails. I'm not the usual type that enjoys nail art, but this can really be appreciated. Another hot sopt for the locals is the mr. bun on the botom floor, which always has a line up of at least half a dozen people.
What to pay: 100-200 baht for a shirt
250-350 baht for a dress
200-500 baht for pants
100 baht for a watch, belt, etc.
This is a new 5 storey wholesale mall that opened in 2006.
If you do not have much time in Bangkok for shopping, just go to Platinum mall. This is perhaps the best wholesale mall in the city (in terms of variety, quality and pricing).
Things available for sale: Clothes, bags, accessories, shoes, souvenirs, etc
10am - 8pm (shops starts closing around 6pm)
Petchaburi Road, Pratunam. Opposite Amari Watergate Hotel.
1) Longtail boat - Pratunam Pier
2) BTS - Chit Lom or Ratchathewi stations
3) Bus - 2, 13, 23, 54, 72, 76, 77, 60, 62, 93, 140, 204, 511, 512, 514, 536
Ask for the wholesale price (otherwise you will be quoted the higher retail price). Then ask how many you need to buy (from the same store) - the answer is usually 3 pieces.
Platinum Mall is newly opened store which caters mostly to women's clothings. It is located infront of Amari watergate Hotel along Pratunam Area.
I ddint enjoy my shopping here primarily because some of them are fixed price and most of it are offering the same thing.
Their goods are concentrated more on RTW for women an children.
At the ground floor they have coffee shops and small restaurants. Outside the mall are numerous stalls selling local products.
If you're after cheap clothing and the heat is getting to you, then the Platinum Mall may be the place to head to - it sells a similar range of clothing to the Pratunam markets across the street, but in air-conditioned comfort. There are 6 floors mainly filled with small stores - most of them sell women's clothing, but I did spot some stuff for men as well. As with most malls in Bangkok, there's a reasonably priced food court as well. If you're coming from the Central World mall, this place is easy to find - just head north, cross the canal, and turn left into Petchaburi Road, a few metres along and you're there - the mall is huge and shiny, so you can't really miss it...
The mall houses a wide variety of apparel for men and ladies, children as well. As this is a wholesale shopping mall, no trying is allowed. You can get the clothes and other stuff at wholesale prices provided that you buy a larger quantity from the shop, usually 3 pieces. Some shops allow you to mix different types of items, e.g. purses and bags, shirts and pants. This is a very comfortable (air-conditioned) alternative compared to shopping at the open air stores in Pratunam Market. A plus point for guys is that it is more difficult to shop in Pratunam Market as you have to go around trying to find men's apparel. The mall helps to centralise everything. There are also cafes like Black Canyon Coffee, Mr Bun and a large food court serving inexpensive local food on the fifth level for you to rest your feet and satisfy your hunger.
What to pay: 4000 to 5000 baht shouldn't be too difficult. :)
Platinum mall, sitting just next to the Pantip Plaza, is a wholesales shopping complex.
Almost all the shops here offered half-priced to the same item that you found even in Chatuchak or Pratunam market provided that you buy at least 3 or 5 items from the shop.
What to buy: Platinum Mall is all ladies shopping paradise, as you can shop from head to toe here with extremely cheap price.
Four floors of women's clothing and accessories at prices that are lower than shops around Bangkok. The fifth floor is a food court. As this is a wholesale mall, here's how it works: If you buy three items and up, the price you pay is about 30% lower per piece. You'll find mostly youth oriented women's clothing, shoes and bags in this mall. While there were a lot of stalls and a lot of stuff, unfortunately most of the trendy things here aren't of very good quality. For example, pretty printed dresses made of cheap cotton, fashionable shoes made from canvas or fake leather, that sort of thing. Worth a look though, you might just dig out a bargain or two. But don't go in with high hopes, if you don't go for cheap fashions in the first place. You're better off at Siam Square.
What to buy: On the accessories floor, there's a belt shop with really cute and hip belts going for a song and a stationary shop selling quirky gadgets like cute clocks.
What to pay: Cheaper than most, if not all, clothing stores in Bangkok.
I used to think that the widest selection of women's clothing and accessories could be found in Chatuchak Weekend Market. However, on my third visit to Bangkok, I discovered Platinum Mall. The mall itself is huge with wide aisles and wonderful airconditioning. The selections are wide and wholesale prices are quite low and can be had if you buy at least 3 pieces. I found myself buying more from Platinum than from Chatuchak - and this despite going to Chatuchak on two consecutive days! Admittedly, if you're in for younger, more experimental fashions, the best finds are still in Siam Square. But there's still a lot to see and buy in Platinum Mall. Oh, and as with many malls in Bangkok, it's well worth eating at the food court on the top floor.
What to buy: Accessories galore (and quite unique ones at that)! Clothes - though the women's sizes tend to run really small. As for food at the food court, try the orsuan (fried oysters on a hot plate).
What to pay: Your baht will go very far in this mall. =)
Thousand of shops in the shopping malls which you can get women and men's clothes, shoes, handbags, lingeries and jewelry. You can get more cheaper price if you buy more than 1 item.
Huge mall with many many shops holding ladies and kids clothes, some with guys clothes
What to buy: Ask for whole sale prices if you buy more than one item
One of very big and new shopping mall in Pratunam market, where is the center of whole sale garment and cloth market.
What to buy: fashion cloth as whole sale price
What to pay: Cheaper than local price