It looks a big wholesale market selling almost everything.
Those inside the shopping malls, some of the shops do not need to buy min 3 pieces but those street shops they required you to do so. Moreover, you are unable to mix and match, they must be of the same design.
So be prepared to get min 3 pieces if you are shopping in Pratunam wholesale market, price are much lower then those elsewhere.
Remember the price are quite fix and they are rude to you if you asked of discount. The staffs don't put on smiles and they will not get a new piece if the display is the size you want.
What to buy: Clothings, accessories, jeans.
What to pay: Cheap but don't expect much fancy type of clothes there.
Bangkok is famous for imitation brands, especially watches. You will get the likes of Rolex, Breitling, Tag, etc. at a tiny fraction of their original price. It is very difficult to tell the difference between this imitation and the original. These kind of goods are available at most of the malls and shopping areas in bangkok. You will be able to get watches, hand bags, clothes, etc.
I picked up a few such items from Pratunam night market near the Baiyoke Sky hotel. This market is a street full of stalls and small shops selling all kind of goods, and many stock imitation brands. One thing to remember is that most of the stalls do not display the imitation goods. You have to go and ask them specifically. If you are looking for a watch, just go upto a stall selling cheap local watches, and ask the seller for a Rolex.
What to buy: Imitations of Rolex, Breitling and other expensive watches.
What to pay: 1000 - 1500 THB
get lost and fish around for something to bring home. i can't resist the buying impulse so i bought 4 shoes, 3 knapsacks and tribal shirts. to go there from khao san, take the no. 2 bus for only 7 baht.
This is a sprawling market that offers great bargains for those who are looking for wholesale goods. it is best to be ready to bargain with the shop owners.
What to buy: Clothes, clothes, clothes and small souvenir items.
What to pay: WHat? You're kidding, right?
There are many shops and stalls in the main roads. Look for the small lanes that lead you to the market behind the shops.
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (some travel guides say it opens 24 hours, but it doesnt, trust me)
Things available for sale: Mostly clothing and textile
Location: At the intersection of Phetchaburi and Ratchaprarop roads, Pratunam. Next to Indra Regent 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
There are so many places to shop but if you only have 4 days like me, let me give you some tips.
1. Go to Chatuchak Market on a Sat morning. I personally am not a fan there cos it's so hot and crowded and the goods are not that great.
2. Pratunam and Platinum Mall- These two shopping centres are right across from each otehr so it makes sense to go there on the same day. These are my 2 fav shopping centres. Go to these places first before you go anywhere else cos its the cheapest. You might go to MBK first and think wow, I got a great deal but once you get to Pratunam and Platinum Mall, you'll be kicking yourself cos the things there are majorly cheap. Skirts for office- 6 singaproe dollars. Tops- 4Singapore dollars. Shoes- 8 sing dollars. accessories- 2 dollars? 1 dollar even sometimes.
3. Central Dept store in Chit Lom- Buy your lingerie here. They are from Triumph and Wcoal but they are like at least 50% cheaper. 24 dollars for triumph bra as compared to 59.90 in singapore. Love this palce. I bought 8 bras when I was here.
Pratunam Area is known for their whole sale market. They offer a very reasonable price esp if you will purchase on whole sale (6pieces or more depending on the item) basis.
From clothes, shoes, bags, t shirts, souvenirs, home decors, linen etc.
just make sure to bargain before purchasing ( 50% off the asking price)
is also a huge market for buying cloth, children cloth and also a jean. U can also get a big size cloth at this place. But in this place you must more negotiate with them, coz the opening price is high..you may b can get half or half more then a opening price after negotiation. They dun have any fitting room for you to try up the cloth ..advise you to wear a skirt for trying..some of the stall they are not allow you to try also. the you may b can consider to look for other shop which can try.
What to pay: the price at here is slightly expensive then chatuchak.
after going to several night markets (silom, patpong, khaosan road), pratunam market is by far the cheapest market for clothes aside from chatuchak weekend market...tshirts/blouses for only 70-100 baht, blazers for 250baht, string pants for 100 baht, suits for 250 baht, etc. be ready to haggle..market opens at 9:00am and closes at 6:00pm...the market is near amari watergate hotel and baiyoke sky hotel.
What to buy: thai blouses and skirts, thai silk shawls, string pants in thai design,
What to pay: it depends...for a minimum of 500 baht you have a wardrobe already (blouse, skirt, sandals)
you could find lots of stalls selling mainly women's clothes in pratunam for wholesale prices.. you could buy a shirt for only 50baht..we went there 2 hours before we go to the airport, because we still have baht left and we're already going home we thought that we'll spend it all...we stayed in first house in pratunam, but we never went around for shopping there, instead we went to suan luum night bazaar and chatuchak...and after we've been to all these bargain markets, we could say that pratunam offers the lowest price..the downside here is you have to buy at least six pieces of each.
What to buy: mainly shirts and blouses for women
What to pay: 50baht each for shirt/blouse for at least 6 pieces
Pratunam is a shoppers delight in bangkok and being a girl i had an amazing time over there. There is no specefic shop to mention but whole area is full of shops filled with clothes, bags and a lot of accessories . If ur a shopohlic and in bangkok do visit this place, the platinum mall, an upmarket swanky airconditioned mall right opposite amary water gate hotel, the city center and a lot of small shops adjoining them. try to shop in a group so you get a good bargain or buy atleast 3 pieces or more from the same shop to get a good rate. their rates are cheaper than that of Indira Plaza which is much hyped.
What to buy: If you are in pratunam you can look out for ladies and kids clothes, very goood quality cotton and you should have an eye to catch good craftsmanship. Ladies bags can not be as cheap as they are here, the shops are very colourful and bright. City Center is ladies delight 6 floors of clothes, bags, shoes , accessories and custom tailoring all at wholesale price. but pls dont forget to bargain. u can spend hours over here and burn your money very fast.
What to pay: any good bag in the range of 199 bhatt, ladies top 250-350 bhatts, footwera for 199 bhatt
Pratunam has many wholesalers and manufacturer's outlets.
What to buy: Best area for almost anything you'd want to buy in Thailand.
Much cheaper than the street vendors around tourist areas.
Many women's clothing item with a few men's shops.
Great place to buy women's shoes, linen, DVDs, kimonos,Chinese dresses, lingerie and cosmetics.
Pantip plaza across the street has IT and mobile phone goods for sale.
What to pay: $10-200 and bring a large canvas carry-all/shopping bag.
I bought these lovely candles at a wholesale shopping centre in Pratunam. I can't remember the exact name of the shop and shopping centre, but I think you can find plenty of shops selling similar stuff in Bangkok. These candles were all hand-made. The multicoloured ones are really pretty, each of them has 7 different colours and 7 different scents. The price is 3 for 100 baht, which is really cheap.
The 2 smaller candles are also hand-made, they come in different colours and scents too. Those 2 in the picture are "Lavender" and "Lily". The price is about 30-40 baht each.
Try buying things early in the morning when they open the shop, coz usually they are good and give it for the amount you quote calling it a “morning buy” or “lucky money”. After that most of the shopowners just bark if you quote a lower price. I guess Thailand is not too much of a “land of smile” these days.
Always start bargaining from half the price of wares. Usually the actual cost in lower than that.
If you dislike the bargaining and haggling session, it is best to go to Thai handicraft centers located through out Bangkok, especially in shopping areas like sukhumvit and phloenchit areas. The price is reasonable, quality is good, and you have the satisfaction of helping somebody rather than feeling being cheated. Also you need not ask for discounts or bargaining in these shops.
This market has lots and lots of clothing for children, women and men. Mostly for women though.
Jeans ($5 to $8), blouses ($1.25), shorts, t-shirts, dress shirts ($2.50).
Catch at taxi. It is near the Byoke Tower.