From maze-like markets to mammoth malls, Bangkok is every shopaholic’s paradise. With everything available from quaint, local sea shell key-chain souvenirs to world-class designer goods, here’s an easy guide to navigating Bangkok’s immense city-centre shopping terrain on the Bangkok Mass Transit System (more commonly known as the BTS or Skytrain). You might not be able to beat the heat but zipping above the jammed-packed roads on the Skytrain, you will definitely beat the traffic…and that means more time for shopping!
BTS STATION: RATCHATHEWI
A little offbeat yet very central, Ratchathewi BTS station connects shopaholics to the heart of Bangkok’s most popular and reasonable shopping spots.
Platinum Fashion Mall
Take Exit 4 and walk backwards towards the large intersection and make a right onto Petchburi Road staying on the footpath. Bangkok’s largest wholesale and retail mall Platinum Fashion Mall is a 15-minute walk straight down. You can’t miss this huge mall bustling with vendors, customers and tourists, all with one goal in mind: shopping. Known for its wholesale model, Platinum offers an incredible variety of fashionable clothes and accessories, winter jackets, shoes, baby clothes and much more at affordable prices. If you want to search for something a little more alternative with your style, then you can check out online stores that sell fashionable clothing as well as subculture fashion like lolita clothing, so you can get what you need at retail stores like this, and what you want when shopping online. This place is definitely every shopaholic’s favourite; just be sure to not get lost in the labyrinth of shop aisles. And if you need to recharge yourself, be sure to check out the food court on the top floor offering a huge selection of Thai favorites as well as international dining options.
Address: 222 Petchburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok
Tel: + 66 (0) 2 – 121 – 8000
SAT, SUN, WED : 08.00 – 20.00
MON, TUE, THU, FRI : 09.00 – 20.00
Right next to Amari Watergate Bangkok hotel and across the street from Platinum Fashion Mall, you’ll see Pratunam Market, one of Bangkok’s largest outdoor and clothing markets. Made up of small alleyways filled with shops and tiny stalls, Pratunam Market gives you a glimpse into what shopping in Bangkok was like before all the malls came along. You’ll see shop vendors work on sewing machines, carting trolleys with supplies, and much more. The wholesale market offers everything from cloth, fashionable clothes, costumes to sterling silver wholesale jewelry, leather goods, shoes, and handicrafts. If you’re in the mood to explore and experience the local scene, Pratunam Market is the place for you.
Hours: Open Daily 10:00 – 21:00
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