Pratunam Shopping Market
If you're looking for clothing and stuff,
you've come to the right place
Thai Traffic on Petchburi Road
Markets are a fundamental part of Bangkok life and Pratunam Shopping Market
is certainly no exception. The name of the market means Water Gate. I
have yet to establish why or what the name refers to. The locals here are
not saying a word.
Perhaps they simply don't know. Anyway, it's not
really that great an importance. What is more important is that this
market is primarily a clothing market, though there are also lots of
other merchandise you can purchase at Pratunam too.
I can only imagine that it's possibly because of the intricate series of canals that connect the greater portion of the population to the inner city. Lots of boats travel up and down these waterways.
They provide a safe and convenient form of transportation as opposed to the congested street traffic. Not only that, they offer a faster way to get to the markets. Water Taxis are the answer.
Water Taxis near the Market
The core business generated in Pratunam Market is clothing, thus making it one of the major players in this particular industry. It is also possibly the best market for buying clothes, fabrics and textiles here. Chatuchak Weekend Market may well be selling cheaper clothes, but this market has two distinct advantages.
Firstly, this market remains open virtually all day and night and secondly, English is both spoken and understood here. It just makes shopping that much easier and also greatly helps you when trying to negotiate better wholesale prices.
Baiyoke Sky Hotel
The market is situated at the intersection of Ratchaprarop and
Petchburi Roads directly behind the Amari Watergate Hotel and then
continues all the way around the streets surrounding both the Indra Regent and the Baiyoke Sky hotels.
my first trip to Bangkok, I stayed at the Baiyoke Sky. It is the
tallest building as well as the tallest hotel in the city so it's not
difficult to miss that. It may not be the best of hotels to stay in but
the hotel does offer much bigger rooms than most other hotels in similar
There is however a nice observation deck on the 77th floor and a revolving restaurant on the 84th floor. Non-residents are welcome to gain access to both the floors between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm at a cost of 200 Baht, but there is no charge should you be staying at this hotel.
I once stayed at the Indra Regent but this is one hotel in Bangkok, I would not recommend. Though the hotel has a large shopping arcade on the premises and a comfy coffee shop, the hotel itself has a rather damp and clammy feel to it.
If you walk along Ratchaprarop Road, you will soon notice a
fair number of extremely narrow and dimly-lit alleyways, all jam-packed
with a chaotic collection of small shops and even smaller stalls. Both
locals and tourists alike jostle around for whatever available space
there is, so as to move up and down the lanes with relative ease and
with as little discomfort as can be possible.
You may love it or
you may hate it, but one thing is for certain, because this is a natural
part of life in Thailand, it may well be an experience, you shouldn't
miss. I for one, relish these opportunities. It is quite safe to
stroll through these aisles, although it is advisable to keep a tight
hold on to your personal possessions and never ever keep your money in
your back pocket.
Should you find shopping here a little unpleasant you might consider going to the nearby Platinum Fashion Mall.
Don't even think about crossing the bustling highway to this mall unless you are either an out-and-out crazy adrenaline junkie or a wee bit insane. Please use the pedestrian bridges of which there are quite a few. You may have to walk a short distance to reach one, but your safety will be assured. Happy shopping.
Platinum Fashion Mall on Petchburi Road
The surrounding streets outside the Pratunam market is abuzz with lots of
lively stalls and their vendors selling a variety of inexpensive
merchandise. Here you can buy all sorts of goodies from the latest male
and female fashion garments, costume jewellery, local handicrafts, fake
watches, designer lighters and whatever else takes your fancy.
forget to practice your bargaining skills. It's advisable to wear a good pair of walking shoes as you'll do a lot of that here.
The market is close to
on the new Petchburi Road where you can shop for computer hardware
and software, photographic equipment and mobile phones. There is also
Central World Plaza
nearby which is the upmarket shopping complex on the corner of Petchaburi and Ratchaprarop Roads.
Narrow Alleyways at Pratunam Market
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Central World Shopping Centre
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