Shopping around Bangkok – Platinum Mall, Pratunam Market and Sampeng Lane

March 28, 2011

Bangkok is well-known to be a shopping paradise for all kinds of stuff from clothes, accessories to even IT products – not only can you get whatever you want here but you can also get it at a cheap price (if you know how to bargain well). For some tips on bargaining, our previous post on “how to bargain in Hong Kong” also applies here.

To enjoy a holiday with the ultimate shopping experience in Bangkok, there are 3 key shopping areas to note:

  • Pratunam Shopping Area;
  • Chinatown (Sampeng Lane) Shopping Area; and
  • Chatuchak (Jatujak) Weekend Market

We will cover just Pratunam and Chinatown in this post. The Pratunam area is well-known for its many shopping centres, open-air market and clothing wholesale distribution centres. Depending on your preference, you can get a wide range of stuff at different prices with very different shopping experiences all within walking distance of each other. Simply take a look at the map below and check out the number of ‘S’ symbols (which stands for shopping malls/markets).

Pratunam Wholesale Market Platinum Mall Shopping Map

Pratunam Wholesale Market

Located at the intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads, the Pratunam Wholesale Market is one of Bangkok’s major markets which sells clothes, shoes and fashion accessories at wholesale prices. This market is open as early as 8am and the busy periods when most shops are open and also when the crowds come in are usually from 11am to 2pm. This market is not for the claustrophobic as the shops are lined along small alleys – just when you thought that’s it for this market, another small alley comes up right around the corner offering more clothes and shoes.

You will find all kinds of clothes here from winter jackets, working attire, suits to even outrageous dancing sequined *bling bling* costumes. You can also pick up wallets, belts at reasonable prices – just don’t expect Armani, Gucci quality (even though the brand name seems to indicate so). The Pratunam Wholesale Market is located just beside Amari Watergate Hotel where Paul’s Fashion is located.

Pratunam Market Outdoor Open Air Alley Shopping Bangkok Thailand

Platinum Fashion Mall

If you prefer shopping in brightly lit air-conditioned malls, just cross the Petchburi road – follow the locals when crossing the road as the cars and motorcycles don’t observe the zebra crossing – and you will find the relatively new shopping centre: Platinum Fashion Mall (most shops open at 11am). Here you will find mainly women’s clothing and fashion accessories spread out across 6 floors (Male fashion take up just one floor). The fashion sense here is quite updated and you might even find clothes here that have yet to make it to the blogshops in Singapore; blogshops are also known to source their clothes from here. This is a wholesale mall so don’t be surprised by the large number of shoppers who bring along huge trolley bags stuffed full with clothes from various outlets in the mall.

You can also get items at very reasonable prices – provided you buy in bulk, usually three items and up. The price you pay will be about 30% lower per piece. Some shops allow you to mix different types of items, for example, purses and bags, shirts and trousers. You will sometimes find 2 price tags on the same item – the lower one is the wholesale price; check with the shop assistants on what’s the wholesale price, how many items do you have to buy to enjoy this discounted price and can you mix different items to make up the numbers.

There are just 3 golden rules to note when shopping here and it is practised in almost 90% of the shops here:

  • No Trying – you are not allowed to try on the clothes; The clothes might be stretched or soiled with multiple trying by walk-in customers; since the bulk of their business is retailers buying in bulk, such stretched clothings will not be “sell-able”.
  • No Change – Same principle as above
  • No Refund – As above. If you can’t even swap for another item, don’t bother about refunds.

If you are hungry or thirsty after a whole day of shopping, pop by the cafes located at the basement or the food court on Level 5 for a quick bite before continuing your shopping adventure in Platinum Fashion Mall. If you are planning to take a taxi from Platinum Fashion Mall, ignore the taxi stand and just hail a taxi off the road – the taxi queues are usually very long and you will be constantly pestered by taxi and tuk tuk touts waiting by the roadside. The metered taxi fare from VIE Hotel Bangkok to Platinum Mall or Pratunam Wholesale Market is only about 40 Baht.

Platinum Fashion Mall Air-conditioned Female fashion Accessories Bangkok Shopping

Pantip Plaza

Just a few metres away from Platinum Fashion Mall, you will also find Pantip Plaza which is well-known for its cheap IT accessories and counterfeit versions of software and DVDs. If you are looking for thumbdrives, DVDs, wireless mouse and keyboard, compare prices across different shops and bargain hard for the best deal.

Chinatown Sampeng Lane

Right across town on the other side of Bangkok lies Chinatown – another shopping + food paradise. It will cost about 160 baht (metered fare with no traffic jam) for a taxi ride from Platinum Fashion Mall to Chinatown Sampeng Lane. Here you will find all kinds of fashion accessories e.g. hair bands, scrunchies, clips at wholesale prices (but you will have to buy in bulk – 3 or more pieces). Not all shops here cater to walk-in customers and they usually have minimum orders for 50 or more pieces so unless you have plans to buy 50 hair bands, it’s best to stay away. Shops here close at 6pm so after a busy shopping day in Chinatown, you can check out the many roadside stalls offering seafood and Thai food at reasonable prices.

Sampeng Lane Chinatown Shopping District Fashion Accesories

Comments (82)

  • kay Reply

    March 30, 2011 at 5:28 am

    And if you forgot to buy something they can help you, can try personal shopper bangkok

  • Jarred Tockey Reply

    April 9, 2011 at 8:01 am

    cool web-site. Offered me a even better understanding travelling. Thanks a lot buddy

  • Nisha Reply

    April 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks for the insight, I have been to Malaysia and the shopping mall looks similar! But thanks for the info when I go to Bangkok, and its interesting to know you can have a personal shopper!

  • Johan Reply

    April 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    what does it mean by Personal shopper how he help me

  • videogratuites Reply

    April 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    You can hire personal shopper for the day to show you the best places where to buy what you want (and you usually save compared to the price that a local will pay) , but you can also send personal shoppers to buy what you need for you, and it’s so convenient in a big city !!!

  • SIAMAK Reply

    May 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I’m looking for kids stock lot garment in thailand
    pleas help

  • assistantshoppingbangkok Reply

    May 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Thank you for your post.

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  • johan Reply

    May 10, 2011 at 2:37 am

    what price diff usually compare to dubai , malayisa is that cheaper i need ladies stuff, penties, blows, t shirt , long flapper, pls reply

  • kaykhanitta Reply

    May 10, 2011 at 2:43 am

    A lot cheaper than Dubai and Malaysia, and most of all, the best choice is in Thailand for garment, as these people don’t cheat as in China and know what is quality !

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  • gigi Reply

    May 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Cool blog. Just wondering, do u ever lost around pratunum market? Any advise not to get lost?

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      May 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Yes its quite easy to get lost in pratunuam market – just ask the shopkeepers and they will point you in the right direction but because there are so many exits – there is a risk of conflicting instructions; if you are not in a hurry, just take your time and just walk straight towards any direction and you will find an exit.

  • Johan Reply

    May 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Can any body let me know what is hotel stay price in Prutnam market, is that fine hotel available not 4 star or 5 star but reasonably good atmoshper.

    please reply

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      May 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      you might want to check for the rates – some hotels around the area include Baiyoke Sky, VIE Hotel

      • Avvee Reply

        May 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm

        Heys Great Post! Could you enlighten if bargaining is encouraged at Pratunum , Platinum mall and Pantip ? Cuz some prices i noticed are already so low, but hey if i can get a better deal i wouldn’t mind either (:

        • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

          May 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm

          Yes bargaining is ok at the malls but not the cut 50% type. U can try at chatuchak for the cut 50 – 60% type bargain

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  • pin Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Do you know of any contact person in Bangkok whom I can engage to buy specific products on my behalf then arrange for delivery to Singapore and Malaysia? Thanks!

  • Elaine Reply

    August 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Could you please advise me where to shop for genuine weft hair extensions and the procedure at the airports?

    • Jo Reply

      August 16, 2011 at 12:39 am

      Hi Elaine, i just got back from BKK. airport procedure’s pretty standard. You alight the plane, take the travelators towards the customs ( there are signs in English ) , join the (really long) queue for the international passports, go through and collect your bags at the other side. Head out into the arrival hall, ignore anyone who approaches you no matter how nice they look. Head down to lvl 1 to the public taxi queue, show the personnel on duty your hotel name and address, they’ll help communicate it to the taxi driver, and you’re on your way (:

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      August 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      Hi Elaine – for accessories like hair extensions, you can look for them at Sampeng Lane at Chinatown.

  • Anna Reply

    August 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Hi, Can you help me that let me know somewhere for bussines? i would like to buy ladies’s clothes? where would the right shop i can get with good price? and how much i can carry back to Viet Nam? and Do i have to pay for tax or something else? and Is it safe for going bussines alone there? One more thing, how much is the cost in Baiyoke hotel? lots of infor in internet, i dont know whick one is correctly. Thank you very much.

    • aakash Reply

      September 16, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      i also need some what same info

  • fashionmode Reply

    September 17, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Why don’t you ask the personal shoppers in Bangkok ? They helped to find clothing for my shop, good price and good service, I will use it again soon.

  • raquel naraja Reply

    November 28, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Hello, I’m planning to go in Thailand Bangkok,Can you help me and let me know any information regarding my clothing Business?for ladies’s and for kids clothe’s ? where would the right shop i can get with good price?30,000 baht is it enough for starting for my business?and is any shipping cargo there like LBC ? One more thing, how much is the cost in Baiyoke hotel? lots of info in internet,But i dont know which one is correct.please help me…thanks

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      December 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      For Ladies and Kids clothes, you can find lots of them at Platinum Mall and Pratunuam Market. They are mostly wholesalers and they offer great discounts to people who buy in bulk. There are no particular shop I would recommend as I dont have experience dealing with them in wholesale purchase. Not too sure abt shipping and Baiyoke hotel (can check out for good rates).

  • Azahari Reply

    November 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    could you suggest me as a first timer in Bangkok, Thailand what are good souvenir for my collagues back home that represent Thailand

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      December 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      Definitely food – lots of dried foodstuffs. at chatuchak market, you get lots of knick-knacks e.g. cups, plates, key chains, t-shirts. you will be spoilt for choice on what to buy for them when you shop at Chatuchak Market

  • Yossy Reply

    December 7, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Do you know where 2 find branded copy clothes like fred perry,superdry etc in ptatinum/siam/paladium?

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  • buythiscomputer Reply

    December 18, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I am now using IE and there is no problem with this site.

  • YUUKI REN Reply

    January 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Hello Zhiqiang & Tingyi! Thank you for your information! Superb website!

    Where is the best place for me to buy A4 paper?

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  • Benjina Reply

    March 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I’m the one who loves to shop at Platinum shopping mall, it’s not only to have a reasonable price but the quality ones, just in case, you’re good at negotiating :)

  • abel odje Reply

    August 13, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Good day, i am from africa. can you help me with information of the area or location in turkey where computer software is sold
    thank you

  • Adeline Chua Reply

    November 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Is there wholesale on Chinese dried food like fish maw, sea cucumber n on which day n the operating hours. Is it very far to walk to Chinatown if we were to take BTS to Hua Lamphong station in order to avoid the jam? How to beat the jam n save more time?

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      November 15, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Just walk along Yaowarat Road and you will see lots of these on sale – if you buy more, you shld be able to ask for wholesale price; if you cant get the price you want (reasonable one), just move on to the next stall.

      Yes. it is quite far to walk to Chinatown from Hua Lamphong station – maybe 15 – 20 minutes; can take a Tuk-tuk (shld bargain not more than 30 Baht) Take a metered taxi but taxi will be caught in the jam.

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  • May Chung Reply

    November 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Hi, could you please recommend reasonable hotel around Pratunam area?
    Is Glow Pratunam nearby please?
    How do I get to Pratunam area from the Airport.
    Thanks much for your advice.

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      November 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Glow is nearby. If you are into shopping, you can consider Novotel Platinum – located right on top of Platinum Mall zone 3 – you can shop til you drop and then put your shopping back in your hotel (just walking distance) and then continue shopping!

      The 28.6km Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link has two trains — City Line and Express Line.
      The City Line starts from the Phraya Thai Airport Link station. It costs 15 baht per person until the end of year (15-45 baht after that), leaves every 15 minutes, stops at all eight SARL stations along the way to the airport and makes the journey in 30 minutes. Runs 24 hours a day.
      The Express Line leaves from the main Makkasan SARL station and travels directly to Suvarnabhumi Airport, costs 100 baht (150 baht from January 1, 2020), leaves every 30 minutes and makes the journey in 15 minutes. Runs from 6am to 1am.

      From Phraya Thai station, you can take a cab to your hotel in Pratunam area – shld be quite cheap – about 3-5 Sing dollars.

      • May Chung Reply

        November 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm

        Dear Zhiqiang & Tingyi,

        Thank you once again for your kind recommendation.

        May God bless you always.

  • Lolli Reply

    November 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Is there a train from the airport to town?
    If yes, kindly advise the name of the train station to get off.

    tks & rgds,

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      November 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      There are airport express services to Bangkok:

      The stop to get off will depend on where you want to go.

      The 28.6km Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link has two trains — City Line and Express Line.
      The City Line starts from the Phraya Thai Airport Link station. It costs 15 baht per person until the end of year (15-45 baht after that), leaves every 15 minutes, stops at all eight SARL stations along the way to the airport and makes the journey in 30 minutes. Runs 24 hours a day.
      The Express Line leaves from the main Makkasan SARL station and travels directly to Suvarnabhumi Airport, costs 100 baht (150 baht from January 1, 2020), leaves every 30 minutes and makes the journey in 15 minutes. Runs from 6am to 1am.

  • Bangkok-Personal-Shopper Reply

    November 21, 2012 at 12:40 am

    You can walk for AIRPORT LINK STATION to PLATINUM, it is around 500 meters only.

    Indra hotel is good and cheap on AGODA.

    Personal Shopper Bangkok.

    • May Chung Reply

      November 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      Thanks to all for your kind recommendation.

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      November 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm

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  • jayaweera Reply

    December 19, 2012 at 1:20 am

    don’t buy electronic items from Indian shops in Indra market. fake brands and copies are sold there. i have bought a samsung galaxy s III that was a fake . be careful when you buy

  • jayaweera Reply

    December 19, 2012 at 1:22 am

    if you have been cheated by sellers in indra market, pl report

  • Thenash Reply

    January 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I am looking for the best place to purchase fashion accesseries and cloths. That I can put at markets to sell. Can you guys advise me where is the best and cheap places.

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      January 18, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Platinum Mall and Pratunam market has lots of clothes sold at wholesale prices – just walk around the area and you find a lot of such shops

    • cherry Reply

      February 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      @Thenash In Chatuchak market you can find almost everything in a very good price


      March 22, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Im looking the best price of different kinds of clothes blo

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  • stella Reply

    May 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm


    May I ask how do I go to platimum mall from shanghai mansion hotel by mrt?. Which station do I alight and how do I work from that station to platimum mall. Tks

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      May 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      The nearest BTS station to Chinatown is Hua Lamphong. However, it will involve a lot of walking to the station from Shanghai Mansion. I suggest you either bargain with a tuk-tuk or just take a metered taxi to Platinum Mall direct or to Hua Lamphong BTS. If you choose the latter, then you should get off at BTS Chidlom or Ratchetewi station. Both of which will involve at least a 1 km walk to Platinum Mall.

  • stella Reply

    September 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm


    May I ask any good massage house near shanghai mansion hotel? Had you tried this restaurant called “Vietnamese and More”? If u have, may I know is it within walking distance from shanghai mansion hotel? Is there any spa services in sha ghai mansion hotel?

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      September 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      we didnt try any massage houses during the trip. The Vietnamese and More restaurant is not within walking distance and it is very far away from Shanghai Mansion. there are no spa services in shanghai mansion

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  • Ritesh Ved Reply

    February 17, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Hi, can you suggest me where i can buy motorcycle accessories and merchandize in whoelsale. I am looking for stuff like motorcycle tshirts, helmets, protective gear, wallets, caps, stickers, keychains and so on..I want to retail these here in my market.
    Thanks :)

  • Rahul Patil Reply

    November 8, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Indira market is very nicely. I recently shown this market.
    in this market reasonable somethings items.but not some items is not reasonable to reach . i m from india in maharashtra state
    I again and again visit this mall.
    thank you

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