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

by Zhiqiang & Tingyi on March 28, 2011 · 62 Comments

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

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3 jayaweera 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

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4 jayaweera December 19, 2012 at 1:22 am

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

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5 Thenash 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.

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6 Zhiqiang & Tingyi 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

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7 cherry February 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm

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

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8 ELISA Y. MANAMBIT March 22, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Im looking the best price of different kinds of clothes blo

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9 stella May 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Hi

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

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10 Zhiqiang & Tingyi 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.

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11 stella September 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Hi

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?

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12 Zhiqiang & Tingyi 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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