Shopping in Pratunam Market Bangkok Thailand

Outside Bangkok Pratunam Market
Outside Bangkok Pratunam Market | Source

Bangkok Pratunam Market

Pratunam Market stands out on its own amongst Bangkok's best shopping mall and markets for buying cheap clothes and accessories. It is a bustling bargain shopping district in Bangkok filled with budget cheap hotel rooms. One of the most famous hotel and city landmark is the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the tallest hotel and building in Thailand. If you're looking for something to wear, eat, and stay on the cheap you'll find it all at Pratunam Market.

Originally Pratunam Market was meant as a clothing wholesale market for resellers. Now, everyday the market is opened to tourists who are welcomed to shop for shoes, shirts, pant and jeans at cheap prices. It is also a market where tourists from all over the world come to look for quality fake luxury hand bags, wallets and watches if there is ever such a thing. Fake Guccis, Coach and Louis Vuitton merchandise can be found at Pratunam's chaotic market.

Pratunam is a very good place to visit even if you are not a die hard shopper. The neighborhood is a melting pot of sorts with many Indian and Pakistani businesses including hotels and restaurants so it is a good area to stroll around and explore another side of Bangkok.

Pratunam Market is not an area condensed into one central location. The clothing market encompasses a large portion of Pratunam district. The majority of the market is packed into a warren of stalls and it even extend out to the city's sidewalk, covered in tarp protecting the merchandise from sun and rain.

Then you have shopping complexes such as Indra Square. Even the ground level of Bangkok's famed Baiyoke Sky Hotel inside Pratunam has a mall filled with cheap clothes, women's handbags and electronics such as cameras, iPods and cell phones.

It is also one of the most best areas in Bangkok with cheaper budget hotels. And since it is such a busy area it is a popular choice for tourists looking for affordable quality hotels that is close to the city's hub of activity.

Pratunam Market Area

Pratunam Market is big and choked with pedestrians and vehicle traffic
Pratunam Market is big and choked with pedestrians and vehicle traffic

How to Get to Pratunam Market

Pratunam is a really busy neighborhood in Bangkok during the early morning to late evening. And vehicle traffic is a real nightmare because there are two major roads that intersect the market called Ratchapraop Road and Petechburi Road.

If you ask a taxi to take you to Pratunam Market they will most likely decline your fare since they do not want to be stuck in traffic. Your best solution is a tuk tuk because it is able to maneuver and weave through non-moving traffic. Expect to be charged a bit more as a tourist but the price you pay is still manageable especially if you are not riding the tuk tuk alone.

The other option is riding the BTS Sky Train which has several stations not quite so near Pratunam Market and requires a bit of a hike however.

There are quite a lot of budget hotels near Pratunam so you won't even have to walk to far to get there and Pratunam is an ideal location for shopping in Bangkok because it is close to Siam and Chidlom, an area filled with high end shopping malls.

Be careful of vehicle traffic inside Pratunam Market
Be careful of vehicle traffic inside Pratunam Market | Source

Shopping in Pratunam Bangkok

There are lots to buy in Pratunam from tourist trinkets to t-shirts with funny designs. Need tailored shirts and pants? No problem, you can find many tailors inside with all kinds of fabrics to choose from for that custom fit and comfort. Women can also find places to make custom dresses inside the market too. Many are talented seamstresses who are able to reproduce a dress you'd see on fashion magazines. Just make sure to settle on a price above all else and try to get in as much fittings as possible.

This is a wholesale market and though prices are relatively cheap for buying one clothing item you will often get a better discount if you buy several pieces. And it doesn't even have to be the same item. Don't be shy about haggling and bargaining for clothes in Bangkok. In a way, it's kind of expected. Just be respectful and remind yourself not to haggle too aggressively. For example if a shirt that you want to buy is 30 Baht more than you wanted to pay it's probably best to just pay since it really is not a huge amount.

I wouldn't worry about the language barrier either. Most vendors inside Pratunam Market are able to communicate in basic English. Though learning to speak Thai and conversing with a vendor may put you in a favorable light for extra discount.

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This is Petchburi Road on the south side of Pratunam Market. It often a traffic nightmareRatchapraop Road intersects Petchburi Road so you can imagine how bad traffic is in Pratunam MarketThere are many stall filled with people inside Pratunam MarketBuy more and get a better priceIndra Square is a shopping 3 story shopping complex near Pratunam MarketT-Shirts at bulk pricesOuter edge of Pratunam MarketReal or fake? A watch vendor on Ratchapraop Road on the east end of Pratunam Market
This is Petchburi Road on the south side of Pratunam Market. It often a traffic nightmare
This is Petchburi Road on the south side of Pratunam Market. It often a traffic nightmare | Source
Ratchapraop Road intersects Petchburi Road so you can imagine how bad traffic is in Pratunam Market
Ratchapraop Road intersects Petchburi Road so you can imagine how bad traffic is in Pratunam Market | Source
There are many stall filled with people inside Pratunam Market
There are many stall filled with people inside Pratunam Market | Source
Buy more and get a better price
Buy more and get a better price | Source
Indra Square is a shopping 3 story shopping complex near Pratunam Market
Indra Square is a shopping 3 story shopping complex near Pratunam Market | Source
T-Shirts at bulk prices
T-Shirts at bulk prices | Source
Outer edge of Pratunam Market
Outer edge of Pratunam Market | Source
Real or fake? A watch vendor on Ratchapraop Road on the east end of Pratunam Market
Real or fake? A watch vendor on Ratchapraop Road on the east end of Pratunam Market | Source
A popular hotel in Pratunam, the Baiyoke Sky Hotel
A popular hotel in Pratunam, the Baiyoke Sky Hotel | Source

Hotels near Pratunam Market

Hotels near Pratunam Market are family friendly and are always popular because it's a busy neighborhood with plenty to see, shop and eat all around. And there are several BTS Sky Train stations nearby, though it still requires a bit of a walk. Then there is the affordable Airport Express Rail Link with a station near Pratunam so you can skip the taxis and save more money.

There are many budget and affordable hotels near Pratunam and one of the most famous hotel and landmark is the Baiyoke Sky Hotel. It's one of the more expensive hotels in Pratunam but very affordable at the same time for most tourists looking for a comfortable hotel with lots of guest amenities.

Some of the budget hotels in Pratunam are actually better compared to hotels in Khao San Road which are older properties. Many hotels in Pratunam are actually quite new and the hotels often include a free breakfast with the room rates.

If I need to find hotels in Pratunam with discount rates or any hotel in Thailand I always use the services of a hotel reservation agencies such as Agoda.com. They are in the business of selling rooms that hotels cannot fill so you will find better hotel rates on their website.

Best Hotels Near Pratunam Market

Name
Quality
Price (per night)
White Palace Hotel
2 stars
1150THB
Khurana Inn
2 stars
1200THB
Best Western Mayfair Suites
2.5 stars
1300THB
Baiyoke Suite Hotel
2.5 stars
1300THB
Citin Pratunam
3 stars
1399THB
Budacco
3 stars
1500THB
Baiyoke Sky Hotel
3.5 stars
2299THB
Indra Regent
3.5 stars
2400THB
Amari Watergate Hotel
4 stars
3550THB
Rates are based on low season (April - late September)
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Pratunam Market is a lively section of Bangkok which any visitor with time should take a look at. Even if you are not into shopping it's not easy to resist just buying one item. Clothes sold in Pratunam are very affordable and the quality is quite good. For even more discounts and cheaper prices just buy a few more pieces.

Shopping at Pratunam Market is a great alternative to shopping in Chatuchack Weekend Market because Pratunam is open 7 days a week. So if you are staying in Bangkok on the weekday and need some souvenirs or funny t-shirts at cheap prices head to Pratunam Market.

Who doesn't like t-shirts with funny pictures?

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yangu 4 years ago

where can i buy first copy coach bags,is it available in pratunam mall..how much does it cost me around


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Edwin Clark 4 years ago from Thailand by way of New York Author

yangyu, I see quite a few shops in and around Pratunam selling all kinds of fake brand name hand bags. But I don't have any idea on pricing because I've never bought a fake bag before. Sorry.


khalil Adel 4 years ago

you can find all what you need with a very cheap price in plattinum mall,indra mall,complex city mall and chatuchak weekend market you can reach it by tuk tuk from pratunam give the driver 150 BHT.

good luck

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