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Pratunam is an excellent shopping destination and most of the merchandise here are on wholesale, so this is the place to go for cheap bargains. Shopping in Pratunam has a no frills approach and haggling is more important here than in other shopping malls. Furthermore, things get considerably cheaper if you buy in bulk and therefore don't forget your baggage limit!

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Shopping in Pratunam by coolinsights
Pratunam Market
Phetchaburi Soi 21 (Pratunam Pier). Opens: daily from 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
The Pratunam Market is an immense open-air garment market and though geared towards exporters, anyone can shop here. Items for sale include T-shirts, dresses, shorts, jeans, shoes and accessories. You can easily spend half a day here, as the area has a stunning number of more than 4,000 shops.
The market spread out on the streets around Baiyoke Tower I and the ground floor of the tower also has a few clothing shops. Though the market officially opens until 6:00 p.m., many shops already close around 4:00 p.m. By the beginning of the evening, a night market begins on the streets along Baiyoke Tower I and stays open until after 2:00 a.m.

Pratunam Market by burrito estupendo

City Complex
831 Phetchaburi Rd (Pratunam Pier). Opens: Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.
While walking along Phetchaburi Road, you definitely cannot miss the enormous six-storey City Complex. It is one of the most popular malls in Pratunam and specifically targets teenage girls and the 20-somethings. Most of the shops sell fashionable clothing, shoes and accessories but there are also a few dedicated to cosmetics, jewellery and crafts. The fifth floor has a modest food court.

Indra Square
20/126 Ratchaprarop Rd (Airport Rail Link Ratchaprarop). Opens: daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Indra Square is an indoor shopping mall with more than 300 retail and wholesale outlets. The first floor is mostly devoted to fashion, silk items and accessories. The clothes here are remarkably cheaper than elsewhere in the city and unlike City Complex, there is a decent supply of clothing for men and children. The second floor has a more diverse set of products including arts, crafts, toys and mobile phones. If you're getting hungry, there's a food centre on the second floor.

Krungthong Plaza
813/8 Phetchaburi Rd (Pratunam Pier). Opens: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Krungthong Plaza is another big shopping mall with apparel sold at wholesale prices. The mall has more than 600 outlets selling clothing, shoes, bags, cosmetics and accessories. There is an excellent food court on the fourth floor.

Metro Fashion Mall
599 Phetchaburi Rd (BTS Ratchathewi, then a 15 minutes walk east along Phetchaburi Road).
This wholesale shopping mall opened its doors in 2009. The seven-floor shopping mall accommodates 370 wholesale vendors selling fashion apparel, bags, footwear, cosmetics and accessories. There is a food centre on the third floor and a McDonald's on the ground floor outside.

Pantip Plaza
604/3 Phetchaburi Rd (Pratunam Pier). Opens: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
A six-floor shopping mall devoted to computer gear and famous for its pirated media items. The bootleg trade is low-key than it used to be but pirated software and DVDs are still widely available. It is also a good place for digital cameras, printers, MP3-players and other
electronic gadgets. Test whatever you are buying as some of the merchandise are unreliable or don't last long. If you want to be safe, buy at the official brand stores but keep in mind that the warranty is only valid within Thailand.

Platinum Fashion Mall
222 Phetchaburi Rd (Pratunam Pier). Opens: daily from 10:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m.
Many of the 1,300 shops here are also located at the Chatuchak Market on weekends. It is particularly interesting for women as the shops mostly sell clothing, handbags, shoes, accessories, gifts and make-up. A lot of shops (but not all) are geared towards export and wholesale. There's a huge and very good food court on the sixth floor of the mall. It can get very busy, especially around noon and dinnertime.

Pratunam Center
555 Ratchaprarop Rd (Pratunam Pier). Opens: daily from 10:30 a.m to 9:00 p.m.
The shiny Pratunam Center has four floors of textiles and jewellery on offer for retail and wholesale. The first two floors are taken up by OTOP (One Tambon, One Product) that sells handicrafts from every township of Thailand. The basement mostly sell silverware and home decoration. Surrounding the mall are a bunch of clothing stalls.

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