Bangkok, Thailand




Pratunam in a broad sense includes the areas of Ratchathewi, Makkasan and around the Victory Monument. It is often referred as Bangkok's "northern downtown" area and a major shopping district in the city. When it comes to shopping, Pratunam is well-known for the thousands of clothing and fashion stores selling at cheap and often wholesale prices, especially when purchasing in bulk.

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Prutanam was not developed until the 1960s when rice fields dominated the landscape. Today, the Baiyoke Tower II stands proudly in Prutanam at 304 metres (328 metres if the antenna is included) and is the tallest building in Thailand until construction of the 367-metre Ocean 1 Tower in Pattaya is completed in 2014. It is a distinctive feature of Bangkok's skyline and represents the rising economy of both Pratunam and Thailand as a whole. Just taking a lift up the tower is an experience not to be missed. Surrounding it are plenty of other residential towers and hotels leveraging on the central location.

Platinum Fashion Mall in Pratunam by coolinsights

Even as Prutanam progresses and develops, the street markets have never disappeared. Fresh produce has made way for fashion wear, textiles and accessories but still sold at local prices. Endless small alleyways are packed with literally thousands of stores selling clothes and fashion at knockdown prices. In the northern area of Prutanam lies Victory Monument, a large military monument that now functions as a major traffic hub. The area has become a popular residential neighbourhood with locals and expats working in the downtown area. Prutanam is particularly lively after dusk, when there is a busy night market and an active jazz scene.

Street in Pratunam by chut79

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