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Bangkok/Pratunam

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[[Image:Platinumfashionmall.jpg|300px|thumb|Platinum Fashion Mall]]
Most visitors know about the [[Bangkok/Phahonyothin|Chatuchak Weekend Market]] for cheap deals on clothesclothing, shoes and accessories, but they miss out on Pratunam's daily sales. Pratunam is an excellent shopping area that can easily be reached on foot from [[Bangkok/Siam Square|Ratchaprasong]]. Most of the products available are on wholesale, so this is the place to go for some cheap bargains. [[Haggling]] is more important here than in other shopping malls, and things get considerably cheaper if you buy in bulk. Just don't forget about your baggage limit! Chatuchak has been serving a more diverse audience over the years, but Pratunam has kept a strict no frills approach. Everything looks cheap and is cheap, even cheaper than at Chatuchak.
The place to head out for is the '''Pratunam Market''', a jam-packed maze of alleys where tiny stalls are offering t-shirts, jackets, dresses, jeans, shorts, shoes and accessories, including many fakes. You also cannot miss the '''City Complex''', a fashionable shopping mall marketed towards female teenagers and students, and '''Indra Square''' that has a more diverse audience. Shopping in Pratunam is not for the faint-hearted, as it is an unappealing area with massive crowds, pushy pedestrians and no air-conditioning. You can take a breather at the cooled '''Platinum Fashion Mall''', that has an excellent food court.
*<buy name="City Complex" alt="ซิตี้คอมเพล็กซ์" address="831 Phetchaburi Rd" directions="Pratunam pier" phone="+66-2-254-1999" url="" hours="M-F 11AM-9PM, Sa-Su 10AM-9PM" price="" lat="" long="">While walking along Phetchaburi Road, you definitely cannot miss the enormous six-story City Complex. It is one of the most popular malls in Pratunam that is specifically marketed towards teenage girls and 20-somethings. Most of the shops are selling fashionable clothing, shoes and accessories, but there are also a few of them dedicated to cosmetics, jewellery and crafts. The fifth floor has a modest food court.</buy>
*<buy name="Indra Square" alt="อินทรา สแควร์" address="120/126 Ratchaprarop Rd" directions="ARL Ratchaprarop" phone="+66-2-208-0022(-33)" url="" hours="8AM-8PM daily" price="" lat="" long="">Indra Square is an indoor shopping mall with more than 300 retail and wholesale outlets. The first floor is mostly about fashion, silk and accessories, and has some fast-food outlets. The clothes here are remarkably cheaper than elsewhere in the city, and unlike City Complex, there is a decent supply of clothes for men and children as well. 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 center on the second floor. There are some clothes clothing shops at the ground level of the nearby Baiyoke Tower II as well.</buy>
*<buy name="Krungthong Plaza" alt="กรุงทองพลาซ่า" address="813/8 Phetchaburi Rd" directions="Pratunam pier" phone="+66-2-653-9333" url="http://www.krungthong-plaza.com/" hours="9AM-6PM daily" price="" lat="" long="">Krungthong Plaza is another big shopping mall with apparel sold at wholesale prices. The mall has more than 600 shops inside, almost all of them about clothing, shoes, bags, cosmetics and accessories. There is an excellent food court on the fourth floor.</buy>
*<buy name="Pantip Plaza" alt="พันธุ์ทิพย์พลาซ่า" address="604/3 Phetchaburi Rd" directions="Pratunam pier" phone="+66-2-250-1555" url="http://www.pantipplaza.com/" hours="10AM-8PM daily" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A six-floor shopping mall devoted to computer gear, famous for its pirated media. The bootleg trade is much more low-key than it used to be, but software and DVDs are still widely available. It is also a good place for digital cameras, gadgets, printers, MP3-players, etc. Test out whatever you are buying as there are lots of flaky goods here. If you want to be safe, buy at the official brand stores, though prices are similar as in Western countries (or even higher!). And keep in mind that warranty is only valid within Thailand.</buy>
*<buy name="Platinum Fashion Mall" alt="แพลทินัม แฟชั่นมอล์" address="222 Phetchaburi Rd" directions="Pratunam pier" phone="+66-2-121-8000" url="http://www.platinumfashionmall.com/" hours="10AM-8PM daily" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A great place for fashion shopping, especially since it is air-conditioned. Many of the 1300 shops here are also at the Chatuchak Market on weekends. It is particularly interesting for women as the shops mostly sell clothesclothing, handbags, shoes, accessories, gifts and make-up. A lot of shops (but not all) are geared towards export and wholesale.</buy>
*<buy name="Pratunam Center" alt="ประตูน้ำเซ็นเตอร์" address="555 Ratchaprarop Rd" directions="Pratunam pier" phone="+66-2-309-8888" url="" hours="10:30AM-9PM daily" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The shiny new 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 floor mostly offers silverwares and house decoration items. For now, a large part of the mall is unoccupied. Surrounding the mall are a bunch of clothes clothing stalls.</buy>
*<buy name="Pratunam Market" alt="ตลาดประตูน้ำ" address="Phetchaburi Soi 21" directions="Pratunam pier" phone="" url="" hours="9AM-6PM daily" price="" lat="" long="">The Pratunam Market is an immense open-air garment market, and although it is geared towards exporters, anyone can shop here. Most of the items for sale are t-shirts, dresses, shorts, jeans, shoes and accessories. You could easily spend half a day here if you wish, as the area has a stunning amount of more than 4000 shops. While the market is officially open till 6PM, many shops already close around 4PM. The market spread out on the streets around Baiyoke Tower I, and the ground floor of that tower also has a few clothing shops. In the beginning of the evening, a night market is set-up in the streets along Baiyoke Tower I that stays open until after 2AM.</buy>
Most of the eateries around Pratunam are cheap and simple, unless you step into one of its five-star hotels. Victory Monument has the usual collection of Western and Thai fast-food favorites, and it has a busy street market as well, especially in the evenings.
*<eat name="Kai Ton Pratunam" alt="ไก่ตอนประตูน้ำ" address="Phetchaburi Soi 30" directions="Pratunam pier; in the alley opposite Pratunam Center" phone="+66-2-252-6325" url="" hours="5:30AM-3PM, 6PM-3AM daily" price="30 baht" lat="" long="">Kai Ton initially seems like a simple street food vendor; but it is always crowded as the guests rave about the food. It is touted as having Bangkok's best chicken rice (ข้าวมันไก่ ''khao man kai''), which is quite similar to Hainanese chicken rice. The staff does not speak English and there is no English sign up, but the employees are easy to recognize as they wear pink clothesclothing, a white cap and a chicken logo on the back.</eat>
* <eat name="Once Upon A Time" alt="กาลครั้งหนึ่ง ณ เรือนเจ้าคุณอู๋ " address="32 Phetchaburi Soi 17" directions="Pratunam pier; in the alley across Pantip Plaza" phone="+66-2-252-8629" url="http://www.onceuponatimeinthailand.com/" hours="" price="250 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">In a dubious-looking alley opposite Pantip Plaza, but worth hunting down despite the unlikely location. The restaurant is in an old Thai teak house with a garden, filled with photos of classical Thai film stars, and serves very good Thai food. Check out the special rooms upstairs on your way to the bathroom.</eat>
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