Pratunam Market is a popular wholesale market in Bangkok which always crowded with local and foreign shoppers, it is located at intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads to Ratchaprarop Soi 3, which is opposite Platinum Fashion Mall across New Petchburi Road. There are both indoor retail shops which open from 1000-2100, and outdoor stalls that normally available during early morning to around 1000 and open again at evening time, but that may vary and can be dynamic, my suggestion is to visit between 1100 – 2000.
You can get clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories at wholesale prices, it can even cheaper if buying in bulk like 3 pieces and above. The market is targeting low or lower middle income buyers, so the price is cheap but that also reflects the quality. Some shops offer delivery service to your hotel, no harm asking if you are buying a lot, and there are also several shipping agents around offering overseas courier service.
Pratunam Market is also famous with its huge variety of delicious authentic local foods along the roadside. We gave up the hotel breakfast to keep our stomach empty, hoping to try as much street foods as we could at Pratunam Market, which was just 5 minutes walk from our hotel.
A stall selling fried fish slides with Thai sauce, you can see a big bag of fish slides on top of her mobile stall.
Well, of course we also did what most people visit Pratunam Market for, shopping! Not much time of day 5 was been allocated for shopping, so just a quick check out on some of the shops and left the buying part to day 6. We spent half of day 6 shopping in Pratunam Market, I will suggest you to allocate at least 2-3 hours exploring the market if you are interested, worth a visit.Some of the goods bought in Pratunam Market on day 6.
After Pratunam Market, we took cab to MBK [60 baht], spent like 2 hours walking around hoping to find something interests us, but nothing special. In general, goods are expensive, sale persons were unfriendly, most of the restaurants were franchised, well just an ordinary shopping complex.
Another main objective to visit MBK was to find out the MBK Fight Night Thai Boxing, with free admission, the event was held twice monthly on Wednesday when we visited Bangkok, you can find out more information about the event in MBK homepage (http://www.mbk-center.co.th/en/home/index.php). Unluckily, the Wednesday that we visited Bangkok was 1st of May (day 5), public holiday in Bangkok and so no show.
If you are interested in Thai Boxing show, here are some tips for you:
- Ratchadamnoen Stadium of Muay Thai Boxing
- Fee – 500, 800 and 1,500 baht
- Contact number – 0 2281 4205, 0 2281 0879, 0 2280 1684
- Opening hours – Mondays, Wed, Thurs And Sunday From 18:30 to 22:30
- Address – Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue
- Lumpini Stadium – Muay Thai
- Fee – 2,000 / 1,500 / 1,000 Baht
- Contact number – 2528765, 2514303, 2537702, 2537940
- Opening hours – Tuesday and Friday : 6.30pm; Saturday : 4.00pm. and 8.15pm.
- Address -Rama IV Road, Bangkok
- Channel 7 Stadium – Muay Thai
- Fee – Free
- Contact number – 2720201
- Opening hours – Sundays, from 1:45 P.M., third Wednesday of each month starting at 12:00 noon
- Address – Behind the old Northern Bus Terminal (Morchit), opposite Chatuchak Park, Bangkok
Now, let move on to next stop, the famous Somtam Nua restaurant. Erm… that sounds weird, seems like the whole day 5 was just about eating…
=> Click here to continue on to see what there is to eat at the famous Somtam Nua restaurant …are you salivating yet?