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The Platinum Fashion Mall

In the evening, we reach Platinum Fashion Mall (222 11th Floor Petchburi Road, ThanonPetchburi, Ratchthevi, Phone: 02-121-8000) for dinner, follow by shopping. It was right next to Central World, and opposite to Pratunam Market across New Petchburi Road.

Platinum Fashion Mall is a huge building with more than 2200 shops selling clothes and accessories, definitely a paradise for shopaholic, we were so excited and wanted to spend the whole night shopping there. The shopping mall wasn’t one of the must visit attractions in my list, so I didn’t do much research about it. We realized that some shops started to close after our dinner, finding it weird but didn’t really pay much attention about it, until more and more shops are closed along the way. End up a shop owner told us that Platinum Fashion Mall closing at 2000, no one will ever expected a big shopping mall to close at 2000 everyday, at least not us…

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Terminal 21 Shopping Mall - San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge 3

Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, with the address of Sukhumvit Road between Soi 19 and 21, open daily 10am – 10pm. Its’ interior design was so eye balls catching and attractive, combining several countries’ famous attractions and architectural under one roof, with different level having different and unique country’s landmark and culture.

You could just spend half a day checking out this interesting mall with 600 shops, or spend a relaxing time catching a movie in the cinema. There is also a supermarket and food court selling all kinds of Thai local cuisine and international fare, you can definitely find some fun activities to make up your day.

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Pratunam Market - Mobile beverage stall

Eat, shop, massage were what we did on Day 5! It covers the big popular wholesales Pratunam Market, remember to bring enough cash for shopping and empty stomach for all the authentic local street foods. Somtam Nua Restaurant, the well known restaurant with its’ Isaan food. Finally, let check out the hot Naraya products and grab one or two of this local brand as souvenir!

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Som Tam Restaurant - sign board and long q

Somtam Nua restaurant is famous with Isaan food – northeastern region of Thailand. The restaurant was at 92/14 Soi Siam Square 5, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok with contact number of +66 (0) 22 51 4880, open daily from 10am to 10pm, kitchen closes at 930pm.

Take note that they accept cash only, make sure you bring enough. It is within walking distance from MBK to Somtam Nua, it took us around 15minutes walk. Ask around if you are lost, most locals know the place, at least all locals that I asked knew it.

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Pratunam Wholesale Market

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.

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Amphawa floating market - monk offering 1

We took a slight detour on the 3rd day of our trip.   We started the day with a monk offering at Amphawa Market, then we took a slight detour and went to the Maeklong Railway Market.  By afternoon, we went back to Bangkok and ended the day at the Chinatown there.

 

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Ten Stars Inn - Exterior

We stayed at Ten Stars Inn in Bangkok from Day 3 to Day 7, not really a pleasant experience… I didn’t care to take much photos about the hotel, so most of the pictures shown here are from Agoda.  PS:  Don’t let the below pictures fool you!!!

The hotel was located at 44/1-2, Soi Petchburi17, Petchburi rd., Phatathai, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand 10400 (Tel: +66 02-653-4979). Hotel’s location is good, less than 5mins walk to Pratunam Wholesale Market and Pantip Plaza, around 15mins walk to Platinum Fashion Mall and Airport Rail Link Ratchaprarop station. Nearby have stores, restaurants, massage, night market, so convenient. These are the only selling points that I found.

Our room was at 8th floor but lift can only reach 7th, we have to climb a level to our room. It wasn’t a big problem for us until we realized that the receptionist passed us a wrong room key, the security guard who helped to carry our luggage just walked away with the door key without saying a word, leaving both of us standing outside the room for 10mins. No choice, I went down to reception for follow up, ended up a house keeping staff holding master key helped to open the door for us. In the whole process, no one cared to approach us and offer help and explanation. Worse experiences came in the next few days, receptionists were rude, busy playing with their phone and ignoring us. They even shouted at us when we asked the same thing twice for confirmation…

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