Monday, April 24, 2006

Bangkok Pratunam Market: Fashion and clothing Outlet

Pratunam Market Stall

Pratunam clothing

The special thing about Pratunam market is that almost everybody selling clothes there has a factory somewhere and is a wholesaler. You can get some really good deals there. Sure, not everything is the best quality but this counts only for a few stores. Some really creative locally produced fashion can be found here.

The Pratunam market is situated by the intersection of Ratchaprarop and Phetburi (Phetchaburi) roads, very near to the Amari Watergate hotel. This is notable as perhaps the best place in Bangkok to buy cheap clothes, fabrics and textiles - wholesalers and exporters buy here, as well as individual consumers. The market is not on the main road, look for the entrances that lead to it behind the shops. The Bai Yoke market in the same area sells the same sort of thing. As well as the market, there are many clothes and textile shops in this area. A little down Phetburi road is the Nai Loet (also called Nai Lert) market, a kind of scaled down Chatuchak. If you've already been to Chatuchak there's little point in coming here as the goods on offer are similar, but it's worth a visit if you can't make it up to Chatuchak market proper. Ordinary buses 2, 11, 23, 38, 58, 60, 62, 72, 93 113, 139, 140 and air-con bus 12 all stop near all these markets.

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