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    Bangkok Shopping Trip 2012

    I was away in Bangkok for about a week and I’m back, with a lot of new clothes! The past few days were spent sipping onΒ Tom Yum Goong, munching on street food and coconut ice cream. Oh wait, and lots of shopping too! The blog entry below is image-heavy, and the tips & guide to surviving BKK is at the end of the entry πŸ™‚ Here it goes my Bangkok shopping entry!

    Thursday 12th July 2012

    On Thursday afternoon, we arrived in Thailand and made our way to our hotel, Citin Pratunam Hotel, which is located somewhere in Pratunam, near the iconic Baiyoke Sky Hotel. Realised I forgot to take any pictures of the hotel so here are a couple of stock pictures I found on the internet.

    We had a hard time locating the hotel while dragging our baggage and we later found it situated along the food alley where tons of street food hawkers were located. Honestly, it is a pretty good location. It is where all the food stalls are at (in Pratunam) and is only a 5 minutes’ walk away from Platinum Mall!!

    Here’s a map to illustrate the location more clearly:

    Our room looked like this with a king size bed πŸ™‚Β They even have a free Tuk Tuk service that brings residents to the nearest BTS stations and Platinum Mall. It comes every half and hour.

    We had Pad Thai from a stall that was a few steps away from the hotel, omg it was the best Pad Thai I’ve ever had! And it only costs 30 Baht, that’s SGD 1.20.

    Then I brought Roy to the legendary Platinum Mall and we spent a few hours walking around aimlessly and came out empty handed. There was not much to buy and the clothes were expensive, think more than SGD 12. I thought the clothes were too expensive by Bangkok standards,Β so I gave them a miss. Plus, we were heading to Chatuchak over the weekend, so I thought we should wait.

    Oh oh we also ate at Platinum Mall food court and it really sucked. Haha just go there for shopping, unless you’re in desperate need for food to recharge your body for more shopping. We walked around the area near Platinum Mall and explored Indra Square, Pantip Plaza and Grand Diamond Plaza. Indra Square has a lot of handicraft products, Pantip Plaza is like a Sim Lim Square.

    My pathetic loots for Day 1 of shopping in Bangkok:

    My blouses were from the street stalls somewhere further down Platinum Mall.

    My studded pumps for only SGD 4!


    Heh, Rilakumma thumbdrive for me and the BMW car key for Roy πŸ™‚

    Friday 13th July 2012

    The next day, we had breakfast at one of the food stalls downstairs again. This time, it was mixed rice. Right after we finished our food, a Tuk Tuk drove pass and asked quoted us β€œ20 Baht, anywhere!” and so we happily hopped onto the Tuk Tuk! Our supposed destination was Mahboonkrong (MBK) but the Tuk Tuk driver asked if we would like to stop by at the Gems Gallery to β€œlook look see see.” And I thought β€œno way don’t tell me this is one of the Tuk Tuk traps I read online.” I said no but he later pleaded with us and said if he brought us there, he would get a free gasoline coupon. So we said okay but he had to send us to MBK thereafter.

    Our first time on a Tuk Tuk! Haha really exciting to be weaving through alleys and streets, except the constant wind in my face and sand in my eyes occasionally.

    At the Gems Gallery, we spent half an hour looking at rows of goldsmiths doing their thing, shaping rhinestones, buffing precious gems, etc. Then we hopped back into our Tuk Tuk and arrived at MBK 10 minutes later. MBK is full of nothing… There is nothing to buy, at all. Haha it actually is kind of like Lucky Plaza, full of souvenirs, gold, cheap clothing (that we won’t buy), etc.

    We were hungry by then and walked into a Japanese ramen restaurant, it’s called Hachiban Ramen if I remembered correctly.

    A bowl of ramen for less than SGD 4?! Count me in!

    The food was okay, don’t expect true Japanese standards or some high class restaurant standard because this was only SGD 4 ramen. I finished everything still, so it’s not bad πŸ˜€

    After eating, we wandered around and saw a bridge that took us to Siam Center and Siam Discovery. The both places also had nothing. We spent half of our day walking to malls only to be disappointed by the things on sale.

    The only redeeming thing at Siam Center was Red Mango – where I could have some nice frozen yogurt and rest my tired feet.

    Time to camwhore and Instagram!


    We then walked along the streets and saw lots of local designers boutiques.. that were charging ridiculouslyΒ exorbitantΒ prices. I went into a shop where they sold a pair of shorts at 2250 Baht, that’s freaking SGD 90! I saw the exact same pair at Platinum Mall at 350 Baht that’s like SGD 14 okay!

    I read somewhere online that Chatuchak opens not only on Saturday and Sunday, but also Friday. So off we went to Chatuchak! But the area was only partially opened. The cab driver dropped us at a random location in Chatuchak and we were lost for like an hour. We spent an hour looking at cute puppies, cats, and birds and even witnessed a police raid there. Apparently, all sorts of animals including chameleons, squirrels, ducks and chickens are allowed to be sold there at Chatuchak except for owls. Yep so we saw the police rescue a cute baby owl from the hands of those evil animal smugglers. We also went to JJ Mall, right beside Chatuchak. There was also nothing there to buy so don’t go if you’re thinking of checking it out.

    In the evening, we went to Platinum Mall and I finally found some nice stuff to buy hehe πŸ˜€ Dinner was at an air-conditioned tze-char place.

    Egg omelette~~

    Tom Yum Seafood Soup! I love tom yum and I can never get enough of it!

    My loots from Day 2 of shopping in Bangkok, all from Platinum Mall! Floral shorts and pastel blouses πŸ˜€

     

    Saturday 14th July 2012

    We woke up early today and headed off to Chatuchak! Upon reaching there, our stomachs were growling so we settled for some food before a long day of shopping ahead.

    Very nice and friendly young boss. On a random note, my hair is a mixutre of black, reddish brown and gold now. Somebody save my hair!

    Very small cup that they gave, and also they cut the straw into half!

    Hello handsome boss πŸ˜‰ This shirt says El Hefe, which means boss in Spanish. hehe. I bought it for him!

    Camwhored while waiting for my food.

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    The Japanese behind me looks like a si bian tai.

    And finalllllllly the food came!

    Roy’s Chicken & Basil rice. It’s kinda like Kung Pao Chicken.

    My Chicken Chop haha who goes to Bangkok to have chicken chop!

    Then we explored deeper into the streets of Chatuchak and saw a coconut ice cream stall!

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    The busy workers serving coconut ice cream. This is the most popular stall there.

    A very happy me with my coconut ice cream!

    Roy’s first time trying the coconut ice cream, he loved it!

    And then we went shopping for a straight 5 hours before stopping and having a late lunch.

    Mixed rice that was only 40 Baht (SGD 1.60) It looks gross but omg it was so nice! Even the ang mohs who walked pass saw us eating and couldn’t resist buying a plate for themselves each. I’m sure they enjoyed the rice as much as we did.

    Evening came and we had a hard time getting a cab back because it was drizzling and the traffic was pretty bad. No taxi drivers wanted to drive us back to our area πŸ™ And the ones who said okay? They quoted us 300 Baht. SIMI so expensive! But I guess we were lucky enough to hop onto a cab before it started pouring. We stopped by Platinum Mall for some shopping while waiting for the rain to stop.

    Oh we met Hanisa & Cher how and tried prata from the street food stall at our area. Heh, cheap and good. They have different flavours like Milo, Banana Chocolate and Strawberry, etc.

    Loots from Day 3 of shopping in Bangkok: Β Mainly from Chatuchak Weekend Market and some from Platinum Mall

    15 pairs of shorts and some tops.

    Β Sunday 15thΒ July 2012

    Our last day of shopping at Chatuchak! Had breakfast at some random stall.

    Roy’s Spicy Prawn with rice.

    Bangkok’s fried rice is quite moist, not the kind you find in Singapore tze char kopitiams.

    If you’ve never been to Chatuchak, it looks like this. Lots of shops and shops and more shops selling not only clothing but also furniture, ornaments, leather goods, lighting, animals, and lots of random stuff haha. It’s like Bugis street but 30 times bigger and messier than that. It’s good to have a map while walking around. You can get the map from the Information Counter.

    When we reached to the Information Counter on our first day of shopping there, there were only 3 maps left. 3!! So please be early or otherwise, print your own map.

    You can download it here: Β http://jatujukmarket.com/Images/Map/jatujakmap_big.jpg

    The entire area is separated first into sections, then soi (streets), rows and unit number. It’s quite confusing at first but it gets easier when you get the hang of it.

    They even have an area for people to chillax and drink, while a DJ spins some awesome music.

    After a long tiring day in the sweltering heat, we headed back to our area and queued for our favourite Pad Thai again!

    And our loots from Day 4 of shopping in Bangkok:

    Β Monday 16thΒ July 2012

    It was our last full day of shopping in Bangkok. Woke up early and brought a luggage out to shop!

    At the Pratunam Wholesale Center,

    Spot me!

    The entire wholesale center looks like this. I don’t know the exact address or location of the place but it is opposite Platinum Mall and very near my hotel. There is nothing much to buy there, unless you like the $10 clothes you can find at Bugis Street. You’ll find many of these similar clothes there. My best buys there were belts! I got them for 50 Baht (SGD 2) each when Hanisa got similar belts at Platinum Mall for 100 Baht each. hehehe.

    Lunch with Hanisa & Cher How was at our usual tze char place.

    Hanisa and me!

    Roy and Cher How.

    At Pratunam Wholesale Center, Hanisa dropped 4000 Baht (SGD 160) Β πŸ™ I also dropped a few notes the past few days. Then we went to Platinum Mall again! Stopped by Swensens to have some chocolate fondue.

    The fondue was only 100 + Baht, about SGD 4 – SGD 6. Cheap thrill πŸ˜€

    We headed to Terminal 21 in the night to check out the new shopping mall.

    Each and every level of the mall brings you to different destinations of the world such as Paris, Istabul, San Francisco, China, Japan, Rome, etc.

    At Tao Kae Noi Land! There were so many big packets of fried seaweed! I especially love the Tom Yum Goong flavour but it is always sold out in Singapore.

    I used to play in the chinese orchestra in secondary school and my instrument was something like this.

    Hello there Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco in Terminal 21.

    Our loots from Day 5 of shopping in Bangkok,

    Pastel shorts and aztec shorts & bralets O.O I love them all! And I can finally haz lots of chunky necklaces and braclets to accessorize myself! Wanted to buy pastel jeans but they were too big for me πŸ™

    Tuesday 17thΒ July 2012

    It was our last day in Bangkok and our flight was at 630pm. So we had the whole morning to do some last minute shopping and eating.

    Goodbye Bangkok and I hope to see you soon!!

    Tips and tricks to surviving Bangkok:

    1) Staying connected with your friends on social media

    If you’re wondering how I accessed Instagram, Twitter and whatever social media platforms in Bangkok, I bought an iPhone 3G prepaid card from True Move. It was about SGD 16 with unlimited 3G.

    You can get it at the True Move booth when you come out of the arrival area.

    Refer to the sections circled in purple. We got an iPhone 3G prepaid at 99 Baht and topped up 300 Baht to enable the unlimited 3G everyday. Each time you enable the unlimited 3G, it costs 49 Baht. (note that it is 99 Baht, not 90 Baht as shown in the picture)

    *Remember to enable your 3G every midnight so you won’t use your own credit limit while using 3G when it has ended at 2359.

    2) Taking taxis and Tuk Tuks

    For taxis, make sure that the taxi runs by meter-fare and not fixed price. From my hotel area (Pratunam) to Chatuchak/Sukhumvit (Terminal 21) and MBK, it costs no more than 120 Baht.

    From my hotel to the airport, it should cost no more than 350 Baht, including toll fees aka ERP in Sg terms.

    If you are taking a Tuk Tuk, make sure the driver does not tempt you with other places of interests like Patpong market or seafood restaurants. They most probably are paid a small fee of commission for sending you to those places.

    Mini trivia here: Did you know Tuk Tuk is pronounced as “Tuck Tuck” and not “Took Took“?

    3) Shopping

    The last time I went to Bangkok two years ago, the most expensive clothing I bought for was 250 Baht, which is about SGD 10. But this time, I think prices have rose. The most expensive piece of clothing I got was close to 500 Baht, about SGD 20. Anything more than 500 baht, don’t buy it! That’s daylight robbery already. You might as well buy it in Singapore.

    Also, always bargain and be insistent. On your first few tries the shopkeeper might say “no” but sometimes she might give in and say okay. So you’ll never know until you try πŸ™‚

    4) Food

    Food in Thailand is crazily sweet – the chicken is sweet, the soup is sweet, gravy is sweet and even the curry is sweet! I only drank lots of mineral water and Coke during the trip. No other beverages like Thai Ice Tea or Milk Tea for me. Omg the Milo is also full of sugar. If you don’t like sweet stuff like me, I advise you to just go with water. (For a gauge, I usually drink 30% sugar for bubble tea in Singapore. If you drink 50% sugar and above you can take all the sugar in Thailand!)

    If you’re having second thoughts about the street food in Bangkok, they are generally safe for consumption. You just have to stand around and observe how the person handles the food and money, and how the food is stored and cooked. I had street food during my entire stay, and I did not suffer any stomach discomfort at all! I have a very weak stomach (I getΒ diarrheaΒ almost everyday in Singapore) and am allergic to many different types of food but the street food surprisingly did not cause any harm to my body haha.

    Also, the food should not cost more than 100 Baht unless you’re in a restaurant. Street food are usually 10 Baht – 70 Baht. Mixed rice is, however, the most expensive street food. We paid 70 Baht – 100 Baht at our area for mixed rice. Coconut drinks (the one with the real big ass coconut in your hand, not the syrup kind) should cost no more than 30 baht.

    5) Accommodation

    I would say stay at the hotels near within Pratunam because you can never miss Baiyoke Sky Hotel. If you’re lost, just look up and you’ll see Baiyoke Sky Hotel haha then it’ll be easy for you to find your way back πŸ™‚ Also, Pratunam area is very near Platinum Mall, especially Citin Pratunam Hotel. When I stayed in Baiyoke Boutique Hotel two years ago, I had to cab to Platinum Mall all the time because I didn’t know the roads well. But this time, Citin Pratunam was much easier to get to Platinum Mall, just walk! Other 3-stars hotel you can consider is Budacco or Pratunam Pavilion Hotel.

    That’s about it! Hope you enjoyed this post and find it useful for your future Bangkok trips πŸ™‚ I’m guessing 3D2N or 4D3N is enough for shopping. My trip was a bit too long haha. If you have any other questions, do feel free to drop a comment and I’ll see if I can answer them.

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    121 Comments

  • Reply Jasmin

    Hi there [: Just wanna ask, in your shopping loots, which area did you get your aztec shorts and bralets from? Chatuchak or platinum mall? It’s my first time going to bkk so I’d like to know πŸ˜‰

    October 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hello Jasmin! I got most of my aztec shorts and printed bralets from Platinum Mall actually. They are not as cheap as the ones you can get at Chatuchak though. They cost about 250THB – 350THB πŸ™‚ For Chatuchak, an example of outfit I got there is in this post http://www.urbandoll.com.sg/welcome-to-my-life/ ^^ Enjoy your trip and have fun shopping heheh!!

      October 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm
      • Reply Andrea

        Hi, I’m going to bkk soon sadly it does not include weekends so I won’t be able to go to chatuchak, just a question, is $1000SGD enough for a 5D4N trip?

        October 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm
        • Reply urbandoll

          Definitely yes!!!! Hope you get to go there next time round πŸ™‚

          October 10, 2014 at 11:57 am
  • Reply Kazi

    Hey! was wondering where u got ur chunky necklaces from and how much were they??

    October 10, 2012 at 7:52 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi Kazi,

      I got them from Platinum Mall. There are a few shops selling accessories. Haha but I think the ones I went to sold the nicest ones. There is one near the bridge, so I think it’s 3rd floor. That shop is a little bit more expensive. I later chanced upon another shop that sold the same stuff at a much cheaper price so I bought a lot more there! Can’t remember where though. The necklaces were all about 100-180THB. That’s about SGD4-SGD7 I think πŸ™‚

      October 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Katie

    Hi,

    You detailed your trip well. Very informative πŸ˜‰

    November 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply evone

    Your post is very helpful! Thanks for putting in the effort to detail it πŸ™‚

    November 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply evone

    May i know how much you spent there for shopping and food in total πŸ™‚ And also where did you get your pastel shorts from! Thank you!

    November 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi Evone,

      For shopping and food, I spent a total of $1000. hahahahaha. It’s too much! Actually, $500 is more than enough πŸ™‚ I just went overboard with my shopping. And the pastel shorts can be found at Platinum Mall πŸ™‚ Comes in different sizes!

      November 14, 2012 at 12:31 am
      • Reply evone

        Hahaha! I guess thats something that all girls tends to do, shop too much. Thanks alot for your information and sharing too!

        November 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm
        • Reply urbandoll

          Hello Evone, no problem! πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your trip and have fun shopping!

          November 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Mau

    For a while I thought I myself roaming in Bangkok

    November 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Haha that’s good to hear. Quick go book yourself tickets to Bangkok now! πŸ˜€

      November 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply :D

    hey I’m going to bkk so thanks so much for this!! πŸ™‚

    November 26, 2012 at 11:25 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      heheh Thank you! ENJOY YOURSELF! PLEASE SHOP AND EAT ON MY BEHALF:D

      November 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Daphne

    How much is your denim top? ^^

    November 29, 2012 at 7:45 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hello Daphne, which denim top are you referring to? Maybe you wanna show me the link to the picture? πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Daphne

    That denim top costs you how much? ^^

    November 29, 2012 at 7:47 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      show me the link to the picture ‘cos I don’t know which one you are referring to πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply kazi

    heyy thanks for the info. i also wanted to ask if you got any heels or flats and what were the prices? also where did u get ur bags from n how much? thanks!

    November 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hello Kazi, you’re welcome! I only bought a pair of studded flats because my feet are too small haha. It’s hard to find shoes that fit my feet. Anyway the only pair of studded flats I bought were only 120 – 160 Baht if I’m not wrong. If you want to buy heels, there are a lot of nice ones at Terminal 21!! I wanted to buy ALL OF THEM home but my feet couldn’t fit T.T They were kinda like Jeffrey Campbell inspired and cost about SGD 20 – SGD 40. I got my bags from Chatuchak. The small suede sling ones were 80 Baht (SGD3.20) each and the tribal bagpack was 600 Baht (SGD24) if I rmb correctly.

      December 1, 2012 at 4:16 am
  • Reply Ying

    Thanks a lot for this helpful post! But I don’t really understand the 3G part. Is it like around SGD16 for everything or?

    December 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi Ying, haha it’s a bit confusing I understand. Yes it is. It’s about SGD4 for the sim card itself, and you can choose to top up the card in different denominations. For me, I topped up 300Baht (SGD12) for 6 days. You can choose to top up like 100Baht if you are going for a shorter time. Can’t rmb what the denominations are exactly.. In order to use unlimited 3G, you need to activate it everyday. It costs 49Baht, which will be deducted from the 300Baht which you previously topped up with πŸ™‚

      December 3, 2012 at 3:21 am
      • Reply Ying

        Hahaha thanks! I finally got it! So the unlimited 3G is can use anywhere, can be used for google maps etc? And It’ll end by 2359 everynight regardless of the time that we activated it? πŸ™‚

        December 3, 2012 at 11:59 pm
        • Reply urbandoll

          Yes dear! Can πŸ™‚ You can check if your taxi driver is going the correct way or not! I did that all the time to make sure I was safe hahah. Yes it will end by 2359 so make sure you utilise it fully! πŸ˜‰

          December 4, 2012 at 12:40 am
  • Reply HY

    Hey there! Did you get a new luggage just to keep your shopping loots? That was brave, I think my friends will laugh at me if I do it. Hahaha. Nice post anyway πŸ˜€

    December 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm
    • Reply HY

      Sorry, i mean is it necessary to carry the luggage to shopping? πŸ˜› Cos I’m going bkk this dec! πŸ˜€

      December 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm
      • Reply urbandoll

        If you are a shopaholic like me, then bring a luggage! My friend who came with me also bought a luggage while shopping so that she can throw all her stuff in! I brought my own luggage, didn’t get a new one. ENJOY YOURSELF during your trip! πŸ˜‰

        December 4, 2012 at 12:32 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi HY, hahah it’s totally okay to bring a luggage to shop!! Everyone does that! Plus, if you bring a luggage, some of the shop attendants might give you a lower price because they think you’re a retailer πŸ™‚ it’s a trick!! Thanks for this question btw, I forgot to include this in the tips hahah! Now you know πŸ˜€

      December 4, 2012 at 12:31 am
  • Reply Kelly

    Hi dear, may i know all the tops and shorts you bought are like limited sizes? Do they have like for bigger size kind? πŸ™ thank you!!!!!:)

    December 6, 2012 at 11:09 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi Kelly, the tops are mostly free size. For shorts, they have sizes from S/M/L or bigger sometimes. Sizing in Bangkok runs small so if you can try on the shorts, try before you buy πŸ™‚

      December 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm
  • Reply Janell

    hello, i have been wanting to go bkk for quite some time but have no idea how to start planning!

    May i know roughly how much does it cost per day at the hotel?

    And do you communicate with the shop owners in english?

    How do you get from the airport to your hotel?

    December 19, 2012 at 4:35 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      1) You can check out the hotel rates at Agoda.com, I always book from there. I think it’s SGD50-SGD60 for a night.
      2) Yes they usually understand simple English like “how much” and colour. They always have a calculator so if they can’t speak in English they will key in the price!
      3) I took a cab. Some hotels provide airport transfers.

      πŸ˜€

      December 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Sharifah

    Hi,
    Roy wore this round neck Aztec T-Shirt while taking a photo with Cher How. Which shop did he get the t-shirt from?

    December 24, 2012 at 8:09 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      It’s at Chatuchak, I think 150 baht for one piece. You can get it in Singapore also for less than 15 dollars.

      December 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Joel

    Hey,

    Just wanna ask, i’m leaving bangkok on a saturday and my flight is at 9.30pm. What would be a safe timing for me to shop at Chatuchak till? What time do you think i need to leave for the airport?

    December 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      The heavy crowd is crazy at Chatuchak, you probably have to take a while to come out of the place. If your flight is 930pm, you’d have to be at the airport by 730pm.

      Leave your hotel at 530pm, in case of traffic jam. Traffic can get really bad there sometimes.
      I am not sure where you are staying but I would allocate 1 hr to travel from Chatuchak back to the hotel. The other time I was there, it was raining heavily and NO cabs wanted to pick us up at all. I took 1 and a half hours to get back to my hotel by cab and the traffic was bad.

      I’d say 330pm would be a relatively safe timing to leave Chatuchak. If there is no jam, then you can slowly return back to your hotel, pack your new loots and go out for some street food before leaving for the airport. Just go REALLY EARLY, at like 9am or something. And remember to grab a map!

      January 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Stranger

    Hihi!! I just came back from Bkk and I think you’d missed out a big part of Pratunam Market. It’s sometimes referred to as pratunam wholesale center. There’s an inner lane and they sell unique clothings as well! Very cheap if you get 3 piece (wholesales to thai). Some allows mix and match! Do check out there some time! πŸ™‚

    January 11, 2013 at 10:32 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      hihi hello! I actually did mention about the Pratunam Wholesale Market but idk how to pinpoint the exact location. It’s just somewhere near the hotel! And yeah there are really cheap stuff over there, I got my belts for only 50 baht while my friend got the same belts at double the price at Platinum Mall!

      January 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Stranger

    And I stayed at Citin Pratunam too! Platinum mall has super pretty clothings but they cost as much as singapore’s livejournals πŸ™

    January 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      I think Citin Pratunam is pretty convenient to get to places πŸ™‚ And there are a lot of street food downstairs. Yeah Platinum Mall has the nicest clothing I think, but prices have risen a lot over the past few years. Last time I went in 2010, the clothes were less than SGD8. But in 2012, there were easily more than SGD10! You have to haggle with them I guess. Ask for wholesale price and maybe get a few more pieces of clothes in the shop πŸ™‚

      January 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Cheka

    Where did you get your pastel colored shorts? About the Jeffrey Campbell-inspired shoes in Terminal 21, do you still remember which part of the mall you saw them? πŸ™‚

    January 12, 2013 at 2:01 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi Cheka, the pastel colored shorts were from Platinum Mall, I think they didn’t cost more than SGD10. And for the shoes at Terminal 21, I’m sorry I don’t remember where I saw them at. It was I think probably 3rd or 4th storey? Not very sure as I was just roaming around!

      January 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Pam

    Hi!

    They have micro SIM prepaid card??

    January 14, 2013 at 9:33 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Yep! No problem with the sim card with my iPhone 4s.

      January 17, 2013 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply anon

    hi, just to let you know, Tuk-tuk in Thai is pronounce as took-took indeed rather than tuck tuck.

    January 23, 2013 at 12:11 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi, thanks for informing πŸ™‚ I am not too sure about the actual pronunciation but that was what the tuk-tuk driver told me when I was in Thailand :/ Maybe it was his dialect or something!

      January 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm
  • Reply Harry

    Hey

    Chatuchak opens fully on saturday but saturday will be my last day in bangkok. So i have planned that i will check out from the hotel in the morning to go chatuchak and then to pratunum then direct to airport as my flight is at 2200 hours.
    I dont want to come bck to the hotel as its bit faraway. So ill b carrying my lugguage wit me.
    But will shopping in these places be possible with my lugguage (1suitcase n 1 bag on my back). Plz help

    January 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi Harry,

      Hmm. I guess it’s okay to bring your luggage along because I always shop with a luggage at Chatuchak. You’ll get to see a lot of people who brought their own luggages or bought new luggages while shopping because there are really a lot of things to buy hahaha. Unless you are a hardcore shopper, or your luggage is really heavy, I think it is fine. I hope your luggage is not the hugeeee kind luggage. Just remember to dress slack because it can get REALLY HOT there. And stay hydrated! Drink lots of water and eat coconut ice cream! Also, remember to leave Chatuchak early, in case of bad traffic to the airport. You can never imagine the traffic there. Haha it’s horrible sometimes. Have fun and enjoy yourself! πŸ™‚

      January 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Therese from Sweden

    Just have to say THANK YOU! This helped me a lot!!! Have tried to get information about shopping in BKK for the whole day on internet, and then I found you <3 haha, im so happy. THANK YOU

    February 8, 2013 at 12:43 am
  • Reply Lhen

    Hi how much were clothes in chatuchak if you buy it in wholesale? Is it cheaper there than pratunam? πŸ™‚

    February 10, 2013 at 4:48 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi Lhen, I can’t remember the exact prices for the clothes at Chatuchak. I think they were definitely less than SGD10 if you buy wholesale. And yes it’s cheaper than at Pratunam! Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

      February 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Poppy

    Hey did you happen to see any la riche coloured hair dye for sale at the markets?? Im going in April, was hoping to save money and buy some there!! pictures are great!

    March 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hey Poppy!

      When I went there, I didn’t see any La Riche Coloured hair Dye. You may want to try ordering from Pretty Pieces on Facebook. It’s one of the cheaper deals around! πŸ™‚

      March 20, 2013 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply May

    Hi, is trying allowed for clothes especially shorts/jeans?
    thanks πŸ™‚ love your detailed post!

    March 28, 2013 at 10:43 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hello May, it depends on the shopkeepers. Usually at Chatuchak, they will provide a sarong which you can wear over your hips, and you can try on the shorts. Not all shops allow that though. However at Platinum Mall, I think I didn’t try any bottoms at all.

      For tops, they usually do not allow trying, regardless of locations.

      Hope this helps!

      March 31, 2013 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Si Hui

    Hi Keline,

    Did Roy manage to get a good haul of clothes too? What are the prices like for guys’ clothes and shoes? (:

    March 31, 2013 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hi Urbandoll, thanks for your very informative post. I am looking for wholesale clothing that comes in different sizes (not free size or one-size-fits-all types). A friend suggested Platinum Mall, although she is unsure if they offer clothes in S, M and L. Do you think I will have better luck at Platinum Mall or Pratunum?

    Tifanie

    April 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hello there Tifanie,

      You’re welcome. For clothes that come with sizes, base on my experience, I think you may have better luck at Platinum Mall. Pratunam is more of free-size wholesale like those that you see at Bugis Street. Some shops at Platinum Mall do have clothes in different sizes. Hope this helps!^^

      April 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm
      • Reply Anonymous

        Thanks Keline! πŸ™‚ Do you know what is the price range for dresses in different sizes at Platinum Mall?

        April 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm
        • Reply urbandoll

          Not a problem. Hmmm.. I think the dresses are about at least SGD8 to SGD15.. These are for the ones I’ve seen. Can’t guarantee all are within this price range though..

          April 15, 2013 at 12:10 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Right away I am going away to do my breakfast, when having my breakfast coming over again to read more news.

    April 19, 2013 at 7:14 am
  • Reply shabrina

    Hi urbandoll
    price given to tourists is different from domestic travelers?

    April 19, 2013 at 8:34 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      I don’t have a definite answer to this but most probably yes. It’s the same in Singapore, vendors try to earn as much money as they can from tourists, right? πŸ˜‰

      April 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply Raleigh

    Hey there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the great work!

    April 21, 2013 at 1:53 am
  • Reply shabrina

    thanks for your answer πŸ™‚ i’m from Indonesia, nice to meet you Keline
    your blog its very helpful

    April 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Ah our neighbour! haha thank you Shabrina! Enjoy your Bangkok trip πŸ™‚

      April 29, 2013 at 11:04 pm
  • Reply meg

    hi! just wondering hw much did roy spend for shopping? i can see that he gt himself quite a number of shirts? and where did he get them? were they cheap? thanks in adv! πŸ™‚

    May 13, 2013 at 10:01 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi Meg, Roy spent about $500 total for shopping and food. Both of us aren’t sure how much he spent exactly on shopping itself. Haha yes he got more than 10 pieces of shirts! They are definitely cheaper than Singapore, but also more expensive than the female clothing in Bangkok itself. One shirt was about $13-$17. You can find them at Chatuchak (harder to find) or Platinum Mall! πŸ™‚

      May 14, 2013 at 3:50 am
      • Reply meg

        Thank u! πŸ™‚

        May 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Jimmy

    Hi, just stumbled across your blog and it’ll be good reference for my upcoming trip to Bangkok in August. Do you remember how much you paid for the hotel?

    May 25, 2013 at 1:53 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hello Jimmy, it’s SGD302! Roughly about SGD75 per night! If you are sharing with a friend, then it’s SGD 38 per night for you πŸ™‚

      May 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm
      • Reply Jimmy

        That is not too bad considering it’s good location. Thanks, i’ll put that in one of my list! =)

        May 27, 2013 at 1:16 am
  • Reply lynda

    hi,for the 3G part can i just on the hotsport n share with friend?
    or need to buy a 3G card each?
    thank you very much

    June 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hello Lynda, I think you can on the hotspot and share with your friend:)

      June 6, 2013 at 2:57 pm
      • Reply lynda

        ok,thank you very much

        June 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Yanzhi

    Hi dear! The tze-char place, was it in Platinum Mall and do you remember the rough location of it? πŸ™‚

    June 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi Yan Zhi! The tze-char place is not at Platinum Mall, you will have to cross the street if I’m not wrong. It’s located near the Pratunam Market, in one of the alleys. Quite hard to pinpoint the exact location now πŸ™ Next time if I do go there, I’ll maybe take pictures of the directions!

      June 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Riya

    Hi,

    I will be heading Bangkok in July for shopping. I would know which is the best place to buy trendy clothes for girls(Platinum /MBK / chatuchak). Do you find stuffs at platinum mall in pratunam market or mbk at lower rate or platinum sells unique stuff?

    Any suggestion where to shop for jeans shirts for me

    Thanks

    June 13, 2013 at 2:19 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi Riya, I feel like Platinum and Chatuchak are the only places worth going. I rarely find stuff at Platinum Mall being sold at Pratunam at lower rates. I totally didn’t enjoy MBK, there was nothing there for me to buy, the clothes weren’t trendy at all. For denim shirts, there are a lot at Chatuchak!

      June 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Hey, Is chatuchak better or platinum for clothes and accesories ? πŸ™‚

    July 6, 2013 at 12:26 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      I like both actually. Their selection of clothes are different. Accessories wise I prefer Platinum Mall. Platinum has more blogshop clothing than Chatuchak!

      July 8, 2013 at 5:30 am
  • Reply YT

    hello! wow ure so nice to be replying to comments to a post dated 1 year ago πŸ˜€ anyway, i’ll be going to bkk this coming saturday and i have no idea what sized luggage to bring! did u manage to squeeze all ur shopping loots into your leopard prints luggage or ?

    July 8, 2013 at 10:13 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi YT! Sorry I didn’t reply you on time because I had limited access to Internet while in Europe. I guess you should be in BKK now or maybe even back in Singapore! Usually what people do when shopping in BKK is to buy this BIGGG pasar malam bag that has cartoon prints on it. You can put A LOT of clothes inside haha. The leopard prints bag is definitely not enough for all my shopping loots. Hope you’ll enjoy BKK!

      July 16, 2013 at 12:43 am
  • Reply Hillary

    Hi! Can I purchase truemove even if I’m not from Singapore?

    July 24, 2013 at 10:47 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hello Hillary! Of course you can!! Truemove is available at BKK airport for everyone πŸ™‚

      July 25, 2013 at 1:35 am
  • Reply Nicole

    Hey:) Just want to ask how much should I bring if i’m going for 5 days? πŸ™‚ and how is the hotel you stayed in like?

    August 10, 2013 at 1:10 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi Nicole, I brought about $1000 which I think is a lot.. Normally, I think $500-$700 should be more than enough! The hotel I stayed in is a bit hard to find if you’ve never been there before. But once you get familiar around the place, it’s really easy to get around! It’s within walking distance to Platinum Mall and Pratunam Market is just right outside. Lots of street food stalls at my hotel area too!

      August 12, 2013 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Amelia

    Hi Kel ! πŸ™‚

    Would like to ask you , Did you exchange currency in bangkok? If So, where do you recommend ?

    and for your shopping, that’s really a lot! πŸ˜€ would like to ask you, are the customs ok with it ? did they check or question you on that ?

    Thank you ! Really really informative post !

    August 12, 2013 at 10:09 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi Amelia! So sorry for the extremely late reply.. I didn’t change currency in BKK though. I usually just change in Singapore, anywhere near my house. Hmm usually the customs won’t have any problems with clothing! You probably have a harder time carrying your luggages around haha. Bangkok customs, I’ve never experienced any problem. Just that when I came back to Singapore, sometimes they will randomly spot check on people for screening. I was randomly asked to have my luggages scanned when I came back from BKK last month at the declaration counter. Nothing to be afraid of as long as you don’t bring back any illegal items! πŸ™‚

      November 11, 2013 at 12:44 am
  • Reply Melody

    Hii πŸ˜€

    Would like to ask did you exchange any currencies in bangkok, if yes which do you suggest ?

    thanks !

    August 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hello Melody πŸ™‚ I don’t think I did. I changed them all in Singapore, I brought SGD 1000 over.. I think SGD 500-700 is enough. πŸ™‚

      August 14, 2013 at 11:07 pm
  • Reply Angelina

    Heyy,

    Nice post and lots of nice shopping !!

    did the customs give you any hard time seeing that much things you bought ? did they stop you to check or anyhow ?

    Thanks !

    August 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hello Angeline! Thank you πŸ™‚ Hmm nope. I only had one small luggage (the leopard print) one and this huge laopok pasar malam bag luggage. I guess it’s normal for Singaporeans to return with a lot of things from BKK. Even when I came back from Europe, I didn’t get stopped at the customs to check for declaration of branded goods. Hope this helps!!

      August 14, 2013 at 11:06 pm
  • Reply ShuLin

    Hihi! You providing good and detail info for someone who haven’t been to Bangkok before.. But I am still confuse with the 3G part.. Can I purchase it in singapore first and how does the deducting of the 49B works? Thanks so much!! πŸ™‚

    August 17, 2013 at 7:04 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hello Shu Lin! Thanks πŸ™‚ You can only purchase Truemove in Bangkok! You can get it at the airport when you touch down! For 49B, you have to call this specific number after buying the top-up card. They will minus 49B from your card, and then you can use unlimited 3G for the whole day!

      August 17, 2013 at 8:07 pm
  • Reply fashionmode

    Now, I really prefer to buy everything from Thailand now, this is where I buy my stuff, for $20 “Personal Shopper Bangkok” (Google it I don’t have the exact link) will go shopping for you (anything), cheap and good, I would love to find the same cheap service in Paris or New York !!!

    August 23, 2013 at 11:45 am
  • Reply kwikwi

    Nice article !
    I heard things there are very cheap but how much do you rate their quality ?
    We are planning to visit BKK for 4D3N and hotel will be just near to Platinum mall , is spending half day of arrival and departure days enough time for shopping ? I’m shopaholic by the way πŸ˜‰
    Do you know any tailor shops where they can make things well done in very few days ?

    Thank u.

    September 14, 2013 at 2:19 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hello Kwikwi,

      Yes the things are cheap. The quality is so-so, you get what you pay for haha. Can’t expect good quality with the cheap price tag. However, I have some pieces of clothes from Bangkok that I still wear today. They last pretty long for me! You’d need at least 1 full day in Chatuchak and prob 1-2 days in Platinum Mall. Allocate your time properly :)) I heard from my guy friends that they visit the tailor shops near Platinum Mall!

      September 20, 2013 at 11:18 am
  • Reply tenzin

    thank you for the very informative article. I will definitely save your article and use for my trip to Bangkok in future. My question is, is there any cheaper hotels than where you stayed?

    September 26, 2013 at 5:34 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      you’re welcome! There are quite a few around, like Budacco.. You can check out on Agoda and select the price range you prefer πŸ™‚

      September 26, 2013 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply Lew Jia Jia

    Hey pretty!^^ I was doing some researched of travelling to BKK. Your article provided so much of informations and tips that i have learnt. I am a shopping lover. May i know that your shopping loots are all get from Platinum Mall, Chatuchak and Terminal 21? Are there somemore recommendations of cheap and nice outfits, accessories, bags and shoes??? I also wanna ask where can i get nice outfits for guy overthere?

    November 1, 2013 at 9:08 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi dear! I just went to BKK 2 weeks ago again. You can try Siam Market, the clothing there are quite cheap! But it is always very very crowded. You can also try Union Mall although I didn’t manage to go there this time round.. I’ve heard quite a bit of good reviews about that place!:D

      For guys, you can get shirts at Platinum Mall, Shirtoria.. But Roy hates the material, he says it’s too stuffy. A lot of Singaporeans guys buy from there still because it’s very cheap. Around $15-$17 for a shirt if I’m not wrong. Chatuchak sells decent t-shirts, you can find Chakra design shirts. I randomly chanced upon it when I was there and we almost bought the whole shop down!

      November 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Maureen Bautista

    Hi! How do you go to Chatuchak market from Pratunam? Thanks! πŸ™‚

    January 28, 2014 at 12:42 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hello Maureen! Usually I take a cab, it shouldn’t cost more than 200Baht. It’s best to take the METER cab. I haven’t tried taking the public transport there before. Found these directions online which might be helpful for you:

      You can first take the new airport link. Get on at Ratchaprapop station. It is around the corner from Pratunam market. You will see the big concrete train tracks (looks like a bridge) and just walk there. Go in direction Phaya Thai station, which is only one stop. Costs 15 baht.

      From there you can take the BTS (Skytrain) to Mo Chit which is the station for Chatuchak. From Phaya Thai to Mo Chit is only 5 stations. Costs 30 baht.

      Enjoy your trip to BKK!
      Love,
      Keline

      January 28, 2014 at 8:42 am
  • Reply Maureen Bautista

    Thanks so much! Hope I don’t get scammed by taxi drivers. πŸ™

    January 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      You’re welcome, Maureen. I hope you don’t too! Remember never to pay more than 250baht for any journey EXCEPT FOR AIRPORT. The rest should be less than 200 baht for the shopping areas. πŸ™‚ Enjoy yourself, have a good trip!

      January 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Madhura

    Hi,
    I am Madhura from India (Bangalore)
    I had been to Bangkok in 2007 and now again I am going this Tuesday on 19th March till 23rd March,
    I am very much crazy about shopping in Bangkok, last time i did in INDIRA MARKET and found it pretty cheap and good.
    Do you have any idea that I can get good and cheap cloths, slippers/shoes and bags in INDIRA marker or any other places which you mentioned in above chat.

    March 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      You can go to Siam Market in the night!

      May 8, 2014 at 12:28 am
  • Reply Kay

    Hey, I’m from Los Angeles. I’m going to Singapore next week, but I won’t be able to go to Bangkok πŸ™
    I’ll be staying at the Changi Hotel. I loved all the shopping you did at Platinum mall. All the clothes were so cute. Are there any stores that are similar near the area I’ll be going to? I’d love to have your advice as I’ll only be able to stay for 2 days.
    Thank you.

    March 16, 2015 at 1:46 am
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hello Kay,

      Welcome to Singapore! You can check out Bugis Street (Opposite Bugis Junction) and also, Far East Plaza located at Orchard Road. Enjoy yourself!

      March 20, 2015 at 9:52 am
  • Reply mabel

    Hihi

    I going bkk at end of april . Do u suggest doing manicure @ bkk? Im staying at novotel above plantinum mall. Reading review tat there night market around indra market isiz true?

    My cousin been saying wanna go chachutak on fri as sat we will flying back to sg. Isiz worth going on a fri ?

    April 6, 2015 at 2:27 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi Mabel!

      I suggest to try out MBK for manicure. If I’m not wrong there are a lot of manicure shops there. My friends and I tried out out at Siam and the place was bad and dirty.

      The night market around Indra area should be the same as Pratunam night market. It extends till Baiyoke Sky Hotel and inside.

      Novotel is above Platinum Mall, don’t forget to try out the street food downstairs and opposite the road. Cross the roads to explore a bit more of Thailand. You will see Shibuya mall, it leads to the popular Sabx2 Wanton Mee. I suggest you go early at 9am, or even earlier.

      There is nothing much at Chatuchak on a Friday. When I went, there was no clothing shops opened, only some pet shops. But you can still try. At night, you can go to Siam Market. πŸ™‚

      Hope the above helps!

      Love,
      Keline.

      April 8, 2015 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply KokiRyan

    Hello, do you know where to find the best wholesale website to order online directly in Thailand ? Something easy and in English please. Thank you.

    July 26, 2015 at 2:25 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi Koki,

      Sorry I don’t know of any wholesale website that allows us to purchase from Thailand directly.

      August 7, 2015 at 5:36 pm
  • Reply Hayzel

    Hi! Ill be going bkk soon for 3d2n will $300 be enough?

    May 18, 2016 at 9:28 pm
    • Reply urbandoll

      Hi! It depends if you are there to shop. It should be enough if you spend wisely!

      May 20, 2016 at 9:02 pm

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