I don’t know any city in the world that offers so much fashion shops, markets, outlets and malls for low prices like Bangkok. And I’ve been to eight other capital cities in Southeast Asia.Bangkok has the reputation of the shopping paradise and similar to buying electronics in Bangkok it’s not always easy to know where to go for the widest offer and lowest prices of clothes of all kind.
I have put together a list of the best places to buy fashion in Thailand’s capital and note that Chatuchak market is not on the list as it sells all stuff from Buddha Statues to alive or dead animals but is for sure not the best place to go clothes-shopping.
Same for the tourist markets that are Silom and Sukhumvit Night Markets or even Khaosan. They all don’t really have a large range of fashion wear and what they have is generally 50% more expensive of what you find in the following places.
Platinum Fashion Mall
Thailand’s largest fashion shopping complex with more than 2,000 shops. At Platinum Fashion Mall in BKK’s Pratunam district you can buy anything from sports socks, beautiful dresses to business suits and it’s also extremely cheap, most of the stuff selling around wholesale prices. This place is packed with people at any time of the day.
Victory Monument Market
I love the market at Victory Monument. Almost everytime I come back from Pattaya by minivan I end up walking around the booths and taking home a new t-shirt for 100 or 150 baht. Very easy to get there, just take the BTS skytrain to Victory Monument station and walk towards the roundabout, you can’t miss the market they set up daily from around 5pm to midnight.
Ratchada Night Market
None of the palces I mentioned here is touristic but on the Ratchada Night Market you will meet the fewest foreigners. The area around Phahon Yothin MRT station (underground) is bustling, young with many students and sometimes a bit hectic (especially from 7pm to 10pm). Still one of the best and largest places to buy clothes of all kind you can even go to air-conditioned Central Ladprao Shopping Mall right next to the MRT station for more (but a bit pricier) clothes shopping.
As with all other kind of shopping in Bangkok remember to always bargain and never buy things for the first price you get offered.