8 Best Things to Do in Pratunam

What is Pratunam Most Famous For?

    Any list of the must-see attractions in Pratunam can only start at one place, which also happens to be among the tallest places in Bangkok. The Baiyoke Tower, at 340 meters tall, dominates the Bangkok skyline and is a focal point of the area. That’s not to say there aren’t any other interesting things to do in Pratunam, an area usually more associated with its long list of shopping options rather than sightseeing.

    Pratunam only encompasses a few busy sq km of central Bangkok between Phetchaburi Road towards the south and Chaturathit Road in the north. Here’s a compilation of the worthwhile spots to see and experience in Pratunam.

    What are the best things to do in Pratunam?

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    Baiyoke Tower Observation Deck

    Get a birds’ eye perspective of Bangkok with a visit to the observation deck on the 309-meter-tall Baiyoke Tower. A haven away from the crowded malls and traffic jams of Bangkok’s busy streets, this skyscraper offers incredible panoramic views of the city, either from its skywalk on the 77th floor or from its revolving observation deck on the 84th floor.

    There’s also a shopping area, several restaurants, and the Baiyoke Sky Bangkok Hotel. Baiyoke Tower is within a 5-minute walk of the Pratunam Market. Don’t worry about following your map to find the tower – simply look up!

    Location: Soi Ratchaprarob 3, Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10.30pm

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    Suan Pakkad Palace

    Suan Pakkad Palace is a gorgeous collection of 8 traditional Thai houses surrounded by a tropical garden and several ponds. Offering a sanctuary from Bangkok’s often relentless pace, this tranquil spot is just a short walk from Baiyoke Tower in Pratunam. The palace also doubles up as a museum – you can wander around the gardens into each building, learning more about the fascinating history of the palace, which was once home to a Thai princess.

    Dotted about the garden is an array of artifacts, antiques and mini exhibits on display, as well as some interesting Buddhist memorials and shrines adding to that peaceful, almost spiritual atmosphere. An admission charge applies, which is reasonable and well worth it.

    Location: 352-354 Si Ayutthaya Road, Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9am to 4pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 245 4934

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    Pratunam Market

    Pratunam Market is a center of all things shopping in the small namesake area of central Bangkok. It specializes in cheap clothes and apparel – think knock-off designer brand tees, 50-baht ‘luxury’ sunglasses, full-length silk dresses and sarongs. This market epitomizes market shopping in Bangkok, where the emphasis is firmly on affordable garments.

    Pratunam Market has a section dedicated to fancy dresses, with wigs, feathers and snazzy hats. There’s a fair share of tailors dotted around the area. A huge roof covers the entire market but if things get too sweaty, you can always escape to one of the nearby malls, such as Platinum or Shibuya 19.

    Location: Phetchaburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

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    Red Sky

    Red Sky is a swanky rooftop bar perched on top of the Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld Mall. Whether you’ve been browsing the malls of Siam or tackling the hectic Pratunam Market, the venue is easily reachable from both places.

    Located 55 storeys above downtown Bangkok, Red Sky Rooftop Bar's iconic arch is the focal point, which is simply stunning when illuminated at night. 55 storeys above downtown Bangkok. The excellent international cuisine and range of beers, wines and cocktails are on the pricey side, but you’re paying both for the quality and those all-important city views.

    Location: Centara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 4pm to 1am

    Phone: +66 (0)2 100 6255

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    Trimuti Shrine at Central World

    Trimurti Shrine, nicknamed ‘the lover’s shrine’, supposedly brings its believers luck in love. Singles flock to this Hindu monument every night of the week, presenting Trimurti (the god of love) with offerings in multiples of 9, such as 9 incense sticks, 9 nine candles, or 9 roses. The shrine is right in front of CentralWorld Mall, with Bangkok’s relentless traffic whizzing past just a few meters away.

    Location: 999/9 Rama I Rd, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

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    Baiyoke Floating Market

    The Baiyoke Floating Market is proof that it's possible to have a floating market on the 75th floor! Despite how unusual it sounds, it's a cool idea, combining the fun of browsing at a market with the enjoyment of a Thai food buffet.

    The food at Baiyoke Floating Market is as good as any you’d find along the many waterways of Thailand – minus the mosquitoes! Getting to the venue is easy – Baiyoke Sky Hotel is one of the tallest buildings in Bangkok and it’s simply hard to miss. The nearest BTS Skytrain stations are Ratchatewi and Chit Lom, though both require further transportation or a 20-minute walk.

    Location: 75th Floor, Baiyoke Sky Hotel, 222 Ratchaprarop Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)2 656 3000

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    Pantip Plaza IT Mall

    Pantip Plaza is one of the most famous Bangkok electronics malls. Often considered the mother of all IT shops in Thailand, it has gained legendary status as the place to find new and used computers and accessories at rock-bottom prices.

    Occupying a rather featureless building on Petchaburi Road, Pantip Plaza is quite infamous for its widespread practice of selling counterfeit software and DVDs. The mall has certainly seen better days, but still draws in shoppers thanks to unbeatable bargains and cheap technical specialists for things like repairs and upgrades.

    Location: Phetchaburi Rd, Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 9pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 254 9797

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    Platinum Fashion Mall

    Platinum Fashion Mall in Bangkok is often considered to be an indoor version of the Chatuchak Weekend Market. It specializes in wholesale fashion and accessories, with 4 floors of shopping space that’s packed with some 1,300 shops.

    Besides the many choices of clothing items available, it has specialty shops inside that are also worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for imported fashion from Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan. Platinum Shopping Mall has just about everything you need to embellish yourself with from head to toe – it’s worth doing some mixing and matching in your head as you browse along. Also remember that only a few shops have fixed prices, so haggling can be a big part of the fun.

    Location: 222 Phetchaburi Rd, Phetchaburi, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 121 8000

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