Quite possibly the best part about shopping in Bangkok is the access to wholesale retailers all over. Such retailers usually have connections to clothing factories and are able to bulk buy garments at heavily discounted prices. While the concept of wholesale retailers is to supply other shopping malls not just in Thailand but the rest of Asia as well, these shop owners have made bank selling clothing to fashion conscious tourists who walk through the door. The rule of thumb at such places is simple: the more pieces you buy, the better a bargain you’ll be able to get. Wholesalers will encourage groups of friends to combine orders or get the same piece in various colours to help lower cost per piece.
Frequent travellers to Bangkok solely for cheap clothes will point you to the highly successful Platinum Fashion Mall as the first place to go to for fashion at bargain prices. The mall comprises two buildings that are separated into three zones, totalling more than 2,000 stalls. Across the two buildings, fashionistas will be able to cover themselves head to toe many times over in different styles, ranging from preppy to hipster and even latex and costume fantasies, all complete with a full set of matching accessories, shoes and even make up. Experts who have combed through all 12 floors will know that an expedition to Platinum Fashion Mall will take at least a day to thoroughly go through the infinite racks of clothing here. Stop by the Food Centre on the sixth floor or the massage and beauty parlours in the Basement of Building A to replenish and rejuvenate before continuing the scavenger hunt.
Platinum Fashion Mall can get crowded, especially over the weekend, but there are less crowded and equally as great malls to get your fashion fix. Geared towards a younger crowd, Union Mall sees much trendier options for teenagers and contemporary office wear. The mall is much more frequented by local young adults so prices also fall within a range very affordable by such a demographic. If searching for a familiar international brand at low prices, try heading out to Bangkok Fashion Outlet, the first discount outlet in downtown Bangkok. More than 500 Thai and international brands are available here, including Marks & Spencer and Giordano with discounts of up to 90%.
THIS PAGE Whatever style you wear, Platinum Fashion Mall has you covered – and at a bargain too!