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A huge amount  and variety of goods are on offer, with something for everyone - no matter how deep or shallow your pocket may be. One of Bangkok's most colourful and chaotic areas, and famously popular for its fashion factory outlets, street markets, bazaars and armies of local vendors, Pratunam offers bargain prices for all kinds of clothing, apparel, fashion accessories, shoes, watches, jewellery, belts, luggage and much more.

This market can sometimes be very busy and walking along the pavements can sometimes be exhausting. However the street markets here are very popular with Thai and foreign shoppers. Fresh produce has made way for fashion wear, textiles and accessories, but they are still sold at strictly local prices. Endless small alleyways are packed with literally thousands of fashion stores, and they are so cheap because most of them actually sell at wholesale rates. In the north of the district lies Victory Monument, a large military monument that now functions as a major traffic hub. The area became a popular residential neighbourhood for locals and ex pats working in the city centre.

Getting to Pratunam.

Sky Train Pratunam is well covered by the Sukhumvit Line of the BTS Sky Train. From Ratchathewi BTS station in the south of Pratunam, it is only a 15 minutes walk to the centre of the action ( the intersection of Phetchaburi Road and Ratchaprarop Road ). Phaya Thai covers the central area of the district, while Victory Monument is located nearby. At Phaya Thai BTS station, you can switch onto the  the Airport Rail Link, but as the systems are not integrated, you will have to buy a new ticket.

Airport Rail Link After many years of delays, the Airport Rail Link finally opened in August 2010. From Suvarnabhumi Airport, the Express Line misses all stations and brings you directly to Makkasan. This ride takes about 15 minutes and costs 150 Baht. Trains run every 30 minutes from 06:00 am  to midnight. From Makkasan, you can continue your way by metro at Phetchaburi MRT station. If you want to reach Ratchaprarop or Phaya Thai stations, that are more centrally located in Pratunam, you will need to take the City Line. Reaching Phaya Thai from Suvarnabhumi Airport takes about 30 minutes and sets you back 40 Baht. At Phaya Thai, you can transfer onto the Sky Train and continue your way using the Sukhumvit line to Siam or Mo Chit and beyond.

You don’t need to use it, just as a airport link, it is also a fast train just to get around. Ratchaprarop is the closest station to Pratunam and the Baiyoke Tower II. As you leave that station, make sure you cross the ground level railway line ( which is on the same side as you come in from the airport ) and keep walking in that direction. There is a sign saying Baiyoke Hotels nearby. Pratunam is some 500 metres on the right hand side. You walk under an overhead walkway as you come, close to the area.