|Pratunam Market Bangkok|
The signboard announcing the entry to Pratunam Market is not very promising (see picture above) and can be a little discouraging if one has walked to this area after seeing Siam Paragon and Central World. But then, its budget shopping and a place to haggle and find bargains. The general rule is, if you buy three pieces or more of the same item you get a 30-40% discount. It is not wise to enter a wholesale shop when you wish to buy only one or two pieces because those vendors get irritated very fast.
|Indra Square Shopping Mall Pratunam Bangkok|
Indra Square (adjoining Pratunam Market) is an air conditioned mall with shops selling almost everything that you can find in the street shops outside. The prices are a bit higher and the bargaining a bit limited but almost nothing sells at marked prices, so do bargain. Burmese-Nepali girls work as sales girls at many of the shops and can surprise a tourist from India by speaking fluent Hindi.
|Indra Square Shops Pratunam Bangkok|
|Indra Square Shopping Mall Food Court Pratunam Bangkok|
There a food court on the 3rd floor of the shopping mall where one can find international food including vegetarian and Indian food. There a few ATMs on the ground floor of Indra Square but those are better avoided. This is considered a high risk area by the banks and if you use your ATM card here, your bank may just cancel your card and issue a new one for the future.
|Money Exchange Shops in Pratunam Area Bangkok|
There are a few money changers around, and offer good rates particularly for Indian Rupee. I saw this display offering 0.52 THB for an Indian Rupee which was a very good rate. In general I like Super Rich (Thailand) Money Exchange in this area but for Indian Rupee, the shops around Indra Square may offer a better rate. The area is scam-prone too and hence do not chase impossible bargains. Do not follow anyone taking you to a side road for a special deal for exchange or shopping.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|