Bangkok April 2015 (Day 4) | Platinum Fashion Mall & Soi 19 Wanton Mee
Bangkok Itinerary Overview (2015). p.s. Read about our post of how to get from BKK airport to downtown.
Shopping at Platinum Mall
Quick Facts of the Mall
- Platinum Fashion Mall is purportedly Thailand’s largest wholesale and retail shopping mall.
- The fashion mall has 2 wings. Wing 1 (Zones 1 and 2) is larger and older than Wing 2 (Zone 3). Wing 2 is just below Novotel Platinum Bangkok. Wing 2 goods are generally more expensive, but trendier. There is a covered walkway linking the 2 wings on Level 2.
- About 80% of the shops are catered to the female crowd.
- Almost 5 levels of the mall sell women’s fashion, mixing in a bit of men’s fashion. For accessories and children wear, check out level 5. And for bags, leathers and shoes, move on to zone 3.
- Overall, the place is huge, and if you really want to finish the whole place, it might take you at least 2 days.
- Prices: Similar to the pleasant change at Chatuchak market, there are more prices displayed upfront as compared to my last visit. Love the transparency! I’ve never quite like bargaining. Nevertheless, being a wholesale mall, you can buy stuff at a cheaper price if you buy 3 (usually) or more items. The more you buy, the cheaper it gets. Ask them for better prices if you are getting more than 1 piece. Good if you are travelling in a big group. If not, make a quick friend in the shop and buy together. That’s what I did for one of the shops!
- Shop till you drop: Bring enough cash. Shops close at 8pm.
- Clothing Size: There is no changing room but just measuring tapes for you to know if you fit into the clothing. Do ask the shop owners about the exchange policy. Some allow an exchange after you tried it – be it in your nearby hotel room or toilet.
- Girls: If you like something, purchase it! You might have difficulty relocating the shop.
- Guys: The designs, especially the t-shirts, were more or less the same for most shops. There’s also nothing to shout about their quality and fashion sense. But you can try Old Skull, fashionable tees at affordable pricing. And if you are looking for shoes, you can consider a local brand, C.R.O.S.S. for comfortable and quality wear!
- Lelong Market: In the evening, there will be makeshift shops setting up outside the mall.
Eat, Drink and Rest
You can find F&B outlets at different levels, e.g. McD (basement), Black Canyon Coffee, Red Mango, etc. The iced green tea latte from this bubble tea lookalike shop at Level 1 or 2 is worth a try.
You can have a quick lunch at their food court at level 6. But the reviews are not that fantastic. If you have some time to spare from shopping, do visit the Soi 19 Wanton Mee, which is a short walking distance from the mall. Scroll down to the next section for more info.
Popular Hotels to Stay in
There are many ladies who want to stay near Platinum Fashion Mall to shop, even though the BTS is not near. If you are one such shopaholic who’s planning to spend the bulk of your time in Thailand at Platinum Fashion Mall, here are some popular hotels to stay around:
- Amari Watergate Bangkok (Opposite Mall),
- Novotel Platinum Bangkok (Above Mall),
- Glow Pratunam (Walking Distance).
Getting There, Opening Hours
Canal along the route from Platinum Mall to Chit Lom BTS
750m, 8 minutes walk from Chit Lom BTS
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9am-8pm
Wed, Sat, Sun: 8am-8pm
222 Petchaburi Road Bangkok, 10330
Soi 19 Wanton Noodles
Our friend who stayed at Glow Pratunam, had their breakfast here at SabX2 Wanton Noodles everyday. Is it that good? We had to find out for ourselves.
Our Experience / Review
When we went, it was crowded and we had to queue. Those queuing before and behind us were Singaporeans and Malaysians. Familiar accents surrounded us when we enter into the eatery. The waitress can even speak mandarin!
Wanton Mee / Noodles
Regular / Special: You can order a Regular bowl at 60 Baht, or a Special bowl at 100 Baht. The only difference is that the Special comes with crab meat, and from the reviews, it is quite tasty, but that’s about it.
Dry / Soup: We ordered 2 dried wanton noodles, because we weren’t fans of the soup version in the first place. And boy, did we not regret it! The generous pork lard made the simple dish absolutely delicious! Too bad we didn’t have time to go back again.
But because the portion is small, we ordered another bowl of wanton soup. I would highly recommend you to order 2 bowls of wanton noodles + a wonton soup for 2 pax.
Braised Pig Trotters (‘Ter Kah’)
Another famous dish they have is the pig trotter dish. But it was sold out when we were there at 1+ pm. :( It’s actually quite expensive but from the reviews and early sell-out, I bet it’s worth it.
The tender trotters soaked in savoury briased sauce come with intestines, tau kwa, egg and preserved salted vegetables.
Directions and Hours
It’s about 5 to 8 minutes’ walk from Platinum Fashion Mall.
Cross the overhead bridge (shortcut at Platinum Mall’s Level 1), and walk towards the direction of Glow Pratunam Hotel/ Shibuya Shopping Mall. Just before the hotel/ Shibuya, turn right into a small lane (Soi Petchburi 19) and keep walking. It’s diagonally across the side of the hotel/ Shibuya.
Daily: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Pratunam, 32-33 Soi Petchburi 19
For people staying in Singapore, apparently there’s a shop that sells a similar style of Wanton Noodles.
Soi 19 – Thai Wanton Mee
7:30am – 4pm
Blk 151, Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 coffeeshop.
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Travels 23 to 26 April 2015 | © 2015 Joogo Travel