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                                                       At this area, there are also higher-end
          For indoor markets, definitely visit Platinum   shopping centres such as Gaysorn Village,
          Fashion Mall, packed with some 1,300 shops   devoted to designer labels, or simpler places
          that specialise in wholesale fashion clothing   like Amarin Plaza devoted to traditional Thai
          and accessories. Here, haggling is part of the   arts and handicrafts; all of which draw in a
          fun and you’ll save more buying in larger    mixed crowd – from affluent Thais to expats
          quantities. Platinum Fashion Mall is located    and business travellers.
          in the centre of Pratunam shopping district,
          a 10-minute walk from either BTS Ratchathewi   Additionally, Bangkok is famous for several
          or BTS Chit Lom station, so it is easily acces-  floating markets, and one of the most popular
          sible when compared to other clothing bazaars   in Thailand is Damnoen Saduak. Here long-tail
          of the same scale.                           boats navigate the narrow, busy and noisy
                                                       canals, where you will get up close and personal
          Meanwhile, if you desire to experience high-  with fruit and food sellers rowing their own
          end shopping malls, travel to the Sukhumvit                 boats. This provides a glimpse
          or Ratchaprasong area.                                      of the traditional Thai way
          In Sukhumvit, The EmQuart-                                  of life with great photo
          ier and Emporium offer         “Thailand is filled with     opportunities for your group.
          luxury shopping, and nearer   a wide range of exciting
          to the Asoke junction is     and fascinating markets,       Another well known float-
          Terminal 21, which takes you    as well as high-end         ing market near Bangkok
          around the world visiting                                   is Amphawa, which is argu-
          cities such as London and       shopping malls and          ably more authentic than
          Istanbul while browsing local   department stores.”         Damnoen Saduak. It has
          boutiques.                                                  become such a popular place
                                                                      for locals to visit during the
          Then, there is CentralWorld,                                weekends that food stalls
          Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, Siam Center and   have expanded from the riverbanks and stretch
          so on, at the Ratchaprasong intersection, all of   far into the surrounding streets. The main draw
          which caters to all shoppers with a diverse mix   is eating seafood cooked on wooden boats
          of retail, dining and entertainment.         moored around the renowned central bridge.

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