Any list of the must-see attractions in Pratunam can only start at one place, which also happens to be among the tallest places in Bangkok. The Baiyoke Tower, at 340 metres tall, dominates the Bangkok skyline and is a focal point of the area. That’s not to say there aren’t any other interesting things to do and see in Pratunam, which is an area usually more associated with its long list of shopping options rather than sightseeing.
Pratunam is packed with great hotels, and the whole area only encompasses a few busy square kilometres of central Bangkok between Phetchaburi Road towards the south and Chaturathit Road in the north. Here’s a compilation of the worthwhile spots to see and experience in Pratunam.
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
- Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise
- Vertigo & Moon Bar Rooftop Dining
- Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise
- Shangri-La Hotel's Buffet Dinner Cruise
- Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour
- Siam Niramit Dinner Show
- Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show
- Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise
- Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Half-Day Tour
Get a birds’ eye perspective of Bangkok with a visit to the observation deck on the 309 metre-tall Baiyoke Tower. A haven away from the crowded shopping centres and traffic jams of Bangkok’s busy streets, this skyscraper, which was the tallest in Thailand when it opened in 1997, offers visitors incredible panoramic views of the city from its skywalk on the 77th floor or from its revolving observation deck on the 84th floor.
There’s also a shopping area, several restaurants, bar, as well as the dated but still recommended Baiyoke Sky Bangkok Hotel, one of the most iconic places to stay in the whole of Bangkok. The tower’s just a few minutes’ walk from Pratunam Market, and don’t worry about following your map – simply look up! Read More...
- Opening Hours: Skywalk and observation deck open daily from 10am to 10.30pm
- Location: Soi Ratchaprarob 3, Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
- Price Range: THB 300-500 for entrance into the observation areas.
Suan Pakkad Palace is a gorgeous collection of 8 traditional Thai houses surrounded by a tropical garden and several ponds that offer a sanctuary from Bangkok’s often relentless pace. This tranquil escape can be found right in the heart of the city, just a short walk from Baiyoke Tower in Pratunam. The palace also doubles up as a museum, and you can wander around the gardens into each building, learning more about the fascinating history of the palace, which was once home to a Thai princess.
Dotted about the garden is an array of artefacts, antiques and mini exhibits on display, as well as some interesting Buddhist memorials and shrines adding to that peaceful, almost spiritual atmosphere. An admission charge applies, which is reasonable and well worth it. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 4pm
- Location: 352-354 Si Ayutthaya Road, Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 245 4934
Pratunam Market is a centre of all things shopping in the small namesake area of central Bangkok. Pratunam Wholesale Market, to give it its full title, specialises in clothes and apparel – think from knock-off designer brand tees and 50-baht ‘luxury’ eyewear to full-length silk dresses and sarongs. This market epitomises market shopping in Bangkok where the emphasis is firmly on cheap garments.
There’s a fair share of tailors dotted around the area and the market also has a section dedicated to fancy dresses, with wigs, feathers and snazzy hats. The entire market is covered by a huge roof, reminiscent of the larger Chatuchak Market in the north of the city. If things get too sweaty you can always escape to one of the nearby malls, such as Platinum or Shibuya 19. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
- Location: Phetchaburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Red Sky is a swanky rooftop bar perched on top of the Centara Grand hotel at CentralWorld shopping mall, and definitely is a recommended remedy to that sluggish post-shopping feeling. Whether you’ve been browsing the malls of Siam or tackling the hectic Pratunam Market, Red Sky rooftop bar is easily reachable from each of these places and offers some stunning panoramic views of these 2 shopping districts.
The bar’s iconic arch is the focal point, simply stunning when illuminated at night 55 storeys above downtown Bangkok. The excellent international cuisine and range of beers, wines and cocktails are on the pricey side, but you’re paying both for the quality as well as those all-important city views. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 4pm to 1am
- Location: Centara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 100 6255
Trimutri Shine, nicknamed ‘the lover’s shrine’, just outside CentralWorld supposedly brings its believers luck in love. Singles flock to the Buddhist monument every night of the week, presenting the gods with offerings in multiples of 9, such as 9 incense sticks, 9 nine candles, 9 roses and so forth – it’s apparently the key to finding true love in the future. So, even if superstitions aren’t your thing, you can always head here to find an abundance of love-struck singles waiting to find their Mr or Mrs Right.
The shrine isn’t the most spectacular monument in the Thai capital, but it might just be one of the most interesting thanks to its peculiar location lying in the shadows of the vast CentralWorld megamall, with Bangkok’s relentless traffic whizzing past just a few metres away. Read More...
- Address: 999/9 Rama I Rd, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand