Union Mall is easily one of my top rated indoor shopping malls in Bangkok other than the usual Platinum Mall!
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Union Mall Ladprao Soi 1, Bangkok, Thailand 10900
If you are staying around the usual Pratanum/Siam/Ratchathewi district like me; Union Mall may be a tad far! However, if you are planning to head to the weekend Chatuchak Market in the morning – you can opt to spend the rest of the day in air conditioned comfort at Union Mall as it is just 1 stop away! (:
Alternatively, if it is during the weekday or you don’t plan on visiting Chatuchak – the easiest and fastest route is just to Uber from your hotel; or else you need to take the BTS and then switch to another train.
There are 8 levels (6 levels + 1 ground + basement) in Union Mall but not all levels are fully occupied – especially the top few levels. In general, most of the shopping will be located between level 1-3. Don’t worry, there are PLENTY of shops to spend a few hours here. Note that most of the shops are mainly catered towards ladies shopping; guys won’t really find many male clothing here.
What to DO at Union Mall?
To me, Union Mall is a local shopping paradise – though not as big as Platinum Mall; the mall is less crowded with more locals compared to tourists and the designs are not so repetitive. Just check out the walkway – not as crowded as Platinum Mall!
Read on to find out more about what you can do at Union Mall!
#1 – Bargain Shopping @ Union Mall
The rule of thumb when I shop in Bangkok is to only purchase clothes within the maximum range of 100-200 baht ($4 – $8). This is because majority of the clothes are imported from China/Taobao before being marked up. Since I can order the same pieces for the same price/or cheaper; it is better to stick to this price range to budget myself and bag good deals. Of course sometimes there are exceptions though if I really love the item! 😂😂
Having said that, it is possible to purchase pretty clothes from the 100-200 baht range; check them out below! 😊
Note: Bargaining is not as commonplace here compared to Platinum Mall as many of the prices here are catered towards locals!
If you want higher quality blogshop apparels or self manufactured Thai designs, be prepared to fork out more than the standard 100-200 baht. Spotted a few shops at bargain prices for quality pieces starting from 300 baht onwards. Still cheaper than many blogshops and online stores imo!
Shoes are usually in the higher range but average prices are between 250 – 350 baht! Would still consider them relatively affordable as you can try them on!
#2 – Pamper your Nails!
If shipping is not your thing, or you want to pair your shopping trip with a nails pampering session – one of the top levels of Union Mall is fully occupied by small nail salons as below. Didn’t look at the prices but in general it should definitely be cheaper to do your nails in Bangkok compared to Singapore!
#3 – Shop at Watsons!
There is a Watsons at the basement of Union Mall and I took a look at the prices! Was surprised to find my usual Maybeline compact powder going at a mere 247 baht (S$10) compared to $20+ in Singapore! Stocked up a few here and freely shopped at the Watsons as there was no one around!
#4 – Buy Phone Covers
Also in the basement is where you can pick up related mobile accessories ranging from phones, cables to phone covers. Phone covers are the most popular item for most Singaporeans here though.
#5 – Stop for a Snack Break
Snack stalls can be found at every level! I was disappointed to find that my favourite Ice Manias outlet closed since my last visit but I made up with a Freshy crepe instead to snack on while shopping! Alternatively, stop by for a coffee break!(:
#6 – Dine affordably!
Lastly, there is an entire floor devoted to restaurants at Union Mall and you can take your pick from all these restaurants. I took a look at the prices and they are definitely cheaper compared to Singapore! My personal recommendation will be the 12 baht Boat Noodles restaurant though but feel free to try the rest! 😝😝
Overall, Union Mall is definitely a great Mall that you can easily spent at least half a day to a day here especially if you plan on doing some cheap shopping! Will be back again next time!(: