Bangkok offers several markets and shopping malls around the town. The Platinum Fashion Mall and Terminal21 are the popular shopping places in Bangkok, but they are different. If you do not have enough time to visit both shopping places, this blog post might help. I compare these two malls in several aspects; you just choose to visit the one that you like.
Both Platinum Mall and Terminal21 are indoor shopping malls. So, you do not have to worry about the weather. Even if it is a very hot day, you still can enjoy shopping at the malls.
Platinum Mall has 3 zones within 2 buildings. For me, I cannot see all shops in Platinum within one day. Terminal21 has one building with its notable decoration. Each floor has its own theme, and the mall is decorated not only the retail areas, but also the restrooms.
Platinum Mall is specialized for fashion clothing, shoes, handbags, and so on. If you want to buy cheap fashion items or want to buy in bulk, I recommend Platinum Mall. It is cheaper when you buy at least 3 items (3 items=wholesale).
Terminal21 sells the same things and also designed products. Many shops in Terminal21 sell quality products, so the prices of the products here are not so cheap. Besides, you can find international brands here. Terminal21 also offers several restaurants, coffee cafés, and also cinemas. The food court at Terminal21 is well-known for cheap and delicious food.
Most shops at Platinum Mall accept bargaining. For Terminal21, it depends. Some shops accept bargaining, while some shops do not.
Both Platinum Mall and Terminal21 are open daily.
Platinam Mall cannot be reached by both BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway. The closet station to the mall is Chidlom station or Ratchathewi station. Then, from the stations, you have to walk 15-20 minutes. Taking a taxi is recommended especially if you come in group.
Update: May 2017 Recently we have a new skywalk connecting between Chidlom BTS Station and Platinum Mall. So it is very convenient to walk from BTS to Platinum. I have written about this new skywalk here. You might use it as a guideline.
Terminal21 can be reached by both BTS Skytrain (Asok Station) and MRT Subway (Sukhumvit Station). There is a skybridge connecting you to the mall.
You can read my review of The Platinum Fashion Mall here and Terminal 21 here.