Union Mall – The alternative to Platinum & MBK

Union Mall
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Located in the Lat Phrao district north of Bangkok, Union Mall is easily accessible through the Phahon Yothin MRT Station, right across from St John University and 1-2 MRT stations from Chatuchak Weekend Market.

Union Mall shoppers are mainly made up of local students and younger Thais. With local brands by local designers with local flavors. An excellent place for younger female shoppers. The mall is relatively unknown for tourists.

Number of stores and services: 1,240
Hours of operation: Every-day 11am – 10pm

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Ground floor at Union Mall, Bangkok Thailand

Local shopping in Union Mall

If you enjoy MBK and Platinum, you’ll have to check out Union Mall. Union Mall offers a great break from the overpriced, upscale, brand name malls in the city.

The exterior of the mall is covered in yellow or gold paint; it may look a bit shabby but don’t be deceived by the outer look.

You will need to be a bit adventurous to visit this mall because most shop owners speak very little to no English. Although they always have a calculator as a universal tool to type in the price.

There is a total of eight floors. The basement is mainly a food court made up with Thai food at about 40-50 baht per dish. On the fourth floor are higher quality foods with restaurants catering to about 50% Thai restaurants and the rest are Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese restaurants.

Shops and services

Basement: Street food style food court
Ground Floor: Clothing and shoes, gold, jewelry, restaurants, KFC, Buffet
Floor 1: Clothing and shoes, sun glasses, beauty, cosmetics,
Floor 2: Fashion accessories, bags, shoes, bank, ATM machines, and salon
Floor 3: Unique clothing, handmade, bakery, coffee, dessert
Floor 4: Restaurants (4 Food Center), gadgets and mobile accessories
Floor 5: Cosmetic treatment, manicure, pedicure, eyelash/hair extension
Floor 6: Movie Theater, arcade, karaoke, 4D movies

Pros

  • A hidden shopping paradise for many, not too many tourists, that mainly caters to young local crowds.
  • Great shopping for small, medium size teenage girls or twenty-something women. No selection for plus size or senior women.
  • Most shop owners do not speak or know very little English, but they always have a calculator to type in the price. This can be a bad thing.
  • Trendy fashions and good quality clothing.
  • Great for budget shoppers, great varieties and inexpensive.
  • Lots of women fashions, some men's too. About 80-90% are women's fashions.
  • Good selection of restaurants (Thai (50%), Korean, Japanese, Western), fast food chains throughout the building.
  • Good movie theater on the top floor, about 100-140 baht per person.
  • Central World Lad Phrao is 15 minutes' walking distance away. There is an overhead bridge inside the Union Mall that will you take you to Central World Lad Phrao for further shopping.
  • If you like shopping at Platinum Mall or MBK, you will enjoy Union Mall.
  • Good fit in your itinerary on the same day if you’re visiting Chatuchak Market. Union Mall is just one- or two MRT Stations away from Chatuchak Market (depending where you get on MRT from Chatuchak Market). Perfect if you want to try something new and shop comfortably in an air conditioned building. You can shop here before heading to Chatuchak Market.
  • There are many dressing rooms; you can try out everything before you buy it, unlike MBK or Platinum.

Cons

  • The location, Union Mall is further away from the city center, not close to Sukhumvit Road, but easily accessible through MRT. About 20-30 MRT ride from the Sukhumvit Road area.
  • No selection for plus size women.
  • Mainly caters to teenage girls and young women. Not many shops for men's fashion, so men, be prepared to be bored.

Women and men fashions

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Hat, tops, shorts at Union Mall, Bangkok Thailand

Women formal dress at Union Mall in Bangkok Thailand

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Cheap women clothing

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Wedding Gown

Winter jackets and sweaters

Sweaters and scarf

Winter jackets, bomber jackets/vests, scarf

Winter clothing on sale at Union Mall

Mobile phone, tablets, computers, laptops and accessories

Computer accessories

New or used mobile phones

Mobile covers

Gagdets

Floor 5: Cosmetic treatment, manicure, pedicure, eyelash/hair extension

Price for manicure, pedicure, eyelash and hair extension in Union Mall, Bangkok Thailand

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Hair salon at Union Mall

Getting your nail done at Union mall

Manicure, peticure, hair extension

Hair extension at Union Mall

Getting your nail done

Basement: Street food style food court

Authentic Thai food, desserts and coffee shops can be found in the basement level. Get your cash card at the front desk in order to pay for your food. Some shops do not accept cash card and only accept cash only. Each dish costs about 40-60 baht, and all the food stalls are mainly written in Thai.

KFC and McDonald’s are on the ground floor. A&W is on the second floor.

Other western friendly restaurants with English menus are on the fourth floor.

Food court at Union Mall

Get your cash card at Union Mall Thai style food court

Lower level food court at Union Mall

Desserts for sale in food court

Floor 4: Restaurants (4 Food Center), gadgets and mobile accessories

4 Food Center at Union Mall

Est 68 Buffet on fourth floor Union Mall

Fourth floor Union Mall

Buffet on fourth floor Union Mall

Korean, Japanese restaurants fourth floor Union Mall

Floor 6: Movie theater, arcade, karaoke, 4D movies

On the sixth floor are the movie theater, karaoke, and an arcade. A movie ticket costs 100-140 baht per person, the 100 baht are the lower seats and the 140 baht are higher level seats.

You can watch the latest Hollywood movies here in English as well as Thai. I watched the latest Star Wars movie, and it felt like a private screening because there was hardly anyone in the theater during the day-time.

The theater was clean, well maintained, although the screen is a little bit smaller, still overall great value. I would recommend it.

Movie theater in English and Thai

Sound Check Karaoke

Arcade

Overhead bridge to Lad Phrao CentralPlaza

On the 2nd or 3rd level (don’t remember), there is an overhead bridge to Lad Phrao CentralPlaza. About 15 minutes apart.

Lad Phrao CentralPlaza is a larger and more upscale mall than Union Mall. You may do further shopping at this mall.

Path to Lad Phrao CentralPlaza

Path to Lad Phrao CentralPlaza

Follow the path to Lad Phrao CentralPlaza

How to get there

Using MRT (subway): Get off at Phahon Yothin MRT Station and Exit #5 up the escalator.

Address: Chatuchak, จังหวัด กรุงเทพมหานคร

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One thought on “Union Mall – The alternative to Platinum & MBK

  1. I love this mall, although it’s kinda far from the rest of the malls and further away from the down town core of bkk, but easy accessible with the MRT. It is still my favourite how budget mall in all of bkk.

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