This will be my shopping tips for Central World, I will have a separate things to do tips for it.
It has risen from the ashes of the turbulent 2010 red shirt protests where a part of it got burned down and it now had a major face lift! It claims to be the largest lifestyle shopping complex in south-east Asia (Maybe it is since it has 560,000 Square meters of floor space and as it sprawls over 8 levels. There are two department stores – Thai-owned Zen and the Isetan Japanese store. In addition there are hundreds of other small stores, over 50 restaurants, two cinema complexes, Bangkok’s largest supermarket with many international brands not previously available, a fun park and a hotel. There are six interconnected shopping zones which offer different feel and unique features. In this shopping complex 100 escalators and see-through lifts are built.
After checking out stuff at Central World Plaza you can easily move to other famous shopping centers, markets and stores which include Gaysorn shopping center, Big C Ratchadamri, Amarin Plaza, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, MBK Center, Platinum Fashion Mall, Pantip Plaza, Pratunam Market.
What to buy: The flagship department stores are Zen and Isetan, but the core is a labyrinth of shops, restaurants and entertainment, including cinemas and an ice-skating rink. Located on the seventh floor is the Thailand Duty Free Shop, which is the only government-operated, downtown duty-free shop in the country. Step into the World Trade Center in the morning and you will not see the sun for the rest of the day!
Central World mainly has High Street brands which target the middle to upper-middle class thais and tourist while Siam Paragon and Gaysorn has wider range from High Street to Designer brands which target the middle to high class.
What to pay: Maxx out your Credit Card!
The shops inside Centralworld are generally open from 10am until 9pm everyday.
Bangkok is known for it's great shopping. One of the great shopping malls you can visit is the Central World. Here you can purchase all sort of stuff in the comfort of a air-conditioned environment which could be useful if it's too hot or it's raining. This place was recently damaged during some political upheaval in the city but the place has bounced back and is once again open for business. There is a good number of food establishments and a food court where you can rest and re-energize for another round of shopping. Another great thing with this place is that it is easily accessible via the BTS.
What to pay: Cheap prices
ZEN - Central World Plaza
The largest shop-central in Bangkok. Located in Siam center in Bangkok very close Erawan Shrine. From Siam Paragon you have to walk about 5 minutes.
To see all ZEN you need one or two days because its to big (or the biggest shopping center in Thailand).
Attraction Type: Shopping
Location: Siam square in Bangkok
Pictures in the web: Markets and Shopping areas in Bangkok
First Photo: Inside ZEN
Second photo: The first floor of ZEN
Third photo: Inside ZEN
Forth photo: Inside ZEN
Fifth photo: TV Show in ZEN
What to buy: Books about Thailand, maps.....
What used to be the World Trade Centre has been resurrected as another sparkling new addition to the Universe of shopping malls in Bangkok - Central World...6 storeys of shopping workouts and delights, and that is not the end. There is a gym and tuition centres on the higher floors and if you care, be properly attired of course, go straight up to the 17th storey for some chic chi meals and drinks and drink in the sights.
There is a huge ZEN departmental store within the mall as well, offering, lo and behold, another few floors of shopping workouts.
And people say that the world's economy is in dire straits.
What to buy: What your money can buy.
What to pay: What your money can buy.
If you are looking for a great hairdresser in Bangkok, I highly recommend Hair By Phonatip at the Cut & Curl Salon in Central World.
Mr. Phonatip (nickname Neang) speaks excellent English which always makes me feel more comfortable when I'm in a new salon.
Whether you just need a trim or you want a whole new look, almost every hair treatment is provided, including haircuts, styling, coloring, straightening, extensions, etc. Since Phonatip speaks English you can explain exactly what you want done, as well as ask about local restaurants and sights. Although you probably did not go to Bangkok for a haircut, if you need one this is the perfect place for a tourist to head.
He also has a new website: www.HairByPhonatip.com
Give him a try, you won't be disappointed.
What to buy: Almost every hair treatment is provided, including haircuts, styling, coloring, straightening, perms, etc
What to pay: Market rates which are much less than in the West.
Southeast Asia's biggest lifestyle shopping complex CentralWorld, Bangkok accommodates everybody's taste, pocket and style. The latest addition to the city's 'mallscape' is the newly and fabulously revamped CentralWorld, which is officially the largest mall in Southeast Asia.
What to buy: These malls are where you'll find the city's finest fashion stores, global brands, book shops, speciality stores, accessories stands and all kinds of luxury designer lifestyle goods. Not only are you spoiled for choice; it's all super easy to navigate. Shopping malls are modern and air-conditioned, thus a pleasant alternative to the bustling hot markets, and most complexes are easily accessible via the city's modern and efficient Skytrain (BTS) system. Just don't forget to sport comfortable shoes!
In and around the Central World Place there are many, many shops. There is always a nice atmosphere and lots of activities on the street. And the airco in the shopping centre is nice, certainly if its 35 degrees outside!
I didnt like this shoping too much. Its the same shoping that you can find in every part of the wolrd.
Big department store that you can find world´s classic clothes. Armani, Prada, Gucci and many others.
Next is a British originated store chain that seems to sell quite rubbish clothes. At least the stores that I've visited in the Great Britain and Thailand were all looking really cheap.
The clothes are sort of trendy, but on the other hand lack enough details and features to really stand apart from the crowds -- in positive aspect. If you are running low on money, this might be a good place. Otherwise, I would go somewhere else.
Central World Plaza is a huge shopping center; we wandered around for half a day and still there were some corridors and levels that were left unexplored. The amount of stores and restaurants is just breathtaking -- and some extensions were still quite inhabited.
The shops are mostly midrange, as the luxury shops have been collected to the neighbouring Gaysorn Plaza (on the other side of the road). There are both global and local brands, and the prices are quite competitive. Isetan department store is at the other end of the mall with a Books Kinokuniya store nearby.
There is a couple of restaurant complexes and the variety (in regard of style, price and quality) is good -- there is at least something for everyone. A Starbucks will help Westeners feeling homesick.
Central World Plaza is the former World Trade Center. A newly renovated mall which almost have everything. From designer clothes to electronics, restaurants to home shops, cinema to money changers.
The shop had their soft opening last Sptember. Though some of the stalls were still closed, still alot f shoppers do come and visit the place.
Spacious walkway and eye catching facade.
Isetan is within the building.
This huge mall was called the World Trade Center until a few years ago, and doubtless many taxi drivers will still call it that. It changed its name in 2003 to Central World Plaza, following a change of ownership. Now, the mall has been remodelled and undergone another name change, this time the name has been shortened to CentralWorld. The name comes from the parent group - the Central Group that run the chain of Central Department stores and are the local partner in the Big C hypermarket chain, and they have plans to add a hotel to the mall in the near future.
There is an excellent department store - Isetan - within the complex. There are also cinemas and a food court, 2 good bookshops - Asia Books and Kinokuniya, and in peak season (December to February) a beer garden is set up outside. If you need a western fast-food fix there is also plenty to choose from here. The shops inside the complex are generally open from 10am until 9pm.
It's particularly handy for the Indra Regent, Amari Watergate and Baiyoke Sky hotels, all of which are a short walk to the north.
If there aren't enough shops for you in the centre itself - just cross the road (via the footbridge) and you'll find a huge Big C, the upmarket Gaysorn Plaza, and several other shopping opportunties...
If that hasn't got you all shopped out there's also a new walkway under the Skytrain line which will take you right to the doors of the Siam Center and the new Siam Paragon mall.
World Trade Centre is a shopping mall with 2 prestige department stores, 300 plus retailing stores selling almost everything from designer clothes and expensive jewelry and watches to rare antiques and brand new automobiles.
Thailand Duty Free Shop (KIng Power) is also located here as well as another Jim Thompson's silk shop.
Other facilities include a 1,800 sq.m. world-class ice skating ring and 11 mini movie theaters.
Opens at 10am.
A 6 storey shopping mall. There is not much Thai merchandise here, but there is a big department store ISETAN where you can find lotsa quality products in good deals, eg. ladies undergarments, leather golf glove, swimwear, etc.
One of my favourite shopping mall is World Trade Center altough some people say it's expensive. It's the place if you want something luxorius in fairly reasonable prices, I think. You can find there department stores Zen and Isetan, small shops and western fast-food restaurants (if you dare not to try Thai food). There is also a cinema in the building. It's in Ratchadamri.