CentralWorld - formerly WTC, Bangkok
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.
This is a 300 000 square meter mall that you can do some last minute shopping in or find something that maybe you’ve forgotten or need. You’ll find a cinema here and a food court and sushi bars and electronics, beauty, clothing and other stores here.
This is a seven floored mall that is located on Chaengwattana Road. I used a tuk tuk to get here from where I stayed and used a taxi to return. There’s a convenient taxi drop off and pick up drive through at the main entrance to the mall and it’s easy to get a metered taxi here.
The mall is air-conditioned and clean and well organized with staircases and escalators and elevators. I easily found the stores that I was looking for and after going back and forth a couple of times to compare prices I made my purchase and got out of there.
I hit this mall on my last day in Bangkok, six weeks after my initial arrival here in SE Asia. Early in my little odyssey I lightened the weight that I was carrying and left a laptop bag at my first stop after leaving Bangkok and I wanted to replace it for my flights home
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
Siam Paragon and Siam Center having good international brands. MBK in nearby area has local brands and Tokyu Dept Store. Within walking distance is the huge CentralWorld Plaza. Fortunately they are all in the same area and reachable by interlinked overhead pedestrian (skywalk). Close to the area is more upclass Gaysorn. Happy shopping Mike ;-)
What to buy: You can buy almost anything in those Malls
What to pay: Reasonable prices depend on the brands
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.
Every Friday night, at the front of Centralworld shopping mall there's a flea market and street market. At the flea market, selling handmade craft made by students and amateur artisan. The price is a little expensive than average but worth it because it's limited.
At the street market, selling clothes, t-shirt and foods. It's interesting for bargain hunter.
What to buy: unique t-shirt, handmade craft, keychain, clocks, dolls, bags, etc
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 loved this shop in Zen in Central World !!!! Here you can make your own stuffed bear. You can choose a bear, put a heart in it, put the fluff in, wash it, buy clothes for it. Great fun. The staff is really helpful
What to pay: A bear costs around 600 Baht and the clothes vary in price, you can make it as expensive as you can afford.
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.
Camper is Spanish shoemaker with a very distinct identity, and you can instantly recognise their stores anywhere in the world. The store in Central World Plaza shopping mall is not an exception. The layout of the shoes tells instantly that this is a Camper store -- the big Camper sign helps the uninitiated.
Anyhow, the store has a good selection of quirky shoes for both him and her. Don't expect finding any fancy dress shoes, but more of everyday fashionable shoes. There is also an ample selection of sandals that come handy in the hot Thailand weather.
Guess is one of the many urban trendy 20-something clothing company originated from the USA. One of their shops is located in Central World Plaza in Bangkok, among other mid-range fashion stores.
The clothes are bit provoking and a tad trendy, but still normal enough to satisfy the desires of the average 20+ consumer. So, chances are that you find something worth buying there. It has been designed so.
The prices are better compared to Europe, but not any real bargains... Unless you happen to be there during sale period, as then you can make real finds.
Monkey Gee is a local Thai young fashion chain that has been able to combine trendy looking clothes with a distinct style and inexpensive prices. This is probably easier to achieve in Asia than in Europe, but it is nice to buy stuff without paying too much for them.
One of their Bangkok stores is found on Central World Plaza shopping mall among Western brands. The store has a wide selection of clothes for both genders, and some of the stuff is really dirt cheap -- without looking cheap.
So, if you don't have enough t-shirts or shorts, head there to collect a couple.