Bangkok, Thailand



Siam Square

Heading east from Siam Square is Ratchaprasong, an intersection filled with luxurious malls catering to more upmarket shoppers. CentralWorld, while built in 2002, was expanded in 2006 topping nearby rival Siam Paragon as the largest shopping complex in Thailand and among the largest in the world. Surrounding CentralWorld are the Gaysorn, Isetan, Narai Phand, Peninsula Plaza, ZEN and others, which together make the area the largest shopping promenade in Bangkok. Bring a well-filled wallet when coming here!

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Amarin Plaza
496-502 Phloen Chit Rd (BTS Chit Lom). Opening: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This impressive colonial-style mall comprises of five floors of high-end stores selling fashion, furniture, jewellery, electronics, books and handicrafts. The fourth floor has a good food court and even a spa, health centre and yoga studio.

Central Chidlom
1027 Phloen Chit Rd (BTS Chit Lom). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
This is the flagship store of the Central chain of department stores. It is much more luxurious and prices higher catering to affluent Thais and Western expats. It has good selections of pricey watches, cosmetics and clothes as well as numerous eating options.

999/9 Rama I Rd (BTS Chit Lom). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
It is the only mall in Bangkok that can give Siam Paragon a run for the money in both elegance and size. It's marketed as a middle-class shopping mall with prices cheaper than Siam Paragon. Lots of restaurants make this a good destination for lunch or dinner. The top floor has a supermarket and a multiplex. The large Isetan and ZEN department stores are in this complex, as well as two book stores and plenty of electronic stores.

CentralWorld by Helt

Erawan Bangkok
494 Phloen Chit Rd (BTS Chit Lom). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.
Linked by skybridges with the Amarin Plaza and Gaysorn, this is another luxury boutique mall. Chic clothes stores occupy all four levels and the second level has an excellent tea room. Go to the lower lobby if you're hungry or to the fourth floor for wellness and pampering.

999 Phloen Chit Rd (BTS Chit Lom). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Gaysorn is Bangkok's premier luxury shopping mall with major brands including Armani, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany. The top floors have a good selection of antiques and Thai handicrafts of high quality but prices are fairly high. The mall is popular with Japanese and Arab visitors.

CentralWorld, 4/1- 4/2 Ratchadamri Rd (BTS Chit Lom). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
An institution in Japan, Isetan's Bangkok branch is an upscale department store. While catering to Japanese visitors, there is also a wide range of international brands including Louis Vuitton. Kinokuniya is one of the better book stores and there is a Lego section for kids.  edit

Isetan by coolinsights

Narai Phand
President Tower Arcade (next to
Intercontinental Hotel) 973 Phloen Chit Rd (BTS Chit Lom). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.
A Thai handicraft centre (partly operated by the government) offering a wide range of traditional crafts including bronze objects, ceramics, lacquerware, silk and woodcarvings. Prices are fairly high and not negotiable (but clearly marked) so this is a good place to see what's on offer and find out baseline prices before hitting the markets.

Peninsula Plaza
153 Ratchadamri Rd (BTS Ratchadamri). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Another exclusive shopping centre for Thais with money, rich expats and business travellers. The whole exterior has a European old-world feeling. On sale are gems, diamonds, silverware, fabrics, antiques and art. The fourth floor is home to the International Dance Academy.

CentralWorld, 4 Ratchadamri Rd (BTS Chit Lom). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00.
ZEN is probably the coolest, funkiest and hippest lifestyle department store in Bangkok. The retailer caters to affluent customers who care for design and don't mind paying extra. Each of the six levels centre around a specific theme and product category including cosmetics, fashion and sports wear.

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