After flying to Bangkok from China, we decided to spend our first day checking out arguably the best mall in Bangkok. We had heard from expats who live here, that this is THE best mall, especially for westerners.
So here is our day visiting CentralWorld – don’t fancy reading the whole post? Check out our vlog from the day!
OK I will be honest. We had two reasons to visit this mall.
Firstly, we wanted to see what all the hype was about – everyone talks about how amazing this mall is and we wanted to see what makes it amazing.
Secondly, Calum forgot his shorts! Yes on our trip to Thailand, my husband wore jeans on the flight and realized he had not packed one single pair of shorts! So we needed to get a few pairs for the rest of our two-week stay.
Here are some of the best western shops we found in the mall:
- Accessorize (Level 1) – my favorite for bags and jewelry.
- Topshop (Level 1)
- Marks & Spencers (Level 1) – includes a food section for those amazing Percy Pigs and Sausage rolls!
- Topman (Level 2)
- Zara (Level 2)
- The Body Shop (Level 2) – I enjoyed stocking up on lotions and moisturizer.
- GAP (Level 3) – western sizes were available.
- World Camera (Level 3)
- Zen Department store – across all levels, Zen had everything and anything; including western sizes!
CentralWorld has so many restaurants to choose from that you are split for choice. However, as we browsed the different options I personally found these restaurants to be quite a bit more expensive than those in other malls such as Terminal 21 and Siam Paragon.
That being said, I can imagine these restaurants are a good choice for those looking for a nice meal out. I can see why expats choose to eat here often too; there is a lot of western options with good quality food.
A few top choices:
- Coca Restaurant Central World Plaza – 6th floor, Hot Pot.
- Kub Kao Kub Pla – 6th floor, Thai food.
- Laem Charoen Seafood – 3rd floor, Asian seafood.
- Din Tai Fung – 7th floor, DimSum.
- Aka Japanese Restaurant – 7th floor, BBQ Japanese buffet (VERY FOOD VALUE).
- The Manhattan Fish Market – 7th floor, seafood.
- Mrs. Balbir’s restaurant – 7th floor, India curries.
- Pomodoro Central World – 7th floor, Italian.
- Zambrero – 6th floor, Mexican.
The best way to get to CentralWorld is via the BTS. Siam or Chitlom BTS stations are just a 5-minute walk from the shopping mall; with a direct skywalk that makes it a super easy and convenient way to get to the best mall in Bangkok. We personally went via Chitlom because our hotel was on the same line and found this route super easy.
Creative Tip: The skywalk has exits for the major hotels in the area as well as the Erawan Shrine. If you are short on time, use this skywalk as a way to see the shrine en route as well!
CentralWorld can be pretty busy, especially on the weekends. The mall is open from 10am to 10pm and we felt it was a very good mall. It was massive with such a variety of shops.
I reckon to live in Bangkok, would be your first choice when you are looking for western sizes and products but I would imagine finding the shops you are looking for would take a while. We found ourselves getting lost more than once!
Have you been to CentralWorld? Do you think it is the BEST MALL IN BANGKOK? Let us know in the comments below!
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