Originally known as the World Trade Center, Bangkok’s Central World Plaza is one of the most entertaining shopping malls in Asia. It rests in the Prathumwan district of downtown Bangkok, which is the center of commerce and trade in Thailand’s capital. It was first constructed in 1990, but underwent a significant makeover in 2003 to better compete with the newly constructed Siam Paragon complex down the road. The new and improved Central World Plaza began operations in 2006 and now includes 500 services and retailers across seven floors.
It contains a brilliant glass façade which overlooks a main court where festivals and concerts are held throughout the year. Two of Central World Plaza’s largest tenants, Zen and Isetan, are massive department stores. The shopping mall is found in an intriguing part of Bangkok, close to a seemingly endless array of famous landmarks. There are at least a dozen hotel options within a five-minute walk of Central World Plaza.
Once shoppers have seen enough of Central World Plaza, it is recommended they take a stroll around Prathumwan to take in the area’s memorable sights and magnificent hotels.
Resting on the corner of Ploenchit Road and Ratchadamri Road, at the Ratchaprasong Intersection, is Erawan Shrine. This famous religious site is a Hindu statue of the four-faced Brahma. It is open between 06:00 and midnight daily and can attract thousands of visitors on a single day during the peak tourist season.
Even though the area around Central World Plaza is a bustling bastion of business, trade, and entertainment, there is one site of serenity that tourists should explore. Nestled between Siam Paragon and Central World Plaza is Wat Prathum Wanaram. This temple was established in 1857 and today is renowned for its tranquil green areas and peaceful ambiance, despite the hustle and bustle that surrounds it.
If tourists are not hampered by a strict budget, then there are dozens of exciting dining options near Central World Plaza. The Four Seasons Hotel, The St. Regis Bangkok, and Hansar Bangkok Hotel are some of Bangkok’s finest five-star hotels and they therefore boast unmatched restaurants. These hotels and others operate fun clubs and lounges, but a more inexpensive option is to head a few minutes’ drive along Sukhumvit Road where a vibrant nightlife awaits. Outside of Central World Plaza, Prathunam Market and Prantip Plaza are nice places to shop for cheap goods. Siam Paragon, Siam Square, Gaysorn Plaza, and Central Chitlom are higher-end malls which are worth exploring.
Tourists can easily get to Central World Plaza using public transportation. The BTS stations of Chitlom and Siam Paragon are linked to the complex via a skywalk. Skytrain is by far the most convenient way to get to this shopping haven. Buses frequently pass the mall, especially along Ratchadamri Road. However, traffic jams are common. Another alternative is to take a boat along the Saen Saep Canal.
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