Central World Bangkok is my favourite mall in the city. It houses all the brands that I miss from home including:
• Dorothy Perkins
• M&S (for biscuits)
• Ted Baker
• Body Shop
It’s huge (550,000 square metres huge) but easy to get around, unlike most shopping venues in Thailand. As well as the above shops it has many more cool places that I love to browse. When it rains Central World Bangkok is the perfect entertainment centre under one roof, with a fancy cinema, many restaurants and an ice-rink! Below are some of the places I like to spend too much time in when I visit this shopping mall, hey, it’s tough finding clothes in Thailand if you are tall and like cookies.
I used to buy the occasional item from Uniqlo in the UK, but with Gap being so frigging expensive I needed a new place for my basics. Their t-shirts are the best, especially when they have worked in collaboration with designers and other brands. I got quite addicted to the Laura Ashley ones and purchased (ahem) three of them. Their jeans are an amazing fit and my bum looks great in them and at only 1,500 baht they are not too dear. They also seem to have offers on every week. Beware of the creepy folk who greet you though, they are programmed to say ‘Watdiii Uniqlo!’ every five minutes or they implode.
Who needs Primark when you have this awesome Aladdin’s cave of cheap goodies! I’d been a few times when I was in the US but I didn’t appreciate the awesomeness till I came here. There is so much cheap n good stuff that you can’t help but find something you love, even if it is just a pair of PJ shorts with the Eiffel Tower on them.
Just when I thought Thailand was failing me in the shopping department a friend introduced me to Jaspal, a great Thai brand with a good range of accessories. Think Asian Zara and you’re almost there. It can be a bit pricey on occasion, but come during sale time for some great bargains (Big sales are in January and June/July). My favourite item from Jaspal has got to be my green and navy sun hat I got as a special gift last Christmas, protects me from the strong Asian sun!