Central Rama 3 : Bangkok is renowned for its abundance of markets and shopping centers but most tourists are unaware of the fact that most major shopping centers are not all necessarily located in central Bangkok and therefore less accessible to tourists.
Three of Asia’s largest shopping centers are located quite far from the center, Seacon Square, Future Park and Fashion Island and most other major shopping centers are scattered in various parts of Bangkok not often known to tourists.
I dare to say that in the tourist center of Bangkok no shopping center resembles the numerous and excellent shopping centers you’ll find scattered around other parts of Bangkok. Most tourists tend to visit the MBK, which is more like the kind of covered market than a typical shopping center in Bangkok.
Amongst these shopping centers you will find The Mall Bangkapi, Union Mall , Central Ladprao , etc …. but they are a bit remote although easily accessible via public transport. Every article on such shopping centers I try to offer an exact explanation on how to reach them with public transportation (and some of them are easily found).
The reason I mention these facts is because the visit and actual shopping experience is quite different from that of a touristy shopping center. In terms of style, they are somewhere in between Siam Paragon and MBK, not as pompous or luxurious as Paragon but not as simple and popular as the MBK.
Beyond the fact that these shopping centers provide a great place for entertainment, shopping and dining, they also allow you a glimpse of the lifestyle in Bangkok meet and mix with the locals. One of the largest shopping centers located right in the center but rarely familiar amongst tourists is Central Rama 3.
Compared to The Mall Bangkapi, classed as very lively and vibrant due to its proximity to Great Ramkamhaeng University, Central Ram 3 is more restrained and conservative. Despite its size, the atmosphere is very relaxed and pleasant and the mall welcomes tourists with a smile.
The main feature of the shopping center is a huge department store spanning over 6 floors and belonging to the Central Department Store chain, Thailand’s most renowned and high quality department stores. The department store, despite its size, covers just a small area of the shopping center where you will find plenty of shops of various kinds, numerous restaurants, hair and beauty care salons, massages, bowling, cinemas and almost everything imaginable.
On the ground floor, there is a supermarket, food court and variety of excellent restaurants such as Fuji for example. On this floor, fashion brand promotions are on offer on a regular basis at discounted prices.
The 5th Floor is mainly dedicated to a variety of restaurants that include Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Western, whilst many more restaurants and numerous cafes can be found scattered on all the floors.
On the 6th floor the mall offers a spacious food court and shops that specialize in electronics, cell phones, gadgets, game consoles and computer games for children and many boutiques. The 7th floor is equipped with a spacious bowling hall and many movie theaters.
Central Rama 3 is the main shopping center for the Sathorn region and south of it. During weekends, it is quite busy with Thai families who flock here to spend time, eat and shop.
Opening hours: Daily from 11:00 to 22:00
How to get there: Easily reachable from the tourist center of Bangkok ( from Sukhumvit street) by taxi. The nearest Sky Train station number 56 named Chong Nonsi. It is important to emphasize that the station is not within walking distance and you will still need to take a short taxi ride.
As usual, I am attaching a short video of the shopping center.
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