Central World Reopens

Yesterday the Central World shopping complex has reopened after it got partially burned down when the government cracked down on the red shirt protests in May. Here’s a video of how the place looked just a couple of months ago:

All that has changed of course now. It has been renovated for 2.8 billion baht (approximately 91 million USD).

Buddhist monks took part in the opening ceremony to bless the building.

About 20 percent of the 3.2 million square-foot (300,000 square-meter) retail space is still being repaired and will reopen next year.

The company’s president and CEO, Kobchai Chirativat, said the renovation costs would all be covered by insurance, though not all claims have been settled yet.

Amarin Plaza Shopping Mall

Here is a video of the Amarin Plaza shopping mall in Bangkok. This shopping mall is located directly in front of the BTS station Chit Lom, in Bangkok’s main shopping district Rachaprasong. The shopping center has five floors full of high-end shops – so if you look for some cheap souvenirs, this is not the place to visit. You find fashion, furniture, home decor, jewelry, electronics, Thai handicrafts and more.

There is also the Amarin Tourist Information Center, where you can get lots of information and brochures that are of interest for Bangkok visitors. What’s more, the staff there will also give you advice and recommendations based on your individual preferences. And if you’re into Yoga, there is a branch of Absolute Yoga, one of Thailand’s most successful yoga companies.

And if you’re looking for high quality, competitively priced Thai handicrafts and souvenirs, the Naraiphand outlet is worth a visit.

On the second floor, there are lots of silk shops and small fashion boutique shops.

If you are there, also be sure to check out the Erawan shrine, one of the most important shrines in Bangkok. It might not look impressive, but to the Thais it is holy, and both Buddhists and Hindus from all over the world come to worship at this shrine and make a wish.