Strange, but the First Place I visited Chiang Mai is the mall. The Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai is one of the biggest shopping area in Chiang Mai. It is located at the edge of Maidol and Chiangmai-Hod Road.
The largest store and maybe the anchor store is the ROBINSONS Department Store that sells a wide range of quality and upmarket products including cosmetics, clothes, household decors, etc. Robinsons is on levels 1-4. Sporting goods and Books are on level 4.
Northern Thai Village, is a unique collection of boutique shops showcasing a wide range of Northern Thai art and craft products. These are mostly of higher quality and suitable for foreign markets. Since I wanted to stretch my money so that i can buy more souvenirs for loved ones back home,I prefer shopping at the day market on Tae Pae and Night Market. Please wacth out for my article on the night market of Chiang Mai.
On the basement level is Tops Supermarket and Tops Food Court. Tops carries many international brand name food and toiletries. Its fruits, vegetables, meats and breads are fresh. hile fruits are served from breakfast until dinner in our hotel, I was tempted to by strawberries because they looked so inviting. Strawberries in Thailand are bigger than what we have in the the Philippines and does welt easily. However, what we have in the Philippines are sweeter and one that is perfect for cereals ( just my opinion).
What I love most from this mall is the food court at the basement area which offers great value and authentic Thai food. In the food court You can walk around and choose from the different stalls then take it to eat at a communal table . various Thai Noodles soup cost from 30 to 45 Thai Baht.The Central
Electronic gadgets like computers, handphones, cameras, audio equipment, and accessories, with brands such as Apple, Sony, Acer, Toshiba, Nikon, Samsung, Hewlett Packard, LG, etc. Is available at the third level of the mall.Just one tip when buying electronincs from other country, it would be great to check first the price in your place before buying abroad for all you know, what you have in your place might be cheaper.
On level 4 is the home of Major Cineplex – multi-screen cinema showing both Thai and English movies. You can also enjoy fine and casual dining experience on level 4, such as Fuji, Sizzler, Oishi Shabu, MK (Thai hot pot), etc.
A good place to relax and chat with friends, or to rest after shopping is the Starbucks located at the level 1 of the mall.
Airport Plaza opens between 11 am to 10 pm on weekdays. On weekends it is open for a longer period that is at 9:30 in the morning on Saturdays and Sundays.
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