Chiang Mai, Thailand Travel Part 5: Central Airport Plaza
Strange but the first place I visited in Chiang Mai was the mall. The Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai is one of the biggest shopping Mall in Chiang Mai. It is located at the edge of Maidol and Chiangmai-Hod Road.
The largest and maybe the anchor store of Central Airport Plaza 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.
At the lower level of the Mall is the Northern Thai Village. 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 watch out for my article on the night market of Chiang Mai.
Having coffee with friends at the Central Airport Plaza
At the basement level is Tops Supermarket and Tops Food Court. Top’s sells many international brand name food and toiletries. Its fruits, vegetables, meats, and bread are fresh.While fruits are served from breakfast until dinner in our hotel, I was tempted to buy strawberries because they looked so inviting. Strawberries in Thailand are bigger than what we have in 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. Various Thai Noodles soup cost from 30 to 45 Thai Baht.
Electronic gadgets like computers, handphones, cameras, audio equipment, and accessories, with brands such as Apple, Sony, Acer, Toshiba, Nikon, Samsung, Hewlett Packard, LG, etc. are available at the third level of the mall.Just one tip when buying electronics from another 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.
The Northern Thai Plaza at the Central Airport Plaza
At 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 at 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.
HAPPY TRIP CHIANG MAI , THAILAND SERIES:
Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 3 – Chiang Mai: The Rose of the North
Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 4 – Alpine Golf Resort My Home for the Whole of March
Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 5: Central Airport Plaza
Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 6: Kantoke Traditional Dinner Show
Chiang Mai , Thailand Part 7: Night Market
Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 8: Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 9: What to Buy
Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 10: Elephant Ride
Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 11: Walking Street Market (Sunday Market)