FOR LEISURE TRAVELLERS LOOKING TO SQUEEZE IN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE INTO THEIR WEEKEND GETAWAY, CENTRAL GROUP’S PLETHORA OF DINING AND RETAIL OPTIONS WILL ENSURE THAT EVEN THE BRIEFEST OF JAUNTS WILL STILL BE A WORTHWHILE ONE
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Sitting along the busy streets of Wireless Road and Ploenchit Junction, Central Embassy, Bangkok’s new iconic retail landmark, rises a staggering 37 floors up. The now-touted ‘Asia’s Most Luxurious Mall’ is presently home to high-end, international labels including Bottega Veneta, Chanel, and Hermes. This architectural wonder stands as two buildings weaved into a fluid, infinity design symbol to reflect the old and new Thailand and the promise of “infinite possibilities.”
Harboured within the massive 144,000 square metre expanse is Embassy Diplomat Screens, a swanky six-star theatre that no frequent moviegoer can resist. It boasts five concept cinemas (with 203 palatial seats each) and is powered by Reald, the latest visual and audio system in the film market. Further enhancing the viewers’ cinematic experience, Embassy Diplomat Screens features real leather couches, 180-degree flat beds, plush sofa seats, and all-you-can-drink minibars. Also, the premium grade popcorn choices add a ritzy layer to an already illustrious setting.
If the day’s events bog the body down, find heavenly respite from the cosmopolitan jungle’s bustle at Dii Divana. Artistically adorned in futuristic interiors, this wellness and medical spa displays a sense of spirally perpetual euphoria, thanks to the presence of towering turquoise models of the DNA double helix as its centrepiece. An aristocratic-like session or two from Dii Divana’s comprehensive range of cutting-edge medical and aesthetic treatments can undoubtedly charter a cleansed mind and replenished soul with every visit.
Tasting Bangkok’s gastronomic flavours is always a must when in the area, so it’s best to sate grumbling bellies first in Nara’s cosy ambience and artfully curated space. Located in the fifth level of Central Embassy, Nara evokes a sense of authentic Thai spirit with its local selections that are crafted from age-old recipes and quality ingredients. Eathai, on the other hand, is a food junction where the best street food vendors from all over Thailand are brought together in a modern dwelling. Picky eater or not, there will always be something to
tickle the taste buds here.
Tucked in the middle of Eathai’s novel food arena is the Issaya Cooking Studio. The facility features a panoramic kitchen space where aspiring chefs can learn how to concoct classic Thai cuisine, and whip up indulgent pastries and desserts under the mentorship of celebrity Thai chef, Ian Kittichai, and his team. Afterwards, savour a quiet afternoon tea at Issaya La Patisserie, where sinful creations from the kitchen studio are sold, purchased, and relished in a dainty pastel-embellished nook.
One standout trait of Thai people is that they are astoundingly proud of their roots. Otop Heritage evidently mirrors that with their products. Specifically promoting world-class artefacts from all over Thailand, each meticulously helmed piece from Otop Heritage is handcrafted by a skilled group of Thai villagers whose expertise has been passed from generation to generation.
On another note, Siwilai has a different approach when showcasing the Land of Smiles’ history. Set in a brightly lit multibrand concept store, the products sold here strongly echo the Thai heritage while infusing them with contemporary flair. Aside from clothing, Siwilai also markets authentic silk scarves, vintage vinyl records, and a lot more treasures.
When it comes to fashion, it’s a fact that Bangkok never fails to step up its game. Sretsis – by Thai sisters Pim, Kly and Matina Sukhahuta – prides itself for its signature whimsical designs that draw out age-old femininity and avant-garde fetishes. Then there is Disaya by award-winning Disaya Sorakraikitikul, who has stamped her name on the international scene for almost a decade and has dressed celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Osbourne, and the late Amy Winehouse.
ONE PLACE FITS ALL
The mishmash of colours and the flurry of excited activity are sure to captivate people from all walks of life to Centralworld’s colossal retail space. Spanning a massive 550,000 square metres, the largest known shopping destination in Bangkok has every mall rat’s dream down pat. Engorge in guiltless pleasure over its 100 multi-cultural restaurants and cafes, 15-screen cinemas, plus a dozen more entertainment and recreational outlets that are sure hits for any age or gender.
Bedecked with graphic modern furnishings, ZEN, a lifestyle megastore within Centralworld, allows consumers to explore new heights of creativity with its seven-levels-worth of visually pleasing emporiums. For more five-and-dimes, cross the connecting bridge from Central Embassy to Central Chidlom and explore this one-stop shopping avenue for irresistible bargains. Feeling famished from hopping from shop to shop? Troop to EAT (Eat All Thai) and chow down classic home-cooked Thai dishes that remain faithful to the local palate.
Finally, if you’re seeking a place to sit down and chill, direct your feet to Groove@ Centralworld. This popular hangout destination along Rama I Road mostly appeals to urbanites and tourists who long to kick their soles up at an intimate dining or coffee joint. Nocturnal party animals can also climb all the way to the top of Centralworld for a delicious nightcap at Heaven Bangkok that overlooks the city’s enthralling skyline.