From glittering temples to bustling markets, from exciting shopping to endless leisure and entertainment, Bangkok pulses with energy. Soaring high above Bangkok’s shopping district, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld seamlessly connects to its own convention centre and to CentralWorld, while allowing easy access to other shopping destinations aplenty and some of the city’s must-visit historic sites.
CentralWorld is one of the biggest lifestyle and shopping complexes in Southeast Asia, packed with shops, boutiques and restaurants and with a huge cinema complex. Nearby, within easy walking distance, is Central Chidlom Department Store, a whole world of shopping and culinary delights, while the brand new Central Embassy shopping complex is also within only a few minutes’ walking distance.
For those in Thailand for medical reasons, some of the city’s most advanced private hospitals and clinics are to be found in the vicinity.
Suvarnabhumi International Airport is a 45-minute drive away along the elevated highway, and the Airport Rail Link station is just over one kilometre away.
With all the excitement of Bangkok within such easy reach, Centara Grand at CentralWorld is the ideal place to stay with your loved one or to bring the family. Our concierge will be delighted to help you with any trips or excursions you wish to make.
Distance to Chidlom BTS Station: 1 km
Distance to Siam BTS Station: 700 metres
Distance to Suvarnabhumi International Airport: 25 km
Shopping in Central Bangkok
CentralWorld, Central Embassy, Central Chidlom
One of South East Asia’s largest shopping destination, CentralWorld has over 500 stores, 100 restaurants, 15 cinemas, a jewellery and watch zone, and the most extensive food retailer in Thailand, and is where you can buy anything from the best in brand name shopping through to affordable gifts and home décor from all over Asia.
Central Childlom Department Store is one of Bangkok’s most established shopping addresses, located at the doorstep of Chidlom BTS station, and offering beauty products, fashions, home décor, and fine foods. Central Embassy is the latest addition to the lifestyle and shopping scene, directly connected to Central Chidlom and presenting an array of dining options and luxury brands.
The Erawan Shrine
Set at Ratchaprasong intersection, across from CentralWorld, the Erawan Shrine is an embodiment of Bangkok contrasts, where centuries’ old Thai dance and music traditions are enacted amongst swirls of incense smoke against the modern city backdrop. The shrine itself was originally built to ward off evil, and is usually packed with worshippers.
The Grand Palace
Formerly the residence of the Kings of Thailand, the Grand Palace is an enormous complex surrounded by a white crenellated wall and containing classic Siamese architecture designed for auspicious occasions such as coronations and receptions. Housed within the complex is Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, containing the nation’s most revered image of Buddha. Audio guides are available at a supplement charge.
Be reminded to dress appropriately, wearing long trousers and with your shoulders covered
Directly adjacent to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is a must-see, with its 46-metre long, 15-metre high Reclining Buddha. The temple compound contains fascinating statuary, and the temple is also considered one of the leading schools of massage in the country.
A short walk across the road from Wat Pho is Tha Tien Pier, with cross-river ferries to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. Sitting majestically on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun represents Mount Meru, the centre of the world in Buddhist cosmology. Spectacular sunsets with the temple spires forming a silhouette can be seen from the east side of the river.
Jim Thomson House
Famed for reviving the Thai silk industry after World War II, Jim Thomson was an avid collector of Asian arts. His home consists of six traditional Thai-style houses and now houses a museum. The Jim Thomson House is located two kilometres from the hotel.
One of Bangkok’s green lungs, Lumpini Park is an oasis of greenery and serenity in the city and a prime destination for outdoor activities such as cycling, roller blading, jogging, yoga and tai chi. The largest public park in the capital houses a lake, and the shaded trees make it perfect for a relaxing break away from the attractions of Bangkok. Lumpini Park is less than two kilometres away from the hotel.