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Newly Open: Central Village เซ็นทรัล วิลเลจ, the first Luxury Outlet Mall in Bangkok, Is Not Worth the Visit

Central Village – Bangkok Luxury Outlet Mall
98,98/1, Moo 5, Bang Chalong, Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan Thailand 10540
10am -10pm
Tel: +66 2 550 6555
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Central Village Directory and Map


How to Get to Central Village

Central Village is 10 minutes away from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. Which means it is best to visit the mall immediately when you arrive or just before you depart.

You just have to key in “Central Village” in the Grab app. There is only one drop-off point (gate E) so there shouldn’t be any confusion.

The best way to get there is to use Grab app and key in “Central Village.” We did that and it cost 170Baht (S$7.60).

However, there are also free shuttle buses from BTS Udom Suk Station, from Central World, and from Airport Link Lat Krabang Station.


How much time to spend at Central Village?

We took about 3 hours in total to walk around the mall, entered a few shops whose brands we like, and even had lunch. But we are swift shoppers. I can see how some people may spend up to 6 to 8 hours there.

So bored of the shops we took silly photos to amuse ourselves. Look, I’m a flower in a vase.


Tourists Have Privileges!

1. Go to the Information Centre and register membership. You may enjoy 10% discount on top of the already discounted items. Also: get free wifi.

2. There is a luggage storage called “Lock Box.” It’s not free.


Is Central Village worth visiting?

Short answer: No.

Long answer:

Newly opened on 1 Sept 2019, Central Village houses some common brands. These are some of our favourites:

Anello

Calvin Klein

Coach

Kate Spade

 

 

Naraya

 

Onitsuka Tiger

Outlet by Club21

Pandora

Polo Ralph Lauren

Samsonite

 

Superdry

Timberland

Toys R Us

Under Armour

 

Victoria’s Secret

Some other popular brands include AdidasBath & Body WorksChampion, ChloeConverseZegnaKenneth Cole, KenzoLevi’s, and Ferragamo. 

However, we say the outlet mall is not worth visiting because:

a. Brands are limited and not attractive. These brands are way too common and you can find discounts for them everywhere; you don’t need to go to an outlet mall.

b. Discounts not substantial enough. The prices offered at the mall are similar to the prices you can find online. So why waste time travelling there? Just use your handphone.

This cup costs 1995baht or S$90!!!

c. Other outlet malls coming up. There are 3 outlet malls in the works so you may want to explore those instead.

To be fair, many shops are not open yet. But all shops are estimated to be open in Oct.


What to Eat at Central Village

The rule of thumb is you shouldn’t eat at outlet malls. However, when the stomach bacons beckons, you eat or you die.

There are several options here including Nara Thai (which we have in Singapore), Bonchon (South Korean fried chicken chain, also available in Singapore), a few Japanese restaurants, and a few cafes. Be warned that the prices at cafes are not cheap. We saw a cake that cost S$8 at a cafe and quickly scampered away.

You can pick your own seafood at the food court.

In the end, we settled for the food court with the innovative name “Food Village.”

How the food court works: You have to buy 500baht credits first. By the end of the meal, you can refund the amount that is left in the card.

Pad Thai

There are more than 10 stalls here, each one serving a Thai specialty food. There are also Western and Japanese stalls.

Thai Oyster Omelette

The food was okay. Nothing spectacular, but good enough for a quick lunch.


Written by Dr. A. Nathanael Ho.

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