Department Stores

Central Department Store is one of the best places to go if you need something specific, and don't want to be distracted along the way. Everything is where you would expect to find it, and you can feel confident it is of pedigree quality.

Outsized clothing for towering Westerners can also be found. Pretty much everything covered here is tasteful and sensible - nothing too risqu-. This is where you come to repair your watch, or get an alarm clock that will wake you and won't land up in the heap of all those who have gone before.

There is quite a good selection of watches, journals, briefcases, wallets and fountain pens, if you're looking for something that will last. Well stocked, with a layout that is easy to figure out, Central is defined by its reliability - something to appreciate in an unpredictable city like Bangkok. Popular with working-class Thais, expats and regular visitors. At the Central flagship store in Chidlom the bar has been raised significantly...

Locations: Silom Centre, Central Chidlom, Central Pink Lao, Central City Bangna, various other locations
Expect to find: Sherlock Holmes look-alikes, moleskin journals and fountain pens.
Value: A good place to find a quality gift for someone. Or reasonably-priced clothing, shoes and apparel.
Verdict: Excellent for flash-shopping.
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