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Bangkok’s Central World Shopping Complex and Square over Christmas

Central World is the largest shopping complex in Bangkok and actually the second largest in Southeast Asia, the largest being a mall in the Philippines.

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It's marketed as a middle class shopping centre, which kind of gives an idea about the range of brands inside. To me, normally quite accessible and mostly affordable. Buying something however, is another matter, since there's sometimes little point in shopping for goods that look like they'd be available in Europe and besides, we're on a (travel) budget.

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What's more interesting about Central World is that the square in front of it is the largest outdoor space in downtown Bangkok, covering eight thousand square metres and includes four hundred dancing fountain heads.

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In the last few years, it has been the ideal venue for large scale activities such as the New Year's Countdown Party. Since we visited Central World in December, the square was all set up for Christmas. Well, apart from this wall, which seemed a little un-Christmassy, but popular for portrait backgrounds nonetheless.

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Further along the square, there were actually three separate stages with their own audience bar areas set up too.

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Regards the beer, I saw these tables had massive beer towers. I guess the Thais can really drink..

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At the far end of the Central World square, there's a shrine with a herd of stone elephants in front.

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