Yesterday afternoon we took a Tuk Tuk out to Chiang Mai’s newest and largest shopping complex called Central Festival. Well it was like changing centuries from the morning markets. It was a thoroughly modern western shopping centre and as big as most anywhere.
We wound our way through it past an Asian pop star singing to many young girls who screamed like Aussies did when the Beatles Toured. As you guessed not our scene so onwards and upwards until we reached the top that housed a new cinema. We were amazed as ticketing was all automatic. You just selected your movie and session time on a giant touch screen, put your credit card in and out spat your tickets! They even have a 4D screen where your seat actually moves and water sprays from the ceiling. Third world I don’t think!
Another section was all “Medical “clinics offering Botox, Collagen Filler and skin whitening. There was also a Hair restoration clinic. You could come out of this section unrecognisable! About 15 Banks had shopfronts in this area and were packed. Insurance companies were also there. . There was even an Ice Skating rink to our surprise and a Language school.
The main food area had about 30 restaurants serving any type of food you could wish for. The one that caught our eye was Hajime ROBOT restaurant. After you have placed your order this huge Robot picks the tray up with your order and brings it to a window next to your table where it deposits it. You just pick it up and put it on your table. All quite remarkable The Pop star had finished singing so we ventured down to the Central Supermarket. This was as good as supermarkets get with every type of western food especially upmarket items. There was a huge display of just sliced salamis and other sausage types.
Back home by Tuk Tuk thinking everything an expat/retiree could want was in that centre and on the other hand only a Tuk Tuk ride away was all the old town market fresh foods. Chiang Mai is more diverse than we had expected. Near Central Festival which is on the major ring road many condominiums are being built so living in this area could be a good option for expats as the architecture looked more appealing to this pair.
Visited a failing new shopping complex called Promenada along the Super highway ring Road. A long way out and sad to see. Got a Taxi Truck back to Central Festival where we indulged in Iced Vienna Coffee that had on special to celebrate Italy Day. Was yummy and cost 115 Baht each or $4.40 Australian. Worth every cent! Erica also spotted her dream space age looking washing machine. Fortunately with no home we do not need one.
Bought some little pies from a cute bakery for dinner. Roast Chicken and Black pepper, Honey Pork, Taro and Tuna ones. Presented in a pretty little box. Cost 128 Baht or $4.90 Australian for the four. Passing a sausage stand the smells got to us and we ordered two skewers wrapped in bacon. Back home by Tuk Tuk again.