Central Plaza Shopping Mall in Udon Thani

One of the biggest attractions for anyone visiting Udon Thani has to be the all-round shopping experience the city offers. Two large night markets sit side by side selling everything from bug-eyed puppy dogs to a bird’s-eye view of Udon Thani from the seat of a Ferris wheel. The night markets are fun and very popular on any given night of the week, but for a touch of class and a blast of refreshing cold air Udon Thani’s Central Plaza shopping mall is the ultimate shopping experience.

Central Plaza in Udon Thani

Central Plaza is a shopping adventure covering 22,000 square metres and six levels with its top one housing a Major Bowl Hit and Major Cineplex.

The mall opened in May 2012 after 18 months of significant redevelopment and expansion from the original Charoensri Complex. The list of major retailers within the massive shopping and entertainment complex is endless with Robinson Department Store hogging ample floor space on three levels. Listed below are some of the outlets inside Central Plaza:

  • Ground Floor – Asia Books, Fun Planet, Tops food market, McDonald’s, Boots, Food Park.
  • 1st Floor – Robinson, Dorothy Perkins, Lacoste, Triumph, Wrangler.
  • 2nd Floor – Robinson, Outlook, Esprit, Set_Siri Gems, Fashion Plus, Modern Bag.
  • 3rd Floor – Bangkok Bank, Siam Commercial Bank, Krung Thai Bank, Robinson, Super Sports, Coffee Princess, Guitar Shop, Better Vision, Levi’s, Clarks, Make Up Zone, My Nail, Supermodel Studio.
  • 4th Floor – Coffee World, Dairy Queen, Mister Donut, MK Restaurant, The Pizza Company, Sizzler, Black Canyon Coffee, Clay Works, KPN Music Academy.
  • 5th Floor – Major Bowl Hit, Major Cineplex


The thing which strikes most people on their first visit to Udon Thani’s Central Plaza is its bright modern look, the sheer size of the place and last but not least, the apparent lack of people browsing the stores.

The illuminated advertising board in the above picture says ‘The City is Mine’, and included in that deal is enough room for you to swing a jungle cat or two at the city’s premier shopping mall. Central Plaza is vast and the largest of its kind in North-East Thailand but despite its quiet look it’s one bustling place, and its buzz and bustle get buried inside its enormousness.


There are that many escalators you can get confused about what floor you’re on and what you came to buy. The mall is modern, swish and if there were any peeled paint on the polished floor, you’d feel obliged to pick it up and put it in your pocket. Central Plaza has a never-going-to look-lived-in look to every level.


The shopping mall has 2,000 car parking spaces and further room for 2,000 motorcycles but don’t try to park your vehicle in the area shown above. The cars on display are from one of the regular exhibitions and entertainment events held at Central Plaza. There is a multi-storey car park available to customers next to the mall.


Capturing two shoppers in one photograph isn’t always easy inside the Central Plaza shopping mall. It must have been a hectic day when I took the picture shown above. Tops market is seen in the background and is a popular outlet for expats and tourists craving quality western food in Udon Thani.


There’s a Fun Planet on the Ground Floor which allows parents to drop off their kids and explore the mall in peace. Fun Planet is probably the busiest place in the plaza, bar the Food Hall, because kids prefer to ride a jungle cat and not swing one.


The night view of Central Plaza is quite spectacular and one which also serves as a neon landmark for Udon Thani’s city centre and nightlife area. The picture has probably been photographea million times already.

Udon Thani is rapidly changing its social face. Over the past few years UD Town night market has opened, new supermarkets have appeared around the city and a community sports stadium has recently been completed. A leisure water park is now under construction and high-rise condominiums are in the early stages of development. Udon Thani is a big city which is modernizing at a fast pace and Central Plaza is the jewel in its crown and a magnificent showpiece and wonderful advertisement for shopping in Udon Thani.

Central Plaza is on Prajaksilapakom Road and only a five-minute stroll from Udon Thani train station and even less than that from its main bus station.[dublin-core-metadata]


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8 Responses

  1. How says:

    Hi Martyn, I wasn’t too excited when I heard about Central setting up shop in Ubon. But over time the Mall has been a necessity for me..well for Heng too. Air conditioned, loads of restaurants, abundant space for Heng to burn off his excess sugar intake – we find ourselves there at least once a week. We still like open air markets but we just need to be that more vigilant in keeping Heng close to us and that doesn’t allow us to stay too long. The Ubon Central is much smaller in size than UT, but it is sufficient for the city.

  2. Martyn says:

    How – Central Plaza in Udon is quite a size and I believe that’s partly due to the proposed highway link (and rail was once mentioned too) between China-Laos-Nong Khai and ultimately Udon Thani. Also because the coming Asian Economic Community(AEC) will open new avenues for the city too.

    You can’t beat a good blast of Central Plaza cold air.

  3. Central Festival here in Phuket is one of the few places that I often go to, it is part of my weekly routine with my girlfriend. The Central in Udon looks almost the same, I think it even has the same tile floors.

  4. Martyn says:

    Lawrence – Central Plaza in Udon is well mapped out and has something for everyone. I should imagine some people can spend hours and hours in the place. I’m more of a get what I want and get out type of shopper and I tend to use it in the main for its ATM’s.

  5. I usually go about once a week and see the latest movie and maybe have lunch/dinner at one of the restaurants there. It’s a bit pricey on the food budget, but it’s practically all I do, so who really cares.

  6. Martyn says:

    Lawrence – Work got in the way of me answering your comment.

    Some of the mall restaurants are a bit pricey and are a reminder that some Thais do earn a decent enough income even if their family meal is only a once a month treat. I tend to avoid the mall restaurants and much prefer eating at an open air one.

  7. Catherine says:

    What I like about the big Thai malls is all the miles of cool walking I can get in, especially in the hot season when the parks are unbearable. MBK type malls are terrible. With all the crowds, I’m forever running into people chatting on their blasted phones. But the newer malls have wide halls to really get up some speed.

  8. Martyn says:

    Catherine – A mall’s blast of cool air gets my top vote every time. Not that I go in to them too much, I’m not a very enthusiastic shopper at the best of times.

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