Christmas in Bangkok

  • Posted onDecember 18th, 2013

xmas 6While Thailand is predominantly a Buddhist country Christmas in Bangkok is as festive as almost anywhere, with malls, restaurants, bars, and hotels decking their halls with bows of holly, tinsel, and decorations which range from bright and beautiful to totally bizarre (this is Thailand!), not to mention huge, extravagant Christmas trees and giant snow men in some of the city’s more popular spots.

The reason is simple, Christmas equals business, and the weeks over Christmas and New Year are the height of tourist activity in Thailand. Hotels are fully booked, restaurants have a long list of reservations, and malls and markets are spilling over with shoppers looking to spend. Thais need little excuse to do some creative decorating, or little reason to celebrate and party, and so such is the mood and atmosphere around Bangkok at Christmas, it’s simply one of the best times to be in town.

xmas 3Christmas Shopping

For those in town for a spot of Christmas shopping there is no shortage of options. If you are looking for designer names or some serious bling then the Siam Paragon should be top of your list, with a line up of top shops selling catwalk clobber. Alternatively you can head to the nearby Gaysorn Shopping Mall, or down the Sukhumvit BTS line to Phrom Pong and Paragon’s equally fabulous sister mall, The Emporium.

If it’s bargains you are hunting for then the Chatuchak Weekend Market should be on your radar. It may not be the cheapest market in the city, but there’s still plenty of bargains and unique gifts to be found, and such is the size and variety of market stalls you’ll discover here, if you can buy it in Bangkok, you can buy it at Chatuchak.  Alternatively, if it’s bargain fashion and accessories you are after the Platinum Fashion Mall may well be heaven (or hell, depending on your feelings towards anything goes shopping outlets).  Platinum is home to hundreds of privately owned shop units, mostly selling female fashion, and prices are almost always negotiable with big discounts for those buying in bulk.

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The daddy of Bangkok Christmas shopping has to be CentralWorld. Not only is this youthful, modern mega-mall huge and filled with a variety of trendy stores and boutique shopping, it’s also where you’ll find some of the most impressive Christmas decor, and a great place to soak up some traditional Christmas spirit.

Christmas Dinner

For many, the key to a great Christmas is a great Christmas meal, and Bangkok will give you plenty of fun and festive options. There are so many restaurants offering Christmas buffets, meals and special events that we can’t even name a fraction of them.

Two worth mentioning are the Regis Hotel (VIU, Jojo, and Drawing Room restaurants), and Xing Fu at the Lotus Sukhumvit.

Xmas 1The Regis go all out for Christmas dining with imported ingredients creating a true Christmas meal with turkey and all the trimmings, or an alternative of luxury seafood and Asian favourites, for those who like to do it differently. They also supply a traditional Italian Christmas dinner, and another popular feast to bring in the new year.

Over at the Lotus Sukhumvit you’ll find a talented Christmas choir, carol singers, and several other musical acts, all supplying the backing track for traditional Christmas buffets on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. You’re also likely to see a guest appearance form Santa and his reindeers. Alternatively they also supply an ‘All You Can Eat Deluxe Dim Sum Feast’, supported by a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.

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