Hey guys! It’s very nearly Christmas and we’re all excited at Ultimate Thailand!
If you’re lucky enough to be spending Christmas in Thailand this year, you may expect to find the celebrations a little different to that which you are used to! 25th December is not a that is recognized as a holiday in Thailand, a predominantly Buddhist country. So even though it’s Christmas day, all the schools, offices and shops will remain open.
In Bangkok, although it is not a traditional holiday, it is becoming more and more popular, most likely due to the huge tourist industry that exists here. Although the weather is warm and you’re very unlikely to see snow, you won’t feel too far removed from the usual Christmas atmosphere in a big city like Bangkok. All the major shopping malls will be decorated and there are even walking tours you can join if you wish to seek out the best decoration displays in town!
Head to Central World, a huge shopping mall with an equally huge Christmas tree found in the front plaza and many other decorations to be seen inside. Equally impressive, are the decorations in neighbouring malls, the Paragon Mall, MBK Mall and Amarin Plaza … all worth checking out if Christmas decorations are your things.
Chitralada Palace is surrounded by fairy lights … they are not intended for Christmas but they have been described in the past as ‘enchanting and beautiful’. If you decide to go down and check them out, the evening is the best time. Don’t get too close to the building however, or you may find yourself face to face with less than impressed armed guards. (Not recommended!)
If the idea of missing out on a traditional Christmas dinner makes you want to weep in to your eggnog, don’t despair! There are plenty of places you can go for a decent dinner with all the trimmings … we recommend the Londoner on Sukhumvit Road, where you can get turkey and stuffing and a Christmas pud for about 1400 baht per person (roughly AUD$48 or £27) or got to the Dubliner for roast turkey and mince pies for about 1000 baht per person (roughly AUD$34 or £19).
Don’t forget to Skype your friends and family to wish them a Merry Christmas and tell them what you’re up to! (Your mum will never forgive you!!) Most hostels have Wi-Fi available but if yours doesn’t , or you’re out and about and need the internet, there are heaps of free Wi-Fi spots in Bangkok. Find the spot closest to you here. Now you have no excuse!!
So, if you’re worried that you won’t be able to get in to the Christmas spirit, being so far from home, don’t! There isn’t too much different to how you would celebrate at home. The thing you’ll struggle with the most, is getting used to it being warm on Christmas Day … and let’s face it, that’s not the worst struggle to come up against is it!
Let Ultimate Thailand know how your Thai Christmas was! Where were you? What did you get up to? What ever you do, make your Christmas in Thailand one to remember! Tell us all about it on our Facebook page … until then – Suksun Wan Christmas!