Enjoying Christmas Time in Bangkok
Although the temperatures in Bangkok at Christmas time will be peaking around 32 Celsius, and there will be a zero chance of seeing any snow, the yuletide festivities are still in abundance throughout the capital for all to enjoy!
Although Christmas is not an official holiday in Thailand and schools and workplaces are open on December the 25th, Thai people still love to join in the celebrations.
This may come as a surprise due to the fact that 90% of the population are Buddhist, however, what could be more Buddhist in spirit than a celebration of joy, peace and compassion! Buddhism is also fairly relaxed when it comes to embracing other traditions and celebrations.
Just like the rest of the world, Christmas time means big business in Bangkok. Shopping malls, outlets and hotels in the city will usually start putting their decorations up towards the end of October or beginning of November.
By the month of December the festivities will be in full swing. The large shopping centres will be competing with each other to see who can have the best Christmas tree and all the streets will be lit with colourful twinkling lights.
Central World is always a big contender for the best Christmas tree prize. This is also the venue for the capitals New Year countdown.
At large shopping stores you may be greeted by Santa with his hands pressed together in a wai, the traditional Thai greeting.
Shopping centres may also have large discounts at this time of year and you will find that all the major designer stores can be found in these large outlets.
Most of the shopping centres offer a wrapping service in case you were planning on buying any presents for a special someone.
Christmas is the busiest time for tourism in Bangkok and hotels will be fully booked with Westerners wanting to experience the Christmas season in this fantastic city.
Many of the city’s famous parks will hold a celebration, with Lumpini Park being lit up with colourful lights and often a stage show.
Thai children will be seen running around with Christmas hats on enjoying their unfamiliar surroundings and occasionally you will be greeted by a chorus of Christmas carols from members of local Christian churches.
Many pubs and restaurants will be putting on special Christmas menus so you can usually find a place to sit down and enjoy a full Christmas dinner with roast turkey and all the trimmings.
You will need to book early as most places will be fully booked on the day.
If you are an expat in Bangkok and were worried that you will be missing out on the festivities back home, there is no need to worry as Bangkok has it all.
Although it will feel different exploring the festivities in the soaring heat, you will be guaranteed to enjoy the experience!