Christmas in Bangkok Guide: shopping, Santa Claus, Christmas lights

Christmas is not recognized as a national holiday in Thailand, in contrast to New Year’s Eve. In any case, there are a few ways to celebrate Christmas in Bangkok while still getting away from the chilly weather at your normal location.

Although there is a small Christian population in Thailand, the majority of the country’s holiday celebrations are not associated with any specific religion. Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country. The majority of Thai households do not observe Christmas on December 25 by putting up a tree, decorating it, or exchanging gifts.

It should come as no surprise that the numerous huge shopping malls in Bangkok are unable to resist the temptation of Christmas shopping. Participate in the Christmas spirit by offering specials, turning on lights, and decorating trees. You can even visit Santa Claus if you want to while you’re in Thailand!

Find Christmas decorations in Bangkok.

Christmas in Bangkok guide: shopping, Santa Claus, Christmas lights

In preparation for the holiday season, each and every one of the city’s major retail malls will be decking out their corridors as well as the exterior of the buildings. Take a stroll through the heart of Bangkok and visit some of the city’s shopping malls, which are known for their elaborate decorations. Many are located in and around the Sukhumvit neighbourhood, and one or two skytrain stops only separate them from one another. Walking is another alternative, and you won’t have to worry about the weather in Bangkok.

Amarin Plaza is located on Phloen Chit Road, close to the Chitlom BTS Station. It is one of the several shopping malls in the area that has stunning holiday decorations. All of the plazas at Siam Paragon, hub, and discovery (which are only separated by a few stops on the skytrain) have been decked out for the holidays with an abundance of lights, Christmas trees, and other traditional holiday animals and scenery. In addition, the Mbk Center is well-known for its outdoor as well as internal Christmas displays, and it is only a short distance away from the other malls.

Iconsiam, Bangkok’s newest riverside luxury shopping complex, is expected to feature an amazing Christmas display this year.

Enjoy the Christmas festivities in Asiatique

Christmas in Bangkok guide: shopping, Santa Claus, Christmas lights

On the riverbank to the south of Chinatown is where you’ll find the sprawling amusement park known as Asia. Even if the temperature is in the high 80s Fahrenheit, the bazaar has a bit of a Christmassy feel to it. This is due to the fact that the bazaar is always lit to an astounding degree.

You will be greeted with the city’s largest Ferris wheel, as well as restaurants, a shopping mall with a variety of stores, and other entertainment opportunities. You can get a double dose of outdoor illumination by travelling to Asia and then taking a river taxi via Iconsiam. Both of these destinations are accessible by water taxi.

Eat a Christmas dinner

Christmas in Bangkok guide: shopping, Santa Claus, Christmas lights

It’s possible that you won’t have access to a kitchen in Bangkok, but there’s no need to worry about satisfying your hunger because the city’s restaurants provide a wide variety of cuisines to choose from. You are not required to eat Thai noodles for Christmas in any way, shape, or form.

A number of the city’s five-star hotels, such as the Peninsula and the Mandarin Oriental on the opposite side of the river, in addition to other opulent hotels in Silom, host Christmas gala dinners and unique buffets every year. If the formal atmosphere of one of Bangkok’s many outstanding restaurants isn’t your thing, you can still celebrate special occasions at one of the city’s pubs, which are known to draw local expats and offer a more relaxed atmosphere. You can celebrate Christmas with individuals who are also away from their home nations for the holidays while indulging in delicious food and good company. The setting may not be what you consider a normal Christmas in the “American style.”

Go ice skating

Christmas in Bangkok guide: shopping, Santa Claus, Christmas lights

The enormous retail complex, Centralworld, located in the Ratchaprasong neighbourhood, is home to one of the city’s very few public skating rinks. The blue lights that twinkle in the woods are a beautiful touch, despite the fact that the track itself is not very large. There aren’t many places in Bangkok where you can go ice skating, so plan beforehand.

Because of the enormous Christmas tree that is located in the front plaza, you will feel more in the holiday spirit while you are skating (the biggest in town). In addition, there is a beer garden located immediately next door.

Inside the hub world, you will find a wonderful selection of seasonal decorations to appreciate, including a further sizable holiday exhibit in the atrium of the mall’s seven stories.

You may find the clue on the second floor of the hub world, which is located on the branch road i.

See Santa in Bangkok

Christmas in Bangkok guide: shopping, Santa Claus, Christmas lights

You will most likely be interested in locating Santa Claus if you are going to celebrate Christmas in Bangkok and you have children or consider yourself to be a big kid at heart. The good news is that it travels to Southeast Asia on an annual basis and can be observed at a variety of events geared at families and children.

At the Christmas Market that’s located inside K Village, Bangkok is one of the places you may find Santa Claus (Sukhumvit soi 26). There is also the opportunity to learn at the Nanmee Books Learning Center (sukhumvit soi 31).

It’s not uncommon for Santa to make an appearance in the city’s largest and most opulent shopping malls, but you should call beforehand or check the malls’ websites to make sure you don’t miss him. The afternoons on the weekend are typically a safe bet.

Do some christmas shopping

Christmas in Bangkok guide: shopping, Santa Claus, Christmas lights

Shopping is an important part of the Christmas celebrations in Bangkok, which take place throughout the entire year. Because nearly all of Thailand’s big stores will be holding holiday sales and other promotions throughout the month of December, the holiday season is an excellent time to find a good deal.

The majority of shopping malls provide gift wrapping services. If you are bringing gifts into the country and are concerned that customs officials may want to verify what’s inside, the person who wraps your presents can leave one side uncovered so that the objects can be examined without damaging the wrapping job.

The Chatuchak Weekend Market is a more hectic but yet entertaining location to shop. It is one of the largest open-air markets in the world and sells Thai silks, handicrafts, apparel, and a great deal of other products that are easy to transport and would make wonderful presents.

Admire the flowers in Pak Khlong Talat 

Christmas in Bangkok guide: shopping, Santa Claus, Christmas lights

Even while appreciating exotic plants and flowers might not be a typical Christmas custom, the heady fragrances of thousands of blossoms can provide for a memorable Christmas experience. The ambiance alone is worth the visit, but there are also plenty of places to eat, relax, and have a cup of coffee here.

Located to the south of the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, the Pak Khlong Flower Market is a maze-like assemblage of aesthetically pleasing sights and aromas. Residents of Bangkok adore the city’s most significant flower market, which is also one of the few markets in the city that is open around the clock. If you want to see it at its best, you should be there as early as you can (even before dawn, if you have the drive), which is when the majority of the hotel and restaurant customers will be there shopping.

Find a white Christmas

Christmas in Bangkok guide: shopping, Santa Claus, Christmas lights

What better way to torment your family, friends, and coworkers who are still at home throughout the month of December? It is simple to take images in Thailand that will make your friends envious of the clear blue water. Near Bangkok, there are a few beaches and islands that are worth visiting, and many of them are easily accessible by car or bus and can be reached in only a few hours. You should put your feet on the beach and enjoy a white Christmas in a new setting.

There are plenty of other opportunities to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city in a hurry and still make the most of your time in Bangkok during the holiday season.

Liam Lee

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