If you are in Thailand on Christmas Day, you might be a bit surprised to find out that Christmas is alive and kicking in Thailand’s tropical climate. Although you won’t see any snow, you’ll see plenty of Santa’s and have a great opportunity to enjoy yourself. Many Thai’s exchange gifts on Christmas Day but their adoption of Christmas hasn’t yet extended as far as the best bit of Christmas – the traditional Christmas dinner!
Hardly surprising really… there’s not much chili in a Christmas roast!
You will be pleased to hear though that visitors are catered for very well in Thailand over Christmas, especially in Bangkok. Most 4- and 5-star hotels will be putting something on for Christmas and although prices vary, what is on offer is usually pretty good value. The Huntsman Pub in Bangkok’s Landmark Hotel is noted by visitors and expats alike for putting on a good Christmas lunch and dinner, likewise the Sheraton Grande on Sukhumvit Road has a good reputation for offering a little more. The Amari Don Muang Hotel is also noted for offering a Christmas Day Buffet at its Zeppelin restaurant.
If you want to venture of your hotel and find out what Christmas is like for the locals that will probably mean you heading off to a British or Irish pub or restaurant. Fortunately they are in abundance in the capital. The Bull’s Head is a favorite and has been for a number of years. Offering Christmas lunch for around 1,000 Baht a head, to some it has become a bit of an institution. The Londoner is another key Christmas venue – this place brews its own beer and its food is pretty tasty too! If you are from the UK you will welcome the traditional showing of 'Only Fools and Horses' Christmas specials - if you are not from the UK, you will probably wonder what the hell this classic British TV program is all about!
If you are looking for a more intimate experience, try heading off to Jools, Chequers or the Black Swan. Each is a bit smaller than some of the other places we mentioned and you will get talking to someone in no time. Irish pubs are big on Christmas lunches and dinners as well, the Irish Exchange in central town ranking amongst the best of them, as does The Dubliner.
If that doesn’t take your fancy, go local - the Central World Plaza on Ratchadamri Road offers evening entertainment on the run up to Christmas and especially New Year – think beer gardens, spicy Thai snacks and live bands and you will get the picture! Excellent fun!
Like Bangkok, lots of the foreign pubs and restaurants in places like Pattaya, Phuket, and Koh Samui will be putting something on for Christmas. The Montien Hotel in Pattaya is well known for offering the goods at Christmas, as is Shenanigans The Irish Pub, but there really are a host of other places in this very visitor focused town. Likewise Phuket – Laguna Beach Resort, in Laguna, Phuket, is noted for its Christmas faire, and on Koh Samui, Samui Amanda Resort is worthy of note.
Wherever you are you will quickly realize – what’s the use in freezing yourself to death and watching old films on the TV over Christmas? Thailand really is the place to be to enjoy this time of year.
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