Everyone loves the holidays. When you’re heading to Bangkok for this festive season, or perhaps just thinking about a trip, we’ve got some insider tips to make your Christmas a little more memorable.
Take a Christmas lights walking tour
Bangkok becomes a fairy wonderland during Christmas with buildings, trees, lamp poles and food stalls adorned with dazzling, colourful lights. Take the BTS Skytrain to Rachadamri Station and take a stroll down Rachadamri road.
Keep your eyes peeled for The Four Seasons Hotel and the giant tree they display, The Peninsula Plaza with the most photographed Christmas lights in the city, and be sure to stop in at The Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, The Erawan Shopping Mall, and Amarin Plaza. Oh and if you’ve got some time left be sure to check out the display outside Central World.It’s a delight for the whole family to enjoy.
Indulge with Christmas dinner
One of the most spectacular ways to enjoy a special Christmas dinner with your family is the “Loy Nava” river cruise. The buffet is a grand variety of mainly Thai food in a festive setting on the river, but it’s popular, so make sure you book online in advance.
If you’re wanting a spread of more traditional Christmas fare, any of the five star hotels will be a good choice. In particular The Grand Hyatt and the Intercontinental offer fantastic buffet dinners, with all the trimmings. Otherwise the traditional English pubs, like The Londoner and Molly Malone’s are a good choice, again, you’re going to want to book a few days in advance.
Or if you’re wanting a twist on the good old turkey, there’s plenty of great fusion restaurants to try. The Cured Chamber, Vesper, Bunker and Freebird are all good choices.
Feast at Christmas Markets
The German Christmas Market. Open on the 9th and 10th of December from 4pm, The Goethe-Institut Thailand delivers the authentic experience and ambience of a traditional German Christmas market. You will find German Christmas specialties, more than 30 booths offering a high-quality variety of handicrafts and natural products to make the perfect Christmas gifts. There’s a lot to entertain your entire family, including live music, games, movies, a photo corner, and even crafting stations for your entire family to enjoy.
The Great Gatsby Christmas Market. You’ll find this market art the K Village Community Mall at the bottom of Sukhumvit Soi 26. There’s over 150 outdoor stalls, offering food, drink, unique artisan goods, Christmas carols, and activities for the whole family, with the theme being a 1920s American Gatsby style. It’s an excellent market to do some Christmas shopping at, but check the K Village Facebook page for exact dates (this year, it will run from December 21-25 from the late afternoon through the evening).
The Chatuchak Weekend Market. It’s not a trip to Bangkok without a visit to the mother of all weekend markets. Here you’ll find over 15,000 booths selling clothes, gifts and souvenirs from all over Thailand. There’s plenty of unique presents and food stalls to indulge in.
Dance the night away
One of the best things about Bangkok is the many lively party streets, each with their own distinct personality.
- RCA – Royal City Avenue, is Bangkok’s most popular clubbing spot. The epicenter of the party is at Route 66, a huge club with various zones dedicated to hip hop, EDM and live Thai music. Closeby is Onyx, a club offering more of a European vibe where you will find plenty of young and trendy Thais in their twenties.
- Khao San Road – the ultimate backpacker party hub across Southeast Asia. A walking street where drinking and dancing is encouraged. It’s slowly drawing more of a young local crowd too. “The Club” is the go-to spot around midnight for real dance music, check out Brick Bar for live bands, and there’s also the equally fun Lava Club up the road.
- Thonglor Soi 10 – saturated with rows of upscale Bars, where Bangkok’s wealthiest and trendiest youth hang out. The Funky Villa and Demo, is a kind of two-in-one club, having live Thai bands and techno in each venue, and similarly Nang Len and the adjacent Escobar, which draws a few westerners with its beats.
- Sukhumvit Soi 11 -The rise of stunning rooftop bars and trendy nightclubs is changing what was once a seedy image for this street. Offering everything from curbside bars to upscale bars like Oscar and Marshmallow, a particular favorite is the Above Eleven rooftop bar on the 38th floor of Fraser Suites. End the night at Levels, where you can expect commercial dance and hip hop, with a crowd that’s a good mix of expats and tourists of all ages, dress smart-casual.
From all of us here at Ya3, we hope you enjoy your Christmas in Thailand!