Bangkok is undoubtedly one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Thousands of travelers visit the bustling city all year round. A very special and wonderful time to come to Bangkok is during the Christmas and New Year period. With the wet monsoon season over and temperatures slightly dropping, Thailand is at its best for dry and warm weather. It would still be hot during the day time but evenings can be lovely with a slight breeze. Also, it’s party time! Thai people love to enjoy all festivities but Christmas and New Year party celebrations are featured all over the city.
Best places for a delicious Christmas lunch
There is a huge variety of amazing places to spend time with your friends and family for a delightful Christmas lunch. If you are looking for a traditional meal with all the trimmings, there are a number of British themed pubs that provide great spreads. The Royal Oak pub is an intimate venue that has a wide variety of Christmas lunches on offer at reasonable prices. Close by is also the famed Robin Hood pub which has great British style food across the whole menu and a special Christmas meal is always available annually. If you are looking for a more luxurious dining experience, the Mandarin Oriental hotel situated by the Chao Phraya river has some exquisite menus to choose from. You can also take a river cruise along the river with a wonderful meal provided. This can be a very special way to enjoy your Christmas lunch especially if you are wanting something more personal and romantic. Booking in advance is advised for all lunches and dining in Bangkok.
Top attractions to see in Bangkok during Christmas
During the Christmas and New Year period in Bangkok, the entire city comes to life with vibrant colorful
lights and decorations. One popular attraction is Central World based in the center of Bangkok with easy access by the BTS Skytrain. Here you will find enormous Christmas trees beautifully decorated and often they have a beer garden to sit outside and sip on a cold drink while enjoying the festivities. All year round the temples in Bangkok are a must to see and visit. Wat Arun near the Chao Phraya river is one of the oldest and most beautiful temples in the city, and would make a lovely place to visit and make merit on Christmas day and in the New Year. Also the 46 meter reclining Buddha at Wat Po is a wonderful site to see and experience during this special time.
Local spots for hanging out and shopping
During the cooler weather in Bangkok around Christmas time, locals and tourists make the most of the lovely temperatures and enjoy sitting outside eating and drinking. Asiatique is a fantastic restaurant and market area right next to the Chao Phraya river. You can browse the hundreds of market stalls selling local handmade produce and gorgeous items. A new vintage and flea market has recently opened in the north of the city called Camp Vintage Flea Market. Here you will find lots of interesting stalls and shops selling new and second hand items with a vintage and classic theme. They also have numerous delicious food stalls and a small stage providing live music from local bands.
Where to spend New Years Eve
New Years Eve in Bangkok is full of excitement, organized events and great parties. One amazing idea is to find a sky bar or venue with a fantastic view across the city. You will see the splendor of hundreds of firework displays going off around the city all at the same time. Bangkok has some of the best sky bars in the world including the State Lebua Tower famed from the Hangover movie. Other highlighted sky bars to
check out are Vertigo at the Banyan Tree hotel, Octave Rooftop Bar and Three Sixty at the Millennium Hilton Hotel by the river. If you are looking to dance the night away with the locals, head to RCA (Royal City Avenue). A dedicated area of the city with numerous clubs and bars partying until the early hours.
For the more discerning and chic party goer, clubs and bars like Sing Sing Theatre, Beam nightclub and Insanity Club all provide more upmarket locations with the latest in electronic music.
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