Christmas has become a festive period in Thailand even though 94.5% of the population are Buddhists and only 1.17% Christians.
It is not an official holiday therefore most kids go to school and adults to work as usual. Only some International Schools and Companies will be closed during this time. Yet people get together and enjoy this festive period by decorating their schools, offices and some participate in a so called ‘Secret Santa’ game where people are assigned randomly, to get & give gifts in secret.
If you’re interested to explore Christmas in Bangkok, you can do so by visting some of the city’s famous shopping malls which can easily be reached with BTS Skytrain or MRT Subway. Enjoy stunning Christmas Decorations with festive music while shopping, eating and having a good time in the same place. Some of the popular places are:
Thailand has excellent weather during the Winter Period so you can also have a nice outdoor dinner at places like:
Address: Soi Nawamin 74, Yak 3-8, Kaset-Nawamin Road, Klong Kum Subdistrict, Bueng Kum District. Bangkok, Thailand
Transportation: By Bus no. 60, 71, 75, 95ก, 96, 150, 156, 501,
520 and get off at Patthawikorn Market, then take taxi. (Recommended to take taxi)
If you are looking to participate in Religious ceremony, then here are places we would recommendend:
This church uniqueness is that it has been built in the form of a Thai temple with a big cross on the top of the roof. They hold yearly Christmas masses in English and service in both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. You can find the schedule and map on their website:
Address: 123/15 Ruamrudee Soi 5, Wittayu Road Patumwan, Bangkok Thailand 10330
Map and Transportation: http://www.holyredeemerbangkok.net/home/index.php/about-us/map
This church is known as ‘Wat Kudi Jeen’ A spectacular architecture of Catholic Church located on the west bank of Chao Praya river. There will a free food, games and Christmas decorations which you don’t want to miss.
Address: 112, Soi. Kudi Jeen, Sud-district Wat Kunlaya, Thon-buri district, Bangkok, Thailand 10600
Transportation: Take Chao Phraya River boat to N6 Memorial Bridge (Saphan Phut in Thai) and walk through Pak Klong Talat (fresh flowers and vegetable market) to the Pak Klong Talat ferry pier. From Pak Klong Talat ferry pier take the ferry to the Wat Kalaynamit pier then walk to Santa Cruz Church which is around 100m.