It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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Christmas time in Thailand takes a bit of getting used to, especially if you are from a colder climate, but I must say the Christmas spirit is definitely alive and well in Pattaya. You couldn’t ask for much more and walking around Pattaya you might just think you are back in America or the U.K. with all the Christmas lights, trees and of course Christmas music playing everywhere.

Just some pictures today to get you into the holiday spirit, Thai style.

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11 Comment(s)

  1. Talen, very colourful. Its so different here just across the Gulf. Not a Christmas light in sight!

    In Thailand I really never feel like its Christmas. But I suppose where you are there are plenty of foreigners holidaying and partying too?

    Can’t say I really miss a UK Christmas, fun when I was young but to commercialised now.

    Whatever I am sure you will have a good one ;-)

    Mike | Dec 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Talen, great pictures as always. Nice to see all the holiday decorations and the tree is quite a sight! I have to say that being in a cold holiday location isn’t necessarily all its cracked up to be and I would trade places with you in a second. As Mike said it’s way too commercialized now and honestly if it wasn’t for the baby it would be quite hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit. I suppose I should enjoy it though as its the last Christmas I plan on spending in the U.S.

    Thanks again for the pictures and keep up the great job!

    Steve | Dec 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. Khun Talen

    This might sound a bit hackneyed but I wish you (and all expats) a very happy Christmas in the Land of Smiles. Celebrating Christmas in a non-Christian country like Thailand is to some extent an aberration, but on a positive note, at least you don’t have to endure the bitterly cold temperature like where I am.

    Oneditorial | Dec 21, 2010 | Reply

  4. Pattaya does look Christmassy alright. I haven’t been out at night in Bangkok in yonks so I can’t comment on the Christmas lights here. All the big shopping centres did have outside decorations. I’m going to a meeting tonight so maybe I’ll get a chance to see them.

    I stopped celebrating Christmas here in Thailand, but only started again because of my son. He is so excited about Santa that it is hard not to feel a bit excited too.

    Paul Garrigan | Dec 21, 2010 | Reply

  5. Mike, it doesn’t feel like Christmas much to me but it sure looks the part. And you are so right about how commercialized it has become in the West and those aspects are here as well to some extent.

    Talen | Dec 21, 2010 | Reply

  6. Steve, I don’t miss the cold I’m just used to associating Christmas with cold weather. Kids are great fun during the holidays.

    Talen | Dec 21, 2010 | Reply

  7. One, I hope you have a very merry Christmas and hopefully the temperature rises a few degrees for you :)

    Talen | Dec 21, 2010 | Reply

  8. Paul, I think kids are the number one reason for Christmas spirit. I hope your family has a wonderful Christmas.

    Talen | Dec 21, 2010 | Reply

  9. Happy Christmas Talen! I guess it’s the American in me but I do like a good Christmas tree.

    Never been big on Christmas so living in Thailand suits me perfectly :) Just enough without all the retail madness and excess.

    Lani | Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

  10. Lani, I hope you have a very merry Christmas… I love a good Christmas tree too and there are some great ones around town.

    Talen | Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

  11. Here I am, catching up again . . . I just posted some Christmas theme photos, mostly showing a season with a Thai twist.

    That said, the Thai marketing teams sure know how to milk Christmas. And I have to say, some of those decorations are spectacular. And beautiful. I really enjoy them. In my Ratchada neighbourhood there are some really intricate and amazing sights. I’ll have to take some pix.

    Enjoy your first Pattaya Christmas, Talen!

    SiamRick | Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

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