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Bangkok Travelbug Dec 2020 Merry Christmas from Nakhon Pathom 2020
December 23, 2020

Merry Christmas from Nakhon Pathom 2020

Dear friends and readers of the Bangkok Travelbug,

Welcome back to the Bangkok Travelbug. In the merry month of December, we defer our usual Travelbug travelogue. Instead, we bring you a colourful Christmas issue to set you in the mood for the Christmas festivities and the New Year celebrations.

Even if you are celebrating the festivities from home in view of the pandemic, there is no reason not to make it a colourful and memorable one.

The Christmas lights and decorations in Bangkok have always fascinated me. Christmas Day isn't an official holiday in Thailand and most Thais don't celebrate it as such. However, when you view the Christmas décor in the malls, restaurants, hotels and cafes, you will think otherwise.

A friend from Australia visiting Bangkok in December several years ago said that the decorations in Bangkok beat his home city in Australia hands down.

Let's review some of the wonderful Christmas images over the last few years in Bangkok. This one taken in 2012 shows statues of the Nativity scene in the grounds of Christ Church Bangkok located at the junction of North Sathorn Road and Convent Road.

Away in the manger – Christ Church 2012

Forest of lights outside the Grand Hyatt Erawan 2014

Central Plaza malls have always provided some of the best Christmas lights over the years. Here's a mini city of lights at Central World taken in 2016.

City of Lights – Central World 2016

Fast forward to 2020 and Central still leads the pack with a three-storey high indoor tree at Central Plaza Salaya, Nakhon Pathom.

Central Plaza, Salaya, Nakhon Pathom 2020

There's a tunnel of lights through the base of the tree and a walk through gives a feeling of walking through snow storm.

Tunnel of lights

On a smaller and humbler scale, may I share with you my Christmas trees at home. This is the first time I'm having a tree at home in all the years of I lived in Thailand. In fact, there are four trees; one outdoor and three indoors of which two are miniature trees.

The tree outside

Christmas always recalls pleasant memories of my boyhood days at home when Mum will put up a Christmas tree every year while I watched. When I became a little older, I helped.

Every Christmas morning, I woke up with a present at the foot of my bed. It took a few years for me to realise that my parents put the present there, not Santa Claus!

The tree indoors

The miniature trees

Have a merry and warm Christmas with your families and a happy and successful New Year in 2021. Stay safe and well. May the year ahead be a far better one for all of us.

This tree is in the clubhouse by the swimming pool, it was taken at noon but somehow the tinted glass gave the exterior a twilight atmosphere

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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