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Thailand may be a predominantly Buddhist country, but it loves a party – and the Christmas and New Year period certainly counts.

In Bangkok, tinsel is strewn across palm trees; hotels and Western restaurants serve multi-course Xmas lunches, and fireworks shoot across the city’s skies. The atmosphere crackles at any time of year in this metropolis of temples, night markets, and arguably the world’s best street food, but in December it’s enhanced more than a few notches.

Discover the most unmissable things to in the city over Christmas and New Year while you stay with us in one of the best central hotels in Bangkok near Lumpini Park.


1. Check out the awe-inspiring decorations

As the most westernised areas of BK, the malls go all out on the Christmas trimmings, making them the perfect places to get that festive feeling while you pick up some presents for family and friends. Embark on your own walking tour through the shopping giants Siam Paragon, CentralWorld and MBK to gaze at majestic light displays and bauble-covered fir trees. The largest tree is said to be at CentralWorld, although the whole area in and around Siam Square is just magical at this time of year.


2. Get your fill of food

There’s something about eating a traditional roast with all the trimmings while the sun blazes outside, which is why we’re putting on a Christmas Eve buffet in Bangkok at the Panorama restaurant between 6 pm and 10 pm, then again for brunch during the big day itself between midday and 2:30 pm. Look forward to delicious honey-glazed roast ham and turkey, along with accompaniments from the buffet. We’ll even be getting into the Christmas spirit by inviting Santa Claus along to give away treats to children at 1 pm and 8 pm.

As for NYE, celebrate with our special offers of food, live music and – of course – a first-class view of the fireworks. You’ll receive half a lobster plus a choice of goodies from 15 food stations, including a whopping 22 desserts. We'll also be supplying amazing dim sum buffets over the Xmas period at our gorgeous Xin Tian Di eatery.


3. Marvel at the jaw-dropping fireworks


Our 23rd-floor Panorama Restaurant, with its wall-covering windows, offers a fantastic view of the fireworks that will explode across the city at midnight. It's one of the best places to swing by for a memorable New Year's Eve party in Bangkok. The city's famous rooftop bars are another classic option for uninterrupted views, although you may need to book ahead to dine and drink at popular hangouts such as Lebua on NYE. Alternatively, the aforementioned CentralWorld is an ideal place to see the sparks fly among a crowd enjoying the beer garden, bands and DJs put on for this shopping centre’s annual festivities.


4. Party till dawn

If you’re going to stay out late watching the fireworks in Bangkok, you may as well stop for a wind-down tipple (or more) in one of the capital’s buzzing nightlife areas: Khao San Road, Sukhumvit 11 and Patpong Market. The latter area is just off BTS Siam Station, which doesn’t close till after midnight on NYE; then all you need to do is stumble home to the hotels near Patpong, Bangkok, to find ours, which is within walking distance.


5. Cruise down the river on the Loy Nava

A one-off 10:15 pm departure for this crowd-pleasing cruise boat trip along the river will happen this NYE in Bangkok. And what could be more special than a New Year's Eve party in Bangkok with a 10-course Thai dining where you float past the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Rama VIII bridges? The party wraps up at 2:30 am, but you can leave earlier if you'd prefer, at one of the central stops adjacent to the hotels near Patpong, Bangkok, so you can easily reach your room at the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park. A highlight of the year, this event tends to sell out quickly, but there are plenty of other river cruise slots offered by Loy Nava across the Xmas and New Year period.

Bangkok offers a wealth of things to in the holiday season, whether it's parties, indulgence or something more sedate you're hoping for. However you choose to spend your time in this inimitable city, you're sure to bring home a host of Christmas and New Year memories.