The predominant religion in Thailand might not justify celebrating this holiday, but that doesn’t mean that Christmas in the Thai capital city isn’t big business. At this time of year in Bangkok, buildings, trees, bridges, and even tuk-tuks and hawker stalls are adorned with colourful, lights, turning the whole of Bangkok into one giant Santa’s grotto.
Many people heading to Bangkok come home with a souvenir article of clothing from the now world famous Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. Thompson, an American businessman, was awarded one of the highest honors bestowed on foreigners in Thailand, the Order of The White Elephant, for the role he played in the development of the Thai silk industry.
Bangkok’s waterways, much like the canals of Venice, provide an essential network of transportation for locals, as well as a unique vantage point of the city for countless tourists.
Many first time visitors to Bangkok may be wary of, and a little intimidated by, the food vendors that line the city streets, but throngs of locals ordering up delicious looking meals, along with the amazing smells arising from the food carts, are usually enough to draw them in.
If you’re looking for a day trip out of the city with a difference, then Bangkok’s Safari World certainly delivers. An African safari just 40-minutes drive from Bangkok city center has to be seen to be believed, so grab the kids and get ready for African-inspired landscapes and encounters with animals from all over the world.