When the sun sets, Bangkok lights up with stunning light and Christmas displays. Here are some of the best viewing spots in the city to soak in the colour and flavour of the festive season.
The famed Ratchadamnoen Avenue has been adorned with thousands of lights in celebration of His Majesty the King’s birthday. Take a taxi or drive down Ratchadamnoen Klang towards the Democracy Monument, past Sanam Luang and the Grand Palace; and/or go down Ratchadamnoen Nok, where the United Nations building is located, and cruise by the regal statue of King Rama V and the dazzling Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall.
From the Rachadamri BTS station, come down to the street level and enjoy the Four Seasons Hotel’s lighted tree display as well as the elaborate set-up on the steps of the adjacent Peninsula Plaza. The latter is a famed photo spot for local. Snap away!
Close to the Chidlom BTS station, the front of Amarin Plaza has been transformed into a whimsical world, replete with a life-sized teddy bear and cartoon motifs — a display that is a big hit with children! Across the street, the InterContinental Hotel also boasts an impressive tree, which is best viewed from the elevated skywalk.
The open plaza in front of CentralWorld offers a complete sensory experience. Here, you’ll find multiple displays, including a tall inflatable Snoopy doll, Santa and his reindeer, and the tallest Christmas tree in Southeast Asia; pop-up shops; and live nightly concerts.
Chao Phraya River
The riverside area also features wonderful sights — temples and historic buildings are lit up, celebrating Bangkok’s rich heritage. Plan a dinner boat cruise or simply zip up (and down) the river on a Chao Phraya Express Boat. You can also go to Asiatique (via free shuttle boat from Saphan Taksin BTS station) and get on Asiatique Sky, a 60-metre high Ferris Wheel, for a bird’s eye view of the bustling scene below.