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    Thailand at chrimbo?

    I've got a mandatory 2 week break from work at Christmas time and I'm looking into flights.

    What is Thailand like at that time of the year?

    I'll be frank, chrimbo is not my most favourite time of the year, so I'm hoping it won't be too in your face.

    Not sure where I'll be, virgin looks to be the cheapest so I'll be flying in and out of phuket.

    If I have to spend another Christmas with my rellies I may just kill one of them

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    I like the festivities and party mood.. I cant stand the crowds and without sounding snarky, too many young tourists who dont know how to act.

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    I don't mind Xmas here. Everything is still open, no Xmas-Boxing day holidays. Bangla on NYE is chocker with a squillion cans of spray party foam being fired off, lots of fireworks on all the beaches. A very happy feel about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post
    I like the festivities and party mood.. I cant stand the crowds and without sounding snarky, too many young tourists who dont know how to act.
    I think I know what you mean WRT the tourists.

    I was talking more about the Thais... do they go OTT with Christmas, carols in the bars and all that bollocks.

    I prefer to take Chrismas in small doses and seeing as I've got to take 2 weeks off (well, 6 days plus public holidays) I may as well go somewhere I enjoy. Flights are an absolute pisstake though, the cheapest flights from PER to BKK or HKT are A$900.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjwx View Post
    I was talking more about the Thais... do they go OTT with Christmas, carols in the bars and all that bollocks.
    Think lots of skimpy red costumes and a few badly pronounced versions of jingun bens and the like and thats the extent of it.. Christmas not really a Thai holiday but have they ever turned down the chance for a party..

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    Quote Originally Posted by briofoz View Post
    I don't mind Xmas here. Everything is still open, no Xmas-Boxing day holidays. Bangla on NYE is chocker with a squillion cans of spray party foam being fired off, lots of fireworks on all the beaches. A very happy feel about it.
    Thanks Bri,

    Sounds OK. Now I just have to find flights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ub2yoo View Post
    ... here a Leo pack from last years christmas, can't go wrong IMO ;-)
    Could have at least wrapped it with a festive ribbon..

    Standards please..
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    I hate it(except in BKK where they are pretty into it) because I love Xmas............so I think will be perfect for you


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    Quote Originally Posted by mjwx View Post
    Flights are an absolute pisstake though, the cheapest flights from PER to BKK or HKT are A$900.
    if you are going to go , I would book the flights as soon as possible , they won't get any cheaper
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    ^Yep, that's peak high season... it wont be getting any cheaper as the time draws near.

    The guys above have it right... maybe some gals in cute red outfits, a few badly pronounced 'Melly Critmuh" wishes, some lights here or there... but overall, it's nothing like being in the west. Thais are Buddhists, but when it comes to holidays I've noticed they're voracious opportunists... any reason to party or dress up or have fun. But they dont do the full-on commercial version of the holiday, nor the religious aspects of it. For them it's about the fun factor, that's it.

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    Yep, I know flights wont get any cheaper.

    My next payday is tomorrow so I'll be cashed up enough to book then. I need to do a bit more research on prices before hand.

    Thanks everyone for their input... Especially Paulie you cnut 5555
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    Quote Originally Posted by WarProfiteer View Post
    But they don't do the full-on commercial version of the holiday, nor the religious aspects of it. For them it's about the fun factor, that's it.
    Might be going a bit off topic but...

    I'm not a religious person, but it's not the religious aspect that bothers me. Its the way Christmas has been co-opted into a heavily commercialised holiday. If it were just about the baby Jesus I don't think I'd have an issue but I now have to wonder if most people even pay any attention the significance of the holiday or just see Christmas as December Present Day.

    I half expect to get back to Oz next week and find Christmas stuff already on the shelf at the supermarket. There's a quick buck to be made and there's only 148 shopping days left until Christmas (147 in Western Australia).
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    As a non-religious person, if they made it all about the sweet baby Jesus laying in a pile of hay, I'd have problems with that... haha... considering it's basically a holiday the Christians just adopted, then later stuck significant events to... I always find it difficult to resist poking the religious folk who swear it's all about Jeebus, by asking what Jesus has to do with elves or decorated evergreen trees or toys or big feasts.

    So to me the Thais have it right... dont take it too seriously, just use it as a reason to be happy.
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    I think most of the Christmas celebrations and dates come from Pagan times the Christians simply adopted and covered with their themes, to keep the masses partying but not celebrating sun gods etc. Could be wrong on this, but sort of remember learning that at school.
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    Yeah, north in Europe it was to celebrate the sun......the 3 shortest days is around Christmas and people celebrated the turn to longer days...... same as midsummer celebrations that the christians named after saints (and other bollox)
    This is what I picked up during my way, even if the school tried to teach me different.
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    I can't stand Christmas, totally commercial, stupid fuzz and pressure on parents especially for one day, I'd love to go somewhere warm and be in a bar eating what I liked when I liked. Strongly thinking of going myself this year but flights and accommodation are pretty expensive. Probably twice the cost of a low season trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geir View Post
    Yeah, north in Europe it was to celebrate the sun......the 3 shortest days is around Christmas and people celebrated the turn to longer days...... same as midsummer celebrations that the christians named after saints (and other bollox)
    This is what I picked up during my way, even if the school tried to teach me different.
    Yep, the Winter solstice is on the 21st December then the 22nd, 23rd and 24th have no increase in daylight but the 25th is the first day that sees an increase of a minute of two in daylight, hijacked by the Christian church.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontpanic View Post
    I can't stand Christmas, totally commercial, stupid fuzz and pressure on parents especially for one day, I'd love to go somewhere warm and be in a bar eating what I liked when I liked. Strongly thinking of going myself this year but flights and accommodation are pretty expensive. Probably twice the cost of a low season trip.
    You know what I find funny
    The richer you are, the less your kids seem to get at Xmas
    All my friends that are well off have a good perspective on Xmas and give their kids just a few gifts
    Then you have someone like my sister(and my mom did with us) loading up the tree with 15-20 gifts and going into hawk

    You know who gets the most gifts in our house? My dog! 555
    Me and Ao exchange about 3-4 gifts to each other, one big one and a few small things

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontpanic View Post
    I can't stand Christmas, totally commercial, stupid fuzz and pressure on parents especially for one day, I'd love to go somewhere warm and be in a bar eating what I liked when I liked. Strongly thinking of going myself this year but flights and accommodation are pretty expensive. Probably twice the cost of a low season trip.
    You know what I find funny
    The richer you are, the less your kids seem to get at Xmas
    All my friends that are well off have a good perspective on Xmas and give their kids just a few gifts
    Then you have someone like my sister(and my mom did with us) loading up the tree with 15-20 gifts and going into hawk

    You know who gets the most gifts in our house? My dog! 555
    Me and Ao exchange about 3-4 gifts to each other, one big one and a few small things

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc26 View Post
    You know who gets the most gifts in our house? My dog! 555
    Me and Ao exchange about 3-4 gifts to each other, one big one and a few small things
    So how many does the damn dog get ??

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