Merry Christmas From Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Korea, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 16 comments

Wherever you are in the world, this week I want to wish you and yours the best of the holiday season. Welcome to week 307 (22/12/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Who says that Asia doesn’t do Christmas? When I arrived almost 16 years ago, that was the case. These days, throughout Asia, you’ll find beautiful lights and displays celebrating the season. Enjoy a few of the photos that I have taken from Christmas’s past.

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Bangkok’s Emporium knows how to dress for Christmas. The picture perfect trees change colors as the Christmas music plays. With the temps hovering close to 30C you need to pinch yourself to convince yourself that it is Christmas (or at least I do!)


Bangkok, All Decked Out for Christmas 1

Inside you’ll find Frosty and Santa dressed in their finest sparkles. It wouldn’t be Aisa without a few pandas sporting stocking hats.


Bangkok, All Decked out for Christmas 3

Frosty at the Emporium in Bangkok


Isn’t this the best Frosty, yet? !!

Frosty Looking Happy in Bangkok


Finally, we have Hua Hin all decked out on Christmas Eve. You can even sing a few of your favorite Christmas carols. No winter coats or snow boots necessary 🙂

Hua Hin, Thailand 2011


Christmas, Seoul 2016

As always, I have been busy with the end of semester exams and marking, so not much time to enjoy the Christmas decorations in Seoul. However, I did manage to catch this lovely tree on my home the other day.


Christmas Tree, Hangangin, Seoul, Korea


It dawned on me as I was finishing up this post that this is the first Christmas I’ve ever spent with the beautiful Indy. She says Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you all!




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  1. I usually spend Christmas at home in Townsville, but this year I’m spending it at our new home in Coolum Beach. I hope you enjoy your first Christmas with Indy!

    • Hi, Jan! Coolum Beach looks fantastic. I can imagine that you had a great day. Christmas with Indy was fun, and so was Norwegian Christmas dinner!

  2. What amazing decorations!! I have a frosty post today.

    • Hi, Jackie. Thank you! The malls in Asia go all out for the season.

  3. Oh what pretty decorations and what a treat to get to spend Christmas with that beautiful Indy! Merry Christmas to you both!!

    • Hi, Jackie. It was nice to be here with Indy. I don’t think she’s figured out yet why she hasn’t been shipped off! 🙂

  4. I didn’t realize you’ve been an expat for that long. I like the idea of that color changing tree in Bangkok. It must be a fun sight in person. I remember how much Hong Kong dressed itself up for Christmas, especially the massive, conical tree made of stacked Ferrero Rocher candies that was on display in an outdoor plaza. Merry Christmas to you and Indy. I hope you have a good staycation.

    • Hi, Michele! I have to pinch myself when I say 16 years. It doesn’t seem possible. I spent a Christmas in Hong Kong and loved the decorations. The British influence comes out at Christmas time!

  5. How neat it would be to spend Christmas in Asia one of these days. Love seeing all these trees and decorations. While I’d love to be traveling, we’re actually home during the holidays this year. Merry Christmas to you and Indy!

    • Hi, Mary. I prefer Asia and the beach at Christmas, but Seoul is good. The weather has been good, and being with Indy is great. Christmas dinner with local expats was fun and delicious!

  6. One of the hardest things to get used to when we moved to Texas years ago was the incongruity of cold weather Christmas decorations and it has to be even more surreal in Asia! Looking at some of your photos though, it’s easy to see how the holiday has spread throughout parts of the world – could be Anywhere, USA or Canada! Merry Christmas Nancie, to you and your sweet and furry sidekick!

    • Hi, Anita! Best of the season to you and Dick! It’s cold in Seoul, so the decorations don’t look so out of place.Not sure I’ll ever get used to seeing Christmas trees and Santa in tropical SEA!

  7. Except for last year visiting some of the best Christmas markets in Europe we always spend Christmas at home in Perth with our families. I hope the family aren’t reading this as my favourite place was Europe. How could you not like being rugged up, sipping Gluhwein, wandering around looking at amazing wares at the markets? Oh so different to Christmas in Australia.

    • Hi, Lyn. I arrived in Barcelona on Christmas evening last year. The Christmas market had finished, but it was still wonderful to be in Europe for the holidays. One of these days I will get to the Christmas markets.

  8. It all looks very cheerful. I hope your Christmas was lovely and that you found a little time to enjoy the lights and decorations.

  9. We’re spent Christmas in Italy twice now but our favourite place to spend Christmas is Maui, with NYC not far behind.

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