I eat Christmas Eve dinner every year with friends in Bangkok, Thailand. Having lived in Bangkok for a decade now, I’m familiar with many of the best places to eat Christmas Eve dinner in Bangkok so my friends and I try a new place every year. This year, I’ll be spending my Christmas Eve in Bangkok at The Deck by the River, my new favorite Thai restaurant but, with so many options to choose from for Christmas Eve dinner in Bangkok, it really is difficult to choose.
Bangkok Grand Pearl Cruise – If you’ve never been on a dinner cruise on the Chao Praya River in Bangkok, then Christmas Eve is a perfect time to do it. On the Grand Pearl Cruise, you get a two and half hour cruise up and down the Chao Praya River, along with an international Christmas buffet, live music and traditional Thai Khon (mask) dancers. You’ll even see Santa Claus, who will give you a Christmas gift! With tickets priced at 2,000 baht ($66) or 1,200 baht ($40) for kids, it’s a good deal for dinner, entertainment and a cruise.
Plaza Athénée Bangkok – One of the top hotels in Bangkok, Plaza Athénée has a couple of options for eating Christmas Dinner, both of them spectacular.
The Rain Tree Cafe has an unlimited Christmas buffet along with live seasonal music and Santa Claus for 2,500 baht ($83) per person. The Reflexions, the wonderful French restaurant at Plaza Athénée, has a five-course Christmas Eve dinner for 2,950 baht ($1100). Plaza Athénée is such a lovely hotel, either of these Christmas Eve dinners will be simply wonderful.
The Londoner, British Pub – One of the most popular brew pubs in Bangkok for Christmas Day lunch and dinner, The Londoner also does an excellent meal for Christmas Eve.
With all the popular British fare like turkey and Christmas pudding, plus an excellent beer and wine selection, and all in a traditional British Christmas setting, this is one of my favorite Christmas Eve places in Bangkok. Their price list isn’t out yet for Christmas Eve, but you can be sure it won’t be expensive and it will be delicious.
Supatra River House – This gorgeous traditional Thai house that has been converted into a two storey restaurant is famous in Bangkok because it used to be the home of Khunying Supatra Singholaga, who was famous for championing women’s rights in Thailand. Her daughter converted her house into an enormous Thai restaurant with two huge dining areas inside and a fabulous open-air terrace overlooking the Chao Praya River.
The most spectacular thing about this restaurant though is you can see the phenomenal Grand Palace across the river, all lit up in the tropical night air. The Christmas Eve menu is traditional Thai food, but with entrees like sea crab and river prawn, you’ll love this Christmas Eve meal.
There are thousands of amazing restaurants and hotels in Bangkok, Thailand that put on amazing Christmas Eve dinners. So, for Christmas Eve, 2009, be a little adventurous and try something different. You won’t be disappointed.