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Chiang Mai Gay Christmas

Merry Gay Christmas in Chiang MaiChristmas in Chiang Mai has always been a low key affair, hardly surprising in a Buddhist country. It’s hard to get all festive especially when it falls on a week day and everyone goes to school and work as normal (it is not a public holiday in Thailand). Thai people are just gearing up for the New Year holiday, which is a big thing, when many businesses will shut down for several days.

Not that we are great supporters of a christian festival anyway, but look on the bright side, whilst all the missionary and NGO types are busy stuffing their fat faces in the name of some imaginary saviour, at least they are not up in the hills corrupting young hill tribe kids (or worse…) and spreading their poison rhetoric to an otherwise happy Buddhist population.

Of course, with so many ex-pats and tourists here for the peak of high season Christmas doesn’t go un-noticed in Chiang Mai either. Bars are usually busy and many places throw Christmas parties and other special events. So what about Gay Christmas in Chiang Mai? We have a few suggestions:

Gay Christmas Suggestions for Chiang Mai

Radchada Garden Cafe will be starting Monday evening (Christmas Eve) with an early evening soiree including a free Turkey Buffet. According to Radchada’s Matriarch, khun Note, they are starting early so people can come and get in the mood before going elsewhere. As they’re closed every Tuesday he decided it was best to do something on Monday evening [N.B. No free Pizza Buffet this week]

Starting at 8 p.m. On Christmas Eve Soho Bar is giving Free Egg Nog and a prize for the best dressed Santa.

The Pub Chiang MaiFor those who want the full Chrsistmas lunch experience our reccomendations on Christmas Day are: The Pub on Huay Kaew Road As usual 2 sittings. One from mid-day until 5pm and the other from 7pm until 10pm It will be a 3 course meal for 799 baht. Only the Christmas meal will be served that day. For reservations call Graeme Tel: 053-211550

Of course, there are plenty of non-gay alternatives with many of the big hotels organising something. Check out the list below and contact the venues for more details (listing courtesey of Steve Yarnold):

Christmas Eve 24th December

  • 137 Pillars House – 6 hands piano concert followed by degustation set Dinner 053 247 788 or
  • Bake & Bite – Buffet Dinner 053 249 689 or call Gai 081882 9545
  • Billy’s Restaurant – Christmas Dinner Menu 081 -2881480
  • Centara Duangtawan – Marco Polo Restaurant Candlelit International Gala 053 905000 Ext. 3227
  • The Chedi – Five-course dinner 053 253 343 or
  • D2 Hotel – Dinner Buffet plus tree of giving and other creative festival displays. 053 999 999
  • Four Seasons Resort – Buffet dinner with Thai and International specialties, 053 298 181 or email:
  • Furama Hotel (next to Hillside 4) – Christmas Eve at the Heritage Café Dinner Buffet 053 415 222 or
  • Ginger – Four course dinner
  • Holiday Inn – Dinner 053 275 300
  • Mandarin Oriental Gala Dinner Buffet at Akaligo’s 053 888 888 ext. 8621.
  • Le Coq D’Or – Seven course dinner 080 659 0740 email
  • Le Crystal – Five course set dinner 053 872 890-1 or
  • LE MERIDIEN – Dinner Buffet 053 253 666 or
  • Rachamankha – A five course dinner
  • Royal Princess – Roast Turkey Buffet Dinner053 253 900 or
  • Shangri La Hotel – Dinner Buffet at Kad Kafé 053 253 888
  • Siripanna Villa – Resort & Spa Dinner buffet 053 371 999 or
  • Tamarind Village – Cocktail reception and Christmas Eve BBQ Buffet Dinner 053 418 896-9

Christmas Day 25th December

  • 137 Pillars House – Four course set Lunch 053 247 788 or
  • Bake & Bite – Buffet Dinner 053 249 689 or call Gai 081882 9545
  • Centara Duangtawan – lunch buffet 053 905000 Ext. 3227
  • Furama Hotel (next to Hillside 4) – Christmas Brunch Buffet 053 415 222 or
  • D2 Hotel – Lunch Buffet 053 999 999 or
  • Le Crystal – Three course set lunch or Dinner 053 872
  • LE MERIDIEN – Brunch Buffet 053 253 666 or
  • The Olde Bell – Turkey dinner
  • The Pun Pun – Christmas Dinner 08-0491-8484 Email
  • UN Irish Pub – Dinner:Roast Turkey & all the trimmings 053 214 554

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