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Merry Xmas crosses culture lines

BANGKOK, December 21, 2010 by TTRweekly 

The decorations are up, the carols are playing and Santa has been seen scuba diving in Japan, delivering presents on a motorbike in Seoul and being thrown out of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Christianity may not be Asia’s main religion, but Christmas cheer is in evidence around much of the region, even if eating and shopping are often the main attractions.Christmas Spirit around Asia

The shop tills are ringing in Buddhist Bangkok and Muslim Kuala Lumpur, where stores are festooned with tinsel and fairy lights.

More than 100 children in Santa suits recently joined a Christmas carnival at a major mall in the Thai capital.

In Japan, Santa has made a splash in Tokyo aquariums, feeding marine life and performing with dolphins.

At one, an electric eel is generating power for the Christmas lights.

Visitors can help by stomping a floor panel, which generates additional electricity to power a blue light on the Christmas tree, as a robotic Santa looks on, singing Christmas songs and wriggling his hips.

“They stomp, with the tree flashing blue and white, and Santa singing all the time,” said Enoshima Aquarium spokeswoman Asako Inoue. “It’s a very cheerful event.”

In South Korea, 50 post office delivery men wearing Santa Claus outfits are delivering presents by motorbike to poor children in Seoul, where even the 22-metre-tall “Hammering Man” sculpture is wearing a red hat.

South Korea will also display Christmas lights near its tense border with North Korea for the first time since 2004 following the regime’s deadly artillery attack last month, military officials said.

While Christians make up a mere two percent of India’s billion plus population, Christmas has become a popular festival there and shops are cashing in by selling gifts such as Santa Claus masks.

Christmas Decoration in Bangkok / ThailandIn China, malls, office buildings and restaurants in major cities are decking their halls with bright lights, Christmas trees and robotic Santa’s as retailers latch on to the holiday’s sales potential.

The season is a vital time of year for the country’s myriad toy-makers and other manufacturers and exporters who for years have served as Santa’s workshop.

But the Chinese authorities failed to see the funny side when dozens of mainly foreign residents dressed as Santa Claus descended on Tiananmen Square, scene of mass pro-democracy protests in 1989 that ended in a bloody army crackdown.

As they gathered for a photo, police intervened and told them to leave, the participants said. The Global Times quoted one drunken Santa as saying: “China stole my Christmas.”

In Cambodia’s northwestern tourist hub of Siem Reap, a hotel has unveiled a giant Christmas tree made up entirely of local fishing materials such as bamboo rods and hand-woven nets.

“We typically import a live fir tree for Christmas celebrations but this year we thought we would move away from convention and feature a tree with a stronger local context,” said Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor general manager, Robert Hauck.

Carols were sung in English and Khmer to mark the hotel’s tree lighting ceremony. The lyrics were modified to give a local flavor, with Santa Claus arriving by tuk-tuk instead of a sleigh.

The festive mood is evident in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur with huge Christmas trees decorated with bright colored bulbs in major shopping malls.

Christmas cuisine such as roast turkey and lamb is popular with food-loving Malaysians and supermarkets and restaurants are doing brisk business.

“I am catering for a big party consisting mainly of non-Christians. They are excited about the roast turkey and baked potatoes,” said Ivy Arigesamy, a restaurant owner in the capital Kuala Lumpur.Santa Claus in Kuala Lumpur

“Last year I had roast turkey orders from Muslims. They like to eat it but they do not know how to cook it.”

Restaurants in Taiwan are also enjoying some Christmas cheer.

“Nearly 90% of the seats at our seven restaurants have already been booked for Christmas Eve,” said Cindy Lo, a spokeswoman for the Grand Formosa Regent Taipei, a leading hotel in the island’s capital city.

Christmas displays are going up in Vietnam, with snowmen more than two meters (seven feet) tall outside one bar in Ho Chi Minh City.

On Le Loi Street in the city centre, streetlights are decorated with large snowflakes, and children wait to have their picture taken with Santa outside the Saigon Centre shopping mall.

Lam Kim Anh, 54, arrived on a motorbike with her four-year-old granddaughter for the photo shoot with Mr. Claus, who was decidedly leaner than normal and wore a suit of royal blue velvet.

“We are not Catholic so we don’t celebrate Christmas but I’ll get her a present anyway,” Anh said. “I just like the crowd and the environment.”

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Why not choose Thailand as your next holiday destination?

There are obviously any numbers of reasons why so many tourists choose every year to visit and some of them are even thing to settle down in Thailand.

 Thailand - the land of smile

There are only a few places as Thailand in our world, which offers diverse culture, tropical and pleasant climate, delicious and world class cuisine, nice beaches, friendly people, enchanting scenery, very affordable living costs and / or the vibrant nightlife around the country. And since there are only a few places you can find all these; many tourist are choosing Thailand for their holiday destination.

Quaint and refreshing beachesA heaven of a place, Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia and offers a huge selection of travel experience and travelers just have to pick the one that suits their interest and budget for their individual travel dream. While honeymooners like to toddle alongside its quaint and refreshing beaches, fun and adventure loving kinds like to make their splash into the blue sea and others are one the quest of some real excitement pick enthralling wildlife escapades for their holidays in the delightful country.

Scuba Diving at the Andaman Sea

Apart from many activities Thailand is also famous for its festivals as well as the taste of its exceptionally delecatble food that makes tours to Thailand special. Thailand is in every definition a tropical  paradise and voted as one of the most fulfilling holiday destinations in the world.

Kayaking at Kaeng Sam, Nakhorn Nayok Thailand Visit Thailand for an experience the best of both the urban and rural can offer and for those who are more attracted to the physical side of life, Thailand has it .

Thailand is also a site of ancient architectural wonders since the Thai history goes fare back and remnants of different Kingdoms, like Ayudhya and Sukothai, prompt exploration and a challenge to explore their origins. In the northeast, there are the remnants of many ancient Khmer temples and some of the people still speak the Khmer language.

Many of the ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples has marked as world heritage sites, exhibiting the precision and skill of ancient sculptors, a must for historical lovers.

Tom Yam Kung, Thailands most popular dishChiang Mai Songkran Festival, Chiang Mai

 Namtok Heo Narokjungle at the Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand…………………………..

With one side facing Andaman Sea and the other side facing Gulf of Thailand, Thailand has more than 1000 miles of coastline which became the primary attractions for Thailand vacations and for those who are more attracted to the physical side of life, Thailand offers a wide variety of water sports, which include scuba diving, water skiing, deep sea fishing, jet skiing and parasailing are offered all around. Beach at Hat Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan

Or have the choice of crowed tourist – or totally deserted beaches. The most popular beaches are found on the southern islands around. The most popular beaches are found on the southern islands around Phuket, Koh Chang and Koh Samui. Besides all the water activities and attraction, Golfing became very popular in Thailand and not only for tourists, many Thais are founding there peace during a match. Thailand offers year around golfing with a wide choice of high quality golf courses.

Blue Canyon Golf Course in PhuketBut Thailand has much more…..  Take the opportunity for exotic sightseeing Tours and Excursions at interesting destinations include Kanchanaburi, Chang Mai, the northern area around the “Golden Triangle”, the southern islands, Koh Chang and many others and  of course, not forget Bangkok itself.

A typical trip to Thailand will include landing in Bangkok and spending a few days there before they take off to an exploration of the northern part of Thailand such as Chang Mai and Chang Rai. Then usually people usually end their trip one of the islands in the southern part of Thailand, like Phi Phi, Phuket, Lanta, Samui, Koh Chang etc. for some relaxing days on the beach or some other water sport activities before they head back to Bangkok, so do some last shopping and then head home.

Before you pack for your “Thailand vacation” you can sure look forward to a journey of a lifetime as you will return with a bagful of memories worth cherishing.

Histroy - Nature - Shopping all in one country

 

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