There may not have been snowmen or even chimneys for Santa to slide
down, but Pattaya had plenty of Christmas spirit with hotels, restaurants,
tourists and locals festively celebrating the occasion.
old fashioned gingerbread at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Pattaya.
At Pattaya City Hall, Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh received a Christian
blessing from a local church group. Elsewhere in the city, hotels readied
for the occasion with special menus and parties.
The Dusit Thani hotel celebrated Christmas at the poolside with a
specially-priced international menu. Acrobats danced during dessert before
Santa made his annual appearance.
At the Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, Christmas tradition was complemented with
classical Thai dance capped with a lucky draw for holiday prizes.
was seen hanging out at Jameson’s Irish Pub.
Sixty children from Pattaya-area orphanages joined in singing Jingle Bells
at the Hard Rock Cafe, whose lively party can be relived on YouTube.
Managing Director Sopin Thappajug rang in the holiday for the Diana Group,
emceeing the party at the Diana Inn, where light music and a budget-priced
buffet preceded a red-and-green fireworks show.
Santa surprised guests at the Thai Garden Resort when he made his annual
appearance not on a reindeer-driven sleigh, but on the back of a horse. The
North Pole cowboy delighted children nonetheless with the many presents he
In Jomtien Beach, the Sheraton Pattaya passed out presents of their own to
guests and entertained them with holiday music.
And at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort guests dined poolside to a lavish set
Food is never in short supply at Captain’s Corner and the buffet restaurant
filled their guests’ bellies with holiday treats while entertaining them
with Thai and western music.
The new five-star Centara Grand Mirage Beach Pattaya celebrated its first
Christmas in ultimate style with guests dining on Christmas fare in three
different restaurants. Children from the Redemptorist School Pattaya sang
Woodlands Hotel & Resort threw an exclusive private party for honored guests
featuring Thai and European food and light music.
The Pattaya Countdown to 2010 also began on Christmas Day, at Bali Hai pier.
A grand fireworks display and stage shows were the highlights there.
Pattaya’s countdown to 2010
started with a bang - lots of bangs for that matter - with a grand fireworks
display on Christmas night at Bali Hai.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh
(right) and other city officials receive a Christian blessing from members
of the Pattaya Christian Club at Pattaya City Hall.
Staff, management and friends
at the Captain’s Corner
wish everyone Merry Christmas.
Children enjoy Christmas Eve
at the Thai Garden Resort Pattaya.
Cherubs from the Pattaya
Orphanage sing carols at the Hard Rock.
Staff at Woodlands Hotel &
Resort Pattaya dress up in their colorful Christmas outfits.
Young angels brighten the
night at Diana Inn.
Santa delivers presents to the
children at the Dusit Thani Pattaya.
Santa and two of his beautiful
helpers at the Hard Rock
ask guests if they have been naughty or nice.
Santa and the Christmas Fairy
light up the night at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.
Christmas tradition is served
at the Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa.
Christmas dancers take to the
stage at the Dusit Thani Pattaya.
Santa and his helpers welcome
to some yuletide cheer at the Sheraton Hotel Pattaya.
It’s a Joyous Noel at
the Diana Inn.
Father Michael Weera Phangrak
(right) presides over
the Christmas event at the Pattaya Orphanage.