A few weeks ago, there was an article in Yahoo! Travel entitled "8 Places to Escape Christmas" written by Miriam Weiner (December 7, 2011). This list-making included the following exotic places: Marrakech, Morocco; St. Petersburg, Russia; Istanbul, Turkey; The Bahamas; Kyoto, Japan; The Maldives; Agra, India; and of course, Bangkok, Thailand. The common denominator here would be, that most of these places have very few Christians.
As proof, the grounds of Central World, one of my favorite malls in the Pratunam district, is back (it was a victim of the political wranglings; it eventually got arsoned and several areas had been burned by political activists)! At the "lawn" of the mall, you could find a giant Christmas Tree, some semblance of a snowman, and festive animated decorations, including several smaller Christmas Trees! And this is just in one mall. Imagine the hundreds scattered around the metropolis.
Giant "snowman" at the Central World grounds.
At the elevated pedestrian ramp called "skywalk" (connecting Central World to the Siam Malls and MBK) are more Christmas decorations. No mistletoe?
Giant Tree, teddy bears in a leisure park called "World of Happiness" at the Central World.
Holly-jolly escape in Bangkok?
Open air concert with a large LCD screen at the Central World
Wat Pha Khao Pan's center piece decoration is a huge white Christmas Lantern! This Mekong-facing temple in the walled town of Chiang Saen negates the assumption that Christmas is ignored in Thailand!
Manger at the NAIA Terminal 3 Departure Hall
Hundreds of little white lanterns constitute a giant Christmas Tree at the Ortigas Center.