The festive season is fast approaching and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably already planning a way to have the most wow-worthy Christmas to remember. Bangkok is one of the best cities to fully soak up in the seasonal spirit, thanks to a vast repertoire of festive activities — just without the cold.

Really getting us in the full swing of this jolly time, ‘tis the season to be at the Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse, as the venue is going full force. They’re decking their halls with not just lights, but a lineup of high-spirited festive activities and promotions, too.

In the run-up to their exhilarating ‘A Night In Old Shanghai’ countdown party at Yào Rooftop Bar, guests can partake in other gourmet promotions at Praya Kitchen, the Lobby Lounge and Yào Restaurant. There’s going to be fun-filled events like lucky draws, movie nights, and face painting for kids, as well as DIY cocktails, live music performances, and, of course, the not-to-be-missed Christmas tree decorating.

Scroll down to see all their festive plans and get ready to indulge in this merry season at the Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse to the fullest.

The Lobby Lounge 

When: From 1 December 2019 to 1 January 2020
Price: THB 750++ for two persons

For a stellar hors d’oeuvre to an extravagant New Year celebration, tuck into the comfort of festive afternoon tea delicacies at The Lobby Lounge. It features savoury and sweet treats like Thai-inspired pastries, scones, and sandwiches, along with coffee, tea, and a choice of sparkling wine.
For parents with little ones, Kids’ Movie Nights are taking place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, starting from 13-29 December, and Cooking Classes (THB 988++ per person) from 21-29 December.

Praya Kitchen

For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
When: 24-25 December
Price: THB 788++ for buffet lunch and THB 1,588++ for buffet dinner on 24 December; THB 988++ for buffet lunch and THB 1,588++ for buffet dinner on 25 December

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day require something of excellence to set the festive mood and tone for the new year to come. Take a stroll back down the road of your childhood through Praya Kitchen’s signature age-old, regional Thai dishes, along with a buffet station showcasing Thai street food, seafood, and international fare. What makes it special and seriously scrumptious is the addition of Christmas classics like honey-glazed ham, roast turkey, and kid’s corner where Santa awaits.

For New Year Eve
When: 31 December
Price: THB 988++ for buffet lunch and THB 1,888++ for buffet dinner

Combine everything we stated above and multiply by ten the deliciousness factor with a New Year Eve special Surf and Turf at Praya Kitchen. Following on from the deliciousness of the Christmas menus, here you’ll find an addition of pristine sea and freshwater seafood including crustaceans and shellfish, as well as prime cuts of steak.

For New Year’s Day
When: 1 January
Price: THB 650++ for Super Breakfast and THB 1,888++ for dinner

If your idea of starting the year on the best note includes a selection of drool-inducing breakfast fare, by all means, head to Praya Kitchen for the stellar Super Breakfast. It brims with Thai breakfast staples – think delicious congee, and sticky rice and grilled pork – as well as American-style morning meals like pancakes, waffles, artisan breads, and egg dishes.

Those who like to sleep in and stock up on energy on New Year’s Day, there’s also an all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner option at Praya Kitchen available.

Yào Restaurant

Festive Menu
When: 21 December 2019 to 5 January 2020
Price: THB 1,288++ inclusive of tea

Prep your chopsticks: we are going for the all-you-can-eat dim sum session at Yào Restaurant. Their haute-cuisine takes on dim sum that truly proves their serious expertise in Chinese fare, as evident in the Foie Gras & Shrimp Dumplings and Crispy Fried Crab Roll that is sure to wow your palate. With a cityscape admirable from their floor-to-ceiling windows, the festive dinner experience within an old Shanghai-themed setting is sure to be as succulent as it is Instagrammable.

For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
When: 24-25 December
Price: THB 1,888++ to THB 5,888++ for set menus

For two days only, the festive three-course set menu specially curated by the skilful Chinese chef at Yào will beat your usual festive dinner with real-deal tastiness crafted from nutrient-rich Chinese ingredients.

For New Year Eve
When: 31 December
Price: THB 3,888++ to THB 8,888++ for set menus

What’s a better way to celebrate New Year Eve if not with 96-hours braised fish maw soup, caramel-skinned suckling pig, and freshly grilled oysters? If what you’re after is a feast of sophistication, the New Year Eve set menus at Yào Restaurant should be your next move.

For New Year’s Day
When: 1 January
Price: THB 3,888++ to THB 8,888++ for set menus

Gorging on time-tested Chinese cuisine in a flamboyant yet traditional Chinese ambiance is probably one of the best ways to start 2020. Let the chef surprise you with set menus laden with their latest New Year culinary creations.

Yào Rooftop Bar

For New Year Eve

When: 31 December

There’s no need to break the bank flying off to see the Times Square Ball Drop or Rio’s extravagant firework show when you can witness the wonderful burst of colours from Yào Rooftop Bar on New Year Eve. Join their ‘A Night In Old Shanghai’ countdown party, featuring live music and DJ performances accompanied by special festive cocktails spiked with warm spices. At the stroke of midnight, immerse yourself fully into the magic of Bangkok’s firework shows taking place at different locations across town, all visible from the rooftop location. Here’s the best way to add a dash of colour to mark the most memorable beginning to 2020.

Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse, 262 Surawong Road, Si Phraya, Bangrak, Bangkok, +662 088 5666.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.