Thailand, December 24, 2004. (Photo: Gregory Batardon)
Thailand, December 24, 2004. (Photo: Gregory Batardon)

Christmas ... same same, but different

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Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation of an article originally written in French. I apologise for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have resulted. If you read French, click on the French flag below to access the original, correct text: 

A seasonal image... Well, almost. Christmas in Thailand, it looks like, but it is not the same. The snow is fake and there are mangoes and pineapples at the foot of the tree. Same same, but different!

Thailand, December 24, 2004. (Photo: Gregory Batardon)
Thailand, December 24, 2004. (Photo: Gregory Batardon)

Come on, I confess: I'm in Rennes, and not at all consulting the X'Mas Menu in tropical latitudes. This picture is not mine (thanks Greg) and was taken in December 2004 (yes, two days before the tsunami of sad memory). I can't believe it's been four years already.

As for me, I never spent the holidays in the sun. But I'm going to make up for it in the next few weeks... I'll tell you more in a future post.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas to all!

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  1. By the way, I've already read the title of this note 😉
    I've never done Christmas in the tropics, but it must be really nice.
    Happy Holidays !

  2. I happened to spend Christmas and New Year's Day in much warmer latitudes ... and I didn't regret it! Maybe I should have done it again 😉 This will be for a bit later ... probably without photo (not possible to find the box 😥 ) If I don't see your next post, we'll post stuff from there lol Happy holidays to you too.

  3. Denis: Yes, isn't it? There's like an air of "déjà heard somewhere" in that title!!! Happy holidays to you too 🙂

    Alimata: No, Christmas in the tropics is not Christmas!!!! Na! (Maybe I'll change my mind the day I do!!!) 😉

    Martial: Very good holidays too Martial, and good start! Enjoy it ... 8)

  4. This is my 4th Christmas in a row in the tropics and you get used to it... It's just another big holiday in the year, the only thing that changes is the weather and also the spiritual aspect which isn't there, but that said, I don't have great memories of the spiritual aspect of Christmas in France. Other than that, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you... 🙂

  5. Thank you, PhilippeB, for these "live-live" tropical greetings... If only for the temperature, many of us would enjoy the holidays in these latitudes!

  6. The spiritual aspect may be there, but it's perhaps less obvious.

    I love Christmas in the tropics. If only because we keep the conviviality, putting aside all the commercialism exacerbated in our colder latitudes. And frankly, diving or strolling along a beach on Christmas day and the day after, listening to Christmas carols under palm trees, admiring fireworks over a lagoon on New Year's Eve - it's a total change of scenery!

    Happy holidays Corinne, and especially a very beautiful year full of travels!

  7. Thank you Marie-Ange! It's been a busy end to the year for me, as I worked pretty much non-stop over the holidays, but now it's here... 2009 is starting and I've got a lot of travelling to do!

    The truth is, I'd love to one day have the opportunity to spend Christmas in the Tropics. Everything you say about it suits me just fine!!!!

    I wish you a happy new year 2009, serene and rich in happy surprises.

  8. Clearly agree with Alimata... I'd miss Christmas without "Mellyy Chlissmass" 😀 and so would "Happee New yealll". 😆

    For this year on Koh Lipe, just opposite Langkawi but on the Thai side. Yes, the tsunami is already 4 years old... but the Thai lanterns are still flying off all the Andaman beaches on the night of December 26.

    Best wishes of travel for 2009.

  9. Happee New Yeallll, Ludo alias Wet&Sea !!! 😆

    Koh Lipe... Well, well, how funny 😀

    Your travel wishes for my upcoming departure to Thailand (end of February) couldn't have come at a better time. I'm planning to drag my flip-flops and wet my flippers in the area.

  10. Petaskaia and Blaironov, not to mention their cousins Bidochonovitch, are everywhere. I've already seen them in action in other places, alas. But I'm going to Koh Lipe anyway, before it gets any worse.

    Decidedly, you read my mind: hey, hey, I know there's also Koh Bulon and Koh Mook nearby, and other nice little islands... It's kind of part of my plans, too, if I manage to fit it all in during the stay, plus a live-aboard at the Similan.

    I'd already spotted Ocean Pro Divers, as well as Forra Diving. But I have a feeling I'll be sending you a private e-mail, just to glean some fresh info...

  11. Koh Lipe, yes !!!

    Unfortunately, it's no longer the destination that trusted travellers used to whisper about by word of mouth. The capital of the Bangkok dragons has dirtied up the Chao Lé villages a bit. Petaskaia's blinged-out Chanel bathing suits and her companion Blaironov's purplish, pepper-vodka complexion now stand out against the alabaster sand of Sunrise beach, which is beginning to look too much like Phiphi.

    Then go diving at Ocean pro divers with Dave from Canada and Yan from Savoie. You'll never tire of the ghostpipefish that haunt the smallest caches between the alcyoniums of Koh Yang or Stonehenge, and with a bit of luck, the mantas that Yan told me about will still be flying over 8 mile reef.

    The grouper grilled with garlic and lemon sauce at family restaurant in Pattaya Beach will remain as famous as its sunset above the longtails.

    Anyway, according to Dave, the authenticity is now to be found on Koh Bulon or Koh Mook... but not the diving.

  12. Happy New Year too, Ceucidit!

    This story about a submersible SLR is astonishing. There are a few things that bother me: all the specifications given were given "orally", according to the author of the article: he's got a pretty good memory, coming out of a James Bond-style splash, to remember all that and give it to us in writing.

    And he collects these features, live on the boat, but with no mention of the builder? It also seems a little weird. Either we give you the information, or we do not give it to you.

    As for the release date of the aforementioned device, I'm equally pensive, given that it's... April 1, 2009.

    So, April Fools' Day hoax or not?
    Or a real manufacturer's project with a teasing operation?

    Basically, the easiest thing would be to contact photographer Amar Guillen, the author of the article, to find out for sure. I won't have too much time to look into it these days. But to be continued...

    PS. On, the question "hoax or not?" is already being asked: