If you love fruits, Sri Lanka is a fabulous country. I made this video on a visit there. Be sure to see me drinking a coconut.
And click here for my experiences with coconuts in Thailand.
People from all over the world, but especially from Northern European and Northern Asian countries - Russia, England, Sweden, China and Japan - flock to the subtropics to escape the harsh winters in their countries. From early Dec. through March is the most ideal weather in Thailand - a lovely 75-80 degrees every day. So to make tourists happy and to encourage shopping and make things fun for Thais, the commercial and secular sides of Christmas are on full display. Lights are strung up. Beautiful Christmas trees and lavish decorations are in hotel lobbies and mega-malls. And big hotels and restaurants are known for their festive feasts. December 25th is not a day off for Thais. Even I had to work on Christmas when I was there!! However, that doesn't mean there aren't actual Christians in Thailand. There's a sizeable Chinese Catholic community in Bangkok. Thailand, though, is 95% Buddhist, and Islam comes in second.
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The town is Cha-Am, a couple of hours south of Bangkok - incidentally, a place where we loved to visit on weekends. A lady selling som tam (green papaya salad) and grilled chicken on beach road, right out front of a 7-11, won me over with food and service. So, you've got the beach.