Thailand, the Land of Smiles, is said to be one of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve. Although Bangkok seems to have all the hype with all the parties going on in its many districts, particularly the backpacker universe known as Khao San Road, there is more than one way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Thailand. Let us show you how by reading about the best places to spend New Year’s Eve in Thailand.
BANGKOK SKY BARS, STREET PARTIES, NIGHT BAZAARS & RIVER CRUISES
The party never stops in Bangkok, but this big city knows how to make it extra special with its booze, glam, and fireworks. You can go straight to Khao San Road and Rambuttri and follow the crowd or you can get for a special rooftop bar experience and see the twinkling lights of Bangkok with a Cava in hand. The best sky bars in Bangkok are Sky Bar Rooftop at Lebua (from Hangover II), Above Eleven, and Three Sixty. You can also hit the spectacular night bazaar, Asiatique. With its range of international culinary delights and view of the Chao Phraya River, it will be a great spot for the countdown to the end of the year. And, if you have got the cash to spare, you can also join a cruise along the River Chao Phraya while enjoying a buffet and a live band.
LANTERN FESTIVAL IN CHIANG MAI
New Year’s Eve up north in Chiang Mai gives a calmer vibe. Here, you can take some time reflecting on what you would like from your next year as you light the candle in your paper lantern and let it float up into the night sky. Before or after the lantern ritual, you can catch up with fellow travelers near the north gate of Chiang Mai while having a good spread of grub, booze, and live music.
THE WALKING STREET IN PATTAYA
If you find yourself stuck in Pattaya for New Year’s Eve, make your way through its walking street for a bit of pub and bar crawl until the end of the year. Once the New Year unfolds, you can rest your hungover head on one of the hammocks by the beach.
PARTY @ SURIN BEACH IN PHUKET
In Phuket, Bangla Beach is the popular, party beach and it will be revved up during New Year’s Eve. But, if you are looking for something different, the usually quiet Surin Beach is transformed into the best location for New Year’s Eve bash with its beach barbecues, live entertainment, gala dinners, and fireworks. This is where Paris Hilton parties one New Year’s Eve.
FULL MOON PARTY IN KOH PHANGAN
This is the place to go if you are looking for a wild New Year’s Eve, where you will party until the sun rises painted in neon with thousands of people to party with. Just make sure you book in advance as Haad Rin does get pretty crowded during the holidays. It’s a good sign that this is where the party is at.
BEACH PARTY IN KOH SAMUI
If the Full Moon Party area is too crowded and fully booked, you can always party on its sister island, Koh Samui. Head to the biggest NYE party on the island on Chaweng Beach or Nikki Beach and dance until the sun comes up. And, if you really want to head to the Full Moon Party, you can always book your accommodation here and hop on a ferry to get to Koh Phangan. You might have to wait til daybreak to get back, but on NYE that is easily done.
HIPPIE PARTY ON KOH LANTA ISLAND
So, it’s not a well-traveled space, but if you are looking for something fun but not too rowdy for New Year’s Eve, then this is the place to go. With live bands and DJs, you won’t be missing the NYE celebration. And, you would definitely not be missing the rough crowd on your dance floor. The next day, you can spend the first day of your new year checking out the seascape and underwater life of Koh Lanta Island. If your New Year’s resolution is to get a PADI, then you are in the right place.
WHERE WILL YOU BE THIS NYE?
It’s fun to party with fellow travelers and digital nomads. Let us know where in Thailand you’ll be partying this NYE and arrange a meet up.