There are numerous ways to ring in the new year in Thailand, and it doesn’t matter if you want to do it with the sand between your toes or after drinking too much alcohol. The following is a list of our top recommendations for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Thailand.
Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai
The celebration of New Year’s Eve in Thailand’s northern capital, which has long been known as a hub for festivals and celebrations, continues this tradition. For one thing, New Year’s Eve celebrations are typically rowdy and can quickly spiral out of control, especially in a large metropolis such as Bangkok. Even though it is still considered a large city, Chiang Mai has been able to keep its small-town atmosphere while also being the site of some of the most impressive and well-known celebrations in the entire country. The illuminated lantern ceremony is among the most well-known of these events. Gatherings of Thais and visitors from other countries take place around the city to release paper lanterns into the night sky. The lanterns take on a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours.
Those in search of live music and pleasant company can find both at Chiang Mai’s North Gate, which is a popular gathering spot. This neighborhood is packed with restaurants that serve cuisine from all over the world. It also features a number of bars and even a nightclub called Spicy, which has one of the latter opening hours in the entire city.
The Rooftops of Bangkok
Something is enchanting about having the experience of being on top of the world at one of the many rooftop bars that Bangkok has to offer. As the new year begins, you will get the opportunity to explore one of the cities that are both the most visited and the most terrifying in the world. When viewed from such great heights, the cityscape sparkles as if it will never stop, and visitors to the rooftops of the city will be able to observe a broad array of attractions and monuments depending on where in the city they are located. For instance, guests at the Sky Bar Rooftop in Lebua, which gained notoriety after being featured in the film The Hangover II, will have a stunning view of the Chao Phraya River. Banyan Tree, Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar, Above Eleven, and Three Sixty are some of the other rooftop bars in Bangkok that offer some of the city’s most breathtaking vistas.
Those who are searching for a laid-back activity to do to ring in the new year will find that this night bazaar and retail area is the ideal location. At Asiatique, you’ll find something for everyone in your party, from a plethora of open-air stores to restaurants serving Thai and other cuisines from around the world. Since the market is situated along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, it provides a picturesque backdrop against which to count down the remaining seconds until 2017.
Walking Street in Pattaya
Walking Street in Pattaya is one of the seediest neighborhoods in the Land of Smiles, so travelers who want to celebrate with some booze in tow should travel there instead of other parts of Pattaya. Since this specific venue is located on a length of road that is exactly one kilometer long, you may want to rethink wearing your most elegant New Year’s Eve dress while you’re there because the road can get quite noisy. Walking Street is likely to keep visitors and travelers amused until midnight, even though the entire trek only takes approximately ten minutes (and long after). Guests who are still suffering from a hangover as the new year approaches might try to make the most of their situation by going to one of Pattaya’s many beaches and taking in the sights and sounds of the Gulf of Thailand.
Khao San Road in Bangkok
Those who want to ring in the new year like bona fide lunatics can make their way to the notorious Khao San Road in Bangkok. The swarms of tourists who make their way here haphazardly give this stretch of open-air clubs and pubs a poor reputation, which is why many people have a negative opinion of it. This unique evening, on the other hand, gives travelers plenty of opportunities to participate in some of the New Year’s Eve rites of passage, such as consuming scorpions, drinking an excessive number of buckets full of booze, and partying the night away at a club. That is the best thing that could ever happen!
On the Chao Phraya River
There are a number of rooftop bars in the City of Angels that will provide tourists with breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya River; nevertheless, there is no better way to see the heart of Bangkok than by coming here. Whether you choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve on the Chao Phraya River by visiting one of the numerous delectable eateries that line its murky waters or by splurging on a river cruise complete with a buffet and a live band, the experience is both soothing and romantic. In addition, many of the restaurants that line the river will be hosting special meals in honor of the occasion. One such restaurant is the Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside, which will host an international buffet featuring grilled seafood, wine, and prizes for a raffle.
Southern Beach and Phuket
Phuket has, for a very long time, been considered a leading candidate for the title of one of the top party cities in Thailand. Because of its pulsating club scene and close proximity to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Bangla Road continues to be a popular destination with tourists from other countries as well as Thais. After considering all of this, we have decided that Surin Beach is the best place for us to spend New Year’s Eve in Phuket. This specific stretch of beach has even hosted New Year’s Eve celebrations in the past that were attended by the one and only Paris Hilton. On this specific night, in addition to Surin Beach, the entire island is practically turned into a party haven, complete with fireworks, beach barbecues, live entertainment, and private gala dinners.
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