New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and if you plan to go to Thailand, then congratulations! This time of the year is the peak of the high season in Thailand meaning there are lots of people celebrating and partying everywhere from the Old City in Chiang Mai to the beaches in the south via the metropolitan of Bangkok. Below are some of the best places to ring in the new year in Thailand.
Bangkok – The Venice of the east
Bangkok is ranked among the best places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve. With its all year hot climate, the capital boasts lots of outdoor celebrations such as Asiatique Riverfront and Khao San Road. The Sky Bar at Lebua is another cool place probably hosting the world’s highest open-air New Year’s Eve party. The biggest countdown celebration takes place outside CentralWorld with over a hundred thousand people gathered. For those into clubbing, there’s no better place than Royal City Avenue (RCA).
Chiang Mai – The rose of the north
Chiang Mai in northern Thailand is one of the most popular NYE destinations in the country famous for the thousands of lanterns floating in the air released by visitors and locals gathered along the moat surrounding the old walled city. The Old City is the place to be with live music performances, hundreds of food stalls, and of course, fireworks at the famous Tha Phae Gate to welcome the new year.
Phuket – The pearl of the Andaman
If you would like to celebrate in style, Kata Rocks situated on a rocky hill overlooking Kata Beach offers a set of gourmet flavors from around the world accompanied by live DJs and spectacular fireworks (limited availability). If you’re more into a wild and crazy beach party, then Patong Beach is the place to be with a good selection of nightclubs adjacent to Bangla Road. And for those looking for a family-friendly evening, many hotels in Phuket are having special gala dinners with show and dance.
Pattaya – The sin city
Pattaya is globally known for its nightlife venues, but it’s also a beautiful coastal city just 150 km southeast of Bangkok taking the NYE seriously with the longest celebration in Thailand starting on Christmas Eve. There are huge beach concerts and lots of food stalls during the last week building up the atmosphere for the massive countdown celebration at Bali Hai Pier and Pattaya Beach Road.
No matter if you decide to celebrate the New Year’s Eve at some of the places listed above or in another destination like Krabi, Koh Samui, and Koh Phangan, you will have a blast! I would also like to take the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!