Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Thailand

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.

A Visit to the Sunday Night Market in Chiang Mai

Something that is always mentioned as a must-do when reading about Chiang Mai is the Sunday Walking Street market (or just Sunday night market), and I can definitely see why. Stalls are lined up 1 km along Ratchadamnoen Road in the center of the old walled city with music and dance shows. Starting from 16:00 till midnight, Ratchadamnoen Road is always closed to traffic while the market is open.

17 Pictures from Chiang Mai’s Old City

The old city of Chiang Mai is a rectangular-shaped area of 3.6 km² with ancient ruins of a wall and a moat surrounding the wall as further protection from invaders. The fortification was built in 1296 when King Mengrai established Chiang Mai as the capital of Lanna Kingdom. It’s one of Chiang Mai’s main attraction and a must-see, but also a great place to stay when visiting Chiang Mai. Below are some pictures from when we took a lap around the city.

Mae Sa Waterfall in Chiang Mai

We didn’t plan to visit Mae Sa Waterfall on our trip to Chiang Mai; we just happened to pass it on our way to Baan Tong Luang (Long-Neck village), so we decided to stop and take a look. It’s not one of those large spectacular waterfalls, but it’s still impressive spanning 1,500 meters over ten levels. Since this was not part of our plan we didn’t hike all the way up to level 10, but we did four, five levels, and it was a nice little walk. If you decide to come here, don’t forget to bring your swimming clothes as each waterfall forms a plunge pool.

Doi Suthep Temple – the Most Sacred Place in Chiang Mai

Situated at the top of a hill at 1,000 meters above sea level in the mountain mass of Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the most important temples in northern Thailand. From the parking, visitors can reach the hilltop via either a funicular railway or a 306-step naga staircase (we took the funicular up and walked the stairs down). Once up, it’s not only the temple that impresses; the city view of Chiang Mai is magnificent! The original founding of the temple remains a legend but is believed to have been founded in 1383.

Our Stay at Baan Mon Muan Resort in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai

Baan Mon Muan is a resort with ten super cozy houses built in traditional Lanna-style situated next to a vegetable farm 1,250 meters up the mountain in Mae Rim just north of Chiang Mai. It’s such a peaceful atmosphere up here with a wonderful staff who will make every effort to fulfill your requests. The mountain view is fantastic and even if you don’t plan to stay here when in Chiang Mai, I recommend coming here to try out their restaurant with high-quality food.

Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s Highest Mountain, and the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail

Doi Inthanon National Park two hours southwest of downtown Chiang Mai is part of the Himalayan mountain range with Doi Inthanon as the highest mountain in Thailand peaking at 2,565 meters above sea level. You can drive all the way up to the summit passing several attractions including Wachirathan Waterfall, The Royal Twin Pagodas, and the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail. We decided to do the trail first when we had the most energy.