Thailand 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 Street Parties & 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. 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.
Chiang Mai’s Lantern Fest
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 travellers near the north gate of Chiang Mai while having a good spread of grub, booze, and live music.
Walking Street of 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 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.
Koh Samui’s Beach Party
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 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 until daybreak to get back, but on NYE that is easily done.