How to spend New Year’s Eve in Thailand

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Thailand New Year’s Eve holidays are a once in a lifetime opportunity that you simply cannot miss. Here are our top picks for the best ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Thailand.

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Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai

Thailand’s northern capital has always been a hotspot for festivals and holidays, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. For one, New Year’s Eve celebrations are oftentimes rowdy and can get out of hand, especially in a big city like Bangkok. While Chiang Mai is still a large city, it manages to keep a small town vibe while hosting some of the best celebrations in the country, one of the most notable being the candle-lit lantern ceremony. Thais and foreigners alike gather with a range of different paper lanterns around the city before letting them go into the dark night sky.

Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai (via blogger)

The Rooftops of Bangkok

There is something magical about feeling as though you are on top of the world at one of Bangkok’s many rooftop bars. Bring in the new year while looking over one of the most visited and intimidating cities in the world. The twinkling skyline seems to go on forever at such great heights, and depending on where rooftop-goers find themselves in the city, they will see a range of different top attractions and monuments. For example, those who find themselves at Sky Bar Rooftop at Lebua, made famous by the film The Hangover II, will have a stunning view of the Chao Phraya River. Other rooftop bars in Bangkok with some of the best views include Banyan Tree, Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar, Above Eleven and Three Sixty.

Sky Bar Rooftop at Lebua (via No Destinations)

Walking Street in Pattaya

Those looking to celebrate with a few alcoholic beverages in tow should make their way to Walking Street in Pattaya, one of the seedier areas in the Land of Smiles. Busting out your most luxurious New Year’s Eve dress might be avoided for this particular destination, as things can get a bit rowdy on this one kilometer stretch of road. To walk its entirety only takes about ten minutes, but Walking Street is sure to keep club-goers and partiers entertained until the clock strikes midnight (and long afterward). As January 1 rolls around, hungover patrons can make their way to one of the many beaches found in Pattaya and try to enjoy the Gulf of Thailand, regardless of the new year hangover settling in.

Pattaya Walking Street (via Bangkok)

Surin Beach in Phuket

Phuket has long been a contender for one of the best party cities in Thailand. Bangla Road has continued to please foreigners and Thais alike with its pulsing club scene and close proximity to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. That being said, our favorite New Year’s Eve destination in Phuket would have to be Surin Beach. This particular stretch of sand has even been visited by the one and only Paris Hilton for previous New Year’s Eve bashes. In addition to Surin Beach, the entire island is essentially transformed into a party haven this particular evening, with fireworks, beach barbecues, live entertainment and exclusive gala dinners.

Surin Beach (via hotelroomsearch.net)

On The Chao Phraya River

While many rooftops bars in the City of Angels will provide visitors with stunning views of the Chao Phraya River, there is no better way to experience the artery of Bangkok than on it. Whether you visit one of the many delicious restaurants that line its murky waters or splurge on a river cruise with a buffet and live band to boot, spending New Year’s Eve on the Chao Phraya River is both relaxing and romantic. Many restaurants lining the river will also have exclusive dinners to celebrate, for example, the Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside which will be having an international seafood barbecue buffet, wine and lucky draw prizes.

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