Thailand – the land of golden beaches, baby blue sands, and an endless stream of experiences. Although it is a great destination to visit any time of the year, if you want to experience the best that Thailand has to offer, just see it glitter and gleam on New Year’s Eve. This year, why not plan your NYE bash at this stunning island nation? New years in Thailand is a mix of beach parties, quiet sandbanks, bashful streets, and noisy markets – all of this coupled with its picturesque locales makes Thailand a destination worth all the hype.
We have rounded up a few amazing experiences for that perfect New Year Party 2020 in Thailand. Watch the ball drop signalling the end of this glorious year and yes, the decade! From quiet beaches to mad full moon parties, from shopping streets to all you can eat street food strolls; we have got the best of Thailand New Years Eve, right here. Choose, Plan, and Go!
- Central World Plaza, Siam
If you are in Thailand on New Year’s Eve, then a visit to the Central World Plaza is a must. Keep in mind, however, to come here before 11 PM as the place can get extremely crowded after this time. If there is a place in Thailand that knows how to keep a party going – it’s this! Artists play at the venue starting late afternoon and the whole place slowly fills up with revellers. It also has a stunning and colourful firework display that lasts for a whole 15 minutes!
- Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan
Haad Rin beach in Thailand is one of the most popular spots for bringing in New Year 2020. The Full Moon Party that takes place on the 31st of December lasts well into the wee hours of the 1st. So you can witness the first sunrise of the year, surrounded by joyful, happy, and enthusiastic party-goers. All that remains to do at this Full Moon New Year Party in Thailand is eat, drink, dance, and be merry.
- The Streets of Khao San
If crowded, loud, and grand celebrations are not quite your scene – you can always make your way to Khao San Street. Popular among backpackers, Khao San Street is always full of possibilities. From Street Dancing, live music, or even just ambling on the streets – Khao San Road offers a welcome respite from crowded beaches. It is here that you can witness the backpacker vibe of Thailand come alive.
- Chiang Mai Lantern Festival
A street, filled with locals, a celebration that is as overwhelming as it is offbeat, and a glittering night sky full of lanterns – sounds like your scene? Then head to the Chiang Mai Lantern Festival. At the Tha Phae Gate in Chiang Mai, thousands of locals gather each year to welcome the New Year with joy and cheer. Just as the clock is about to strike midnight, the ENTIRE street starts counting down the last 10 seconds. At zero – hundreds of floating lanterns are lit and let out into the sky, the locals scream with joy and mirth, and finally – the fireworks display begins, bringing an epic finale to a brilliant party!
- Walking Street in Pattaya
If being sloshed and enjoying bucket loads of fun is your idea of bringing in the new year eve, there is no better place than the walking street in Pattaya. Glittering bars, streets lined with fanfare and an endless river of alcohol keeping you on your toes, feet, and hands all night. What’s more? From the streets of Pattaya, you can just head to a beach and start a new year party or join one.
- NYE Cruise on Chao Phraya
Languid waters, exotic dinners and a celebration right on the Chao Phraya River. The New Year Cruise on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok is an experience to cherish. You can enjoy some stunning local Thai Food as you marvel the endless entertainment options. As the clock counts down to the last 10 seconds of the midnight, the whole cruise erupts in celebration. Make sure you book in advance though, as these get booked out really fast for the night of 31st of December.
- Rooftop Bars of Bangkok
The rooftop bars of Bangkok are for those classy revelries. From any one of these bars, you can enjoy a huge panoramic view of Bangkok City’s skyline. From firework displays to colourful river banks, from beaches to the celebrations on the street. While on the Bangkok rooftops, the whole city is at your feet. Enjoy some classy alcohol and food options as you marvel the view and mingle with the glitterati of the city. Sky Bar at Lebua is one of the best places to enjoy a night like this!
- Surin Beach
Undoubtedly among the best beaches of Thailand, Surin Beach is the place to be if you want to bring in the new year as the celebrities do. Walk into any of the clubs on Bangla street, mingle with locals, travellers, and backpackers alike and enjoy a night that you will never forget. Endlessly entertaining and fascinating, Surin Beach also has some lip-smacking barbecue right on the shores along with live music, lavish dinner spreads and a crowd that just knows how to live it up.
- Asiatique Street
For an offbeat experience, head to the night market at the Asiatique Riverfront. Starting at 5:00 PM on December 31st, the market lasts well into the night. It is not only studded with locals wares and food but also with some thumping entertainment and live music events. The countdown to the end of 2019 is displayed on the big screen and the street is littered with locals, celebrities, models and travellers shopping, drinking, eating, and enjoying a night around town.
- Loy Nava Dinner Cruise
The Loy Nava Dinner Cruise has a customised departure only on New Year’s Eve on 31st December at 10:15 PM. Cruising by luxuriously on the waters of the river while you enjoy a delectable spread of a 10-course Thai Dinner, a heady bottle of wine per couple, and live entertainment – all combine to provide you a night that is worth immortalising in pictures, videos, and even poetry! The boat party lasts until 2:30 AM in the morning but comes with the option of disembarks at regular intervals.