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Best Places to Go to See in the New Year in Thailand

Thailand has many great places you can go during the New Year’s Eve. Most of these places are within the cities such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

This is a guide on the best Thailand destinations for your New Year’s Eve parties.


Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is one of the most popular destinations for expats traveling to Thailand. This city offers various options for anybody keen on ushering in the New Year in style.

Chiang Mai’s own Ping River offers a lot of excitement through great restaurants that offer a broad selection of dishes. This location also hosts many great and lively parties that rival even those available in Bangkok.

Chiang Mai also hosts public New Year’s Eve events such as those found in Bangkok’s Khao San Road and Central World.

The parties in places such as Tha Pace Gate have drinks, food, great live performances, fantastic fireworks, and launching of lanterns to mark the birth of a new year.


Ko Phangan

Ko Phangan hosts a New Year’s Eve party like no other. The parties held in this exquisite location are legendary.

Throughout the year, Ko Phangan has numerous high-class parties, but on the New Year’s Eve, the party scene takes on a completely new dimension with the Full Moon Party.

Thousands upon thousands of fun lovers congregate on the beach to dance, drink, eat, and make merry until the New Year arrives.



Of course, Thailand’s top entertainment capital, Bangkok, hosts the best of the best when it comes to New Year’s Eve parties.

Some of the locations to visit within Bangkok as you wave goodbye to the current year and usher in the next one include Chao Phraya River, Khao San Road, and Central World Plaza.

Chao Phraya River hosts numerous dinner cruises designed especially for the New Year celebrations. During the cruises, you can enjoy a broad selection of the most popular

Thai dishes and listen to lively music with friends or family. Many of these river cruises are designed to culminate in a breathtaking fireworks show just before the New Year begins.

Be warned though, the dinner cruises end a short while after midnight.

So, if you are looking for a nightlong celebration, you have to have other plans or choose from party alternatives that allow you to celebrate until the sun comes up in the morning.

The Khao San Road is a must-see for most visitors to Thailand, specifically Bangkok.

Usually, this street offers a unique and diverse experience of Bangkok city life through its shopping, restaurants, entertainment spots, and so forth.

However, during the New Year’s Eve, the hustle and bustle comes to a standstill as partygoers dance, drink, and watch live performances held right in the streets of this popular Thai destination.

The Central World Plaza is also a great destination for a New Year’s Eve celebration within Bangkok.

The location is usually a top shopping destination, but during the New Year’s Eve, thousands of people from within the city come here to watch live shows and enjoy the infectious festive mood that engulfs Thailand during this festive season.



Clearly, Bangkok offers most of the top locations for celebrating the New Year while in Thailand. However, Chiang Mai and Ko Phangan also offer great destinations for people looking to close the year in style.

Within these top places, you can enjoy great food, drinks, partying, dancing, live performances, and great firework shows.

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