There are many attractive places in Bangkok to visit, and to save you from the troubles of having to decide where to go, here is a list of the best places you should go to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Bangkok. Pick one of the places in this list and see how people in Bangkok celebrate and spend the last day of the year!
Asiatique is one of the most popular places to ring in the New Year in Bangkok. At 5pm, the New Year’s Eve countdown at Asiatique will be broadcasted on national TV, so expect a ritzy glitzy affair along with it. The best way to get there is via boat from Saphan Taksin Pier (near the BTS of the same name).
The night market will be buzzing, expect live music and Thai celebrity appearances, as well as fireworks when the clock strikes 12. Many of Asiatique's restaurants will be hosting special suppers, it is worth booking ahead to make sure you get a table. If you do not manage to get a table, never fear, as there are plenty of food stalls and bars to keep you fed and watered.
Khao San Road
If a crowded street party with folks from all over the world gets you excited, Khao San Road is just for you! ‘The center of the backpacking universe’ is an ideal spot for New Year’s Eve, as all the shops, bars, clubs are open late into the night to celebrate the passing of the final day of the year, and welcome the first light of the new year.
Parties are held in practically every shop within Khao San Road which is one of the reasons a lot of backpackers visit Thailand around the end of the year. The festive atmosphere with blasting music and partying is surely one of the best ways to spend the last day of the year.
Bangkok Rooftop Venues
Rooftop bars and restaurants in Bangkok are pretty magical on any night of the year but when it's New Year’s Eve, they add an extra dose of sparkle to their lofty surroundings. New rooftops open almost every year in the city, and as competition increases, the events become more impressive.
Lebua often does a New York-inspired ball drop, and lavish 7-course dinners are usually offered at Lebua’s Sirocco bar, Vertigo at Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel, and many others. Standard end-of-the-year celebrations will include plenty of bubbly, excellent food, and quality entertainment. Pick a top rooftop bar out of the many in Bangkok to enjoy fantastic views of the fireworks.
Chao Phraya River Cruising
For revelers who would rather float through the midnight hour than standstill, a Chao Phraya River tour is the ultimate way to ring in the New Year. Guests step onboard barges and set off on the River of Kings feeling like royalty, too. Numerous resources sort out these grand experiences, so if one happens to be booked, there are others from which to choose.
Champagne, cocktails, gourmet dining and white-glove service are the order of the night as beautifully-dressed revelers glide past sites that include Wat Arun, the Rama VIII Bridge and the Grand Palace while listening to live music. Once midnight approaches, fireworks are the true stars of the night during what tourists often call a “once in a lifetime” way to usher in a new year.
A vibrant street countdown party happens every year outside Central World shopping mall. Find a good spot near the junction where you can enjoy fireworks and cheery crowds that will have gathered here from the early evening, with over 100,000 people expected. In front of the mall, there will usually be a beer garden, snack stalls, and live entertainment like DJs and bands.
To really fit in, find one of the sellers who will be touting their flashing headbands and sparkly date sunglasses. Getting there and back is extremely easy as the BTS Skytrain runs past midnight on New Year’s Eve.