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    December is almost here and that’s when new year parties will knock on our doors. If you have a decent budget set out, how about planning a new year party in Thailand this time?

    Besides the happening nightlife and club parties, open air new year celebrations in Thailand are spectacular and loads of fun. Many street parties are annual rituals and promise sheer madness, each time without fail. They bring together beach fun with kick-ass music, entertaining live performances, and much more. New year celebrations at popular nightclubs are equally fun. Starting with open air parties, here’s all you need to know to pick the best new year party in Thailand.

    1. The Bangkok Countdown

    Ferociously beautiful fireworks during New Year celebration in Thailand

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    Ranked as the 7th best place to celebrate new year’s eve in the world, the Bangkok Countdown is the best new year party in Thailand. The decade-old legend celebrates with live worldwide broadcasts, high-energy concerts, magical fireworks, and pyro artworks. To top it, this party has never failed to amaze the revelers. There might not be a better reason to visit the Land of Smiles than the celebrations of New Year in Bangkok.

    Watch this video to know what kind of fun and frenzy you can expect this New year in Bangkok!

    Timings: Expect it to start around 6:30 and go on till after midnight.

    Venue: Central World

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    2. Full Moon Party, Ko Phangan

    Check the website for details and schedule.

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    3. Street Party at Khao San Road, Bangkok

    A street party on Khao San Road, Bangkok during new year celebration in Thailand

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    Whatever the occasion, Khao San Road doesn’t disappoint party people who come over to spend New Year in Bangkok. There’s live music, street dancing, drinks, and a lot to do to make sure the new year is welcomed in the best spirit. Here, the celebration involves meeting young strangers from all over the world and partying till the sun appears. Brimming with backpackers, street bars, and restaurants – this is your to-be-place if a crowd doesn’t bother you.

    In case you are looking for slightly peaceful celebrations, head to Sanam Luang, the Royal Plaza nearby. Here people celebrate with prayers and releasing colorful hot air lanterns into the sky.

    The street party at Khao San Road is most happening during 8 pm and 1:30 am.

    4. Lanterns and Lights at Chiang Mai Road

    The Lanterns and Lights event in Chiang Mai on new year’s eve is the calmer and more beautiful version of Bangkok’s Central World Lantern festival. Ground Zero – the area around Tha Pae Gate hosts live music performances and a long loud display of fireworks as the new year breaks at night. Thousands of lanterns are released into the sky to welcome the new year. This is definitely one of the favorite places to be at for new year party in Thailand. In fact, rumour has it that this year’s Lanterns and Lights Festival is going to be bigger and brighter than that of New Year’s Eve in Thailand 2017.

    If you want to switch to party mode, head to pubs like Monkey Club and Fabrique at Chiang Mai Road.

    5. Riverside Music Madness at Chiang Mai

    The countdown music fest at Chiang Mai organises one of the most musical new year celebration in Thailand

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    Unlike the large Chao Phraya river, banks of Ping river are less crowded. They have a less chaotic party place that still brings outstanding music performances, especially around new year party in Thailand. During this period, party places along the eastern bank of the river host solo gigs, bands, fusion and more. The stretch also has some brilliant restaurants and bars for serene dining along with light music for entertainment. If that’s your style, new year’s eve celebration at Chiang Mai is not to be missed.

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    6. Celebrations at Loy Nava River Cruise

    An illuminated Loy Nava River on the eve of new year celebration in Thailand

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    Open air new year parties are not the only highlight in Thailand. If you are looking at a romantic escapade with your partner, Loya Nava river cruise ensures a ball. Cruising on the historic Tasaneeya Nava teakwood rice barge on the Chao Phraya River is an experience for life.

    A candlelit dinner under the twinkling stars and artificial lights, and the floral atmosphere by the river take care of all that is needed for a romantic new year date during new year celebrations in Thailand. Add a superb ten course Thai traditional dinner and superlative service to this; you won’t forget the magical date night ever.

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    7. Rooftop Extravaganza

    The mesmerising view of the skyline from a rooftop in Thailand during new year’s celebration

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    If you are not able to make to the street parties, try joining the revellers at some rooftop restaurant or a sky bar. Plan and book a lavish dinner with your soul-mate at one of Thailand’s famous rooftop bars and cafes. You could head to Lebua, or Sirocco & Sky Bar for an awesome view of the celebrations while judging the culinary standards of Thailand.

    8. New Year Gigs and Resort Galas

    A rooftop restaurant in Thailand during new year celebrations

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    Besides the famous open air celebrations, Thailand’s nightclubs are also buzzing with special DJ nights. After all, music, drinks, and a dance floor are sure shot ways to a grand new year party in Thailand.

    New Year’s special gig schedule, along with complete all night party packages, is rolled out by luxury clubs and resorts after 15 December. Like, bookings are already open for the new year bash at Centara Grand, Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok. The midnight party will be organized at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar, Blue Sky.

    9. Entertainment & BBQ On Surin Beach, Phuket

    Entertainment & BBQ On Surin Beach, Phuket

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    One of the peppiest ways to ring in New Year’s in Thailand 2018 is to get down to Surin Beach on New Year Eve for the biggest beach bash in Phuket. Phuket has long been called one of the best party cities in Thailand, and with good reason! The pulsing club scene in Bangla Road close to Surin, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, add to the already hip aura of partying here on the last day of the year.

    Since Paris Hilton partied here two years ago, this pretty stretch of sand has witnessed the most fun New Year’s Eve bashes wherein the entire island is essentially transformed into a party haven with fireworks, beach barbecues, live entertainment, exclusive gala dinners, and more booze than you can say yes to!

    So, for all those wondering where to spend New Year’s eve in Thailand, Surin is the answer! Set in the party mood and revel in this rare chance to really enjoy life without limits!

    10. The Boozy Lanes Of Pattaya’s Walking Street

    The Boozy Lanes Of Pattaya’s Walking Street

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    The Walking Street in Pattaya, a kilometer long bucket of fun, food, and frenzy, turns into an unrecognisable spectacle during New Year’s Eve in Thailand. With the innumerable bars lining the streets, there’s an unending stock of liquor coming your way that is sure to keep you hooked all night. It’s the best place in Pattaya to yourself entertained until the clock strikes 12 (and even afterward!) before heading down to one of the many beaches in Pattaya to join an impromptu beach party for the NYE countdown with, well, more booze!

    Also, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is gearing up for a gala just like on New year’s eve in Thailand 2017. The bash then featured an elaborate and fabulous menu along with a beautiful band performance for all its guests. For similar offers and packages, stay tuned to Thailand resorts like Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa Phuket, Baan Laimai Beach Resort, Double Pool Villas by Banyan Tree, and The Shore at Katathani Resort on Facebook.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About New Year Party In Thailand

    Still confused on where to spend New Year’s Eve in Thailand? See if you find your answers below:

    Which is the best place for New Year’s in Thailand 2018?

    A. The best place for New Year’s solely depends on how you’d like to celebrate it. For night long parties and unlimited booze you can head to the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan, The Street Party at Khao San Road in Bangkok, Pattaya’s Walking Street, or the Surin Beach in Phuket. For comparatively sober and culture-rich extravaganzas you can head to the Chiang Mai Road for the Lights and Lanterns Festival.

    If you want luxury you can join the celebrations on the Loy Nava River Cruise, and for welcoming the New Year with a romantic dinner, you can dine on the rooftop cafes and restaurants in Bangkok which will offer you and your amour the best views of the fireworks at midnight.

    Is it better to spend New Year’s Eve in Thailand or Tokyo?

    A. With night long parties, beach barbecues, live entertainment, unlimited number of bars and pubs, and the most vibrant of festivities, one should definitely celebrate New Year’s Eve in Thailand. For a quieter start to 2018, you can head to the many restaurants and New Year gigs in Tokyo.

    Further Read: 15 Places In India To Celebrate New Year 2018

    Fantastic, aren’t they? Let us know which of these parties are on your mind, and yes, book your place now!


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