Bangkok hosts some of the best place for the new year countdown.
1. Central World
A vibrant street countdown party happens every year outside CentralWorld 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’ll usually be a beer garden, snack stalls, and live entertainment like DJs and bands. To really fit in, find one of the sellers who’ll 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.
- Location: 999/9 Rama I Rd, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
- Phone: +66 (0)2 640 7000
2. Khao San Road – NYE street party
For folks who believe that a street party is the only way to ring in a new year, Khao San Road regularly tops “must-see” lists for Bangkok citizens and tourists. No reservations required, nor will the fashion police serve warrants to guests wearing their most comfy outfits.
Revelers on tight budgets flock here for the electric-charged environment that outdoes most clubs and restaurants. Who knows how many partiers will “buy around” for the crowd? Roam the neighborhood. Cruise street bars or elegant nightclubs. This night is all about freeform fun, letting go and making it a night to remember.
3. Sanam Luang
If you prefer a relaxed atmosphere and a calm New Year’s Eve, then this park is the place for you. The park once used for the cremation of kings, queens and high-ranking princes is now considered as a popular historic centre of Bangkok. Also known as ‘The Royal Field’ the place is now a popular tourist location and hugely responsive to numerous events throughout the year.
The place also hosts New Year’s eve, in a comparatively calm and serene manner. It is the best place to witness traditional Thailand’s New Year celebrations. Sanam Luang has a massive stage with Thai country music singers, traditional Thai dancers and some great Thai food stalls. You can find local Thai people praying, just sitting around taking in the festivities and launching sky lanterns.
Address: Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang; It is a 10 mins walk from Khaosan Road.
4. Asiatique The Riverfront
Asiatique is one of the most popular places to ring in the New Year in Bangkok. At 5pm, the NYE 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.
- Location: 2194 Charoenkrung Road, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
- Phone: +66 (0)92 246 0812
5. King Power Mahanakhon
If you’re looking for a truly magnificent place to countdown to the New Year, King Power Mahanakhon is possibly the highest place in Bangkok to celebrate New Year’s Eve. It’s probably one of the best places to catch the New Year vibes as you overlook the beautiful night view of Bangkok from the very top of King Power Mahanakhon. From the 78th floor rooftop of Bangkok’s iconic building, enjoy a night of glitz and glamour with the best entertainment and ring in the New Year with a spectacular view of fireworks decorating the midnight sky!