If you want to the New Year in with sand between your toes and unlimited drinks in your scope, head straight out to Thailand.
There are more beach New Year parties here than anywhere else. Plus, Thailand’s unique cultural celebrations over the New Year are enchantment itself!
Here are our top picks for the top party places to celebrate NYE in Thailand this year!
Amazing Thailand Countdown Event STILL ON!
Happening in 5 places across Thailand: Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phuket, and Rayong. (More info)
- Places to celebrate NYE in Phuket
- Places to celebrate NYE in Chang Mai
- Places to celebrate NYE in Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta
- Places to celebrate NYE in Bangkok
- Places to celebrate NYE in Pattaya
Places to celebrate NYE in Phuket
Partying All Night On Phuket’s Surin Beach
Surin Beach Club (Credit: Phuket101)Our recommendations for accommodations in Phuket:
- Best Hostels in Phuket for backpackers
- TOP Luxury Hotels in Phuket 2019
Phuket is one of the places to be at this NYE; the whole city is a party, especially Bangla Road with its many bars and clubs. What makes Phuket so cool is Surin Beach, one of the most beautiful Thailand beaches ever. In fact, Surin Beach is a popular destination in every blog that features Thailand travel.
None other than Paris Hilton partied at this beach in the recent past. The whole of Phuket is transformed into one huge party with beach barbecues, fireworks, live entertainment, exclusive gala dinners and more booze than you can say yes to.
NYE partying at Surin Beach is that rare chance to really enjoy life without limits, so go ahead and apply for your Thailand visa asap!
For more tips check our newest article New Year’s Eve in Phuket – Best Places & Things to Do
Places to celebrate NYE in Chang Mai
Night of Lights At Chiang Mai
On NYE, thousands of people parade holding colorful paper lanterns with lit candles inside in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s northern capital. At the stroke of midnight, everyone lets their lanterns into the air.
There’s loud live music, much celebration, dancing, drinks, fireworks and screaming and partying on the streets. It’s NYE on the streets but what fun! The many bars and restaurants make this a vibrant party scene that lasts all night.
So if you’re wondering where to go in Thailand for a fabulous NYE experience, head to Chiang Mai.
It’s also a great HOT SPOT for backpackers and travelers, so in case you are traveling solo and you would like to
Chiang Mai has an amazing hostels scene which you should definitely try in case you’re backpacker or solo traveler! Check our “TOP PICKs” of Best Hostels in Chiang Mai!
Music, Dining And Fireworks On Chiang Mai’s Ping River
Chiang Mai’s Ping River is not as wide as Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River; still, its banks are lined with a plethora of cozy restaurants that offer great deals for NYE.
Chiang Mai also has several swanky upper-class hotels for those who are willing to splurge for the experience. There’s always a special party or event going on at some of the high-end properties in town, so do enquire and book your tickets early. Plus there are the riverboats that cruise on Ping River, holding raucous parties all night with major fireworks, drinks, and dancing.
The Unique Offerings of Chiang Mai
Although there are numerous places all over the world to spend New Year’s, nothing else quite matches the charm and traditions of Thailand. The above-mentioned fireworks displays, Lantern Festival, Thai cuisine, live music, dancing, rooftop bars, and spectacular scenery combine to make Chiang Mai a phenomenal place to spend the holiday.
From the friendly locals to the beautiful hotels to the enticing festivities, Chiang Mai makes New Year’s a scintillating adventure. Participating in the lantern release is a special experience and an unforgettable memory. For a truly special new year’s, visit Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The Lantern Festival – Chiang Mai
People watched on as thousands of Lanna-style lanterns, which are made from rice paper was released into the night sky. This was a time to pay respect to the higher deities. The lanterns filled up the sky with a warm light that made me feel like time had stopped completely
The northern capital of Thailand has always been the place to be for holidays and festivals. Unlike the rowdy celebrations offered by Bangkok for New Year’s Eve, Chian Mai provides the vibe of a small town in a bigger city. This is where some of the most highly desirable celebrations of the country are hosted.
The candle-lit lantern ceremony is an extremely popular event. Tourists and Thais come together to gather a wide assortment of paper lanterns. Once the skies darken, the lanterns are released. The celebrations continue with a nightclub, bars and Thai cuisine. The party atmosphere, crowds and live music last throughout the night.
For more Chiang Mai tips check our newest article New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai – Best Places & Things to Do
Places to celebrate NYE in Koh Phangan
Mindless Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan Island
At Ko Phangan Island, the most mindless, let-everything-go-to-dogs total abandon party takes place every NYE. If you’re the kind that wants the roller coaster to stop or even maintain some order, this isn’t the party for you.
Many legendary parties take place on this little island in the Gulf of Thailand throughout the year, but the NYE party is the craziest of the lot. Many thousands of party-goers crowd into Haad Rin Beach to drink, party, dance, eat, drink, party, dance, enjoy beautiful beaches and more all night on NYE, till the sun comes up. Of course, there are the obligatory fireworks at midnight, if you’re not too boozed to enjoy them.
Busy Vibes at Koh Phi Phi Island
Check out this, sneak peek video from 2017 PARTY!
It’s definitely the busiest island in Thailand and one of the best NYE spots. If you like crowds and great party vibe, you will definitely enjoy a lot of that on the beaches of Koh Phi Phi. It gets booked out fast, so act quickly. In case you miss out, you’ll find some other options in Krabi for sure.
Also, you should be aware of tourist overload, and if you do not prefer super touristic vibes you should avoid this place for NYE. It’s very hard to find a calm corner with no people on this island.
Koh Samui NYE – ALL in Experience
Koh Samui is a very “flexible” island that fits almost any type of traveler that comes to Thailand. Comparing to its “sister island Koh Phangan” it’s a bit bigger and offers more activities. You can enjoy a nice family holiday or your romantic honeymoon but on the other side, you can also find great party places full of travelers and backpackers.
If you are planning something more relaxing then head to Maenam Beach and Choeng Mon Beach which are famous for their relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere.
For the biggest party head to Chaweng Beach or Nikki Beach where they organize giant parties every NEW year. These places sometimes celebrate until the 2nd of January (not just 1st), so get ready for a neverending party! You can enjoy famous DJs and some of the biggest fireworks in the country.
Make sure you come for at least 4-5 days. Koh Samui has a lot to offer and you should definitely discover more of it, not just party. You can experience great snorkeling, diving, waterfalls, beaches and check out some of the most beautiful temples.
Koh Lanta Island
Definitely a bit less touristy part of Thailand with lovely beaches and vibes. It’s slightly of the usual tourist route so it gets a bit less of the annoying atmosphere and more of hippie culture. Nevertheless, they throw a great new years eve parties as well with DJs, bands and live music.
Koh Lanta is definitely the best spot for Digital Nomads in Thailand and also one of the most popular destinations for backpackers and long-term travelers.
This short video from 2 years ago explains it better in 50 seconds than in 1000 words:
Places to celebrate NYE in Bangkok
The Bangkok Countdown Festival
This legendary Thailand NYE festival took off in the last 2 years but they are rumors around that it’s coming back in 2020! You can enjoy amazing DJs and lineup that will go on for the whole New Year’s Eve night.
Stay tuned, book your ticket, get your accommodation in time and don’t miss out on this unique giant Bangkok party.
Meta Music Festival – Bangkok NYE
An amazing festival organized by one of the biggest event organizations in Thailand! With a bunch of famous DJs, the festival will take place in Bangkok! You can enjoy countdown, great music, and an endless party.
Check out the FB event for more information.
Partying All Night At Bangkok’s Rooftops
Bring in the New Year from one of Bangkok’s many vibrant rooftop bars, looking out at the glittering city skyline all decked up for NYE. The Sky Bar Rooftop at Lebua, one of the best hotels in Bangkok 2019 offers the most stunning views of the Chao Phraya River. Banyan Tree, Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar, Above Eleven and Three Sixty are all rooftop bars that offer matchless views, plus great DJ music, much dancing, drinks, fireworks and all the NYE trappings we love, plus the feeling that you’re on top of the world. Partying at one of Thailand’s rooftop bars is one of the best things to do in Thailand.
Exciting NYE Countdown at The Bangkok Countdown Pub!
The Bangkok Countdown Pub has been rated as the world’s 7th best place to celebrate NYE. The pub is ten years old, with an established reputation for the most excellent NYE parties. In fact, NYE parties at the Bangkok Countdown Pub are broadcast live worldwide.
So get ready this year for high-energy concerts, ferociously glorious fireworks, pyro artworks and cool surprises throughout the night.
Party At Vertigo and Moon Bar And Night Bazaar
Vertigo Moon and Bar is a night bazaar that is located along the Chao Phraya River. This is one of the best Thailand destinations for NYE parties, offering the perfect combination of a vibrant night bazaar and mall.
The beautifully-lit and decorated streets are chock full of restaurants offering fabulous NYE treats, and many outdoor stalls for cool shopping. Join the NYE countdown and a fireworks display over the river, making this one of the best NY experiences of your life.
Clubbing NYE Away At Bangkok’s Khao San Road
Khao San Road’s strip of clubs and outdoor bars take on a special vibe on NYE. The usual seedy bars and houses of pleasure are there for you to indulge, of course, but new rules make it possible to enjoy a less-than-rowdy NYE here.
So go ahead, indulge in roast scorpions, put your head in a liquor bucket and guzzle away, and dance the whole night at a club.
NYE Cruise On the Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya River is the very main artery of Bangkok. It’s true you can bring in the NY from one of the many view-rich rooftop bars alongside the river, but why not on the river itself? Sign up for a river cruise that comes with a buffet and live band to boot.
Enjoy watching the entire river light up when fireworks explode from multiple riverboats at midnight. Stop at one of the many restaurants lining the river for an exclusive NYE dinner, with lucky draw prizes and discounts to boot.
NYE Clubbing Bangkok
Bangkok is famous for its nightclubs and partying scene! Most of them are organizing som special NYE events that you definitely wanna check out after countdown and keep partying until early morning.
Here are a few places we recommend:
- Insanity Nightclub
- The Club at Koi
- check out: a full list of TOP 10 Clubs
Family-friendly Party at Bangkok’s Central World Street
Central World is a massive shopping mall, one of Southeast Asia’s biggest malls. On NYE, the roads that lead to this mall are closed to traffic. Over a million people arrive here to witness the most incredible fireworks display in all of Thailand.
Then there’s the crazy shopping, the drinking, the partying, the dancing, the eating all night. The only negative we can think of is that the place can get too crowded.
Avoid calling for cab service to get there; the cab drivers will usually be drunk. Instead, take the BTS rapid train which plies free service all night in honor of NYE. Get off at Chidlom Station and make your way to Central World, one of the best places to visit in Thailand.
TIP: In case you’re visiting solo.. check out some of the BEST Hostels in Bangkok for Backpackers and you will definitely spend an awesome NYE with other travelers.
For the full list of Bangkok events, check out complete guide: Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2020 in Bangkok
Places to celebrate NYE in Pattaya
Pattaya’s Naughty, Naughty Walking Street!
The Walking Street in Pattaya is known as a hip party spot, with innumerable bars and houses of pleasure offering everything that one could possibly desire. It’s just a kilometer in length but so full of a mix of the fantastic and the ribald, it’ll keep you hooked all night.
Once you’ve had your fill of Walking Street, head out to one of the many beaches in Pattaya and join an impromptu beach party for the NYE countdown with fireworks. Walking Street is one of the main Thailand points of interest for travelers.
Thailand is a hugely famous holiday destination that has charmed travelers with its pristine beaches, amazing landmarks, food, and culture. It comes as no surprise that Thailand should also be the hottest New Year’s Eve party destination in the world.
For those who prefer to celebrate NYE uninhibited without too many restrictions, Thailand’s rooftop pub parties and beach parties offer the best solution.
After your NYE party, you can take a trip to some of the islands or beaches to relax and detox from parties. Thailand has a lot to offer, so it’s better to come for at least 10 days and properly discover the culture, food and a few different regions.
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