While New Year’s Eve is not a traditional event on the Thai Buddhist calendar, the people of Bangkok know how to throw a party and do so anyway!
The biggest gathering for party-goers is at Central World’s annual New Year’s Eve countdown. Thousands cram into this square for the countdown and an illuminating fireworks extravaganza that one can safely say is the best in town. This is also a great option for children, just be sure to stay close to them in the heaving crowds.
Another option would be to head to the always bustling malls. Siem Paragon, for example, offers loads of family friendly fun with great holiday dinner options on offer and roving performers to keep you entertained. Amarin Plaza is also worth a visit as it has some of the nicest holiday lights in town.
A consumer’s paradise, the who’s who of fine diners in Bangkok also compete to provide premiere dining experiences for the night. Central Grand’s Red Sky is renowned for sparing no expensive on its yet to be unveiled all-inclusive dinner menu. Tickets are limited so book early to secure a table with a view of the city’s skyline. Vertigo, a slightly less pricey option, also provides wonderful skyline vistas for a front row fireworks seat and specializes in seafood fare.
If you want to get straight down to business and are looking for drinks only, head to Silom, Thonglor or Khao San Road.
LUSH at the United Center in Silom has earned a reputation as the most happening New Year’s Eve party in recent times, with Altitude at Imperial Queen’s Park as another hot contender for the place to be on New Year’s Eve. Given the popularity of these two venues with the local and expat crowd in Bangkok, pre-book your tickets for the night and arrive early to avoid the queues.