Guide to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Bangkok 2019-2020
New Year’s celebrations in Bangkok can be as relaxed or as raucous as you’d like, and it’s fair to say there’s plenty of different ways to ring in the new year in Bangkok.
Here are our top picks for the best ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Bangkok…
Rooftops: The rooftop bars and restaurants in Bangkok are pretty magical on an ordinary night of the year, but come New Year’s Eve they add an extra dose of sparkle and magic to their lofty surroundings. Bring in the new year while looking over one of the most visited and intimidating cities in the world. The twinkling skyline seems to go on forever at such great heights, and depending on where rooftop-goers find themselves in the city, they will see a range of different top attractions and monuments.
Asiatique: If you’re looking for souvenirs to bring back to friends and family, a nice place to have dinner and see a show or a destination to stroll around outside with a view of the city and the river, Asiatique really is a great place to go. This riverside spot has become one of the most popular places to ring in the New Year. The night market will be buzzing: expect live music, Thai celebrity appearances and fireworks as the clock strikes twelve. It’s accessible by public transportation (river ferry), family friendly and will take you to a part of town that’s not always seen by outsiders.
Khao San Road: Khao San Road – The popular book ‘The Beach’ famously described Khao San Road as “the centre of the backpacking universe”. Judging by the truth-seeking travellers who converge here to shop, exchange tales and prepare for their next stint on the backpacker trail, it’s a phrase that sums it up pretty much perfectly. 31st December provides partiers ample opportunity to participate in some New Year’s Eve rights of passage.
Chao Phraya River: Celebrate the New Year in the center of the festivities on the Chao Phraya River – the River of Kings. There is no better way to experience the artery of Bangkok than on it. Whether you visit one of the many delicious restaurants that line its murky waters or splurge on a river cruise with a buffet and live band to boot, spending New Year’s Eve on the Chao Phraya River is both relaxing and romantic. Ringing in the new year aboard a beautiful boat is just about the most Thai way to party. Many restaurants lining the river will also have exclusive dinners to celebrate.