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New Year’s Eve THAILAND 2023: Best Places & Parties

If you want New Year’s Eve 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!

New Year’s Eve THAILAND – Best Places to Celebrate


Places to celebrate NYE in Phuket

Celebrate at 360 Bar Phuket City

The famous 360° Phuket City bar is offering an amazing view and DJ vibes to welcome New Year 2023!

Illuzion Club – Biggest Phuket’s Club

Ulluzion Club is hosting New Year’s Eve with KAAZE. If you looking for indoor clubbing and big vibes, that’s your spot!

Surin Beach – GALA DINNER

Surin Beach – PARTY

Surin Beach Club (Credit: Phuket101)

Surin Beach, known as one of Thailand’s most picturesque beaches, frequently emerges in discussions about travel in Thailand. On New Year’s Eve, it transforms into a massive celebration featuring barbecues, live performances, fireworks, and an abundance of alcohol.

Patong Beach, Phuket

Patong Beach kicks off NYE celebrations early with a music festival featuring a unique floating stage, where acts deliver exhilarating performances. This must-see destination, often reserved for New Year’s festivities, offers a memorable way to ring in the new year. For those looking to start the year with a bang and amazing fireworks on the beach, Patong Beach’s vibrant party is the perfect choice.

For more, check full post: Best Places to Celebrate Phuket New Year’s Eve

Places to celebrate NYE in Bangkok

New Year’s Eve 2024 – Party Cruise

Set sail for a spectacular four-hour party cruise, complete with a breathtaking fireworks display lighting up the sky from three different angles. As you cruise, indulge in an array of drinks, cocktails, and delicious onboard dining choices. The atmosphere is electrified by the dynamic beats of professional DJs, the mesmerizing skills of fire dancers, and the engaging charm of MCs. This one-of-a-kind event combines thrilling entertainment with stunning visual feats, ensuring a memorable adventure on the waves.

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Amazing Thailand Countdown 2024 ICONSIAM

The “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2024,” organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Marine Department, Thai Chamber of Commerce, and ICONSIAM, is set to unfold along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River at ICONSIAM on December 31, 2023. Celebrating Thai culture under the theme “Win The World For Thailand,” the event will feature a stunning 1,400-meter eco-friendly sticky rice multimedia fireworks display, enhanced with a light and sound show, promising a magnificent celebration for all attendees.

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 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.

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.

King Power Mahanakhon – The Highest View Point in Bangkok

If you’re seeking the most spectacular views in Bangkok, King Power Mahanakhon is a must-visit, particularly for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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
  • Onyx
  • 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.

ForFor more, check full post: Best Places to Celebrate Bangkok New Year’s Eve

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, check full post: Best Places to Celebrate Chiang Mai New Year’s Eve

Places to celebrate NYE in Koh Phangan, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Samui

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

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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.

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.