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5 best New Year’s Eve celebrations around Thailand

Thailand is livelier this year-end season with these celebrations around the country.

Time Out Bangkok In Partnership with ICONSIAM
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Making up for a lost time – and missing New Year’s Eve celebrations after lockdowns? From the biggest beach parties in Pattaya and Phuket to the exquisite lantern festival in Chiang Mai to extravaganza fireworks in Bangkok, Thailand throws New Year Eve’s parties with exhilarating food and drink, fun and breathtaking views.

Bangkok
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Bangkok

At midnight on December 31, the best place to be with friends and family is on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, also known as the River of Kings. Thailand’s official New Year’s Eve celebration, ICONSIAM, will ring in the New Year with 30,000 fireworks on both sides of the Chao Phraya River. A parade of top local artists will culminate in an environmentally friendly pyrotechnic extravaganza featuring the first Multimedia Firework under the theme “Win the World for Thailand.” ICONSIAM, the global countdown destination, will woo the crowd with global collaboration between Japanese pyrogenic expert Oguchi Yoshimasa and well-renowned Thai saxophonist Koh Mr.Saxman. If you want to do it in style, go to the Tasana Nakorn Terrace (ICONSIAM’s 6th floor), where the Fallabella River Front ICONSIAM and Hobs restaurants offer unparalleled views of the Chao Phraya River fireworks.

Those who wish to be part of the New Years’ Eve celebration on the site are required to pre-register with their vaccine certificate via ONESIAM SuperApp. Seats are limited. 

On New Year's Eve, eventgoers are required to present their ID, an entry pass on your ONESIAM SuperApp, and your vaccine certificate. You’ll also need to pass an Antigen Test Kit (ATK) on the premises prior to the event time (free of charge), as well as follow strict COVID guidelines as issued by the government.

For more information, you may call 1338 or send a DM to ICONSIAM on Facebook.

Phuket
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Phuket

In Phuket, ringing in the New Year is all about partying and tons of good music. The Chaloem Phrakiat Rama 10 Park (Saphan Hin) hosts the massive countdown event, which includes an incredible lineup of exciting shows and activities for people of all ages. Among the highlights is a concert by Andrea Bocelli, a world-class Italian opera tenor performer. Enjoy performances by Thai superstars such as Gam Wichayanee, Kit Kittinan, Ann Thitima, Pom Autobahn, Pu Anchalee, Pan Paiboonkiat, Kob Saowanit, Oui Rawiwan, Ann Nanthana, Ping Ping Golden Song, and Tee Wiwit. When midnight arrives, the sky lights up with 20,000 ecologically friendly fireworks dancing to music composed especially for this event by a well-known Thai composer Pongprom Sanitwong Na Ayudhya. If a live concert isn’t enough to turn you on, first-rate DJs, fine food, fancy cocktails, and beautiful people at beach clubs will most likely suffice. Café Del Mar Phuket, Paradise Beach Club and Café and Catch Beach Club are noted for throwing the best New Year’s Eve party in Phuket.

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Pattaya

Pattaya, Thailand’s best city beach, is hard to beat when it comes to a beach party. During the previous New Year Eve’s parties, an average of 20,000 fireworks was set off over Pattaya beaches every year. However, the partygoers can expect to see even more fireworks at the 2022 Pattaya Countdown Party. The city will throw an extravagant New Year’s Eve Party for three days (and three nights) between December 29 and 31 at Ocean Marina Pattaya (Bali Hai Pier) to reboot tourism and restore the good old feeling in Pattaya. With live music from local and international artists and cultural shows, the party will have something for everyone. There’s more to do than wait for the fireworks. Pubs, restaurants and hotels around Pattaya will throw their own parties – where you could horse around before the clock strikes 12.

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Ubon Ratchathani

On the last day of the year, the Pha Taem National Park feels more revitalised than ever, with crowds camping out at the Chanadai Cliff in the excitement of catching the first light of the year at Thailand’s easternmost point. Pop singers and local artists will take turns entertaining campers and partygoers while they wait for the first sunrise and spectacular views of the Mekong River. A series of ritual and cultural shows will be held between the last day of the year and the first day of the year. The Pha Taem National Park is stunning in its own right, with jaw-dropping scenery from the clifftop, prehistoric paints, and a spectacular landscape of giant stone “mushrooms.”

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Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai

A year-end party in Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, is typically calmer and more subtle than those in Bangkok and Phuket, but not this year. The city will throw an extravagant New Year’s Eve Party for five days between December 27 and 31 at Royal Park Rajapruek (Ho Kham Luang). The entire park is transformed into a garden of lights to portrait the “Magical Night/ Lanna Celebration and Fireworks”. Live music from the Lanna Symphony Orchestra, featuring Lanna folk artists, complements the cool weather perfectly. Concerts by famous singers such as Clear, Lipta, and Palmy will heat up the beats. When the clock strikes midnight, make a wish and hope for the best, then embrace the blessing from the lighted sky. The nine sets of fireworks represent nine blessings for a prosperous new year:  Happiness, Hope, Faith, Encouragement, Amazing New Beginning, Prosperity, Healthy Body and Mind, Success and the Unique Lanna.

Hat Yai
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Hat Yai

Thailand’s south Hat Yai celebrates the new year with the “Night Paradise Countdown” party, free live concerts by Thai pop singers and TV celebrities, and a spectacular fireworks display. The party scenes can be found on Hat Yai’s main streets, including Nipha Uthit 3, Sanehanusorn, Thammanoonvithi, and Chee Uthit, as well as in front of the Lee Gardens Plaza and the Gong Kong Villa Market. There is a more introspective vibe and a contribution to peace and love at Mahapanya Wittayalai College, as many people pray there from the last hours of 2021 to the first hour of 2022.

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COVID prevention guidelines

The celebrations are determined to be safe and Covid-19 free. All events are set in an open-air venue and have strict rules for admission into the event. All performers, staff, and organisers of the event must be fully vaccinated, pass an antigen test and follow universal prevention and health and hygiene measures.

All attendees will have to register in advance and show proof of full vaccination. Partiers must also have received a negative antigen test result no more than 72 hours prior to the event. All partygoers will be screened upon entry with the Thai Save Thai (TST) application or other applications and have to follow the Universal Prevention for COVID-19 guidelines.

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