Best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Thailand

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This year is extra special: we are making up for time lost, rediscovering the joys of travel and reconnecting with loved ones. If you still need more reasons to make this New Year’s Eve festivities really memorable, here is our guide to how celebrate in style in Thailand (plus a bonus mystery destination).

Bangkok with a bang

When it comes to watching fireworks in Bangkok, you’d be hard pressed to find a spot with a better vantage than SEEN Restaurant & Bar Bangkok. The rooftop venue is perched on levels 26/27 of Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel, giving you a bird-eye panorama of the river snaking down below. It’s the place to see and be seen, so don’t be afraid to dress up. This year’s theme, KISS KISS, BANG BANG: NYE Avant Garde Extravaganza, promises pole dancers and contortionists on stage and the city’s hottest DJs on the decks. After the pyrotechnics die down, head to Avani’s riotous underground nightlife spot Lost & Found for the after-party. Expect a night of pure decadence and plenty of cheeky surprises. 

Party by the beach in Samui

As befits a venue with strong French Riviera vibes, at SEEN Beach Club Samui revelries ramp up long before the countdown. As early as 2:00 pm, the beach club’s guest DJs will commandeer the DJ perch, as premium Champagne and cocktails are being delivered right to your pool bed. As the sun dips below the horizon, a poolside dinner will be served to a backdrop of fire shows and death-defying circus acts. SEEN is known for its impressive music programming, so expect to be dancing well into the night.

Hua Hin’s winning formula

To celebrate the end of an unprecedented year, you could do worse than head to the romantic Hua Hin to be pampered and indulged. On New Year’s Eve, Avani+ Hua Hin Resort is turning the beachfront lawn into a family-friendly celebration zone, with gourmet food and live music for the parents and fun games for the little ones. The resort’s two huge and shallow pools with little swim-to islands and water cascades are guaranteed to be an instant hit with the youngsters. For adults, there are bicycle rides and regular classes of yoga, Zumba, Pilates and Thai boxing, often held outdoors.

Stay a while in Phuket

Whether your idea of a holiday well spent is sipping a margarita from a Jacuzzi or working on your kitesurfing tricks, Phuket offers both and can be as chilled or wild as you like. For those who want to extend their New Year’s Eve stay for a day or two, Avani+ Mai Khao Phuket Suites & Villas offers the perfect base for island-hopping, snorkelling and diving. On 31 December, the resort is hosting a sparkly alfresco celebration on the beach lawn with a generous buffet spread, live entertainment, DJs and fireworks.

Krabi’s other side

For many travellers, the upmarket Krabi is about sunset cruises and fine dining, but there is a grittier side to it. At Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort, you can awaken your fighting spirit with Muay Thai lessons, overcome your fear of the fiery local chili at a cooking class or scale the karst cliffs with the guidance of an experienced instructor. The resort is located in the centre of Ao Nang, so you can hit the downtown bars after the New Year’s Eve dinner or join the locals on the beach.

Bali bliss in Seminyak

Welcome to our bonus destination! New Year’s Eve on Bali is a classic. The sunsets are to die for, the vibe is relaxed and the cocktails delicious. Seminyak is arguably the island’s most sophisticated locale, so celebrations here tend to be less rowdy than over at Kuta, and more on the stylish side. For places to stay, Avani Seminyak Bali Resort is close to all the action and you can easily explore other parts of the island like Ubud’s rice paddies or Nusa Dua’s boutiques from your base.