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New Year’s Eve only a day away, Thailand’s a great place to be when breaking in
2018. Many will travel to the famous and pulsating southern islands, with Koh
Phangan the stand out attraction. Although not officially the Full Moon Party
on December 31st, it still feels like it is with soaring crowds and
ongoing parties. If you do venture there, you’ll be sure to have a good time!
Yet, if you want to avoid the typical crowds for Koh Phangan, then you’re in with a bucket-load of choices in Thailand. Despite Thai New Year not being until April 13th when Songkran begins, the end and beginning of a year that is known to many of us is still widely celebrated.
Chiang Mai’s Lantern Festival
Celebrations are visually stunning in Thailand’s north city of Chiang Mai, with a paper lantern extravaganza ensuing for New Year’s Eve. Floated into the dark sky of the night as the clock ticks down to 12, Chiang Mai offers local and spirited vibes that are a little less hustle and bustle to other Thai cities.
Somewhere New in Koh Chang
Koh Chang is a popular island in Thailand but is well out the way from the famed southern islands. Situated around 6 hours east from Bangkok, Koh Chang’s main lure is that is has so many different areas to enjoy, depending what mood you’re in. The party will be heard most at Lonely Beach, whilst White Beach and Bang Bao will be worth checking out too.
Where else? Khao San Road
First of all, pre-drinks at Nappark! Khao San Road is only around the corner from Nappark and no doubt it will be a crazy place to party. With buckets, big crowds, loud music and street entertainers, Khao San has it going on. Plus, if you’re staying at Nappark, you don’t have too far to go when you decide to get some much need sleep; whenever that will be!
Bangkok (Other Than Khao San)
Whilst we urge you to celebrate in Khao San if you love it like we do, or it’s your first time – Bangkok still has a lot to offer for New Years Eve. The rooftops in Bangers are well documented so why not head to Sky Bar Lebau, the spot where the Hangover 2 movie was filmed? Here there is a New York City styled ball trop and of course, great views. Banyan Tree Hotel also has a wicked rooftop to experience if you’re a rooftop fan. Asiatique overlooks the Chao Praya River and is a more laid-back but dazzling place to spend New Years filled with malls, markets and lights.
Go Local At Hua Hin
Despite it being a popular seaside town for all ages of expats, Hua Hin has a local show for New Year’s Eve. Stalls, quizzes, monks and mayors all come out to celebrate New Year’s, and with Hua Hin essentially known for it’s laid back beach you get a bit of everything here. Hua Hin is only around 3 hours from Bangkok via minibus.
Koh Tao’s Experience Festival
The Experience Festival celebrates its 10th year in Koh Tao, a 4 day non-stop trance party starting today (30th December)! Koh Tao is noted for scuba diving and community-like vibe on the night. It won’t be the biggest party you can find in Thailand but that maybe just how you like it, especially if you like trance music!
Travel Family in Pai
Nowadays, Pai is well known. But it wasn’t too long ago this once sleepy-hippy town was off beat and a beautiful find for travellers. Still, with its alternative and spiritual vibes, Pai is a great place to spend New Year’s. And it’s just down the road (3 hours) from Chiang Mai! If you’re missing home and what you’re friends and family maybe doing for New Year, Pai’s the perfect place to feel that sense of closeness breaking in 2018!
Party in Phuket
Surin Beach is breathtaking. For New Year’s add in live entertainers, loud music and thousands of revelers. If you’ve done Koh Phangan before but still want those epic party vibes, hop over to Phuket for a new party scene! You might even bump into Paris Hilton here!