Things to Do
New Year Countdown Carnival
Central World shopping plaza
Bangkok was once voted by travelers as the best city in the world for celebrating the New Year countdown carnival.
Every year Central World shopping plaza holds the biggest countdown carnival in Bangkok. It is just like the carnival in Times Square, New York. You can enjoy live entertainment, including live bands and DJs, and join your friends for a bottle of beer. When the New Year arrives, you can watch the most fantastic fireworks.
Beware: Go early and find a good place near the junction where you can have a good view of the live shows and the fireworks.
Asiatique, one of the best-known night markets in Bangkok, will soon become one of the most popular places in the city for welcoming in the New Year.
The countdown at Asiatique will start at 17:00 hrs on 31st December and continue to 00:30 hrs on 1st January. You can enjoy live music and traditional Thai shows, as well as the fireworks when the clock strikes twelve. Besides, many restaurants will offer a special New Year's menu. It's worth booking ahead of time, to make sure you get a table.
Beware: The best way to get to the market is via free ferry from Saphan Taksin Pier. Please note that the boat will be crowded, so make sure you are not standing near the edge or your clothes will be soaked by the waves. Besides, please take care not to miss the last boat back to the city.
New Year's Eve Dinner in Bangkok
Lebua at State Tower
There are undoubtedly many good restaurants in Bangkok. But if you want an unforgettable or romantic New Year's Eve dinner there, the following two restaurants are particularly recommended.
Lebua at State Tower is a luxury five-star hotel in Bangkok, close to the Chao Phraya River. You can have your memorable New Year's Eve dinner in the rooftop restaurant and bar. You'll not only enjoy the delicious meal and ‘the world's finest cocktail' there, you'll also enjoy a magnificent night view from the 63rd floor.
On New Year's Eve, Lebua also does a ‘ball drop' inspired by the one in New York. When the clock strikes twelve, you can enjoy the splendid fireworks from the top and that will be one of the highlights of your Thailand vacation.
Loy Nava River Cruise
Did you ever imagine spending the last few hours of the old year and welcoming in the new on a boat? The Loy Nava River Cruise can satisfy your yearnings for a romantic and unforgettable New Year's Eve dinner.
This special cruise will depart at 22:15pm and finish around 02:30am. You'll spend New Year's Eve on the boat with a 10-course candlelit Thai dinner, midnight champagne, a traditional Thai performance and a hand-picked New Year's present.
As the boat moves slowly along the river, the glistening riverbanks reveal impressive scenery under the moonlight. When the clock strikes 12, gorgeous fireworks light up the sky. You'll have spent a unique New Year's Eve in Bangkok.
A discovery Bike Tour
January maybe is the best time to plan a bike tour in Bangkok since it is windy and cool. If you are the person who likes to explore the non-tourism area in Bangkok, riding a bike is the best way. You can join a half-day bike tour, then you can see a totally different but a still charming Bangkok.
You will ride through the city center to the suburbs, you might pass a big river and arrive at a remote bird reserve. All you can see seems like is well arranged, but there will be also surprise on your way there. Bangkok is not just temples, buildings and good restaurants, there are more for you to discover. Want to see a different Bangkok? Join a bike tour.
Beware: The traffic in January is terrible especially in the city center. So if you are interested in a bike tour, a professional tour guide is necessary. He or she will take you away from the city traffic and show you the most authentic Bangkok.