Dance till you drop, drink to you puke, or ring in the New Year with calm. Choices are yours to choose from. Positively, all are not the same let down you’ve always had.

Still, you unfortunately have no ideas what to do and where to go for this Bangkok’s New Year Eve? Me neither. That’s why I squeezed my brains out and came up with festive activities you can enjoy before the time sharply strikes midnight.

Be glad that you come across this article, and I mean it. Your Bangkok’s New Year Eve this year won’t end up like what you went through last year for sure. Below are our picks to get moving in 2017 the right direction.  

6 Things to Celebrate Bangkok’s New Year Eve in Style

 1. Animal Partiers

Though this year every nightclub, lounge and bar won’t be as entertaining as they were since we are still in the mourning sentiments for the great passing of our beloved King Bhumibol, you can swing by the famed party neighbourhoods like Ekkamai, Thonglor, Sukhumvit, Silom, Khao San Road and RCA. Trust me; all the dance floors will be kept as crunching as possible till the early morning!

Enjoy awesome beats and festive vibes from a massive flock of DJs at BEAM’s NYE 2017 All Night Long. Famous faces like DJs Marmosets, Maarten Goetheer, KYMC, Noxro and Tom FKG will be joining in. What will surprise you is the presence of Brazilian vocalist Joyce Muniz—it’s worth the sight and every penny. In a great need of tickets and tables? Call 02 392 7750.

If you want to join in a themed party something, head off to Silom’s Ce La Vi. As its party name “Crystal Castle 2017 New Years Eve” implies, you need to show up with anything garments of white, silver and diamonds. Follow the dress code and ring in the Bangkok’s New Year with the music played all night long from DJs Master D, Knatz and SG. Tickets are available at THB 800 and free entrance for ladies before 10 PM. For more info, kindly call 02 108 2000.

2. Dinner Cruises

The River of Kings Chaophraya is another exciting and romantic scene for ringing in the New Year with your loved ones. Imagine you are cruising along the historic river with unbeatable views of Wat Arun lit up against the enchanting night sky, houses and landmarks on the banks. Your Bangkok’s New Year Eve won’t complete if there’s no scrumptious dinner and fireworks in a romantic candle-lit ambience. These dinner cruises are offered through several vendors found on the Internet. The house-hold names are Chaophraya Cruise, Loy Nava, Chaophraya Princess Cruise and Wan Fah Cruise.     

3. Restaurant Celebrations

Another option to celebrate the Bangkok’s New Year Eve is gourmet dining. Billed as a paradise for food lovers, Bangkok is blessed with a wide variety of five-star hotels scattered across the city.

Have festive feasts at Avani Riverside’s Skyline at the affordable price of THB 2,500. Then wash up everything you’ve had at Attitude. Free-flow drinks and tapas with awesome beat in the background will complement your Bangkok’s New Year Eve. 

If you care less about the dinner price that goes up four or five times than a regular one, Anantara Riverside exclusively offers various buffet promotions to enjoy the Bangkok’s New Year Eve, starting from THB 3,900 and up to THB 30,000. Call 02 467 0022 for more details.

This year Dust Thani comes up with four dinner options that you can match up to your preference. At the hotel’s 22 Kitchen & Bar you can indulge in a seven-course set dinner of THB 3,999. The seated dinner at Benjarong featuring a five-course Thai cuisine with THB 2,599 net might be of your foodie fancy. While a set dinner at Hamilton’s and a seafood buffet dinner at the Pavilion cost THB 3,399 and THB 2,999 respectively.

Other fine dining venues for the Bangkok’s New Year Eve are of the mainstays: Plaza Athenee, Intercontinental, Lebua, Centara Grand, Grand Hyatt Erawan, JW Marriott, Okra Prestige, Pullman Grande Sukhumvit, Radisson Blu Plaza, Rembrandt, Siam Kempinski or Shangri-La. Make sure you call up ahead for more information and reservations.    

4. Family-Friendly NYE

New Year Eve is the time when long holidays involve and you’ve got a chance to make a champagne toast with family members. In Bangkok there are several riverside restaurants that offer not only sumptuous dinner to celebrate the festive event at an affordable price, but also an escape from oppressive traffic and urban stuffiness. Enjoy delectable Thai classics at Arun Residence while truly appreciating majestic views of Wat Arun. Reservations are highly recommended, especially the tables on the first deck sitting directly opposite the temple.

If having festive delicacies at the aforementioned restaurant isn’t your thing, Sala Rim Nam is the place you can go ringing the Bangkok’s New Year Eve. Located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the riverside restaurant offers a whole culinary and cultural experience. You can savour the celebratory feasts while enjoying exciting entertainment like a Thai dance and a mock battle. The show runs every night from 7:30 – 10:00 PM.

5. Go Praying

Not all people are animal partiers or food lovers. Traditional to the Kingdom, religious countdowns include gathering at the temples to pray, listening to the sermons and making merits. There are several venues for crossing from the Bangkok’s New Year Eve to the year to come are Sanam Luang, Wat Arun, Wat Pho and Wat Bawon Niwet. The ceremony will be held nationwide and abroad, too. Rumours have that participants will light up candles in dedication to the beloved late King Bhumibol, the Kingdom and Buddhism.

6. Be Among The Crowd

There are two public places to start off the New Year in Bangkok: CentralWorld and Asiatique. Synonymous to New York’s Times Square, CentralWorld will be transformed into a festive spot where a hundred thousand people will flock in together. Though it has been reported there won’t be any fireworks to watch and beer stalls and festive bric-a-bracs to buy, you can still enjoy the moments with cheery crowds.

Starting a wee bit early at 5:00 PM, the countdown at Asiatique will be aired across the country. Hop in the BTS and, then, take a speed boat to reach the destination. Expect a buzzing scene, Thai celebrity appearances and beautiful fireworks over the Chaophraya River. There will be a multitude of restaurants to offer special suppers, but make sure you manage to book a table ahead.

Though this Bangkok’s New Year Eve is a bit subdued out of respect for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol, you can still bid a joyful farewell to 2016 and ring in 2017. Taking up a good look at the ideas above, you probably decide where to enjoy dazzling meals, great conversations and festive ambience with family and friends.

Based in Bangkok, he’s a full-time wordsmith. His current favourites are cross-fitting & baking.