Celebrating the New Year in Bangkok is always a good idea with many things to do in Bangkok on New Year's Eve. Every year the city has large fireworks and a public countdown with music and various festivities. Discover the locations for spending time at the end of the year in Bangkok and say goodbye to 2022 while welcoming the wonderful 2023!
ICONSIAM, a large department store next to the Chao Phraya River, is a good place for watching fireworks and counting down the New Year in the heart of Bangkok. Every year, ICONSIAM has the greatest countdown landmark in Thailand with the event “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2023" to celebrate the end of the year and welcome the new year.
For this year, in addition to watching New Year's fireworks on the last day of the year, you can also visit the “ICONSIAM Bangkok Illumination 2022” , the festival of lights with the concept of “Smart Solar Christmas Lights". They use clean solar energy to decorate the 20-meter-high Christmas tree to reduce energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.
The light illumination festival at the venue, it will be staged in two spots. First is The River Park which has a 20-meter-tall Christmas tree under the concept of "Bai Sri Su Kwan (Thai Blessing Ceremony)", a unique Thai tradition usually held for auspiciousness during special occasions. Another spot is the “INFINITY FOREST By SOFTlab” at the Napalai Terrace on the 7th Floor of ICONSIAM. You will get a unique experience when looking through the mirror, which enables you to see the entire surrounding including the sky, the river, and their own reflections. The light illumination festival on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and Christmas available to visit from 01 Nov 2022 to 5 Jan 2023 at ICONSIAM.
New Year's Eve on Chao Phraya River Cruise
If you are traveling with your sweetheart, a romantic New Year's Eve celebration could be a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River. There are many dinner cruises to choose for your memorable night out and most of them can be found in the List of Chao Phraya River Cruises. You will experience the beauty of the Bangkok waterfront and see famous landmarks of the city illuminated at night while enjoying a gourmet dinner.
Some of the cruises where you can voyage along the Chao Phraya River and admire the breathtaking Bangkok skyline during your New Year celebration:
- Royal Princess Cruise in Bangkok
- Chao Phraya Princess Cruise at ICONSIAM
- Meridian Dinner Cruise in Bangkok
Check our list of Bangkok New Year Eve River Cruises to enjoy the exclusive offers with New Year's Eve packages at Bangkok river cruises during the festive season.
Among the places where the New Year is celebrated in Bangkok, CentralWorld is always on the top list. CentralWorld is a shopping plaza and complex in the heart of Bangkok. Many people liken CentralWorld to New York's Times Square as CentralWorld is extremely busy and vibrant. CentralWorld New Year's Celebration is the most familiar venue to locals, featuring live concerts of popular artists and DJ sets. There is no surprised that thousands of people come here to enjoy time in the square in front of the large shopping center and wait for the fireworks display to welcome the New Year.
Asiatique The Riverfront
Asiatique the Riverfront, large shopping center and entertainment venue located along the Chao Phraya River, is another popular landmark for the New Year's countdown and watching the fireworks. Every year, Asiatique welcomes a large number of domestic and international tourists to visit. The Asiatique is filled with restaurants and bars offering a vibrant music atmosphere. In addition to eateries, here you can also buy souvenirs, Thai handicrafts and cheap clothes. Asiatique The Riverfront also has the tallest Ferris wheel in the country. On New Year's Eve, this place becomes more magical with the lights.
Rooftop bars in Bangkok
If you want to taste good drinks, indulge in impressive moments and experience the beauty of the scenery of Bangkok during the New Year's Eve, you can choose to go one of the rooftop bars in Bangkok.
The Long Bar situated along the stretch of river on the Shangri-La Bangkok. The bar offers impressive views, classic cocktails, premium spirits and moreish martinis to welcome the New Year 2023 in Bangkok.
ThreeSixty Rooftop Bar on the 31 floor at Millennium Hilton Bangkok is the perfect place to go. You can enjoy an exhilarating party, fuel up with bottomless drinks, and dance 2022 away with live countdown and fireworks display with stunning views from the top.
lebua at State Tower is another countdown location in Bangkok that you cannot miss to watching spectacular fireworks glistening over the Chao Phraya. With ten leading bars and restaurants such as Sirocco, Breeze, Sky Bar, Distil Bar or Flûte A Champagne Bollinger Bar. Each venue brings its own unique flavor to the night. From exquisite meals prepared by the talented chefs to bubbly bottles flowing, it’ll be a night to remember with a beautiful atmosphere and views.
Khao San Road
Khao San Road, where the nightlife is the most colorful, is one of the most famous places to celebrate New Year's Eve in Thailand. Khao San Road is suitable for those who want to celebrate the New Year more affordable than at the sky bars with high prices. Khao San Road has countless bars and shops offering anything you want. When it comes to New Year's Eve, Khao San Road is extremely busy and vibrant all night long and attracts a lot of tourists and local people to wait for the moment of countdown to welcome the New Year. You can have fun until the morning in the clubs and open-air bars on the street.
Siam Paragon is a countdown location that gathers all young people with many interesting things to do. Siam Paragon, which is connected to many shopping centers, includes nightclubs and bars where you can have fun with live DJ performances. At the venue, the Christmas tree is beautifully decorated with lights, and there are many beautiful photo corners that will bring you a memorable New Year's Eve moment. It is recommended for those who like a lovely and vibrant atmosphere.
King Power Mahanakhon
King Power Mahanakhon is a great spot to watch spectacular fireworks from the highest viewpoint in Bangkok. At a height of 314 meters or the 78th floor offering a 360-degree view of Bangkok, you will be able to see the splendor of the fireworks welcoming the New Year.
Sathorn Bridge or King Taksin Bridge
Sathorn Bridge, also known as the King Taksin Bridge, is a bridge over the Chao Phraya River that connects Sathorn Road and Krung Thon Buri Road. It is another point where you can watch the spectacular fireworks in the midst of the Chao Phraya River. In particular, you will see many colorful decorated river cruise boats welcoming the New Year. You can admire the beauty of these boats from this famous bridge spanning the Chao Phraya River together with beautiful fireworks.
Khlong San Pier and Si Phraya Pier
Khlong San Pier and Si Phraya Pier are another spot to watch beautiful fireworks on New Year's Eve. Both piers are a crossing piers from Phra Nakhon side to Thonburi side along the Chao Phraya River. Si Phraya Pier is located on the Phra Nakhon side while Khlong San Pier is located on the Thonburi side. Coming here, you will admire the colorful fireworks display with a clear view.
Where else to celebrate New Year 2023 in Bangkok?
If you would prefer to celebrate your New Year's Eve 2023 elsewhere, choose New Year dinner and/or countdown party at one of the best Bangkok hotels. Top hotels offering special deals for this night are listed here: Best Hotels to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Bangkok.
Where to Stay in Bangkok?
What is the best place to stay in Bangkok if you're planning to celebrate the New Year in Bangkok? The answer can be found here: Guide to Bangkok Best Areas.
Bangkok Hotels for New Year's Eve Celebration
Here are some of the best Bangkok hotels to add to your wish list and stay on the New Year's Eve in Bangkok for having a good time with family and friends.