New Year Countdown in Thailand

Written by SabaiThai. Posted in Blog

The celebrations to greet the New Year in Thailand are always full of fun activities, including concerts, stage performances, fireworks displays, and a mass countdown to welcome in the New Year. 

Apart from the celebrations and countdown, visitors can also welcome the New Year in a traditional Thai way by visiting a temple. The Thais believe that paying homage to the Buddha image ensures a good start to a New Year and favourable prospects of happiness and good luck.

The celebrations to greet the New Year take place nationwide and visitors can join the locals in welcoming the New Year in major cities such as:

Photo Credit: Bangkok.com

Photo Credit: Bangkok.com

Bangkok: Bangkok is one of the liveliest cities in Thailand to celebrate the New Year. The countdown event takes place in every corner of Bangkok but the major event venue is the Ratchaprasong Intersection in the main shopping and business district. A variety of stage performances by leading Thai artists followed by a magnificent fireworks display and the joyful sound of the countdown make a good start to the New Year.

Photo Credit: centerpointlangsuan.com

Photo Credit: centerpointlangsuan.com


Chiang Rai: Celebrate the New Year in Lanna style by releasing lanterns to the sky, as well as  watching light and sound performances, cultural shows, and a spectacular fireworks display at the Chaloem Phrakiat clock tower in Chiang Rai city center.

Photo Credit: asianinterlaws.com

Photo Credit: asianinterlaws.com


Prachuap Khiri Khan: The locals and tourists at Hua Hin join hands in celebrating the New Year with live performances of various kinds of music; such as, jazz, bossa nova, and easy listening before the countdown to the New Year.

Photo Credit: Punjalee.com

Photo Credit: Punjalee.com


Ubon Ratchathani: Celebrate the New Year in Amphoe Khong Chiam and enjoy watching the lantern displays and light processions along the Mekong River, as well as other cultural performances; such as, the Bai Si Ritual, a traditional ceremony of the northeastern region. The highlight of the celebrations at Ubon Ratchathani is the release of floating lanterns and greetings to the first sunrise of the New Year at Pha Chana Dai, the most easterly point in Thailand.

Whether you’d like to go for traditional celebrations or fireworks, you may get some ideas on what to do and where to head to during the New Year in Thailand.  Happy New Year in advance everyone! 🙂

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