It’s that time of the year again. Temperatures have dropped, the festive decorations have gone up, and we’re beginning to make New Year’s resolutions that hopefully we’ll keep. With the countdown right around the corner, it’s time to tackle December’s most pressing question — where to be when we cross from one year to the next? With Bangkok’s top establishments doling out their festive offers, it can be hard to decide which spots are worth your reservations, which is why we’ve taken the liberty of doing the research for you.
Before we solemnly swear to be healthier next year or cut back on the drinking, why not treat ourselves for 2019’s last meal, and kick-off 2020 with a feast and bubbly-fuelled hurrah? From 5-starred hotel restaurants, to the city’s best rooftop bars, we’ve rounded up a list of Bangkok’s best places to be as we bid fond farewells to 2019 and welcome a brand new chapter. Reservations are filling up fast — best book now!
It’s the last evening of the year, so you might as well go all the way, and King Power Mahanakhon is set to take you all the way to the top with Bangkok’s highest New Year’s Eve Countdown and Rooftop Champagne party. Enjoy live entertainment by Season Five, DJ 7 Skies and a special countdown with Burin — paired with, of course, 360-degree panoramic views of Bangkok. With front-row views of the fireworks bursting against skyline vista, and free-flow champagne and oysters, what’s not to love?
For those who prefer to celebrate with a 7-course dinner, head over to Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar on the 76th floor to enjoy signature dishes by Chef Joshua Cameron. The meal is complemented by live Broadway-style entertainment, including tap dancing and other fabulous musical performances.
Book your early bird ticket today at THB12,000 net for Bangkok’s highest countdown and rooftop party. Alternatively, reserve yourself a spot at the seven-course Sunset Dinner for THB15,000++ per person.
Bid adieu to 2019 from the breathtaking banks of the Chao Phraya River at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, where you’ve got a selection of options to choose from, to ensure your countdown is among the most memorable. The hotel’s main countdown takes place at the Riverside Terrace, where a cocktail reception will be held at twilight, followed by an international dinner — think the likes of Beluga caviar, black truffle, and iberico lamb — and masquerade ball. For something more laid-back, take to Trader Vic’s, where you’ll find Pacific-Rim feasting complemented by live entertainment, and a seating choice of garden pavilion or dining by the pool. If river views are your main priority, the very best can be found on board the hotel’s Manohra Cruises, where guests will be served a five-course dinner while sailing down the Chao Phraya — past some of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks. Keep in mind that once the clock hits midnight, the entire riverside will see beautiful fireworks bloom over the Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn.
From 9,599 per person for the Masquerade Gala Dinner. THB2,020 per person for the Royal Moonlight Cruise. THB4,999 per person for dinner at Trader Vic’s. Available December 31, 2019.
To see the riverside from a hip and high vantage point, head to Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel, where you’ll be greeted by contemporary vibes, and 26 storeys of front-row river views. Especially for New Year’s Eve, the hotel is offering a plethora of celebrations. Most noteworthy is the White Gala, which is all about costumes, caviar, and cocktails. Live cooking stations will be showcasing some of the most exquisite, imported foods, and come nightfall, get ready to dance the night away on the outdoor terrace.
THB5,500 for The White Party Gala. Available December 31, 2019.
Among Bangkok’s best rooftop destinations is SEEN. The best place to see and — excuse the pun — be seen, the restaurant and bar promises nothing short of an exceptional countdown experience this 2019. The evening kicks off with beats by the resident DJ, and an exquisite five-course meal by chef Alexandre — complemented, of course, by incredible cocktails by the rooftop’s infamously charming mixologists. The high-flying space comes to life once the sun sets in a flurry of with swinging beats, burlesque-dancing, and fantastic live performances. If you’re all set to skip dinner and go straight to the party, swing by at 9pm for free-flow spirits and mixers, bubbly, and wine. Once midnight strikes, get ready to be blown away as the Chao Phraya River lights up in the city’s most impressive fireworks display. You’ll definitely be shimmying your way into 2020, so get those dancing shoes ready!
THB10,000++ per person for New Year’s Eve at Seen Restaurant & Bar Bangkok. THB7,500++ for bottoms up free-flow. Available December 31, 2019.
If you’re looking to head into the New Year with some proper fine-dining, why not head to the newly revamped nahm at COMO Metropolitan Bangkok? The Michelin-starred establishment will be hosting a special New Year’s Eve dinner, which features chef Pim Techamuanvivit’s menu of Thai-inspired plates with a modern twist. The dishes come nicely paired with bubbly, as well as traditional Khon dances and puppet performances during dinner. Once the meal is done, head over to the hotel’s poolside, where DJs will be offering great beats through to 2020.
THB8,999 per person. Available December 31, 2019.
Of course, why limit yourself to Bangkok, when the holiday season means the perfect opportunity to plan a getaway? Satiate your craving for adventure and wanderlust by ringing in 2020 with a trip to the beach. To ring in the new year with style and spectacle, head straight to Hilton Pattaya, where you can celebrate New Year’s Eve on the highest level at Horizon Rooftop Restaurant & Bar. Expect a variety of unlimited premium selections, including imported oysters, seafood on ice, and an array of mouth-watering Japanese delights. Indulgently meaty, made-to-order plates are also available — think: kurobuta pork, foie gras, snow fish, and more. As Hilton puts it, “count on us to make it magical”.
THB11,500 per person. Available December 31, 2019.