Every year, all over the world, the New Year’s Eve countdown on December 31st always ends with a fantastic fireworks display.
In Bangkok most, but not all, of the fireworks shows take place on the river, so now is the time to reserve your spot at one of the city’s best rooftop bars or riverside terraces or riverboat cruises. It’s been an unforgettable year – even if you’d really rather forget it – so say goodbye to 2020 with a bang from one of these 10 spectacular viewing spots.
Masked-Parade Gala Night at Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok is inviting all guests to join them in welcoming the new year in style, with a Masked-Parade Gala Night, held by their riverfront poolside. End the year off with a spectacular bang, by indulging in a unique extravangaza of international delicacies — served in an extensive buffet line, of course — along with world-class entertainment, raffle draws, and all night dancing. The river-side location also puts you at the forefront of the iconic Chao Phraya River fireworks that everyone’s vying to get a glimpse of come New Year. THB 8,900 gets you a regular entry ticket, while children can attend for THB 4,450 per person. To find out more, call 0 2236 9952, or email email@example.com.
First-Class Fireworks at Peninsula
The Peninsula Bangkok has a dazzling calendar of festive activities this year, but their New Year’s Eve special is, undeniably, like no other. Called ‘First-Class Fireworks’ this premium package includes the ultimate seats from which to watch the countdown – from the inside of a helicopter! This exclusive, one-of-a-kind package, available for up to four guests, is priced at THB 1,000,000++, which consists of a one-night stay in a two-bedroom top theme suite on New Year’s Eve, a private gala dinner in your suite (including free-flow of Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne), en-suite Peninsula Champagne breakfast, roundtrip limousine transfer within Bangkok, Margy’s Haute Couture facial treatment, and, most importantly, a 45-minute helicopter ride on to see the fireworks from the sky! The hefty price tag also includes a THB 188,000 donation made in your name to ‘Operation Smile’, a non-profit medical service providing safe surgeries to underprivileged children and young adults to address facial deformities such as cleft lips, cleft palates and burns. So, it’s great fun for a good cause, and a wonderful way to start 2021. To book, call +66(0)2 020 2888 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Along with an array of fabulous Christmas themed culinary events, the recently opened Capella Bangkok invites all to bid 2020 farewell with a dazzling New Year’s Eve celebration. On this unforgettable evening, the culinary experts at Côte restaurant will craft an exclusive year-end menu (THB 16,000, wine pairing THB 3,200), while the hotel’s Phra Nakhon restaurant hosts an enchanting interactive feast with shared courses and live cooking stations (THB 16,000, free flow wine and Champagne THB 4,000). All dinner packages on NYE include countdown celebration with entertainment and fireworks display by the river. You can also count down to the new year at Stella, where Champagne, free-flow cocktails and canapés (THB 5,900) lead up to a spectacular firework show at midnight, and a party that continues until 2am. Or, choose to witness the fireworks from your own outdoor terrace or balcony when booking your countdown stay at Capella Bangkok with their ‘Under The Stars’ accommodation package, starting from THB 52,888++ per room for two persons, which includes complimentary room upgrade, extravaganza New Year Eve’s dinner, live entertainment, late checkout, and more.
Saffron Cruise by Banyan Tree
Embark on a one-of-a-kind dining voyage along the Chao Phraya River on New Year’s Eve with Banyan Tree’s Saffron Cruise. Priced at THB 5,888++, the evening consists of an authentic Thai 5-course set dinner, while sailing past some of the most splendid ancient landmarks of Bangkok. Then, at the stroke of the midnight, guests can admire the beauty of the harbour and its multitude of firework displays. This luxurious cruise runs from 8:15pm to 1:30am, and includes live band and DJ, as well as complimentary round trip transportation from Banyan Tree Hotel to the IconSiam Pier 2 (transportation leaves at 6.30pm). Of course, if boats aren’t your thing, the Banyan Tree Hotel’s Vertigo and Moon Bar has a New Year’s Eve celebration also priced at THB 5,888++, inclusive of a sumptuous 7-course degustation menu, live musical performances, DJ from midnight to 2am, and unparalleled views of the midnight fireworks from the hotel’s 61st floor rooftop. Or, book a spot at the Saffron Sky Garden where the 52nd floor party consists of an unlimited beverage package with international canapes, plus DJ till 2am for THB 2,888 per person.
Lebua – The World’s First Vertical Destination
Kiss 2020 goodbye at one of the multiple sky-high wine and dine venues at lebua at State Tower. Sirocco, the iconic rooftop restaurant on the building’s 63rd floor, has a dinner package priced at THB 8,800++ per person (food only), while at Breeze, on the 52nd floor, the NYE dinner package is a celebration of Pan-Asian cuisine priced at THB 7,800++ per person (food only). At the 64th floor Alfresco 64: A Chivas Bar – the highest outdoor whisky bar in the world – the dinner package is THB 5,100++ per person for a 3-course menu (food only). Meanwhile, at Distil Bar, where crafted seasonal cocktails promise a tantalizing experience, the dinner package is also going for THB 5,100++ per person for a 3-courses meal (food only). Finally, top-tier foodies will want to book a place at Chef Vincent Thierry’s Chef’s Table, where his gourmet dinner package is priced at THB 16,800++ per person (food only), and then at midnight head to the Pink Bar next door for some ultra-premium champagne and a stellar view of the river fireworks.
Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel
Step into the world of wonder at ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’, an unforgettable Eroticirque celebration being held New Year’s Eve at SEEN, the eye-popping 27th floor rooftop pool bar at the Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel. From 8pm till midnight enjoy a delectable four-course dinner, plus free-flow drinks and dazzling entertainment from the greatest show on earth – a sexy circus with stilt-walkers, jugglers, snake charmers, and fire spinners, as well as live music from the band Trix’O’treat. As the final midnight countdown approaches, the party moves to the roof for toasts, celebrations, and panoramic views of the dazzling firework displays along the river. For THB 10,000++ per person you’ll get regular seating, for THB 12,000++ per person you’ll get premium seating, and it’s THB 2,500++ for bottles of champagne (booked in advance). Or, if you want to skip the meal, it’s just THB 7,500++ per person for free-flow bubbly, wine, beer, and cocktails.
King Power Mahanakhon
Witness what will be ‘Bangkok’s Highest Countdown’ from the 78th floor of the King Power Mahanakhon building. Enjoy spectacular unparalleled views of all the fireworks going off across the city, plus a non-stop line up of DJs and live entertainment, such as Joey Boy and The Toys. Event access is THB 4,999 net per person, and includes rooftop access from 5pm till 2am, as well as five drinks throughout the night, a souvenir photo-album, and free-flow tapas and canapes from 7pm till 11:30pm. At the same time, the Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar, on the 76th floor, will be ending the year with an elegant and delicious 5-course dinner with live entertainment, starting from THB 5,900++ per person, including one glass of champagne. Dinner takes place from 5pm till 1am, but at midnight you’re welcome to head to the rooftop for Bangkok’s highest countdown and panoramic views of firework celebrations.
Red Sky, Centara Grand @ Central World
Bid Farewell to 2020 at the 56th floor Red Sky restaurant, all while enjoying a gourmet 6-course gala dinner starting from 7pm. Chef Christian Ham will be curating this festive feast, which includes a glass of G.H Mumm Grand Cordon Brut Champagne. With all bookings, guests are also given access to Red Sky’s Countdown Party that is held just one floor above (running until 2am), which is an ideal spot to see the colourful explosions all over Bangkok. The dinner menu highlights on this evening include selections such as: Oscietra caviar, Balik salmon with crème fraiche, poppy seed crusted pan seared foie gras, Maine lobster served in two ways, Japanese Omi Wagyu A4 beef tenderloin, and a chocolate concorde, cherry sorbet for dessert. This all-inclusive package is priced at THB 7,555++ per person, and as a special offer the first 15 booked guests will also receive a free 1-night stay at the hotel (to find out more call +66(0)2 100 6255, or email: email@example.com).
Zoom Sky Bar & Restaurant
Up on the 40th floor of the Anantara Sathorn hotel on Naradiwas Road is where you’ll find Zoom Sky Bar & Restaurant, arguably one of the most under-appreciated rooftops in Bangkok. On New Year’s Eve, however, you can show your appreciation by attending their year-end party and celebration, which will offer incredible panoramic views of the city’s various fireworks displays. For the price of just THB 4,999++ per person the festivities include a wonderful premium buffet dinner, complete with a glass of sparkling wine, accompanied by an open bar beverage free flow. The party runs from 7pm till 1am, with live entertainment throughout the evening.
The Oriental Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Also boasting a THB 1,000,000 price tag is the exclusive, one-of-its-kind New Year’s Eve Package at the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. Celebrate the last night of 2020 in the hotel’s brand-new Oriental Suite – the most prestigious suite of all – with a private chef’s table offering you and your party a custom-prepared dinner crafted by the hotel’s award-winning chefs: Executive Chef Dominique Bugnand and Le Normandie’s Chef de Cuisine Arnaud Dunand Sauthier. You and your crew (up to 16 persons) will also have a front-row seat for the amazing firework display from the comfort of your private balcony. This deal also includes a one-night stay on December 31st, 2020, in The Oriental Suite for up to 6 people. For reservation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +66(0)2 659 9000.