Local Randezvous: Where to countdown in Bangkok
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By Primal Bangkok

Sawasdee torn chao (good morning) all!

New year is coming close. And there’s that very night before it you’d want to make the most out of the last bit before bidding this year a farewell. Of course, to welcome a brighter new year as well.

Words you’d want to know today must simply be “pee-mai”, Thai for new year.

Be sure to pronounce the first syllable with the P sound you do in spree, spa and spy. (So it’s not the same as pee pee.)

And to greet someone happy New Year, it’s as easy as…

“Sawaddee pee-mai”

Whether you’re looking for a special feast, a fun night or some stiff drinks before getting past 2015, we’ve curated some options for you.

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Hotels

One thing with hotels is that most of them have at least one restaurant doing buffet. And that’s perfect for pigging out for the last time of the year.

For a reliable, no-frill buffet dinner, Dusit Thani’s The Pavilion serves up festive offerings at 2,999 Baht while free-flow house sparkling wine and local beer can also be added at 2,399 Baht extra.

For something meaty and seafood-y, starve yourself and go to Grand Hyatt Erawan’s Tables Grill for a dinner at 5,500 Baht including a glass of Moet & Chandon.

If you plan to get a glimpse of the biggest countdown spot in Bangkok, head to Renaissance hotel’s Flavors restaurant to stuff yourself up first.

And for those who just want to continue with party, Sofitel So’s Red Oven has a good deal at 4,000 Baht inclusive of an entry to the countdown party at The Water Club.

For something special and nearby, Siam@Siam has plenty of great options! A New Year’s Eve 7 Course Gala dinner on the The Roof Gastro at 7,950 Baht and a Buffet Dinner at PH1 at 2,200 Baht including a bottle of sparkling wine! However, if you’ve got plans for dinner already but don’t know where to go for the countdown Siam@Siam has the best location to watch the firework display in town. Entrance Ticket at 1,000 Baht.

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Restaurants

Make the night a memorable one with some good food. Stand alone restaurants are normally more vibrant with somehow friendlier atmosphere comparing to hotels.

Bo.lan will guarantee you get traditional when it comes to Thai food (C’mon, you’re on a holiday in Thailand.) For something easily good and Western, Quince is a solid place to be. But if you want a mix, head to the newly opened 80/20 and also get Charoenkrung vibe.

Bars

Good booze makes good days and good nights (and good years!) Who doesn’t agree?

Junker and Bar has always been a nice choice for a night out. Even better when they’ll give away free cider from 10:30pm till midnight. And if you use the words we’ve just taught you with the staff, you’ll get 25-percent discount on food. Smalls also give away sparkling wine from 11:30pm-12:30am that night. Ladies will have more advantage enjoying free margarita at Coyote on its Ladies Night from 6pm, to complement Mexican feast.

Countdown Venues

Join the huge crowd to get through the end of the year together.

CentralWorld has been the biggest and most crowded NYE spot in Bangkok for many years we’ve lost the count. Join the crowd for mini concerts before and after the countdown by Thai star artists. Head to Asiatique is you want a similar vibe by the river—concerts and countdown. Thailand’s special option happens at temples across the country. We’ve started the New Year Prayer campaign just for a few years and the popularity has been growing. A great spot near Chao Hostel has to be Pathum Wanaram Temple, located between Siam Paragon and Central World.

We hope you enjoy this special time of the year in Bangkok.

Take care and Sawasdee Pee-Mai!

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