New Year in Thailand

Posted on 28 December 2012 by ABPC

The New Year is a very important time for most countries around the world and Thailand is no different. The following article gives you an idea about where the celebrations will be taking place and what you can expect. The article was taken from the respected website: http://thailand.prd.go.th/view_news.php?id=6583&a=4.

New Year Countdown in Thailand

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:

Pattaya: The annual Pattaya countdown has become a huge event in Bali Hai area and this year is no exception, with top Thai bands such as ‘Bad Ass’ performing into the early hours. The firework show is shown live on Thai TV all across the country.

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.

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.

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.

Samut Songkhram: Famous as the home of Suntharaphon, the well-known Thai folk band, Samut Songkhram organises New Year celebrations at the Amphawa Floating Market featuring their songs. Visitors can enjoy joining in the songs and dances, as well as singing “Sawasdee Pi Mai” (Happy New Year) with the locals.

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.

In a related development, Bangkok is listed as one of the 20 best venues for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Quoted from the Huffington Post, “From the glitzy Thonglor district to the backpacker-haven of Khao San Road, every bar and nightclub in Bangkok will be heaving with revelers on December 31st, as the city’s Thai and international populations come together to celebrate the New Year. The biggest event of the night is in CentralWorld Square, where crowds of several hundred thousand will be gathered for a spectacular light show and live concert. As well as the dramatic countdown to midnight, they’ll be video screens projecting celebrations from around the world, a series of fireworks displays set off along the riverside and lively beer gardens lining the streets.”

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