If caging yourself in a house and surrounding yourself on New Year’s Eve with food, a feast, family, a Christmas tree and, of course, candy has been your most regular experience in all your NYE years, your sole mission this year should be getting out of the city to make a new NYE memory you’ll never forget.

Though Bangkok has a myriad of fun-filled NYE happenings, other provinces are also known for hosting exhilarating end-of-the-year raves. We’ve curated a list of 8 NYE events happening outside of Bangkok just so you can have a change of scenery instead of being stuck in the concrete forest or counting down at home.

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Celebrate the festive season with Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

When: December 31 for Masquerade Countdown Party
January 1 for New Year’s Day Lazy BBQ Brunch
Price:  THB 9,500++ per person for Masquerade Countdown Party
THB 2,500++ per person for BBQ Brunch

Those hankering for a NYE party that goes deeper than fireworks and fizzy drinks in the city, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui has loads of fun on offer — think along the lines of a masquerade party and BBQ brunch. So for this very occasion, get your mask ready and dress in your finest attire for Masquerade Countdown Party at midnight of December 31. Set at the hotel’s infinity-edge pool, guests are invited to catch the fireworks show at midnight while sipping on free-flowing champagne leading up to the 2019 countdown. And if you happen to be a foodie, you’ll know any good party doesn’t come without barbecue delights. So spend your first day of 2019 indulging in the Four Seasons’ New Year’s Day Lazy BBQ Brunch at The Beach House — which is an open-aired, beachside steakhouse with dining tables literally set on the sand. Diners can expect to feast on  mouth-watering barbecue classics, sumptuous sides, freshly-baked pastries and assorted tropical fruits.

Those looking for a long stay by the Gulf of Thailand during Christmastide, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui also welcomes you to the festive season with a bunch of special activities like the Festive Afternoon Tea and The Christmas and New Year Brunch. So let’s book your vacation now since 2019 is fast-approaching.

Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, 219 Moo 5, Angthong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, +66 77 243-000

Knock Knock Pattaya Countdown 2019

When: December 30-31
Price: THB 3,100 for two-day access

Knock Knock Pattaya Countdown will sure make a name for itself this 2018 with its leading global DJ lineups like Martin Garrix (World’s number 1 DJ), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (World’s number 2 DJ duo), Lost Frequencies, Ummet Ozcan, Quintino, Wolfpack, and MATTN — which are all from the world’s top 100 DJs list of 2018. So all you EDM devotees, get ready to party and dance until you drop — cause when the bass drops, so do all your problems. Taking place at MAYA Space, Pattaya, the ticket is priced at THB 3,100 and will give you access to both two days of the concert.

Book your ticket here.

Knock Knock Pattaya countdown, https://www.facebook.com/knockknockfestival/

Dine & Dance under the stars 2019: New Year’s Eve Gala at InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

When: December 31
Price: THB 8,999++ inclusive of welcome cocktail.

Dine on good food and dance under the moonlight – what is there not to like about that? Hosted by InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner features a crisp cocktails reception to start and a delectable, all-you-can-eat dinner to finish. Serving gourmet Thai and Western dishes along with entertaining performances by the far-famed electric violinist June Chanakan, and the famous jazz band, The Pleasure Delayer, the festive feast will be set on the hotel’s lush lawn and will live on until midnight.

Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort, Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin, Prachuabkhirikhan, +6632 616 999

Coloured New Year’s Eve 2018 at Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai

When: December 31
Price: THB 9,800 ++ for adults (inclusive of free-flow soft drinks and wines); THB 4,000++ for children

Let there be a burst of colours this 2019 with celebrations at the Coloured New Year’s Eve gala dinner hosted by Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai. Set under the “colours” theme, the festive dinner promises to be a vivid night filled with vibrant attire, live entertainment, synchronised-swimming exhibition by the Thai National Swimming team, a lucky draw, and – of course – a vibrant fireworks show as the clock ticks on towards midnight. Seats are limited so advanced reservations are needed if you wish to join this colourful party.

Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai,  89/8 Chang Klan Road, Chang Khlan, Chiang Mai, +6653 253 888

Fly To The Moon Festival 2019 at Koh Mak, Trat, Thailand

When: December 29-January 1
Price: THB 600-1,800

December is coming to an end so let’s dance the year away at Fly To The Moon Festival. Famed as the NYE party guru, Fly To The Moon is going strong with their 5th edition on the exclusive island of Koh Mak — a little secret island gem in Trat, Thailand. Featuring an epic music blow out by local DJs like Jan Disco Robot, Elaheh, Tim Roemer, Silent VIBES and Superstar Panda, this ultimate 3-day musical experience will be a notorious journey to the moon and back that you’ll never forget.

There are different types of tickets available: New Year’s Eve Ticket (THB 1,300) for access to their NYE party at the Little Moon Villa, Koh Mak; Boat Party December 30 (THB 600); Festival Ticket All Days (THB 1,800) for 3-day access to the festival including the boat party on December 30 and NYE Party at the Little Moon Villa for the countdown on December 31.

Book your tickets here.

Fly To The Moon, Moo 1 Aow Ka-Noon, Ko Mak, 23120, Thailand,  +6681 840 3561

Magical New Year’s Eve at Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa

When: December 31
Price: THB 4,999++ (food only) and THB 8,000++ (inclusive of free-flow wines until midnight and for Best of The World Set Dinner at Big Fish & Bar.
THB 500++ (entry with 2 Chang and other drinks from selected menu) and THB 1,600 ++ (entry and free-flowing beverages) for Party Under The Star.

Savour your taste buds this NYE with the Best of The World Set Dinner – a sumptuous six-course, wine-pairing dinner curated by Hua Hin Marriott‘s executive chefs of Big Fish & Bar. Serving you delightful seafood dishes with a cool twist along with opulent French wines, the dinner is guaranteed to be a journey to the deep sea and back to the wine vineyards of the French countryside like you’ve never experienced before.

Those looking for a night that doesn’t end merely with dinner, head over to the sandy beach and join the Party Under The Star where you can dance the night away with a free-flow drinks in hand while counting down with your loved ones. Fireworks, a fire dance and drum show are also included as part of the seaside revelry you shouldn’t miss out on.

Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa107/1 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin, Prachuabkhirikhan, +6632 904 666

Synergy New Year Festival


When: December 31
Price: THB 250 for Early Bird Ticket; THB 350 for Phase 2 ticket; THB 500 for Door Ticket.

Due to its crisp and refreshing weather, Chiang Mai has always been on the Thais’ itinerary for celebrating Christmas and NYE. With a wave of winter festivals happening there during this time, however, the Synergy New Year – Chiangmai ‘s largest outdoor music festival of 2018 — seems to be the most thrilling one so far. The line-up for this DJs concert includes Mendy Indigo, Hexer, DJ April, DJ Nakara, Fundamental harmonics, LoKa, DJ I Lost My Keys and Scooby Doo. Held at November Chiang Mai, the restaurant overlooking the Ping River boasts a romantic vibe that will only enrich the riverside music-fuelled festival.
Book your ticket here.

November Chiang Mai, 33/11, Joen Prathet Road, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

New Year’s Countdown Buffet at The Hilltop, Krabi

When: December 31
Price: THB 2,490 per person

Overlooking the vivid views of Ao Nang beach, Krabi, The Hilltop restaurant is really the place to be if you’re sick of Phuket’s touristy beaches. Known for its prime location on the peak of the hill in the little town of Ao Nang, the venue offers both alfresco and indoor dining experiences that are always enlivened with a wide selection of tasty, authentic Thai dishes. This NYE especially, diners can expect to gorge on a very special countdown buffet. Featuring a range of finger-licking good dishes like lobster bisque, grilled Australian beef, Spaghetti alle Vongole, cold cuts along with a bunch of Thai and seafood dishes, the restaurant is fit for friends looking for an outdoor countdown spot or lovers looking for a romantic place to dine while looking towards a sweet 2019.

The Hilltop99 Moo 3, Ao Nang, Krabi, +6675 637 195

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.