The new year is only a few days away. For many, New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to get together with family and friends and enjoy the spectacular countdown and fireworks display. While most people spend New Years at home, some opt for travelling and experiencing the beginning of another year abroad. If this sounds like something you’d be up to, why not travel to halal friendly Thailand for a completely different new year experience. Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations the world has to offer. Apart from being reasonably cheap, there are tons of fantastic places to visit, attractions to see, and activities to take part in. Let’s also not forget the delicious Thai cuisines that are famously known around the globe.
Apart from the normal holiday adventures, one would take part in while on holiday, being in a different country during such a big event such as New Year means you’ll get to experience welcoming the new year in a completely different way. Why the same activities such as large get-togethers and firework displays will still take place, being somewhere completely different in the world provides a different ambience with so many new and memorable memories to make. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to be at during New Year’s Eve when in Thailand.
Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai
The northern capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai is the perfect place to be for New Year’s Eve. Being a popular ‘place to be’ all year round, welcoming thousands of tourist yearly, there’s no exception for New Years. Despite being a big city, Chiang Mai keeps a small town vibe providing a safe and secure place for tourists and locals to enjoy the beginning of the new year. For many, Chiang Mai is more popular than Bangkok during this time of the year due to smaller crowds. Chiang Mai hosts some of the best celebrations the country has to offer during the New Year, with the Lantern Festival being one of them. Many foreigners come to Chiang Mai to take part in the candlelit lantern ceremony where paper lanterns all around the city are lit before watching them float swiftly into the dark sky.
If you’re looking for a more laid back welcome to 2018, Asiatique may be the place for you. The spectacular market provides a stunning night bazaar and mall combo in the perfect location. A selection of outdoor shopping and restaurants serving both Thai and a range of international cuisines will welcome you at Asiatique, making it the perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner before counting down to the New Year. The Market is located right along the beautiful Chao Phraya River providing stunning and relaxing views for all to see. Perfect for families and couples looking to avoid the crowd but still wanting to enjoy the view, New Year’s Eve at Asiatique is the perfect way to start off 2018 without the hassle of large crowds.
Surin Beach in Phuket
It’s a known fact that Phuket is one of the most popular places to visit when in Thailand, and that’s just the same when it comes to welcoming the new year. You may be wondering why, seeing Phuket offers a peaceful retreat; however, the stunning Surin Beach has become a popular ‘must visit’ during New Year’s Eve. Enjoy watching various displays of fireworks from afar all while relaxing on the Phuket Island, or take part in Surin Beaches activities which include fireworks, live entertainment and exclusive gala dinners.
On The Chao Phraya River
Get up close and personal and enjoy front row seats to the beautiful welcoming of 2018. There are a ton of restaurants lining up against the famous river, all which provide delicious meals and a variety of cuisines. Enjoy a romantic meal with your partner or dinner with the family before getting to experience the artery of Bangkok’s New Years display as close as you can be. River cruise buffets are also available making it that extra special accompanied by live bands and delightful music to provide the ultimate New Year treat.
Where ever it is you decide to spend your New Year, the team at Luxury Halal Travel and Serendipity Tailormade wish you a joyful and prosperous welcome to 2018! Make the most of this special event with your family and friends as we welcome another year together, and get ready for another year of challenges, joyful moments, happy memories, and hopefully more luxury halal holidays with us!