International New Year Eve is coming and if you still wonder where and how you can celebrate this event in Southeast Asia, just see our suggestion below.
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This city has been recommended as the best place to celebrate New Year Eve in Southeast Asia for many years and this year is not an exception. The most famous activity on 31st Dec is joining Bangkok Countdown. This is a year-end party that has been organized annually in Bangkok for about a decade and the program includes artworks, concerts, and stunning fireworks.
Firework on New Year Eve (Bangkok)
Does the Bangkok Countdown have too many people, too crowded? You can choose a rooftop bar nearby to enjoy cocktails while watching the colorful firework show from above. Normally, on 31st Dec, rooftop bars are full of people; however, you still feel much more comfortable than standing right at Bangkok Countdown that is packed with people.
Do you want to find somewhere else to celebrate New Year Eve less crowded? Siem Reap is such a suitable place. On the final day of the year, Siem Reap is also crowded, especially in the night market. However, as there are not so many locals and the International New Year is not really a part of Cambodian culture, most of the bars in the night market in Siem Reap are full of foreign tourists, celebrate together with food and drinks. Making friends with strangers, singing, and drinking with each other on 31st Dec night are not bad ideas, right?
Pub Street (Siem Reap)
You have heard too much about the International New Year Eve in Hochiminh city (Saigon), Vietnam? This time we give you a choice that is much more suitable for this event in Vietnam – Hanoi Capital. People are hunting for a ticket to join the Heineken Countdown that is going to be organized in Hang Day Stadium right at the city center. Heineken Countdown has been organized for years in Hanoi, but this is the second year it will be organized in a Stadium with tickets, instead of holding in the narrow Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square, right at the middle of streets; therefore, it is expected that will be more interesting and secured than every last year.
Heineken Countdown in Hanoi
The suggestions above are way too crowded than your expectation? You should choose Laos as an end for your tired year. As a typical Buddhism country, the International New Year Eve is not a big event in Laos. If you need a peaceful year-end day, Vientiane and Luang Prabang are the two main cities in Laos that can satisfy your demand. In the case you still want something a little bit crowded for New Year, Vientiane also has a countdown program that is organized publicly and is invested by a beer company such as Tiger Beer, Heineken or Laos Beer; however, this event will not be overcrowded like in other countries like Vietnam or Thailand so you may not feel uncomfortable to join in.
You do not like the crowds? A western bar in Luang Prabang is a really good choice. There are not so many people gathering there in New Year Eve, so you can enjoy that night simply with a Champaign toast and some snacks or a chat with strangers.
Hive Bar in Luang Prabang
(Image source: Internet)