Ring in the New Year at Hemingway’s with eight very happy hours (noon until 8pm), special NYE dishes, a tableside magician, party poppers, and lucky draws offering vouchers worth B1000-B3000.
Count down to 2016 on-board a party boat gently floating down the Chao Phraya River. The festivities are geared toward the theatrical, with live music and cabaret rounded out with a buffet dinner of international fare. Visit thairivercruise.com for more information.
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit rings in the New Year in raucous 19th-century style with its Moulin Rouge Party. Held on the 25th floor at Altitude, the party features beats by DJ LP and live food stations to satisfy appetites for indulgence. Entrance is B1500 and includes a welcome drink.
Ring in 2016 style at Riverside Terrace at Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers. The elegant New Year’s Eve gala dinner breaks down into the “grooving party by the river.” The beautiful setting besides the Chao Phraya makes it one of the best locations in the city to celebrate the New Year. Enjoy live tunes spun by a DJ as you take in the fluttering fireworks over the river.
Say hello the New Year by the pool at Luce at the Eastin Grand Sathorn. Priced at B750, entry to the party includes two drinks. For a more vertiginous view, head to the Sky Lounge on the 33rd floor to check out the fireworks over the river with free-flow soft drinks, beers, spirits, and wine, plus a variety of complimentary canapés and a top local DJ (B2300).
Two of the biggest gay parties take place over the holidays. Starting on NYE and continuing on January 1 and 2, Sundance Asia,on the 8th floor of CentralWorld at ZEN, features top DJs and performers, including Tony Moran, Danny Verde, Preeda Tony, and Deboah Cox. This is a charity event, too. Proceeds are donated to the B-Change Foundation and “The HIV Foundation Thailand. For more information, visit sundanceasia-events.com.
The other bash is the annual White Party. The three-day event also starts on NYE and lasts through January 2, held at the brand-new Muang Thai GMM Live House, somewhat ironically also on the 8th floor of CentralWorld. This live music blast welcomes all members of the LGBT community to come together and celebrate in an inclusive environment. Free expression is both welcomed and encouraged. DJs Grind, Toy Armada, and drag queen Flava will provide entertainment.
ThreeSixty at the Millennium Hilton is putting together “Pop Till You Drop,” offering free flow packages and live DJs on New Year’s Eve at its Executive Lounge and Outdoor Lounge. The B8000 price nets guests one Mini Moet at the Executive Lounge; same for the B 10000 price at the Outdoor Lounge.
On top of its Carnival Parade by the pool, which features samba and salsa dancers, raffles, and a massive buffet for B13000, Shangri-La Hotel is also offering a ride on the Horizon Cruise. Enjoy an international buffet in the company of family and friends—not to mention up-close views of the fireworks—for B8000 per person.
Party like there’s no tomorrow at the W Hotel Bangkok’s Stop the Clock Countdown Party. There will be DJs, special cocktails, and a bottle promotion to take you into 2016. Entry is free, but table reservations are required.
CentralWorld plays host to the biggest and most famous countdown festival in Bangkok. Light and sound shows, as well as live performances by popular local artists, bring out revellers by the thousands. Grab a seat at one of the beer gardens and count down with other countries around the world via large-screen projections.