Thailand Welcomes its 27-millionth Tourist
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has plenty of tricks up its sleeve to attract visitors to tourist hotspot this New Year’s Eve, according to a report in the Thai Tribune. Major tourist destinations including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket will host a range of celebrations from December 25th 2015 – January 1st 2016.
Bangkok is widely praised as one of the top destinations in Asia to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Highlights include extravagant firework displays, mini-concerts and cultural performances.
The popular Central World complex in the centre of the city is also a popular spot for visitors and locals celebrating a New York-style countdown. The live performances and light shows that take place every year attract hundreds of thousands of people, so it’s one of the top spots for those in search of a festive atmosphere.
Asiatique night market y the Chao Praya River is a popular family venue on New Year’s Eve. The festivities begin at around 5pm on the 31st and this year will include live performances, fireworks and a countdown that is broadcast on live TV.
Riverboat cruises also put on special new year package for visitors searching for a more low key evening away from the crowds. The cruises depart at 6pm and 8pm, and guests can enjoy multiple course dinner as they sail past sights such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Rama VIII Bridge.
Down on Phuket, the New Year’s Eve celebrations are set to be just as exciting. The TAT has organized a special countdown at Promthep Cape, where live music, food and fireworks will draw the crowds. Patong Beach will also host a huge party for revelers, while popular beach parties are also set to take place on the island’s upscale Surin Beach, which is home to some of the island’s most luxurious private villas.
Over in the Gulf of Thailand, the Kingdom’s popular boutique islands are also putting plenty of events on to entice holiday-makers this festive season. In addition to a wealth of firework displays that will take place across Koh Samui, the island’s beach club scene looks set to dazzle this NYE. Nikki Beach will be putting on world-class live musicians, dancers and DJs, in addition to a firework display and gala buffet. Finally, for younger revelers, there’s a special addition to the famous Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan for New Year’s Eve, which in the past has attracted over 10,000 partygoers.
updates by Wayne Hue