It’s a great excuse for a party and may you find plenty to do as well as unforgettable moments in each of these cities.
There will be plenty of New Year’s Eve parties at the bars along Khao San road but if you’re up for a more classy experience with great views and even better cocktails, head along to one of the city’s rooftop bars.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
The city square near the Gate is the centre of the celebrations. The roads close from 6pm and festivities take over with food vendors, pop up bars, and dance performances. In Chiang Mai it’s a tradition to release lanterns into the sky to bring luck for the New Year – it’s a pretty spectacular sight not to miss.
Luang Prabang, Laos
Start the celebrations early by hitting the pool party. Then head home to get changed before visiting the night markets for some delicious street food. When you’ve had your fill head to get a taxi to the bowling alley which is open until around 2am, trust us, this will be the most fun you’ve had ten pin bowling!
Tiger Beer set up a tent in Nam Phou Square by the Vientiane fountain with live music, food vendors and of course beer is the element that can’t be replaced!
Siem Reap, Cambodia
The streets of Siem Reap will be decorated with lights and the bars and restaurants along and around Pub Street will be packed come New Year’s Eve. Secure a spot early where you can people watch, have something to eat and a few drinks before the party spills out onto the street and Pub Street turns into one huge celebration.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Head down to the Tonle Sap riverside where there are lots of bars and restaurants overlooking the river or take a cruise along the river to observe the festivities from different perspectives.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
District 1, also known as the ‘backpacking’ district will be the place to be on New Years Eve. If you’re interested in a more fancy type of party where you can wear the one nice dress, head to the Rex Hotel’s rooftop bar or the Chill Skybar where you’ll have a great view and mix with Vietnam’s fashionable elite.
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Nha Trang is a bustling resort-town with lots of restaurants, bars and even a theme park on a private island that you can get to by cable car! The Club right on the beach is a great place to party, they’ve got international DJs and you can buy tickets on the door.
The streets around the Hoan Kiem Lake will be where you’ll find other tourists and some locals celebrating the New Year. Head to bia hoi corners to start the night then into one of the popular clubs like Funky Buddha, Dragonfly or Mao’s Red Lounge.