As we come to the end of 2018, most of us will be cramming in a last-minute Christmas dinner because well, why not? And we’ll also have our plans for New Year’s Eve, ringing in 2019 with lots more food of course! You may find yourself wanting to do something a little different this year. Perhaps a little travelling? Well if so, here are the best places to spend New Year’s Eve in Southeast Asia.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
It’s one of the most picturesque displays you’ll ever see. The releasing of paper lanterns into the sky is something Chiang Mai does to celebrate the New Year. The sight of these candles floating up into the night’s sky is pretty spectacular and is something a little different to the somewhat more generic fireworks you’d expect for this occasion.
There will be plenty of street food out to try during the day such as Mu Ping (pork sausages) and Sai Ua, which is lemongrass sausages, a signature Chiang Mai dish.
Bali is one of the most popular tourist spots, especially for New Year’s Eve when the roads close to allow a big beach and street party to take place, attracting plenty of locals and tourists who party all night and into the early morning of 2019.
Bangkok is a great location to holiday and if you go over to the Chao Phraya river, you’ll have the best views of the fireworks that’ll be going off. In Bangkok, there are plenty of rooftop bars to enjoy a cocktail or two before the main event. The capital is also known for its Pad Thai and Tom Yum Goong, which is a spicy shrimp soup.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
For Vietnam, New Year’s isn’t until February, but you can still find yourself part of a big street party if staying in Vietnam. District 1 is where you’ll find the party goers as it’s a popular spot for nightclubs and like Bangkok, there’s many rooftop bars to take advantage of. Don’t forget to also stop off at any of the street carts selling Bánh mì which is essentially a crusty baguette stuffed with delicious meats, vegetables and cheese.
Koh Phangan, Thailand
For many Christmas parties, Essex is a party town for those looking for a big night out. But what you can’t get in Essex, is a beach party. Koh Phangan is famous for their Full Moon Party, a great option for those wanting to party 2018 away in paradise. And who wouldn’t want that? With a variety of internationally recognised DJ’s, playing all of the party tunes, this will be a night you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is a great spot for celebrations, particularly at KLCC park. The area consists of live music performances and ends with a fireworks display. The Petronas Twin Towers are worthy of a photo or two and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy nearby.
And while you’re not off galivanting in Southeast Asia there’s still time to book a table for our Christmas menu here at Banana Tree. So, whether you’re travelling or staying in the UK, we hope that whatever you do for New Year’s Eve, it’s a night to remember and we’ll see you in 2019!