Even though The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced on Sunday, Dec 20, that official 2020 new year in Bangkok countdown events have been cancelled, according to the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT), not all countdown parties have been cancelled at time of writing, however. Venues such as hotels and restaurants will need to gain permission from government officials if they plan to hold events and below we can suggest you some place interesting to vosot if you happen to spend a few days during new years in Bangkok as they are likely to hold celebrations and new year events.
New year in Bangkok – Explore Historic Rattanakosin Island
This area is known as the “Island” of Rattanakosin because it is bordered on one side by the Chao Phraya River and surrounded on the other side by canals that create an island that served in the past as a protection against enemies. It is for this reason that King Rama I built his capital here, and the region includes the most historic sites in Bangkok, including palaces and temples. This area is home to many of the attractions that will host events and have special celebrations during new years. You can explore it on foot if you can handle the sun. To get to Rattanakosin take the MRT to Sanam Chai Station or use the Chao Phraya river ferries.
The Chaophraya River
One of the most emblematic parts of Thailand’s capital city is the mighty Chaophraya River, translated as the River of Kings. It has kept this town alive for a long time and, as it winds through Bangkok it passes through some of the most recognizable attractions of the capital, from temples to shopping malls and five-star hotels.
Perhaps the best way to appreciate the Chaophraya River is to jump on an orange-flagged commuter boat from Sathorn pier (connected to Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain station) and head down the river to the old town attractions, hop off when you like or just enjoy the trip. Another memorable way to experience new year in Bangkok by the river is an evening dinner river cruise these two are some famous operators Manohra Cruises and Apsara Dinner Cruise.
The Golden Mount (Wat Saket)
The Golden Mount is the spot to go for views of old-town Bangkok and to observe locals traditionally celebrating the new year in Bangkok. The hill itself is part of the Wat Saket temple complex, and the impressive golden chedi sits at the apex. The temple itself dates back to the ancient Ayutthaya period of Thailand, and you can also pass through an eerie graveyard on the way up the 300-odd stairs. It is open daily from to 7.30am-5.30pm but it probably stays open later during new years and admission Fee is 50 baht for foreigners and free for Thai nationals.
The Asiatique Riverfront
This outdoor riverside amusement park is best seen as a kind of modern re-imagining of the traditional Bangkok night market, set in the former docks of the colonial-era East Asiatic Company. Asiatique the Riverfront is a classy affair, with plenty of places for you to tuck into delicious Thai food. The ferries wheel that provides fantastic views over Bangkok lit up against the dark sky is perhaps the signature attraction, though there are also other activities to try, such as muay thai boxing matches and cabaret shows. Even though exhibitions may have been cancelled for this new year in Bangkok, it could still be a good spot where to observe fireworks by the river free of charge.
Enjoy a Rooftop bar
What better way to relax at the end of the day and watch fireworks while sipping a beer or cocktail in a rooftop bar with incredible city views. Rooftop bars are very popular and Bangkok has some very successful ones. Sirocco (at The Lebua) and Vertigo are some of the most well known (at Banyan Tree), however check their Facebook page to get updates as some rooftops may cancel the scheduled parties.
Koh Kret Island
Common on weekends it could be a nice destination to enjoy the first days for the new year as they happen to be during a weekend. The area is famous for pottery making, Koh Kret is another artificial island in the Chao Phraya River region of Bangkok. It is in the province of Nonthaburi, just outside Bangkok. As a pottery manufacturing centre, it has been famous also because itis home to a vibrant ethnic Mon community. There are also nice cafes where you can chill for a whole day and take loads of photos (Rongsri Studio is recommended). It’s an entertaining place to explore by bike, as the streets are narrow, there are only small vehicles such as bicycles and motorcycles. Locals need to park their cars in the main town, then take a ferry to the island across the river.