It’s hard to find something to do for New Years in Bangkok if you’re not into a big crowd, but want good food and drinks while still getting to witness the fireworks. You could always go to one of the fancy rooftops like Sirocco at the Lebua state tower, but 50.000 baht is a bit too much considering it’s just been Christmas.
This was actually the first New Years I’ve spent in Bangkok, actually even in Thailand, and I was dreading having to celebrate in a crowded area having to push my way through the crowd and thousands of tourists trying to watch the fireworks at the same time. After going through our options we decided we wanted to watch the fireworks at the Chao Phraya river leaving us two options that seemed like fun; also, it was two options that wasn’t fully booked yet. Make sure you make a booking at least a month in advance to get good seating or even seating at all.
We were left with either drinks and dinner at The Deck or a river cruise along the river. Our first option was already fully booked so we ended up going on The Chao Phraya Princess. The cruise lasted from 11pm to 1 am and had an open bar and a better than expected international and Thai buffet.
When our Uber arrived River City we were met by hundreds of tourists singing and wearing yellow matching beanies, none were dressed up and we were already starting to regret our decision. After a while we agreed on brushing away the negativity as that would not make it any better for anyone of us. It didn’t help when the lady at the check-in counter told us she had given away our seats and now we would have to sit inside the boat.
Fast forward, our boat arrived and it was amazing. The boat was beautifully decorated for New years with lots of fun props. We got a seat in semi-open air on the second floor, and it couldn’t have been much better. The boat was fully booked but it was still enough staff and area meaning we didn’t have to spend much time queueing up. We all know how depressing it is when we have to queue up for the open bar…
I would not mind doing this all over again next year. If you’re having troubles deciding what to do for next New years eve, going on a river cruise is highly recommended!
Until next time xoxo