We’ve never really made a big fuss over New Year’s Eve. I mean, honestly, how many times have you built that holiday up in your mind only to be sorely disappointed?? But, we did let ourselves get a little excited about spending New Year’s Eve in Bangkok. It turned out to be one of the most fantastic nights of my life.
We spent the first part of our night with Pook and Nui at our B&B (W Home Bangkok, which I wrote a more thorough review here), where we had sparkling wine and sushi. It was a fantastic time, and I highly recommend staying there!
Afterwards, we walked down to Asiatique (a trendy night “market” that is more like an open air shopping mall). There was a huge concert going on for New Year’s Eve in Bangkok, a Thai pop star whose name escapes me now…
We shopped a bit, had a few cocktails, but when I found out how outrageous the bathroom lines had become, I was ready to move on. We started to walk back to our hotel, but weren’t quite ready to go back to the room yet. We stopped for street food, one of my favorite pastimes in Bangkok, wandered over to the dock where we usually caught the river taxi, and waited for the new year. There was a small crowd of about 10 other people. The view of the Chao Praya river was incredible, and we had fun watching the river boats full of partiers float by, waving to us as they passed. Then, 2014 happened…. and it was the most incredible moment of my life….
New Year’s Eve in Bangkok
Fireworks were exploding in the air from every angle on the river… we stared in awe from the swaying, creaking and broken down old river dock. If it had completely broken off and floated away, at least I’d die happy.
I finally put the camera away and just lived in the moment. It literally brought me to tears, and I still struggle to find the right words to describe how I felt in that moment. So small, yet so happy. We had managed to find a private viewing of the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Bangkok, a ginormous city, right along the famous Chao Phraya River. I doubt we will ever top this.
The fireworks slowly teetered off, and lanterns were released from rooftops across the river. As I watched them float away, with blurry teary-eyed vision, I realized just how lucky I am to have lived in this moment. To have been able to experience something so moving in a city I had completely fallen for. In a country I had fallen for. These are the moments you live for, the ones that make you feel so utterly alive.
We walked back in silence to our hotel, both completely in awe of that moment we knew we would cherish forever, just letting in soak in. We wandered through the dimly lit streets, weaving through crowds leaving Asiatique without a care in this vast world. We didn’t go to bed that night. It was our last night in Thailand, we knew we would be up for the next 48 hours, but neither of us even felt like sleeping.
Looking for accommodations in Bangkok?
There are over 1500 options on Agoda alone. I’ve done the hard work for you and selected a few of my favorites to meet all budgets.
Fantastic small, family run B&B located just a few blocks away from the Chao Praya, you can use the river taxi to get around. Being tucked away in a residential area means you’ll get a taste for local life. Highly recommend!
Price Range: $35-45/night
This guesthouse was made from a small Thai home on a small quiet soi (street), but is very close to the hip Sukhumvit Road. Street food heaven, I might have to stay here next time.
Price Range: $160-250/night
If you’re looking for luxury with a great location, this is it. Situated right on the Chao Praya, with it’s own dedicated river taxi, this gorgeous hotel has a great location. With a price tag to match.
Price Range: $360-430/night
Great location right on the Chao Praya, but the best part here is THE VIEW. Many of the rooms look right onto the river with a view of Wat Arun.
Price Range: $90-100/night
Have you ever spent New Year’s Eve in Bangkok? Looking for everything else we did in Thailand? Check out our Thailand Roundup!
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