Phuket might not be big on Christmas, but when it comes to celebrating the end of the year, paradise island doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re looking to party all night or just want a quiet night with your loved ones, make sure your plan the celebrations in advance, especially if you need a reservation.
Football pitch on Beach Road. As it’s the case with many things in Thailand, the pitch doesn’t really a name. It’s just “the pitch on Beach Road.” Ask any of the locals or at your hotel’s front desk and they should be able to point you in the right direction. Live music, food stalls and live entertainment can be found here, usually for a couple of night leading up to the 31st. On New Year’s Eve, firecrackers mark the end of the year and dancing and drinking gives a welcome to the new one.
Bangla Road. Bangla Road on the Patong area is the center of Phuket’s nightlife. Plenty of bars, street food stalls and live music venues line up the street. On New Year’s Eve, everybody who doesn’t have a specific plan in mind heads here, so the streets are full of expats chatting the night away until the clock hits midnight.
New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at Your Own Hotel. Find out in advance if your hotel is hosting a gala dinner. If they are, chances are you will be forced to pay for the ticket (it will be included in your tab), even if you don’t attend. This is especially the case in high-end hotels. Guesthouses and smaller hotels might have an optional dinner at their restaurant. If you’d rather have a quiet night, that might be the place to attend.
At Hard Rock Cafe Phuket. If you’re missing home, it doesn’t get more Western than a night at the Hard Rock Café Phuket. There’s a big countdown leading to midnight and the crowd is usually loud and lively. Lots of young people here, though, so it might be a bit too much for families or older people. Arrive very early to secure a table.
Anywhere on the Beach. If you have nothing planned or simply don’t want to “pay to celebrate”, simply head to the beach. It really doesn’t matter what beach (although Patong Beach is known for throwing New Year’s Eve parties that include live music and entertainment). Even if nothing’s going on, the beach is the best place to see the fireworks at midnight.