Welcome the New Year 2015 in Southeast Asia

New Year in Bangkok


Bangkok has so many New Year’s Eve celebrations from which to choose. Khiri Travel Thailand is happy to assist your valued guests find just the right party or dining table for this special evening. Chiang Mai revelers fill the night sky with the warm glow of rice paper lanterns set aloft with good wishes for the coming year. Hua Hin has live jazz and bossa nova on the beach or your travelers can enjoy a romantic dinner cruise on Bangkok’s river of kings aboard an elegantly restored teakwood rice barge. The trendiest and most exciting NYE celebration is Central World’s countdown party in Bangkok’s main shopping district between Siam Square and Ratchaprasong intersection.


Fine dining, dancing and champagne enliven New Year’s Eve 2015 celebrations in Vietnam. Hanoi, Saigon and Danang all have luxurious venues that host lively parties. Saigon Saigon Bar has a Cuban band to heat things up. Guests will be spellbound by Sofitel Plaza Hanoi’s gala dinner followed by cocktails in the skyview lounge. The countdown party in the Sky Bar Danang will rock out the old and drink in the New Year with a fantastic view of the midnight fireworks display.


Myanmar’s tourism sector is growing by quantum leaps. Lucky travelers who find themselves in Yangon or Mandalay this holiday season will find delicious dinners and celebrations at major hotels. Most Myanmar (Burmese) people, however, will be sound asleep at midnight! Their big celebration time is the wildly popular, traditional New Year events in April at the end of Thingyan or Water Festival. April is a quiet season for tourism and a good time to visit Myanmar. For entertainment and traditional culture, Thingyan’s water throwing and carnival atmosphere throughout the country in mid-April is good, clean fun!


Cambodians take every chance to wish for good luck and prosperity. Even though their traditional New Year is in April, Cambodia’s main cities come alive in celebration for the western holiday of New Year’s Eve. Siem Reap’s elegant Raffles Hotel offers a gala dinner to celebrate the event. Pub Street’s restaurants and bars are all lit up and spilling into the lively street party outside. Phnom Penh’s numerous charming and cultured hotels and leading restaurants will be offering culinary celebrations with special dinner menus and entertainment.


Sri Lanka’s major urban center, Colombo, will not disappoint for a memorable and joyful Asian New Year’s Eve celebration. 2015 Countdown parties will be happening all around the city at numerous venues such as major hotels, upscale restaurants, clubs, bars and discos. Kama Colombo is one place with a classy party and DJ spinning lively dance music. The Amuseum Boutique Bar, a stylish and intimate nightclub venue, features a popular live band.

New Year Indonesia


Jakarta will ring in the New Year 2015 with a spectacular show of fireworks in front of Hotel Kempinski at Selemat Datang Monument in the center of town. Afterwards the crowds of revelers head over to central and south Jakarta to continue partying in the large clubs until early morning. In Bali, there is a New Year’s Festival at the main square of Denpasar and fireworks on the beach in Seminyak. Kuta Beach celebrates with a daytime carnival. Yogyakarta even has a street party and fireworks while Lombok’s Gili Tranwangan Island beckons travelers to food and festivities on the beach.


New Year’s Eve celebrations in Vientiane are catered for foreign travelers and expatriate residents of this elegant capital city. The locals already have their traditional lunar New Year celebrations in April and at the end of January for the Chinese New Year celebrations. That said, the larger local and international brand hotels will likely offer lavish buffet dinners. Also many restaurants will take advantage of the celebratory date and offer special dinners. Luang Prabang’s luxury hotels and popular fine dining venues will organize special dinners for a romantic evening in this otherwise quiet and historic city.

While the bigger cities of Southeast Asia throw plenty of western-style New Year celebrations, the local Asians often prefer a more quiet way to usher in the New Year. They gather at the local temple for praying and giving donations for the monks. In Thailand for example, monks hold a 3-4 hour chanting session that usually starts around 11 pm. At this time of year, Buddhist temples often are nicely lit up.

For more information on where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Southeast Asia or booking requests, please email us at contact@khiri.com.

Photo of Thailand by Prachanart Viriyaraks
Photo of Indonesia by Jason D’ Great

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