Where to celebrate New Year's Eve in Bangkok
It's been a rough few months for Thailand, with the recent flood crisis affecting millions of people.
Many are now looking ahead to better times in 2012, so expect Bangkok to be jumping with New Year's Eve revelers. Here are a few of the most popular ways to celebrate.
1. Hit the open spaces
At midnight, fireworks will be going off all over the city. To take it all in up close, there are a few free family-friendly outdoor events going on.
Now-synonymous with Bangkok New Year's Eve countdowns is CentralWorld's annual celebration, which has been named "Smile Up 2012" (BTS: Chidlom). Nearby, Siam Paragon is having its own "Make a Wish Countdown 2012" at Park Paragon (BTS: Siam).
Asiatique, a new riverfront community mall at 2194 Charoenkrung Road, is also having a festival and fireworks display, though the property doesn't officially open until April, 2012.
2. Head for the roof
If you are in a really festive mood but don't want to get caught in the crowds, hit one of Bangkok's al fresco rooftop restaurants or bars for great views of the fireworks.
For something really extravagant, there's Red Sky at Centara Grand, Vertigo at Banyan Tree Bangkok or Sirocco at Lebua at State Tower, all of which are offering luxurious set menus and parties. Just be sure to reserve ahead of time.
For drinks only, there are also a few rooftop parties going on. LUSH is throwing one down at United Center in Silom, and as always, the grand party at Altitude at Imperial Queen's Park will be a good time. Both events will feature electro music and Carlsberg beer.
Another rooftop party will take place at Nest, on Sukhumvit soi 11. Expect plenty of international DJs, performances and light shows.
Pretty much every major nightclub in Bangkok will be having a New Year's Eve party featuring either bands or DJs.
If you're simply into bar hopping, Silom, Khao San Road, Thonglor and RCA will all be packed with New Year's Eve revelers.
Plenty of Bangkok restaurants have special New Year's Eve dinners planned. Here are just a few options.
For fantastic views of the fireworks, the riverside hotels put on impressive gala dinners that offer up close views of the action at midnight. For example, the Mandarin Oriental has planned a massive "007" themed party that includes a riverside buffet dinner or set dinners at the hotel's restaurants. At midnight, the lobby will be turned into a disco.
Other top picks around Bangkok include an Indian buffet and party at Indus restaurant, champagne cocktail night at The Sukhothai or drink specials over at newly-opened contemporary Japanese restaurant Zuma on Rajdamri Road.