Chiang Mai is a popular destination for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Although Christmas is not yet over, visitors planning on celebrating New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai with a special dinner or party should start thinking about where to go. Several city restaurants and entertainment venues are laying on events at which guests will be able to ring in 2019 in style, but some, including the River Market Restaurant, say they are already fully booked.
At the centrally located Duangtawan Hotel, the Pavilion is the setting for the Colors of Asia New Year’s Eve Party on the 31 of December. Two live bands will be serenading revellers. A buffet with a range of international delicacies, fireworks, games, prize draws and the launch of komloy sky lanterns ensures the celebrations at the Duangtawan will scintillate.
Le Crystal is a Ping riverside restaurant and is staging a sumptuous seven-course banquet on New Year’s Eve. Guests have a choice of three main courses: roast duck, Canadian lobster and US style strip-loin steak. The meal price includes a complimentary souvenir and one glass of champagne while fireworks and live jazz will add to the countdown party atmosphere. Le Crystal also has a meal promotion for New Year’s Day. The deadline to make reservations for both happenings is the 27 of December.
Synergy New Year Festival at the November Restaurant is all set to be an exciting event at which to see in 2019. Two stages at this riverside venue will play house, techno and rave music with the likes of Mendy Indigo, Riyoon Live and Dj Nakara headlining. More details and tickets are available here.
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City authorities have not so far confirmed whether the usual New Year Countdown Festival at Thapae Gate will be going ahead this year, but an announcement is expected over the next few days. The CentralFestival Mall has announced via Facebook that its customary New Year Countdown Party is going ahead and the entertainment will kick off at 17:00. Live music from Thai artistes such as Blackhead, Maew Jirasak, fireworks, and light and sound shows will mark the advent of 2019 with a bang.
Le Méridien Chiang Mai Hotel is holding a Live DJ Countdown Party on the 31 December. Guests opting for the premium free-flow ticket option will be able to enjoy unlimited house wines, cocktails and liquors on the big night. The Swiss-Lanna Lodge is the venue for a traditional Lanna-style New Year’s Countdown Party with the key attraction of a mass launch of komloy sky lanterns.