Following the death of King Bhumibol in October it was expected that this year’s new year celebrations would be slightly subdued and more low-key than in previous years. This has now been confirmed.
For example, there will be no organized countdown party and concert at South Pattaya’s Bali Hai Pier tonight as usual. Furthermore, fireworks have reportedly been banned citywide this year – although it’s hard to believe that there will be no fireworks at all lightening up the sky at midnight.
On the positive side, there will still be some kind of new year festival – however not at Bali Hai Pier as usual, but on the so-called Naklua ‘Walking Street’ in the north of Pattaya.
Pattaya One report:
A large stage has been set up at Lan Po market in Naklua, and will play host to several Thai music superstars including Baitoey and Kanda.
There will be fairground type atmosphere, with various other attractions, and food and drinks available to purchase.
The party and music will be playing up until midnight.
As usual on New Year’s Eve, the regular closing time should also be lifted for a day and bars be allowed to stay open as long as they want to.
If you want to party hard though and raise a glass or two, be warned that there should also be larger number of alcohol,checkpoints than usual tonight in Pattaya. Traffic may be chaotic, but if you want to drink and celebrate the new year in style it might be wiser to leave your motorbike or car at home and stick to using Baht buses.