Despite being assumed as a global standard, Thailand only began starting the New Year on January 1st in 1941 during the reign of Rama VIII. This is one of the best times to explore since most of the city’s population will have gone home or left for a needed holiday. Typically, most locations like Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and the Grand Palace will be open through the end of the year.
For those who want some excitement and celebration to help bring in the New Year, there will be firework shows and delicious New Years dinners at Bangkok River’s luxury hotels and on the rooftop bars across the city. Don’t forget to bring your fancy dress or suit and get ready to party at Bangkok River into the New Year!