Dec 22 2012

New Year’s Eve 2012 on Ko Samui

Published by at 7:13 am under Festivals


As far as New Year’s Eve goes, you won’t have to look far for a party on Thailand’s Ko Samui. As with Christmas, be warned if you’re booking a hotel that many of the resorts have compulsory gala dinners. If you’re footloose and fancy free, anywhere along the beach is a good bet, as resorts will set off fireworks and wish lanterns, starting well before midnight and peaking as 2013 hits the clock. Pick a spot on the beach near a five-star resort and you’ll see their displays, which must cost a small fortune, without having to fork over a baht.

Welcome in the New Year with a bang.

The beaches with a high concentration of resorts will be the most spectacular, such as Chaweng, Lamai and Fisherman’s Village. Several places offer organised parties with pay-per-head options, or just head down to the beach and work your way from bar to bar, enjoying the open air and no restrictions. Q-Bar, which sits above Chaweng Lake, has DJs and is a sort of open-air club, offering spectacular views across Chaweng; here you’ll have elevated views of the sparkling night sky.

A little warning… the fireworks are readily available for all to buy, so please beware of drunken tourists who don’t know how to handle their crackers holding them the wrong way, or letting them off into crowds instead of out to sea.

Two of Samui’s biggest party venues are hosting NYE affairs. Nikki Beach is holding a Venetian Carnival that promises to be quite a spectacle, with circus acts such as contortionists, dancers and fire breathers plus magicians, mimes, models, carnival games and sideshow performers all making appearances. Nikki Beach is known to go all out with their special events, and it’s the place to be seen; if you’re more of a low-key type, it’s not the place for you.

Here’s wishing for a great 2013!

Beach Republic‘s theme to see in the new year is an “Around the World” buffet and party. Dishes from Japan, Thailand, Mexico and Europe will be served, along with champagne at midnight to toast in 2013. Entertainment includes a fire show, top DJs, and an elaborate fireworks display as the clock strikes twelve.

Big venues and ticket-based parties aside, you’re sure to have a good (and much cheaper) time just heading to the beach. The usual party spots in the main roads of Chaweng and Lamai will also see a lot of action, such as Solo Bar, Sound Club, Green Mango and Reggae Pub.

scratch that, and make it ‘2013’

Word of caution: If you need to drive on NYE, take a taxi. The roads are dangerous on this night and best navigated by a local driver; a visit to a local hospital (or worse) is not a great way to start off the year. Merry Christmas, and a happy new year to all!

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  1. Terry Bourison 27 Dec 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I have lived in Koh Samui for 8 years, and it is my business to keep abreast of this type of information. Somehow this article has neglected to mention the biggest NYE party (by far) in Koh Samui.
    The biggest party is at Ark Bar Beach Resort in Chaweng.
    Ark Bar is on the beach and only a short walk of 200 metres to the Green Mango bar district.
    Ark Bar also have amazing beach party’s every Wednesday and Friday that are attended by a least 1,000 people.

  2. Rosanne Turneron 27 Dec 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Dear Terry
    Yes, you are correct in saying that Ark Bar hosts great parties. We cannot list all establishments in a ’round up’ and as you know, Samui has hundreds of venues. We did however mention going down to Chaweng Beach, to find the spot you like best, and Ark Bar, would surely feature as one of the spots drawing the crowd. Happy New Year!

  3. Terry Bourison 16 Jan 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Roseanne,
    Thank you for your response to my post.
    Happy New Year to you as well.

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