Lights, Music, and Fireworks: Discovering the Best New Year's Eve Parties in Asia

Getting ready for New Year's Eve in Asia means experiencing a mix of cultures, vibrant lights, and cheerful celebrations. Tour East has put together a list of fantastic places to visit in each of our favorite countries, making sure you welcome the New Year with unforgettable memories. 


Singapore. Image via BaLL LunLa / Shutterstock. Bosingak Bell in Seoul, South Korea. Image via Wonjae Kim / Shutterstock.


Singapore's Marina Bay takes center stage in the city-state's New Year's Eve celebrations. The Marina Bay Countdown is a visual spectacle, featuring a breathtaking fireworks display, mesmerizing light exhibits, and soul-stirring musical performances. Joining both locals and tourists, this event is a perfect way to usher in the New Year in style. 

South Korea (Seoul)  

In the heart of Seoul, the Bosingak Bell rings 33 times at the stroke of midnight, marking a cherished tradition to welcome the New Year. The surrounding area comes alive with people participating in the countdown amid various captivating performances. Seoul City Hall Plaza adds to the excitement with a lively countdown event, featuring live performances, a dazzling light show, and a spectacular fireworks display at the stroke of midnight. 


Taiwan. Image via Sinchen.Lin / flickr Thailand. Image via Southtownboy Studio / Shutterstock

Taiwan (Taipei)  

Taipei 101, one of the world's iconic skyscrapers, hosts a New Year's Eve celebration that captivates audiences globally. The dazzling fireworks display from Taipei 101 attracts massive crowds. The Xinyi District, with Taipei 101 as its backdrop, transforms into a vibrant focal point for celebrations, making Taipei a must-visit destination to bid farewell to the old and welcome the new. 

Thailand (Bangkok)  

Bangkok, the vibrant capital of Thailand, hosts extravagant countdown celebrations at Central World . This massive New Year's Eve party boasts live music, captivating performances, and a mesmerizing fireworks display. For a unique experience, explore Asiatique the Riverfront or the Chao Phraya River for additional festivities, ensuring a night of unforgettable celebration. 


Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Image via CravenA / Shutterstock Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Image via MEzairi / Shutterstock

Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi)  

In Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Hue Walking Street sets the stage for a vibrant New Year's Eve. Revelers can enjoy live music, dance performances, and a spectacular fireworks display. In Hanoi, the historic Hoan Kiem Lake and the charming Old Quarter become popular hubs for celebrations, creating a festive atmosphere that captures the spirit of Vietnam. 

Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)  

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's bustling capital, hosts a variety of New Year's Eve events. Iconic locations such as KLCC (Petronas Towers), KL Tower, and Dataran Merdeka become illuminated with dazzling fireworks and vibrant celebrations. Join the lively countdown parties in Bukit Bintang for a night of jubilant festivities. 


Jakarta, Indonesia. Image via Herdik Herlambang / Shutterstock Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Image via Chhoy Theara / Shutterstock

Indonesia (Bali and Jakarta)  

Bali, known for its enchanting beaches, transforms into a lively haven for New Year's Eve beach parties, especially in Kuta and Seminyak. Meanwhile, Jakarta's central areas, including the National Monument (Monas) and Ancol Dreamland, host vibrant gatherings and fireworks displays to bid farewell to the old year. 

Cambodia (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap)  

In Phnom Penh, the riverside comes alive with New Year's Eve celebrations, featuring live music, dance performances, and a spectacular fireworks show. In Siem Reap, Pub Street and the majestic Angkor Wat provide unique settings for festive gatherings, ensuring a memorable start to the New Year. 


Yangon, Myanmar. Image via ANUJAK JAIMOOK / Shutterstock


Manila, Philippines. Image via Vivian M Valdez / Shutterstock


Vientiane, Laos. Image via Seesouk SOUVANNAPHONGSAY / Shutterstock



Myanmar (Yangon) 

Yangon's downtown area, especially around Bogyoke Aung San Road and Kandawgyi Lake, becomes a hub for New Year's Eve celebrations. Join the revelry with music, dancing, and a dazzling fireworks display as Yangon bids adieu to the old year. 

Philippines (Metro Manila)  

Metro Manila in the Philippines offers various spots for New Year's Eve celebrations, including Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Makati, and Quezon City Circle. Many hotels and establishments host countdown parties with live entertainment and spectacular fireworks, creating a festive ambiance to welcome the New Year with joy. 

Laos (Vientiane)  

In Vientiane, the capital of Laos, celebrations unfold along the picturesque Mekong River. Chao Anouvong Park and various riverfront areas host events filled with music, dance, and a breathtaking fireworks display, ensuring a festive start to the New Year. 


Explore these lively places and experience the different ways people celebrate New Year's Eve in Asia. Each location has a mix of old traditions, local culture, and modern celebrations, ensuring a memorable start to the new year. 


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