Want to escape this New Year from India? No doubt, India has lots of fun New Year’s Eve shindigs, but if you want to step up your celebration, the rest of Asia has plenty of tempting offers. And the best part? Few of these countries offer Visa On Arrival facility for Indian travellers, so you can plan your New Year bash accordingly!
1. New Year in Singapore
For travellers looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve with family and kids, Singapore is the perfect destination. Marina Bay Sands is the place to be when the clock strikes midnight. The Marina Bay Countdown - an eight-minute long musical firework display rings in the New Year in the best colourful way! A cute addition to this celebration is ‘wishing spheres’ – close to 20,000 luminous globes where visitors write their hopes and wishes for the coming year. These globes are later floated on the waters of the marina making the night more glittery and dazzling.
Moreover, attractions like Universal Studios Singapore, Night Safari, Esplanade Bridge, Padang at City Hall, Singapore Flyer and many others provide excellent views and celebrations during the New Year’s Eve.
2. New Year in Thailand
With a wonderful mix of historic temples, ultra-modern lounges and charming hotels; Bangkok is an intoxicating destination round the year. However, during the New Year’s Eve, this vibrant city becomes a party hub. The best place to be is Central World Square at mid-night which features live concerts, sound and light shows and much more. You can also opt for party hubs at Khao San, Thonglor and Silom Roads or few high-end rooftop bars to celebrate the New Year while grooving to the music and enjoying with your friends.
Apart from the New Year’s Eve celebration, you can also explore wide range of temples, shop till you drop or even the floating markets of Bangkok during your trip to Thailand. For the best of deals, get your Thailand flights today and book yourself the best of Thailand packages.
3. New Year in Dubai
From beach parties, dhow cruises to luxurious gala dinners; you are in for a lavish celebration if you are zeroing in on Dubai for New Year’s Eve. The perfect vantage points to watch the stunning vista during mid-night are Atlantis The Palm, Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Marina Canal or even the Kite Beach. Don’t wait until last minute to get your Dubai visa or book your Dubai holidays for New Year 2015. Do it now for best location as well best discount for New Year’s Eve reservation.
4. New Year in Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, New Year’s Eve is actually celebrated twice – once as per the western calendar and once as per the Chinese calendar. Watching the jungle of skyscrapers light up with sparkling fireworks is something one must witness during New Year’s Eve at Victoria Harbour. If you want a better view of the fireworks, we recommend you to arrive at the venue (any side of the harbour – Kowloon side or Hong Kong side) at least 5-8 hours before midnight. Apart from the fireworks, Hong Kong also simulates the Times Square countdown with their own ball drop in the Hong Kong Time Square Shopping Mall. Various luxury hotels around the city usually put on their own parties, although the price doesn’t come cheap.
5. New Year in Macau
Nearly all casinos and hotels in Macau are decked up during the New Year’s Eve with multiple combinations for fun activities. Macau’s Vegas-meets-Venice resort – The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel not only offers shows, concerts, events and celebrations but also exclusive hotel stay packages for New Year. Other luxury hotels like Altira Macau, Mandarin Oriental, Crown Towers, Grand Hyatt Macau, Banyan Tree Macau and many more also offers attractive events and packages. If you want to be outdoors, you can also visit Macau Tower (for fireworks) and Fisherman’s Wharf (Live converts).
Best beaches during New Year 2015 celebrations
1. Koh Phagan, Thailand
Popular for its full-moon parties, the island of Koh Phagan amps it up a notch for New Year’s Eve. Get ready for the biggest and wildest party on Earth if you are heading to this Thai island on this New Year. Book your Thailand holiday now as many locals also travel to this island for the New Year celebration.
2. Siloso Beach, Singapore
If you are a party animal, Siloso Beach in Singapore is the perfect place for you to welcome New Year 2015. A 12-hour dance fest spread over five zones, with music ranging from electronica and trance, a giant foam pool and sandy dance floor; the Siloso Beach Party is simply the best!
3. Bali, Indonesia
Nicknamed as Goddess Island and Paradise, Bali offers multiple ways to bid adieu to 2014. The best place to be on New Year’s Eve is Kuta Beach which features good number of party hubs, fireworks and range of cafes and restaurants. For couples and families who want to stay away from the parties, Jimbaran Bay and Sanur Beach offers perfect gateway!
Author : Anita Jain