6 Best Cities in Asia to Spend New Year's Eve

December 26, 2017
Written by Arpan Ghosh
When it comes to New Year’s celebrations, everyone’s familiar with the ball drop at New York’s Times Square, fireworks along the Thames in London and the revelry at Sydney Harbour. However, the world’s largest continent has plenty of options to offer for the big occasion, from lavish beach parties to dazzling light shows.
 

1.  Hong Kong, China

Fireworks light up the sky and the water at Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour during an impressive eight-minute display. There’s also a countdown and ball drop, a la Times Square. You can rent out a boat to enjoy the show on the water, or watch it from the city’s many rooftop lounges.
 
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2.  Koh Phangan, Thailand

Bangkok has its own impressive fireworks display of course, but the real flavor of New Year’s Eve comes through in the beach parties held on Thailand’s smaller islands. The most well-known of these is the full-moon party on the beaches of Koh Phangan. It’s an all-night celebration that carries on well into the daylight hours.
 
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3.  Goa, India

If it’s a beach party you’re looking for, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the coastal Indian state of Goa. This former Portuguese colony is India’s unofficial party capital, and on New Year’s Eve, every beach along the coastline is overflowing with late night revelers and brilliant fireworks displays.
 
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4.  Singapore

It’s hard to single out just one celebration in Singapore. Asia’s most popular New Year’s destination hosts several fireworks displays and beachfront parties. Though perhaps the most unique aspect is the tradition of the ‘Wishing Spheres’, special orbs on which people write their wishes for the New Year, and which are then lit up and set afloat in the night sky.
 
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5.  Taipei, Taiwan  

Another major Asian city known for celebrating in style, Taipei centers its New Year’s Eve festivities at the towering Taipei One skyscraper. A massive stage is set up in the downtown area of the city, where live musical performances from the country’s biggest entertainers keeps the crowd on its feet until the midnight fireworks.

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6.  Dubai, United Arab Emirates

No list of New Year’s Eve celebrations would be complete without mentioning Dubai. Most of the city’s major beachside destinations put on vibrant fireworks displays, including the ever-popular Burj Khalifa fireworks. This year should be particularly interesting as the usual pyrotechnic display at the world’s tallest tower is set to be replaced by a unique laser show.

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