Thailand Exempts Visa on Arrival Fee – New Year Plans are Sorted

By Prachi Agrawal

  ●   13 Nov 18


Are you all excited for New Year 2019? If yes, let me double you excitement. And if not, let me make you excited. Thailand has waived the visa-on-arrival fee from 1st December 2018 to 31st January 2019 for tourists staying in the country for a maximum of 15 days.

The countries that are exempted from paying visa-on-arrival fees are

  • Uzbekistan
  • Andora
  • Bulgaria
  • Bhutan
  • China
  • Cyprus
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine

So pack your bags for one of the most happening countries in the world for a fantastic New Year blast. Here’s a list of the amazing parties in Thailand that will make your New Year 2018’s eve an absolutely thrilling and unforgettable experience.


5 Most Happening New Year Parties in Thailand


The Bangkok Countdown

Those who have been to the Bangkok Countdown will nod their heads in agreement that it is the best party to celebrate New Year in the whole of Thailand. Not just in Thailand but it is also one of the best new year parties in the world; the Bangkok Countdown is considered to be the 7th best place for new year’s celebration across the globe.

The Bangkok CountdownHighlights

Worldwide broadcasts, high-energy concerts, magical fireworks, and pyro artworks make it an extremely happening and exciting event to welcome the New Year in full enthusiasm.

When: From around 6:30 pm to after midnight.

Where: Central World


Full Moon Party, Ko Phangan

Revelers from all over the world flock to Ko Phangan at the Haad Rin beach to take part in the best ever new year’s celebrations. The full moon party is at its craziest on New Year’s eve. The drinking, eating and partying  goes on in repeat until the first sunrise of the New Year.

Full Moon PartyHighlights

Best music, live DJs, alcohol buckets, fire skipping ropes, paints, fire shows, and colours make it an enthralling experience.

When: From evening till the New Year’s sunrise

Where: Haad Rin Beach


Street Party at Khao San Road, Bangkok

Khao San Road

The Street Party at Khao San Road attracts all party animals from all around the world. This place is brimming with backpacking youngsters, restaurants, and street bars.


Live music, drinks, street dancing, and diverse crowd make it a wonderful place to be for New Year’s celebrations.

Want a peaceful New Year?

If too much noise and crowd bothers you, you can go to Sanam Luang, the Royal Plaza where the arrival of New Year is celebrated with prayers and releasing vibrant hot air lanterns in the sky.


Party on the banks of Ping River

Join in the New Year’s riverside madness on the eastern banks on the Ping river in the city of Chiang Mai. There are also some outstanding restaurants and bars if you want to taste the flavours of Thailand while enjoying soothing music.

Party on the banks of Ping RiverHighlights

Indulge in the musical New Year’s celebration with solo gigs, bands, fusion and many brilliant music performances for a memorable experience.

Where: Chiang Mai


A Lit Celebration at Chiang Mai Road

The Lanterns and Lights event in Chiang Mai is a perfect place for both the party animals and the people who are not-so-much-into partying. The lanterns released at night just as the clock strikes 12 is a breathtaking sight to watch.

lights and lanternsHighlights

Live music performances, fireworks, and colourful lanterns floating in the sky make it an absolutely soul captivating experience. It’s a beautiful way to welcome New Year.

Where: Ground Zero, Tha Pae Gate, Chiang Mai

Let the countdown begin.


Prachi Agrawal

A passionate writer with unsatiated love for stars and travelling. She loves writing and performing poetry and when she isn't doing either, you can find her binge watching Korean drama.

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Thailand Exempts Visa on Arrival Fee – New Year Plans are Sorted