Celebrating NYE on Samui is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The parties. The sunsets. The beaches. Samui is where partying and paradise merge and balance blissfully. New Year’s Eve is a busy time on Samui, so book and plan early. Get ideas about what to do this NYE on Samui. Find out about what the end of the year is like on Samui.
NYE in Samui in a nutshell
- Be prepared for fireworks everywhere. The fireworks shows will go on for hours on Samui for NYE usually until 2 or 3 am. Party goers of the past have warned that when you are in the hub of it all you might get hit by a stray firework, so be careful.
- Every bar along every beach will have a NYE party or celebration of some kind.
- Traffic on NYE in Samui is the worst all year, and it’s tough to get a taxi.
- Restaurants and shops will be open as usual through Christmas and New Year.
- Flights from Bangkok will be mostly booked out. Most resorts have set menus and events on NYE. But don’t let that deter you.
NYE For families: Head to the beach with kids for NYE in Samui and watch the fireworks for free. Stay at a family friendly resort that has lots of activities for kids planned and special festive events.
NYE For couples: Have a romantic NYE. Share sunsets with stunning views and creative cocktails. Dine under the stars on the beach or over the water. Laze by luscious infinity pools every day. Get daily spa treatments in a tranquil hideaway above the coconut trees.
NYE For party goers: Start the night in Chaweng. Have dinner; share a few cocktails and catch some early fire shows. Then head to Koh Phangan for the mother of full moon parties.
The NYE Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan:
It’s only a 20-minute ferry ride from Koh Samui. Stay on Samui but catch the ferry or get a private speed boat to take you. What happens on Koh Phangan stays on Koh Phangan. Return to your luxurious private pool villa on Koh Samui to rest and recover from NYE.
The Weather in Koh Samui on NYE:
Most people will warn you not to go to Koh Samui during Christmas and New Year due to the chance of rain. If it does rain, it will often be in short bursts. If you get a pool villa, you can still have a great NYE in paradise. Most resorts will have special parties and gala dinners planned, with wet weather backup plans.
The Yin and Yang of NYE Celebrations on Samui:
Samui is small. You can drive round it in about an hour. But there’s a lot happening on this little island of paradise. You can choose the type of New Year’s celebration that you want. You can go to the tourist hub to party, dance and drink on the beach. You can go to some of the most luxurious and relaxing resorts with incredible ocean views, sunset cocktails and pool villas to die for.
NYE on the East Coast of Samui: Chaweng Beach
Party central. Fireworks, fire shows, fire dancing, mojitos in buckets, fluorescent paint, non-stop dancing.
At Chaweng Beach, every bar, restaurant and resort will have parties spilling out onto the beach. It’s packed. It’s busy. It’s non-stop drinking, dancing and fireworks. Ark Bar is the epicentre of all NYE celebrations. Cocktails come in bucket form.
Ark bar appears on every NYE party list in Samui. Turn up. No booking needed. And party like you have never partied before. It’s the kind of place where after a few “buckets”, you might find an iguana hanging out on your shoulder.
NYE on the West Coast: Taling Ngam Beach
Luxury. Privacy. Pool villas. Romantic dinners under the stars and over the sea. Fireworks. Incredible sunsets. A tropical brunch with a view.
At Taling Ngam Beach, you’ll find a secluded pocket of luxury and island bliss. Beach bars are secret and cosy. Restaurants are casually chic and right on the beach or elevated and perched on the cliff. The beach is quiet and relaxing. The sunsets are incredible and arguably the best on the island. Infinity pools are made for early morning refreshing dips and lazy afternoons that roll into early evening cocktails in your cabana.
Go glam. Go all out and stay in true luxury. Let the resort take care of you for the night and celebrate NYE with great drinks, food, fireworks and entertainment. All you have to think about is what you are going to wear.
NYE in Samui is vibrant, fun but still laid-back. How will you celebrate this New Year’s in tropical paradise?