New Year, mainly to get away from their snowbound cities. And they aren’t disappointed — Pattaya offers a few of the most beautiful beaches the world has ever seen. Pattaya is also known for its excellent nightlife, thanks to an array of clubs and bars that cater to anyone looking to have fun! Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country and follows the Buddhist calendar. Nevertheless, Thais, like those in Pattaya, attach a great significance to the international New Year. For the locals, it is usually a time for merriment with good reason. Well, for starters, employers would usually dig deep into their pockets and present employees with so-called bonuses — which means an extra month’s income or more. In Thailand, New Year’s is a time to be generous. People of all ages would hit popular places in town on New Year’s Eve.
Bars and nightclubs spillover with revelers, all out to have a jolly good time. Until the wee hours of the first day of the new year, the music, dancing and drinking continues. It is also the time when police turn a blind eye on places of entertainment operating beyond the stipulated closing times, and become more tolerant of drunken revelers. This is not to suggest though, that violence will be tolerated, too.
Even in a cosmopolitan atmosphere like Pattaya, New Year is a time to also get together with family members and cherish joy and love among one another. Among locals, it is customary to call on close relatives and exchange greetings and wish them good health and fortune. The occasion is just as significant to children. It is the time when visiting relatives present the youngsters with what’s considered “lucky money”. Depending on the affluence of the relative, the tiny envelope contains a sum of money for the kids to buy things they like with. On New Year’s Eve, practically all the major hotels will hold a gala dinner/dance with special shows and fireworks. Tickets for these events are for sale early on and guest from in and out of the hotel can attend.
But New Year parties are not confined to hotels, but also at clubs, restaurant and bars. But watching the whole city erupt with joy could be a more laidback way to celebrate to usher in 2018.
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