New Years Eve is definitely the most overhyped night of the year but let’s face it – it’s just not going anywhere. Looking back on the last 3 years I’ve been living abroad and I have to say I’ve been pretty lucky to have spent the big night in these 3 unique New Year’s Eve destinations – Sydney, Berlin and Vietnam – each very special in their own way.
If you’re traveling in Australia, Europe or South East Asia during this festive season, here’s a few recommendations for New Year’s Eve in Sydney, Berlin and Vietnam.
Sydney’s New Year’s Eve has hands down one of the best firework shows I’ve ever seen in my life. Head down to the harbour early to get a good spot. Busses will be packed and parts will be blocked off so seriously bring a picnic and make your way at 8pm to settle in.
The party is better with friends, Aloe Blacc bringing in the new year with I need a dollar, no plans and a bit of spontaneity.
Let’s start with the big party at the Bradenburg Gate with live music, fireworks and food all night. Berliners love these fireworks that make a chillingly loud boom that echo through the high city buildings. You’ll definitely feel the excitement buzzing around as you make your way down to the Bradenburg Gate.
To be honest, the fireworks are a bit disappointing especially if you’ve been at Sydney’s New Year’s Eve the year before but that doesn’t mean Berlin isn’t an amazing New Year’s Eve destination. There’s massive New Year’s Eve parties around Berlin like these ones here. The best part is Berlin is the kind of place you can stroll around and find these awesome little hangouts.
And if New Years Eve doesn’t live up to your expectations, there’s always New Years Day. We had a blast roaming around Berlin on New Year’s day going on a little Banksy street art scavenger hunt.
Seriously google has a Banksy street art scavenger hunt. Most of all though, you can’t miss The Wall.
Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi are great spots to spend New Year’s Eve for city lovers because they’re so darn affordable. We caught the fireworks in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from our rooftop and while we weren’t blown away we enjoyed the excitement around the city.
For party-goers, Vietnam is so affordable and just easy to get around. You can actually afford to hop from any club/bar/party. No worries just a couple hundred thousand dong yo (That’s like 20 bucks).
Use Grab to get around with their “Grabbike” option. Around $1-$2 per lift.
But the best part has to be the hot bowl of pho found on any street corner.
And we did this the next day…
Recounting those New Year’s Eves makes me feel like the entitled millennials they talk about. Truly though I am grateful and work hard/sacrifice to live like I do. This year we’ll be bringing 2017 in Malta – a tiny little island in the Mediterranean so we’ll see how it lives up!
Happy New Year! Where will you be bringing in 2017 this New Year’s Eve?