Spending the New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai is one of the highlights of my trip. This is my first time celebrating the NYE in a foreign country. Having said that, the old city gives me the opportunity to experience something different. The Thapae Gate was the focal point of the NYE celebrations. The roads were closed to traffic and lined with food stalls and local markets. The crowd can get intense nearing the midnight and be prepared to elbow your way round.