Pattaya hotels ring in New Year with finery, jungle rhythms

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While tens of thousands counted down to 2014 at Bali Hai Pier, even more tourists rang in the New Year at Pattaya hotels, which rolled out finery, banquets and even jungle rhythms for the evening.

At the Mata Hari and Dusit Thani resorts, employees were dressed to the nines as the hotels brought out their best silverware for New Year’s dinners. The Dusit’s Napalai Ballroom hosted the Gold & White Countdown, playing on the ideals of gold as symbols of prosperity and white as purity. The resort got some guests off to a prosperous start, awarding lucky-draw gifts throughout the evening.

Da Endorphin entertains the crowd on New Year’s Day at Bali Hai Pier.Da Endorphin entertains the crowd on New Year’s Day at Bali Hai Pier.

Things got a bit wilder at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, which hosted a “jungle night” with three musical stages and games for children.

The cultures of Thailand, Japan, India and China were showcased at the Amari Orchid Resort & Tower’s New Year’s Eve celebration, with tables, food and employees costumes reflecting the culture’s of the hotel’s top tourist groups.

Big Ass sings with their thousands of fans at Pattaya Countdown 2014.Big Ass sings with their thousands of fans at Pattaya Countdown 2014.

Seafood took center stage at the nautical-themed A-One Royal Cruise Hotel, which also put on a musical by children and a lucky draw.

The Hard Rock Hotel held true to its roots, hosting its own New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, complete with laser dance show, fluorescent costumes and black lights.

Pod from Modern Dog reaches out to his fans.Pod from Modern Dog reaches out to his fans.

The Sheraton Pattaya Resort on Pratamnak Hill celebrated with a gala buffet on the beach, along with a light & sound show and dancing on the beach into the late hours.  The Sheraton also offered a great place to watch the now famous Pattaya fireworks.

Hotels didn’t have the monopoly on celebrations, however. Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh ushered in the New Year at Central Festival Pattaya Beach with General Manager Theeraporn Jitnawa.

The mall put on performances by pole dancers, a “light dance,” drawings and games. Crowds joined together to sing New Year’s songs, bringing both Thai and foreign tourists together.

Kwang from Abnormal gets up close and personal with the fans at Pattaya’s Countdown to 2014 stage at Bali Hai.Kwang from Abnormal gets up close and personal with the fans at Pattaya’s Countdown to 2014 stage at Bali Hai.

Mantra staff adds Chinese charm to the restaurant.Mantra staff adds Chinese charm to the restaurant.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya General Manager Robert John Lohrmann (2nd left), gives a warm welcome to Patricia Good (right), popular TV actress and her family during the countdown in the jungle at Centara.Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya General Manager Robert John Lohrmann (2nd left), gives a warm welcome to Patricia Good (right), popular TV actress and her family during the countdown in the jungle at Centara.

Richard Margo, RM of Amari Orchid, Pattaya, enjoys ringing in the New Year with his family at the Mantra restaurant and bar.Richard Margo, RM of Amari Orchid, Pattaya, enjoys ringing in the New Year with his family at the Mantra restaurant and bar.

Pattaya Mail’s Tony Malhotra (left) and Sarah Nitikarn (right), public relations manager for Amari Orchid Resort Pattaya, emcee the evening at the Amari Orchid Resort Pattaya.Pattaya Mail’s Tony Malhotra (left) and Sarah Nitikarn (right), public relations manager for Amari Orchid Resort Pattaya, emcee the evening at the Amari Orchid Resort Pattaya.

What is this tiger drawing on my hand?What is this tiger drawing on my hand?

Thai Garden Resort welcomes in the New Year with a lion and dragon performance.Thai Garden Resort welcomes in the New Year with a lion and dragon performance.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh (3rd right), with Theeraporn Jitnawa (center), general manager of Central Festival Pattaya Beach, and sponsors cheer the arrival of 2014 at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh (3rd right), with Theeraporn Jitnawa (center), general manager of Central Festival Pattaya Beach, and sponsors cheer the arrival of 2014 at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.

“Wish” doing magic tricks at the Sunken Lane in Central Festival Pattaya Beach.“Wish” doing magic tricks at the Sunken Lane in Central Festival Pattaya Beach.

 Happy faces celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Thai Garden Resort. Happy faces celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Thai Garden Resort.

Mata Hari restaurant celebrates New Year’s Eve in fancy costumes.Mata Hari restaurant celebrates New Year’s Eve in fancy costumes.

Fans of Bank Clash reach up to shake his hand.Fans of Bank Clash reach up to shake his hand.

It’s lucky draw time at the A-ONE Royal Cruise Hotel.It’s lucky draw time at the A-ONE Royal Cruise Hotel.

Rampad performs a Thai cultural dance.Rampad performs a Thai cultural dance.

The Witch and Cowgirl serve cocktails at Mata Hari.The Witch and Cowgirl serve cocktails at Mata Hari.

Tomo Kuriyama, GM of the Sheraton Pattaya Resort, welcomes guests to the fabulous festivities there.Tomo Kuriyama, GM of the Sheraton Pattaya Resort, welcomes guests to the fabulous festivities there.

Matthew Carley, manager, along with Hard Rock Cafe staff, present the familiar Hard Rock pose on New Year’s Eve.Matthew Carley, manager, along with Hard Rock Cafe staff, present the familiar Hard Rock pose on New Year’s Eve.

Amari Orchid Pattaya staff dress in Mystery of Asia Chinese and Indian outfits for the Countdown to 2014 party.Amari Orchid Pattaya staff dress in Mystery of Asia Chinese and Indian outfits for the Countdown to 2014 party.

It’s thumbs up for the New Year cake at Dusit Thani Hotel, Pattaya.It’s thumbs up for the New Year cake at Dusit Thani Hotel, Pattaya.

Children dance at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.Children dance at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.

Welcome to the Gold & White Countdown at Dusit Thani Hotel, Pattaya.Welcome to the Gold & White Countdown at Dusit Thani Hotel, Pattaya.

Fireworks climax Pattaya Countdown 2014.Fireworks climax Pattaya Countdown 2014.

3 … 2 … 1 … Happy New Year!3 … 2 … 1 … Happy New Year!

Shops and hotels send out fireworks all over Pattaya to celebrate the arrival of 2014.Shops and hotels send out fireworks all over Pattaya to celebrate the arrival of 2014.

Fireworks glow brightly over the Sheraton Pattaya when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.Fireworks glow brightly over the Sheraton Pattaya when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Professional dancers liven the night at the Sheraton Pattaya.Professional dancers liven the night at the Sheraton Pattaya.

The Electric Light Man busts some moves at the Hard Rock Pattaya.The Electric Light Man busts some moves at the Hard Rock Pattaya.