Major Thailand Events & Festivals

Last Updated: May 28,2020

Thailand Calendar and Festival

Get ready for 2020 most significant events and carnivals in Thailand. Whether you are a Northern or Southerner, there is something for you! Whether you are traveling in a convoy of your friends or searching for fantastic family events in Thailand, you will surely find all these exciting cultural carnivals appealing as part of your list of events for Thailand tours. Check the list of events below.  

**Please kindly noted that some festivals might be canceled due to COVID 19 this year. We will update the latest news in this page. We strongly recommended that you check with our travel advisor before making any travel arrangements.

January

  • New Year's Public Holiday,  January 1st  2021

February

Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2021: 5th-7th, February 2021

Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2020: 7th-9th, February 2020

Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2019: 1st-3rd, February 2019

Chiang Mai, popularly called 'The Old City' is adorned with stunning flowers as well as plants for entire three days that the event last on the two occasions. Guests troop in to watch many kinds of flora and fauna exhibition including locally cultivated orchids. Aside from the display of flowers, the festival also showcases a procession showing effervescent and colorful flowers while different dancers appear in different traditional outfits.

  • Chinese New Year (the Spring Festival), Juanuary - February

Chinese New Year in BangkokChinese New Year 2020: 25th - 27th, January 2020

Chinese New Year 2021: 12th - 14th, February 2021

Chinese New Year 2022: 1st - 3rd, February 2022

Chinese New Year 2023: 22nd - 24th, January 2023

Chinese New Year 2024: 10th - 12th, February 2024

In commemoration of the first day of the lunar almanac, the Chinese celebrate their New Year with dragon dances and fireworks inside the Chinatown, Chinese temples and any other place where there is a large number of Chinese.  According to Chinese tradition, everyone put on red dresses because it is a propitious color.

Thailand International Kite Festival 2019: 22nd - 24th, March 2019 and 8th – 10th, March 2019

Thailand International Kite Festival 2018: 22nd – 26th, Febuary 2018

Thailand International Kite Festival 2017: 10th – 12th, March 2017

Pattaya International Music Festival 2021: 19th-20th, February, 2021

Pattaya International Music Festival 2020: 20th -21st, March, 2020

  • Makha Bucha Festival, Friday, 26 February 2021

Makha Bucha FestivalMakha Bucha Festival 2019: Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Makha Bucha Festival 2020: 8th-10th, February 2020

Makha Bucha Festival 2021: Friday, 26 February 2021

Makha Bucha Festival 2022: Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Makha Bucha Festival 2023: Monday, 6 March 2023

Makha Bucha Festival 2024: 24th-25th, February 2024

  • Maya Music Festival, 19th-20th, February, 2021

Maya Music Festival 2021: 19th-20th, February, 2021

Maya Music Festival 2020: 31st January – 1st February 2020

Thailand Festivals in February

March

Thailand Festival in March

April

  • Thai New Year / Songkran Festival, Tuesday, 13 April - Thursday, 15 April 2021

Wet and wild Songkran

Splashing water in Songkran FestivalApril 13-15 is a Thai Public Holiday for celebrating Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival.

In commemoration of the Songkran Festival in Thailand, a national holiday is declared. This festival marks the start of another year for the Thais. The word Songkran derived from the Sanskrit work called 'Samkranti,' meaning 'Zodiacal Passage.' Songkran remains the most fun-filled of all the events and carnivals in Thailand.

If possible, do not move around with valuables and if you can't help it, carry them in a skin-tight outfit as pickpockets are not unidentified at these occasions.

Songkran is also the largest water-combat festival across the globe; an event that generally set free even the shiest and most conservative of the Thais! Click and see more useful Travel Guide about Songkran (Water Splashing) Festival.

What Time of Songkran?

The Songkran is a time when all Thais in diaspora return home to be with their relatives and family members to celebrate the Thais' New Year festivals. In the backdrop of the water flinging carnival is a spiritual consecration that involves sprinkling of water by relations. The water sprinkling is traditional Buddhist fiesta that is observed on the 13th through 16th of April every year except there is a change in that date by official government broadcast.

Songkran Festical
DateDay
Songkran Festival 2020
13 Apr to 15 AprMon to Wed
Songkran Festival 202113 Apr to 15 AprTue to Thu
Songkran Festival 202213 Apr to 15 Apr Wed to Fri
Songkran Festival 202313 Apr to 15 AprThu to Sun
Songkran Festival 202413 Apr to 15 AprSat to Tue

Water Water Everywhere

Chiang Mai remains the spiritual source of the Songkran Festival, an event that lasts for five days. Anytime the event is going in; the entire city is filled with fun-filled activities that involve a high number of people including men, women as well as children. Equipped with water guns, squirt weaponries, and buckets of cold water, the people are all ready for a water fight! Every street corners and roads a potential water bucket traps during this water festival. The most famous place where these groups of people are saturated is the Ping River, the Thapae Gate, and the canal moats.     

Tips

- Avoid swallowing any water as many fill-ups come from the channel.

- Use plastic nylons to keep your phone dry. Nobody is protected from a soaking so be prepared to get damp and take it with a smile at all the time.

- Do away with the riding of a scooter! Imagine having cold water thrown at you while on a fast bike, and falling in the process. In a nutshell, riding a motorcycle during this festive period is not safe!

Thailand Festival in April


May

  • Vesak (Visakha Bucha Day), 14th or 15th day of the 4th lunar month

Vesak Day 2020: Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Vesak Day 2021:Thursday, 8 April 2021

Vesak Day 2022 Sunday, 15 May 2022 - Monday, 16 May 2022

Vesak Day 2023 Friday, 5 May 2023 – Monday, 5 June 2023

Vesak Day 2024 Wednesday, 22 May 2024

  • Chanthaburi Fruit Anniversary, 19th-27th, May, 2019

  • Royal Ploughing Ceremony, Monday, May 11 2020

Royal Ploughing CeremonyRoyal Ploughing Ceremony 2020: Monday, May 11 2020

Royal Ploughing Ceremony 2021: Tuesday, May 11 2021

Royal Ploughing Ceremony 2022: Friday, May 13 2022

Royal Ploughing Ceremony 2023: Thursday, May 11 2023

Royal Ploughing Ceremony 2024: Monday, May 6 2024

  • Boon Bang Fai (Rocket Festival), 9th- 10th, May 2020

Boon Bang Fai 2019: 8th- 12th, May 2020

Boon Bang Fai 2020: 9th- 10th, May 2020

Boon Bang Fai 2021: 7th- 9th, May 2021

June

  • Phi Ta Khon (Ghost Festival), from end June to start July on different dates. (the weekend of the 6th-7th lunar full moon)

Phi Ta Khon 2020: 26th - 28th, June, 2020

Hua Hin Jazz Festival 2019: 7th-8th, June, 2019

Thailand Festival in June


July

  • Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival, around July, the days of Asanha Puja

Ubon Ratchathani Candle FestivalUbon Ratchathani Candle Festival 2020: July 14th-15th, July, 2020

Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival 2019: 12th – 17th, July, 2019

August

  • Mother's Day in Thailand (The Queen's Birthday), 12th August

Thailand Mother's Day 2020: Wednesday, 12 August 2020

October

  • Buffalo Racing Festival (Wing Kwai), Thursday, October 29, 2020

Buffalo Racing Festival 2019: Sunday, October 6, 2019

Buffalo Racing Festival 2020: Thursday, October 29, 2020

  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival, 16th-25th, October 2020

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2019: 28th September - 7th, October 2019

November

Loy Krathong FestivalLoy Krathong is also known as Ye Peng Festival which annually held on the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.

Some years back, a separate sky lantern released was hosted by a Buddhist faction at a Mae Jo temple; an event that is not related to the Yi Peng Lantern Festival. Starting from the year 2015, the mass Lantern Release has been commercialized to allow tourists to get a ticket from US$100.

Loy Krathong Festival
Date
Loy Krathong Festival 2020
Sunday, 1 November
Loy Krathong Festival 2021
Friday, 19 November
Loy Krathong Festival 2022
Wednesday, 9 November
Loy Krathong Festival 2023
Tuesday, 28 November

Surin Elephant Roundup 2019: 15th-17th, November, 2019

Surin Elephant Roundup 2018: 16th-18th, November, 2018

  • Lopburi Monkey Banquet Festival, the last Sunday of November

Lopburi Monkey Banquet Festival 2020: 28th-29th, November 2020

Lopburi Monkey Banquet Festival 2019: 23rd – 24th November 2019

  • Naga Fireball Festival, mid-October - early November 2020

Naga Fireball Festival 2019: 5th -13th October 2019

Thailand Festivals in November

December

  • Father's Day in Thailand (King Bhumibol's Birthday), 5th December

Father's Day in Thailand 2020: Monday, December 5, 2020

Father's Day in Thailand 2021: Sunday, December 5, 2020

  • Wonderfruit Music And Arts Festival, 10th –14th, December, 2020

Monthly Festival

  • Koh Phangan Full Moon Party Holds Every Month

Full Moon FestivalDecember 31, the New Year Eve, which happens to be a public holiday, falls during the week. The events leading to the official countdown of the New Year in numerous locations across Thailand as well as Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Pattaya.

The Koh Phangan Full Moon Party has become a famous institution across the globe the ancestral home of the event remains the crescent bay of Haad Rin Beach on the southernmost slope of Phangan Island in Thailand.  Over 12 powerful public address systems turn the whole of the 800-meter long beach into the most famous global open-air nightspot once a month, with an energetic festival-like atmosphere filled with prodigious music as well as vast numbers of liquor.  This exclusive event is consistently listed on vessel lists as one of Thailand's indispensable experiences that every tourist's nut witness!

More than 30,000 party lovers assemble on the famous sand strip to dine and wine in the radiance of the Earth's closest heavenly neighbor, throughout the entire night till dawn. Due to the amount involved in cleaning the whole place after such carnage, the local community implemented an entry fee of v to gain access to the beach on the night of Koh Phangan Full Moon Party.

Kindly Note

Majority of the people participates in the Koh Phangan Full Moon Party have a great and utterly safe time especially if they take appropriate safety measures. Generally speaking, acting with the same carefulness you would apply if you were going on a night out from your hometown should be adequate; nevertheless, you should consider adding extra precaution for those that you may know.

Because of the alcohol-fuelled uproar involved, accidents are bound to occur because the Health & Safety measures are virtually absent at Full Moon Parties! But first aid stations are positioned along the beach and also available in several dispensaries in town. Similarly, police do search inbound vehicles and people for prohibited drugs. Likewise, numerous Hawaiian kitted police officers patrol amidst the crowd looking for drug criminals. Therefore don't be stupid and get yourself into trouble. Buckets are authoritative enough. 

Transportation of revelers with speedboats from Koh Samui can be dangerously congested; so make sure you wear a lifejacket. For safety purposes; stay in a Koh Phangan hotel.

If possible, do not move around with valuables and if you can't help it, carry them in a skin-tight outfit as pickpockets are not unidentified at these occasions.

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