Thailand Festivals

January  2018

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

31st Dec - 1st Jan    -These are public holidays in Thailand and are celebrated everywhere by fireworks displays.

Red Lotus Sea Festival

1st Jan - 31st Jan   - Bandiem Temple, Chiang Haeo Sub-district, Kumphawapi District, Udon Thani Province, Thailand

Red lotus blossoms floating in a fresh water lake and called the 'Red Lotus Sea'.

Chiang Rai Asean Flower Fair

23 Dec 2016 - 8th Jan   - Rim Kok Park, Ban Fang Min, Chiang Rai province, Thailand

A parade of flowers, gardening contest, agricultural exhibition and beauty contest.

Bor Sang Umbrella Festival and San Kamphaeng Handicrafts Festival

16th Jan - 18th Jan  -  Ban Bor Sang, Sankampaeng District, Chaing Mai Province, Thailand

Held at the village of Bor Sang on Bor Sang Rd which is about 6km East on the outskirts of Chiang Mai.

Roi Et Boon Pa Wed Festival

20th Jan - 5th Feb   - Phra Sri Nakarin park, Muang, Roi Et Province, Thailand

Food offerings to 101 Monks, light and sound show, Buddha image parade.


February  2018

Chiang Mai Flower Festival and Parade

1st-3rd February - Chiang Mai Flower Festival. Held at the Suan Buak Haad City Park. The parade enters Tha Pae Road to Tha Pae Gate and then around to Suan Buak Haad.


March  2018

Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival

A three day event that takes place in Dan Sai in Loei province. The precise date of the festival is decided by spirit doctors. This festival takes place in the sixth or seventh lunar month, between March and July.


April  2018


13th-15th April - Commonly known as the Water Festival which marks the beginning of the Thai New Year and is held throughout Thailand. Water is thrown over you as you walk or ride down roads in Thailand. Keep your personal belongings watertight.


May  2018

Inthakin Festival

14th-24th May - The City Pillar festival held in Chiang Mai. Held in and aroung Wat Chedi Luang with dancing, music and  Thai food.


Rocket Festival

Isaan on Friday-Sunday, May 10-12, 2013. The Rocket Festival takes place over the second weekend in May. This festival is celebrated in several locations in Isaan but one of the best places to visit would be the town of Yasathon.


June  2018

Lien Pu Sae-Ya Sae Festival

This animist festival and is held on the 14th day of the waxing moon in the 7th lunar month at Mae Hia near Wat Doi Kham and concerns the guardian spirits known as Pu Sae and Ya Sae who live on Doi Suthep Mountain.


July  2018

Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival

22 July 2013 - 23 July 2013. Held on Asalha Bucha Day and Khao Phansa Day in Ubon Ratchathani. Huge candles and wax sculptures are held on floats with the procession starting at Wat Si Ubon Rattanaram and paraded along the road to Thung Si Muang.


August  2018

Hungry Ghost Festival

Tuesday, August 21, 2013 is the Hungry Ghost Festival, which takes place on the full moon of the seventh lunar month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This festival is held in the cities of Phuket, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.


September  2018

Long Boat Racing

Held on rivers in Thailand usually in the first week of September.


October  2018

Vegetarian Festival

This Chinese Religious Festival is called Tesagan Gin Je and is held Saturday-Sunday/Monday October 5-13/14, 2013 the Thailand Vegetarian Festival takes place for nine days. The date is calculated as the 15th day of the waning of the 10th month of the Thai lunar calendar.


November  2018

Loy Krathong

Late November. The Floating Lantern Festival held throughout Thailand where a lotus shaped container typically with flowers, candle and incense (Krathong) is floated down a river.

Yee Peng

Late November - Lantern Festival. Small hot air balloons (Khom Loy) are launched into the air.

Khon Kaen Silk Festival

Held over November for 10 days. Promoting the local silk industry in the city of Khon Kaen.

Surin Elephant Roundup

On the third week of November in Surin Province, Isan.

Thailand International Baloon Festival

Held on Friday to Sunday, November 23-25, 2012  Thailand International Balloon Festival.

Lopburi Sunflower Festival

Lopburi, Central Thailand and nearby Saraburi. No precise date. It starts when the weather is nice and the sunflowers bloom and last until the beginning of the next year.

Lopburi Monkey Festival

Held in Lopburi in central Thailand around the Prang Sam Yot temple on the last weekend of November. A feast of fruit and eggs for the hundreds of local macaque monkeys.


December  2018

Birthday of the (late) King of Thailand

December 2. The Royal Guards of the Royal Thai Armed Forces perform a military parade and pledge loyalty to the monarch. The venue is the Royal Plaza at Bangkok, Thailand, in front of the Dusit Palace and its Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall.