Event Category: Festivals in Southeast Asia

As one of the most diverse regions in the world and home to hundreds of ethnicities and different religions, festivals in Southeast Asia are probably the best and most fun way to get up and close with its multitude of traditions and cultures.

Popular festivals in Southeast Asia

Festivals are often a prime reason for travellers when choosing their destination, and several of Southeast Asia’s festivals have grown into becoming some of the world’s most popular ones. Songkran festival (or water festival Thailand) has evolved into what must be the biggest water fight on the planet, but also previously lesser known events are getting increasingly popular such as the Phuket Vegetarian Festival Thailand or the Cambodia Water Festival.

Secular and religious festivals in Southeast Asia

Many of the region’s festivals have religious or spiritual origins, from the beautiful Buddhist Loy Krathong in Thailand and the Hindu Thaipusam body-piercing event in Malaysia, to Muslim Eid al-Fitr in Indonesia, Malaysia and other Muslim-populated countries, and Taoist-inspired Chinese New Year all over the region. But also secular events are growing in popularity year by year, whether they are music and art events such as Wonderfruit Festival in Thailand, Ultra Music Festival in Singapore and Rainforest Fringe Festival in Borneo, or literary events such as the Penang Georgetown Festival or the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali. And of course, as this is Asia, food always occupies a prominent spot during these festivities.

Dates of festivals in Southeast Asia

Most of the region’s events are held on a yearly basis, but since many of them are following a lunar calendar, the dates are slightly different every year. This doesn’t mean you cannot plan ahead – with a little bit of proper research you can always make sure your favourite festivals are included within your travel plans. Just don’t forget to bring your camera!

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January 2019

Chiang Mai Jazz Festival, Thailand

January 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 11:59 pm BMT
Promenada, 192-193 Moo 2, Tumbon Tasala, Amphur Muang Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai,Chiang Mai50000Thailand
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Chiang Mai Jazz Festival

Please note that, according to the organisers, the Chiang Mai Jazz Festival 2020 edition has been postponed until further notice. We will publish any news and updates as and when…

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June 2019

Hua Hin Jazz Festival 2019, Thailand

June 7, 2019 - June 8, 2019
Hua Hin Hua Hin,Thailand + Google Map
Hua Hin Jazz Festival Thailand

It could hardly get any better when you combine a beach and Thai food with world-class live jazz. The Thai royal seaside resort of Hua Hin, a three-hour drive from…

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Ultra Music Festival Singapore. 2019

June 8, 2019 - June 9, 2019
Ultra Park, 1 Bayfront Avenue018971Singapore + Google Map
Ultra Music Festival Singapore

Light up your glow sticks and trip the light fantastic at the 4th edition of the Ultra Music Festival Singapore on 8 and 9 June. Electronic Dance Music (EDM) lovers…

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July 2019

Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019

July 5, 2019 - July 12, 2019
Kuching Kuching,SarawakMalaysia
Rainforest Fringe Festival Malaysia

During a period of eight days in July, the best of Sarawak’s art, music, culture, craft, photography, film, food and heritage will be showcased in the heart of Kuching, the…

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George Town Heritage Celebrations 2019

July 6, 2019 - July 8, 2019
George Town World Heritage Site George Town,PenangMalaysia + Google Map
George Town Heritage Celebrations Malaysia

When on 7 July 2008 UNESCO granted World Heritage status to Penang’s capital George Town, the local government marked the event by declaring it a public holiday...

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November 2019

White Temple Thailand Light Fest 2019

November 22, 2019 - December 22, 2019
Wat Rong Khun, ตำบล ป่าอ้อดอนชัย อำเภอเ มืองเชียงราย
Chiang Rai,Chiang Rai57000Thailand
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Thailand is pulling out all the stops from 22 November to 22 December when the inaugural Wat Rong Khun Light Fest will light up northern Thailand’s already very bright White…

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January 2022

Thaipusam Festival Malaysia 2022

January 18
Batu Caves, Batu Caves
Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
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Thaipusam Festival

Every year the impressive Thaipusam Festival celebrations take place inside the Batu caves near Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur. Due to Covid the 2021 celebrations will be more muted ...

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February 2022

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2022 in Thailand

February 1 - February 15
Nong Buak Hard Public Park, Arak Rd, Tambon Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat
Chiang Mai,Chiang Mai50200Thailand
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Free
Chiang Mai Flower Festival

The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is one of the most colourful events in Thailand attracting thousands of floral enthusiasts year on year. It’s not haphazard that Chiang Mai...

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April 2022

Bali Arts Festival 2019, Indonesia

April 5 - April 10
denpassar BaliIndonesia + Google Map
Bali Arts Fetival Before You Turn 40

Bali’s cultural event of the year, the month-long Bali Arts Festival, will once again turn the tropical island into a festive and performing arts mecca for the 41st time this…

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May 2022

Cheung Chau Bun Festival, 2022

May 6 - May 9
Pak Tai temple, Pak She StreetCheung ChauHong Kong + Google Map
Cheung Chau Bun

If you love eating Chinese buns, then the Cheung Chau Bun Festival could be right up your alley. Held annually on the island of Cheng Chau in Hong Kong, the…

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Rocket Festival Thailand (Bun Bang Fai) 2022

May 13 - May 15
Phaya Thaen Park Yasothon,Isan
Rocket Festival Thailand

Home-made rockets roaring into the skies, dirty humour, cross-dressing parades, mud fests and lots of rice wine – the centuries-old Rocket Festival Thailand, or Bun Bang Fai...

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July 2022

Phi Ta Khon or Ghost Festival 2022, Thailand

July 1 - July 3
In the town’s main street Dan Sai,Thailand + Google Map
Phi Ta Khon Festival Thailand

The immensely popular Phi Ta Khon Festival – also known as the Ghost Festival – is the best reason to visit Loei, a Thai province rarely frequented by international tourists.…

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George Town Festival 2022, Penang

July 9 - July 24
George Town Penang,Malaysia
George Town Festival

Less than a week after celebrating its UNESCO World Heritage Day, once again culture, art and heritage will take over Penang’s capital during the George Town Festival from 9 to…

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Candle Festival Thailand, 2022

July 13 - July 14
Different locations across the country Thailand
Candle Festival Thailand

Marking the start of the green (or wet) season, the Candle Festival in July is amongst the most beautiful celebrations in Thailand. Extravagant, intricately-carved candle...

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September 2022

Pchum Ben Festival in Cambodia

September 24 - September 27
Cambodia Cambodia
Free

For 15 days a year, the gates of hell open and seven generations of tortured souls roam the land in search of food. Welcome to the Pchum Ben Festival in…

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2022

September 25 - October 4
Phuket Phuket,PhuketThailand + Google Map
Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Thailand is certainly no stranger to everything that’s quirky and out of the ordinary. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival held in autumn – also known under its more Taoist-inspired...

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October 2022

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2022

October 27 - October 30
Various venues in Ubud Ubud, Bali,Indonesia
Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (often called the Ubud Writers Festival), one of the best literary festivals in the world, is held in the central Bali town of Ubud…

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November 2022

Monkey Buffet Festival, Lopburi, Thailand 2022

November 27
Phra Prang Sam Yot temple, Tha Hin, Mueang Lop Buri District
Lopburi,Lopburi15000Thailand
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Monkey Buffet Festival

Lopburi, in central Thailand, is already famous for its Khmer temple crowded with monkeys, but every year in November the whole town goes ape when visitors from Thailand...

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