Event Category: Festivals in Thailand

In a country that is built on tradition and so much loves making fun, it’s almost mandatory to include a local festival or event in your Thailand travel plans. Major festivals in Thailand are held nationwide, but there are plenty of fantastic provincial festivals too and it’s often worthwhile to adapt your itinerary for it. From intimate religious ceremonies to booze-fuelled dance parties in the countryside, Thai people love to socialise and make fun, and doing so is as important to Thai culture as is Thai cuisine.

Range of festivals in Thailand

You will find there are always one or more festivals taking place somewhere in Thailand, no matter when your visit takes place. They range from beautiful and enchanting traditions that often have religious or mythical roots, such as the Loy Krathong Festival of Light or the dazzling Chiang Mai Flower Festival, to plain fun or even outright crazy and bizarre events such as the rocket festivals or Bun Bang Fai in the rural Isaan region, and the world-famous Songkran 2020 or Thai new year. Depending on your tastes and appetite for adventure, you will be almost guaranteed to find something that satisfies your curiosity.

Festivals in Thailand dates

A lot of the festivals in Thailand take place on slightly different dates each year, especially those that have religious roots. That’s because they follow the Thai lunar calendar which depends on the varying, yearly moon cycle. Therefore it’s always wise to double-check the exact dates a few weeks beforehand to make sure there are no last-minute changes.

Religious and royal events in Thailand

Although during many Thai festivals there’s a steady flow of alcohol, during religious and royal festivals the sale of alcohol is usually banned. This isn’t always strictly enforced but you may do well taking this into account if you think it may affect you.

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February 2023

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2023 in Thailand

February 3 - February 5
Nong Buak Hard Public Park, Arak Rd, Tambon Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat
Chiang Mai,Chiang Mai50200Thailand
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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 2023

Songkran, Thailand Water Festival, 2023

April 13 - April 15
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Songkran Festival

.Songkran, or Thailand's water festival, is an occasion of great fun especially in the major cities such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The whole country grinds to a halt as people are sprayed ...

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June 2023

Phi Ta Khon or Ghost Festival 2023, Thailand

June 23 - June 25
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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November 2023

Loy Krathong Festival 2023, Thailand

November 27 - November 28
Chiang Mai Thailand + Google Map
Free

Thailand’s most beautiful and beguiling festival, Loy Krathong is enormously popular with Thais and visitors alike. Thousands of little candle lights and flowers drift down waterways...

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Yi Peng Festival 2023, Thailand

November 27 - November 28
Chiang Mai Thailand + Google Map
Free
Loy Krathong Festival

one of Thailand's most beautiful festivals, Yi Peng sees the skies illuminated when countless candle-lit paper lanterns are released into the sky.

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