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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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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
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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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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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White Temple Light Fest Thailand

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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December 2019

Wonderfruit Festival 2019, Thailand

December 12, 2019 - December 16, 2019
The Fields, Siam Country Club
Pattaya,ChonburyThailand
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Wonderfruit Festival Thailand

Within just a few years, the Wonderfruit Festival has risen to become one of the most anticipated festivals in Thailand blending music and gastronomy with wellness...

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Royal Barge Procession 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

December 12, 2019
Along the Chao Phraya River Bangkok,Thailand
Royal Barge Procession, Thailand

The magnificent Royal Barge Procession in Thailand, a very rare and grand event with much splendour, will take place again this December after a seven-year-long hiatus...

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October 2020

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2020

October 17, 2020 - October 25, 2020
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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Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Festivals, 2020

October 29, 2020 - October 31, 2020
Various
Loy Krathong Yi Peng Thailand

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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February 2021

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2021 in Thailand

February 5 - February 7
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, now celebrating its 45th anniversary, is one of the most colourful events in Thailand attracting thousands of floral enthusiasts year on year. The 2021 Chiang…

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April 2021

Songkran, Thailand Water Festival, 2021

April 10 - April 15
thailand Thailand
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Songkran, or Thailand's water festival, is an occasion of great fun especially in the major cities such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Songkran 2021 Guidelines Government officials have...

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May 2021

Rocket Festival Thailand (Bun Bang Fai) 2021

May 8 - May 10
Isaan region Thailand
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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Cheung Chau Bun Festival, 2021

May 16 - May 20
Pak Tai temple, Pak She StreetCheung ChauHong Kong + Google Map
Cheung Chau Bun Hong Kong

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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June 2021

Phi Ta Khon or Ghost Festival 2021, Thailand

June 11 - June 13
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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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July 2021

Candle Festival Thailand, 2021

July 23 - July 25
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 sculptures are shown off at…

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