Dates of Festivals In Thailand

Admin 22 December 2017


  • New Year’s Day (public holiday) – January 1
  • Children's Day – second Saturday in January (January 13, 2018)
  • Bo Sang Umbrella Festival, Chiang Mai – usually third weekend in January


  • Chiang Mai Flower Festival (In Photo Below) – usually held on the first weekend in February (February 2-4, 2018)
  • Valentines Day – February 14
  • Trang Underwater Wedding – Valentine’s Day. Events in Trang Town and Ko Kradan (February 13-15)
  • Chinese Lunar New Year – date falls in January/February. Celebrated in many areas of Thailand, but particularly in the Chinatown districts of Bangkok and Chiang Mai as well as Phuket and Trang (February 16, 2018 – Year of the Dog)
  • Pattaya Bike Week – mid-February. Regarded as the biggest gathering of motorbike enthusiasts in South-east Asia
  • Phuket International Blues Rock Festival – mid/late February



  • Makha Bucha Day (public holiday) – date falls in February/March (March 1, 2018)
  • National Elephant Day – March 13
  • National Muay Thai Day – March 17. Ayutthaya hosts the Martial Arts Festival and Wai Khru Ceremony and smaller events and ceremonies are held at various Thai boxing gyms and venues in Thailand
  • Pattaya International Music Festival – mid/late-March


  • Charkri Day (public holiday) – April 6
  • Songkran Water Festival (public holiday - Photo Below) – April 13-15
  • Chonburi Festival – mid/late April in Chonburi province including Pattaya
  • Phuket Bike Week – mid/late April



  • Labour Day (public holiday) – May 1
  • Rocket Festivals Issan – mid/late May. Various local events in areas of north-east Thailand with the most famous being the the ‘Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival’ at Yasothon
  • Ko Samui Yacht Regatta – held in May/June 
  • Visakha Bucha Day (public holiday) – date falls in May/June (May 29, 2018)
  • Hua Hin Jazz Festival – usually held in May/June


  • Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival, Dan Sai, Loei


  • Asahna Bucha Day (public holiday) – date usually falls in July/early-August (July 27, 2018)
  • Khao Phansa – falls on the day after Asahna Bucha (July 28, 2018)
  • Birthday of H.M King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) – July 28 (public holiday)
  • Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival – held during July and associated with Asahna Bucha and Buddhist Lent
  • Phuket Yachting Race Week – mid/late July


  • H.M. Queen’s Birthday (public holiday) also celebrated as Mother’s Day – August 12
  • Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival, Phuket – held August/September


  • Thai National Flag Day – September 28


  • Commemorating the passing of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) – October 13 (public holiday)
  • Buffalo Racing Festival, Chonburi – held in October/November (probable date in 2018 is October 23)
  • Chulalongkorn Day (public holiday) – October 23
  • Awk Phansa (marks the end of Buddhist Lent) – usually in October (probable date in 2018 is October 24)
  • Naga Fireballs, Nong Khai
  • Vegetarian Festival – usually takes place in September/October. Celebrated at various locations in Thailand including Phuket, Trang, Krabi, Bangkok and Chiang Mai


  • Loy Krathong – date usually falls in November (probable date in 2018 is November 23 – to be confirmed)
  • Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Chiang Mai – held to coincide with Loy Krathong (probable dates in 2018 are November 22-24 – to be confirmed)
  • Elephant Round-up Festival, Surin – third weekend in November
  • Monkey Banquet Festival, Lopburi – last Sunday in November



  • King Bhumibol Birthday Commemoration Day (public holiday) the day on which HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born is also celebrated as Father’s Day (from 2017, the day will also mark National Day) – December 5
  • Constitution Day (public holiday) – December 10
  • Concert in the Park, Bangkok
    Outdoor concert season begins in Lumphini Park, Bangkok. Free entertainment courtesy of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Concerts on most Sundays from mid-December through to the end of February.
  • New Year’s Eve (public holiday if it falls on a weekday) – December 31. New Year Countdown events held at various locations in Thailand including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya