Thailand Festivals

 "We inhabit a universe that is characterised by diversity."

Desmond Tutu

Thailand has countless festivals – cultural and religious – which can form a backdrop for at least part of a business event.

Many of these festivals follow a lunar calendar, so the timings shown here may occasionally be inaccurate. You may check with the relevant contacts shown here or simply search the web '[event name] Thailand [year]' for up to date information.

Thai lady dance performer in a traditional dress

Rub Bua Festival/Yon Bua Festival

October, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan

The 'Lotus Receiving Festival' or 'Lotus Throwing Festival' sees people throwing lotus flowers onto a boat carrying a replica of the famous Buddha image Luang Poh To from the banks of Samrong Canal to pay respect to this revered figure. Five or six large colourful floats follow the main boat with rowers wearing traditional Thai costumes.more...

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

October, Phuket

People who follow this nine-day Chinese event abstain from meat and other acts in order to obtain good health and purify the mind and body and honour the Nine Emperor Gods. Believers also perform fire walking and body piercing and acts of self-mortification and participate in early morning processions.more...

Nong Khai Ok Phansa and Naga Fireball Festival

October, Nong Khai, Nong Khai

This festival marks the end of Buddhist Lent. Thais pay homage to the Chedi in the Mekong River, offer alms. The highlight are Naga firerocket balls or glowing balls, which are said to naturally rise from the water high into the air. The 'Opening the Legend of the Naga Rockets' sees a light and sound presentation, a competition between floats to worship the Naga, a wax castle contest and traditional long boat races.more...

Kathina Festival

October-November, Mukdahan

In the northeast region of Mukdahan, locals celebrate Chula Kathin that celebrates the end of Buddhist lent (Wan Khao Phansa), which is the mull moon of the eleventh lunar month. For 30 days, Buddhist devotees present gifts to monks for preserving the faith and do merit making. Traditional dancersmore...

Bua Tong Blossom Festival

November - December, Phra That Doi Kong Mu, Mae Hong Son province

The Bua Tong Blossom Festival signifies the beginning of the tourism season being the time when the wild sunflowers or bua tong blossom in the field on Mae U Kho Mountain in an area of over 500 Rai a height of 1,600 metres. This is the largest and most beautiful Bua Tong field in Thailand. Visitors can find agricultural products and other articles to buy.more...

Flora Park Flora Fair

November - February, Wat Pho Chalerm Prakiet Intersection, Wang Nam Khieo, Nakhon Ratchasima

The province of Nakhon Ratchasima hosts the Flora Park Flora Fair, a three month-long event that sees a floral and arts fair in an area of 70 Rai where there's more than 2,000 English roses on display. Visitors can also tour the local market, farmer's market and organic vegetable project. more...

Colors of Doi Tung Festival

November, Chiang Rai

The Colors of Doi Tung Festival turns the mountains of Doi Tung into the highest elevated walking street in Thailand. Visitors can find shops, food, arts and entertainment at 1,000 metres above sea level. Highlights include exploring the six ethnic minorities in Doi Tung – Akha, Lahu, Shan, Thai Lue, Lawa, and Chinese – through handicrafts, food, and performancesmore...

Phimai Festival and Boat Race

November, Phimai Historical Park, Phimai Museum, Field in front of Phimai Administration Office, Long boat racing at Chakkarat River.

The Phimai Festival celebrates the role the town played in the history of the region. The event includes a light and sound presentation that tells the story of the glorious period of King Jayavarman VII in both song and dance. There is also the Korat cat competition, Khon or classical Thai mask dancemore...

Surin Elephant Round-Up

November, Surin Elephant Performance Ground and Si Narong Stadium, Surin

This two-day event includes shows the physical prowess and skills of elephants through various performances at the 'world's largest domestic elephant village'. Surin is known as having a strong bond between elephants and people. Local products will be available and there will be cultural shows.more...

Krabi Berg Fah Andaman Festival

November, Krabi Town, Krabi

Three days of parades, cultural and musical performances, sea kayak competitions, boat races, local products for sale and other activities to kick in the high season are featured in this festival. The translation from Thai is 'Opening the Andaman Sea'.more...

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