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

Candle Light Boat Procession

July, Latchadoh Market, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

This event celebrates the beginning of Buddhist Lent and involves the carving of elaborate candles paraded on boats off the Chao Phraya River. Additionally, there are folk games, a decorated house along Latchadoh canal contest, as well as a miniature duplication of Latchadoh market.more...

Osaka International Music Competition

July, College of Music, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Nakhon Pathom

The Osaka International Music Competition aims to find young artists from around the world and help them to compete in an international setting. The Bangkok Regional Round of this long-standing competition will see musicians auditioning as concert concerto soloists in the following categoriesmore...

Thailand International Orchid Innovation Show

July, Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok

The annual show of beautiful flowers is between growers, exporters and importers of orchids from around the world. The focus of the show is on techniques, species and new developments in the growth of flowers.more...

Aquatic Phansa Festival at Khlong Lat Chado

July, Lat Chado, Phak Hai district, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

This water-based festival celebrates the beginning of Buddhist Lent with a candle floating procession, a competition to award the best-decorated riverside home, traditional games, a photo exhibition on the local way of life, and a re-creation of the floating market as it used to be in the old days.more...

Prathat Phanom Candle Light Procession Festival

July, Prathat Phanom Woramahaviharn Temple, Prathat Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom

Feature a candle light procession with flowers, this Prathat Phanom serves to pay homage to Buddha at Lent. more...

Kathu Cultural Street Festival

July - August, Kathu, Phuket

A celebrations of one of Phuket's oldest communities, the Kathu Cultural Street Festival honours the traditions and customs of Kathu with a light and sound show, live music, handicrafts, traditional children's games, local food, street stalls plus exhibitions that include tin mining, an important economic activity over a hundred years ago.more...

Thailand Century Tour

July - August, Kanchanaburi

This four-day event will see participants cycling around the province of Kanachaburi arriving at a different destination at the end of each day. There are four stages: Stage 1a 10km Individual Time Trial (ITT); Stage 2 a 110km Road; Stage 3 a 140km Road; Stage 4 a 70km Road stage.more...

Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival

July, Ubon Ratchathani

This festival marks the beginning of Buddhist Lent and shows devotion to Buddhist tradition and skills in carving candles. The Candle Procession features the Royal Candle sent by His Majesty the King and the carved beeswax candles made by the local people, which are paraded around the city streets on floats.more...

Nan International Folk Culture Festival

July, Wat Phumin, Nan

The culturally-rich heritage of Nan province plays host to the International Folk Culture Festival. Home to tribal peoples, the province has a Lanna heritage. The event showcases cultural performances from not only Thailand, but China, Vietnam, Myanmar and Lao showing that Nan culture is interlinked with its neighboursmore...

Akha Giant Swing Festival

August-September, Akha villages in Chiang Rai

The four-day Akha Giant Swing Festival known honours the goddess of fertility and women. Held in August-September at the height of the rainy reason, the event celebrates the abundance of crops to be harvested and features primarily women on swings swaying at large heights often over a cliff.more...

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