Thailand Festivals

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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

Bor Sang Umbrella and Sankampaeng Handicraft Festival

January, Bor Sang Village San Kamphaeng district, Chiang Mai

For three days in January the streets, shops and houses of Bor Sang are decorated with an abundance of colourful silk and Saa umbrellas. In the evening, the streets are illuminated by traditional lanterns giving the town special appearancemore...

Chinese New Year

January/February, Thailand

Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is the most important Chinese festival. The event, which begins on the last day of the lunar year and ends on the 15th day of the next, has a significant cultural meaning and social implications. Popular places to celebrate are Bangkok, Phuket, Trang, Hat Yai, Ayutthaya, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.more...

Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair

January - February, Ayutthaya Historical Park

Thailand\'s ancient capital Ayutthaya celebrates its history and status as a UNESCO World Heritage site for one week a year. Festivities include cultural performances, agricultural and food fairs, Thai souvenirs, light and sound show, fireworks and more.more...

Samoeng Strawberry Festival

January/February, Samoeng District, Chiang Mai

A fruity and fun event, the Samoeng Strawberry Festival offers visitors to partake in a range of activities including visiting local strawberry plantations, the largest in Thailand. There are activities such as a strawberry contest, strawberry and flowers processionsmore...

Chao Pho Lak Mueang Procession

January, Beside the dam of Chao Pho Lak Mueang Shrine, Samut Sakhon province

The Chao Pho Lak Mueang Procession or Shrine of the City God Parade is a five-day event allowing people to pay respect and gain good fortune. Chao Pho Lak Mueang or city pillars are placed on a decorated fishing boat that travels along the tha chin River stopping at the Suwannaram Monasterymore...

Sakon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival

January, Ming Muang Ground & the Suan Somdej Phra Srinagarindra, Sakon Nakon Municipal Office

The end of Buddhist Lent, or the Ok Phansa Festival, sees a picturesque and popular event in the province of Sakon Nakon, the Wax Castle Festival where locals will carve elaborate sculptures from beeswaxmore...

Maya Music Festival

February, Pattaya

The Maya Music Festival aims to preserve ancient Thai Art, show it to the world and combine it with the modern day music to create a mega festival.more...

Bangkok Underground Film Festival

February - March, Various locations around Bangkok

The Bangkok Underground Film Festival provides a platform for independent, DIY, first time filmmakers and students. The festival includes short films, feature films and video art and are screened for artistic merit.more...

Old Phuket Town Festival

February, Thalang, Krabi, Phuket Roads, Soi Rommanee, Old Phuket Town

The three-day event is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of Phuket when it was a tin mining centre more than 100 years ago. Activities include a Phuket Baba Light Show, rickshaw tour, cultural parades, Chinese opera performancesmore...

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

February, Suan Buak Hat Park, Mueang District, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is in bloom in February with flower beds filled with various types of colourful flowers. There are flower-decorated floats and traditional dancers, agricultural displays, sales and competitions.more...

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