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

Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival

May, Phaya Thaen Park, Yasothon

This festival is a merit-making ceremony that is performed in anticipation of a good rainy season. Home made rockets are launched in a contest for the higher rocket. In addition, the festival features street parades, theatres and folklore music. more...

Samui Bike Week

May, Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui

Big bike lovers flock to the island of Samui for Samui Bike Week every year to display their bikes and ride. The event raises money for charity and there will be eco-friendly activities to enjoy. Contests include finding the most unique bikes, beautiful bikers pageant and a Thai and international food fair.more...

Sweet Wintergreen, Fruit & Trat Specialty Fair

May - June, Trat

The Sweet Wintergreen, Fruit & Trat Specialty Fair show cases the many fruits available in Trat province. The Fair also features fruit parade carts competition, exhibitions from public and private organisations.more...

Phrathat Si Song Rak Festival

May, Phrathat Si Song Rak, Dan Sai, Loei

The Phrathat Si Song Rak Festival is of a religious and culture nature that pays homage to the Lord Buddha. Devotees offer food, clean chambers, novice monks are blessed, Buddha's relics are worshipped along with a wax tree offering. there's also a candlelight procession and bamboo rockets are launched.more...

Inthakhin City Pillar Festival 2017

June, Chiang Mai

Followers chant celebration prayers of Intakin City Pillar, arrange flower bowls, sprinkle water on Fon-Saen-Ha Buddha image (Hundred Thousand Rain), pay respect to Pra Buddha Attarod (standing Buddha image), sprinkle water on The Main Buddha Relics Pagoda. There are also Lanna style traditional performances.more...

The Ninth Month Ascent to Worship Buddha Relics (Northern Thailand)

June, Ko Tapao, Tak province

This event includes an offering parade, bank note tree parade, offering of robes parade, flag parade, Buddha relics cloth parade and the ceremony of wrapping cloth around the pagoda enshrined with Buddha relics.more...

Pang Sida Butterfly Watching Festival

June - August, Pang Sida National Park, Nakhon Nayok

More than 300 species of butterflies, a butterfly exhibition and butterfly watching demonstration by officers from this national park can be seen during the three months of this festival. There's also camping, a visit to Pang Sida waterfall and hiking on the 25km scenic jungle trail.more...

Si Sa Ket Kaset Rambutan-Durian Fair

June, Si Sa Ket Kaset and Technology College

The fruits of Si Sa Ket Kaset province - rambutan, durian, lanson, mangosteen and stink beans - are on display in this event which happens every June. Spectators can also enjoy flower floats, documentary exhibitions and a fruit tasting caravan.more...

Phi Ta Khon Festival

June, Dan Sai District, Loei Province

The Phi Ta Khon Festival or 'Bun Luang' is part of a Buddhist merit-making event that reflects the local Isan belief in ghosts and spirits. Sometimes known as the Ghost Festival, the Phi Ta Khon Festival sees people wearing masks during processions and in addition to listening to sermons from Buddhist monks.more...

Phuket Baba Wedding

June, Old Town Phuket, Phuket

This beautiful wedding ceremony in the 'Baba Peranakan' (Straits Chinese) tradition is a celebration of Peranakan culture. Couples dress in the style and manner of 19th century Chinese traders and well-to-do local Thai maidens. Chosen venues are mansions, which exemplify Sino-Portuguese style.more...

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