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

Phuket Bike Week

April, Patong, Phuket City, Phuket

Big bike enthusiasts and others come to Phuket each year to participate in one of the most popular motorcycle events in Asia. The event features a beach party and music festival, grand dinner, exhibition of custom bikes, custom tattoo contest new products, accessories and clothing, a ride for peace and a contest to find Miss Phuket Bike Week.more...

Songkran Festival

April, Thailand

Loud, boisterous and fun, Songkran marks the beginning of the Buddhist New Year and the dry season. Traditional water pouring and cleaning of Buddha images and other religious items was thought to wash away sins. Nowadays people are seen water throwing in the streets especially on the first day of the festival. more...

Phuket Pride

April – May, Patong, Phuket

Phuket Pride celebrates the strong sense of community among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people (LGBT) and is the largest event of its kind in Thailand. First held in 1999, the week features various activities including athletic competitions, art shows, charity auctions, street partiesmore...

Ko Phangan Colormoon Festival

April, Koh Phangan

The five-day Ko Phangan Colormoon Festival showcases unique local Thai experiences on the island and celebrates coconuts. There will be a Coco Colourmoon Music Festival with well-known Luk Thung singers, a coconut inspired fashion show, an international fishing competition, sports eventsmore...

Lampang Trains & Horse Carriages Day

April, Nakhon Lampang Railway Station, Lampang

This festival commemorates the opening of the first railway from Bangkok to Lampang in 1916 and on April 1 when the first royal train pulled into the station. The event also pays tribute to the horses that played an important part to the province's earlier trading ability.more...

Sukhothai Mini Light and Sound

April-September, Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai

The historical park Sukhothai hosts a Mini Light and Sound show on the first Friday of the month between April and September. The performance tells the story of Sukhothai, the capital of Thailand more than 700 years agos.more...

Sea Mud Festival

May, Bang Tabun Municipal District Office, Phetchaburi

Have fun and get muddy! The Sea Mud Festival is a popular event that sees participants enjoying games such as mud sea boxing, mud slides and a challenging (due to the thick mud) tug-of-war event. There's also spa treatments, mud sculptures, musical entertainment and shows. Visitors can also see some of the local lifemore...

Warp Music Festival

May, Pattaya

Thailand's first and best beach dance music festival, Warp Music Festival is a two-day event that features and impressive lineup of musicians.more...

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...

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