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

Phichit Long Boat Race

September, Nan River in front of Wat Tha Luang Temple, Phichit

40 traditional long rowing boats compete on the Nan River every year in categories racing with 14 to 55 paddlers, 31 and 40 paddlers and boats with no more than 30 paddlers. The fair consists of culture shows, music shows and typical fruits grown in the area - guavas, pomelos, tamarind, sweets - and organic vegetables are sold.more...

Bangkok International Festival of Dance & Music

September - October, Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok

This festival sees performing artists from all over the world in dance and music routines along with ballet and operatic plays. First held in 1999, the festival has become one of the largest arts and cultural events in Asia.more...

Pa Sak Boat Racing Festival

September, Saraburi

The two-day Pa sak Boat Racing Festival sees long boats along the Pa Sak, There are three categories from 55 crew members, 30 crew and 12 crew mini boats.more...

Cha-am Feast Fish Flock Shellfish Festival

September, Cha Am Beach, Petchaburi

For the month or September, diners are welcome to join in the Cha-am Feast Fish Flock Shellfish Festival for prawns, fish, crab, squid and shellfish prepared in many ways. Many of the dishes are cooked by chefs from Cha-am hotels and restaurants. There are bands, shows, fairground rides, market stalls and a walking street.more...

Thai-Lao Long Boat Racing Festival in Mukdahan

October, Mekong River, in front of Indochina market, Mukdahan province

The end of the Thai Buddhist Lent sees a number of long boat races between the people of Thailand and Lao in the Mekong River at Mukdahan province. There are also local performances by the eight Thai, Laos and Vietnamese tribes of the province.more...

Rap Bua Festival

October, Saraburi Province

Visitors can get a taste of Thainess in Bang Phili at this festival! Locals uphold a long tradition of offer lotus flowers to monks. There are live performances, food stalls, local products and the retro floating market. more...

Chaiyaphum Ton Krathoop Festival

October, Nong Bua Daeng district office, Chaiyaphum

Nong Bua Daeng in Chaiyaphum Province marks the end of Buddhist Lent with the Chaiyaphum Ton Krathoop Festival, which features a 1km-long procession of nine contesting parades decorated with ton krathoop or artificial trees made of joss sticks and colourful paper. The evening sees local dances and games. Joss sticks on the krathoop trees are lit for three nights.more...

Buffalo Racing Festival

October, In front of Chonburi Provincial Administration Office, Chonburi Province

The long-running event expresses gratitude to buffaloes after working for farmers throughout the year. Buffalo races are in mini buffalo and big buffalo. Other activities in the week-long festival mark the importance of the buffalo such as the Most Healthy Buffalo Contest, Buffalo Fashion Contest and a parade of beautifully-decorated buffalo cartsmore...

Illuminated Boat Procession

October, Nakhon Phanom

The annual dazzling Illuminated Boat Procession marks the end of Buddhist Lent or 'Ok Pansa'. There is also a colourful street procession and cultural performances. The event takes place on the 15th day of the waxing moon to the first day of the waning moon in the 11th lunar month of the Buddhist calendar in Isaan, in the northeast of Thailand.more...

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...

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