Thailand top events for 2018

I continue my list of posts with resources about events in 2018. The official infos about Thailand are to be found on https://www.tourismthailand.org/Events-and-Festivals but the best I found on https://www.thaizer.com/thailand-events-festivals/.

There are countless festivals and special events held in Thailand throughout the year. Some of these are celebrated nationwide (e.g. Songkran and Loy Krathong) whilst other festivals are specific to particular cities or provinces. With a number of Thai festivals and Buddhist holidays, the exact date varies each year because it depends on the lunar calendar and the night of the full moon. Listed below are some of the best-known annual Thai festivals and special events. The dates listed here are not public holidays in Thailand unless stated. Please note that dates of local festivals may be liable to change whilst others are still waiting for dates to be confirmed.

January

• New Year’s Day (public holiday) – January 1

Children’s Day – second Saturday in January (January 13, 2018)

• Bo Sang Umbrella and Sankampaeng Handicrafts Festival, Chiang Mai – usually third weekend in January (January 19-21, 2018)

February

Chiang Mai Flower Festival – usually held on the first weekend in February (February 2-4, 2018)

Valentine’s Day – February 14

Trang Underwater Wedding – Valentine’s Day. Events in Trang Town and Ko Kradan (February 13-15)

Chinese Lunar New Year – date falls in January/February. Celebrated in many areas of Thailand, but particularly in the Chinatown districts of Bangkok and Chiang Mai as well as Phuket and Trang (February 16, 2018 – Year of the Dog)

• Burapa Bike Week, Pattaya – mid-February. Regarded as the biggest gathering of motorbike enthusiasts in South-east Asia (February 9-10, 2018)

• Phuket International Blues Rock Festival – mid/late February

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

March

Makha Bucha Day (public holiday) – date falls in February/March (March 1, 2018)

National Elephant Day – March 13

National Muay Thai Day – March 17. Ayutthaya hosts the Martial Arts Festival and Wai Khru Ceremony and smaller events and ceremonies are held at various Thai boxing gyms and venues in Thailand

• Pattaya International Music Festival – mid/late-March

April

Chakri Day (public holiday) – April 6

Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival (public holiday) – April 13-15

• Chonburi Festival – mid/late April in Chonburi province including Pattaya

• Phuket Bike Week – mid/late April

Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival

May

• Labour Day (public holiday) – May 1

Royal Ploughing Ceremony, Bangkok – date usually falls in May

Rocket Festivals, Isaan – mid/late May. Various local events in areas of north-east Thailand with the most famous being the the ‘Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival’ at Yasothon

Chiang Mai Inthakin City Pillar Festival – date usually falls in May

• Ko Samui Yacht Regatta – held in May/June

Visakha Bucha Day (public holiday) – date falls in May/June (May 29, 2018)

• Hua Hin Jazz Festival – usually held in May/June

June

• Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival, Dan Sai, Loei

July

Asahna Bucha Day (public holiday) – date usually falls in July/early-August (July 27, 2018)

Khao Phansa – falls on the day after Asahna Bucha (July 28, 2018)

Birthday of H.M King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) – July 28 (public holiday)

Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival – held during July and associated with Asahna Bucha and Buddhist Lent

• Phuket Yachting Race Week – mid/late July

August

H.M. Queen’s Birthday (public holiday) also celebrated as Mother’s Day – August 12

• Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival, Phuket – held August/September

September

Thai National Flag Day – September 28

October

Commemorating the passing of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) – October 13 (public holiday)

Buffalo Racing Festival, Chonburi – held in October/November (probable date in 2018 is October 23)

Chulalongkorn Day (public holiday) – October 23

Awk Phansa (marks the end of Buddhist Lent) – usually in October (probable date in 2018 is October 24)

• Naga Fireballs, Nong Khai

Vegetarian Festival – usually takes place in September/October. Celebrated at various locations in Thailand including Phuket, Trang, Krabi, Bangkok and Chiang Mai

November

Loy Krathong – date usually falls in November (probable date in 2018 is November 23 – to be confirmed)

Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Chiang Mai – held to coincide with Loy Krathong (probable dates in 2018 are November 22-24 – to be confirmed)

Elephant Round-up Festival, Surin – third weekend in November

Monkey Banquet Festival, Lopburi – last Sunday in November

December

King Bhumibol Birthday Commemoration Day (public holiday) the day on which HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born is also celebrated as Father’s Day (from 2017, the day will also mark National Day) – December 5

Constitution Day (public holiday) – December 10

Concert in the Park, Bangkok

• Outdoor concert season begins in Lumphini Park, Bangkok. Free entertainment courtesy of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Concerts on most Sundays from mid-December through to the end of February.

New Year’s Eve (public holiday if it falls on a weekday) – December 31. New Year Countdown events held at various locations in Thailand including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya

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