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Major Events, Festivals and Holiday within Thailand

Find below a little a summary of the major events and festivals during Thailand’s calendar year. These events are often spectacular occasions and can be great fun to visit.

Hundreds of festivals and temple fairs are celebrated throughout Thailand. Thais are fun-loving, sentimental people and annual festivals, both commemorative and celebrate, play important roles in Thai life.

Many Thai festivals are colorful and joyful events that invite visitors’ to join and participation. Others feature solemn, eminently photogenic ceremonial. Whatever their character, whether Buddhist devotion, dazzling processions, exotic ritual or uninhibited merriment, each affords the visitor pleasant memories and gives you a insights into the cultural heritage that makes Thailand  Asia’s most exotic and amazing country.

Most festivals are connected either with Buddhism, the annual rice-farming cycle or commemorations honoring Thai kings. Some occur on fixed dates, others, particularly those associated with Buddhism, are determined by the lunar calendar. And if one of these holidays falls onto a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday, will also a holiday and government offices and many commercial offices will be closed.

 

JANUARY

New Year’s Day – 2 January   (Public Holiday)
The beginning of the western New Year is a national holiday in Thailand, one of three “new year” holidays celebrated every year. more…

 

FEBRUARY / MARCH

Makha Bucha – February  (Public Holiday)
Makha Bucha celebrates the Buddha’s first sermon (around 2.500 years ago) in to his disciple and is one of the hoist Buddhist holy days, it Day marks the occasion when saint-disciples of the Buddha spontaneously gathered to hear his preaching.
The holiday may also known as Magha Puja or Lord Buddha Day and is considered Day of Love in Buddhism. Most Thai Buddhists will go on Makha Pucha Day to a temple to pay their respects to the Lord Buddha. Magha is a Pali and Sanskrit word meaning the third lunar month, and Puja is a word in the same language that means to venerate or honor and pronounced in Thai as Makha Bucha. The exact day of this second important Buddhist festival day depending on the Lunar cycle. more…

 

APRIL

Chakri Day – 6 April  (Public Holiday)

The Chakri Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty which has been ruling Thailand since 1782. This dynasty was founded by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (King Rama I) in 1782 who came to throne on that day. On this day people of Thailand recognize the contributions of all the kings in the dynasty and to pay respect and reverence to their former kings as well as the present King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradeba­yavarangkun (King Rama X). More …

 

Songkran Festival Day – 13-16 April (Public Holidays)
Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year, joyfully celebrated throughout the country with rituals of merit making, honoring the elders, and parades of dancers, music troupes and water splashing.  The throwing or pouring water during the annual Songkran Festival originally dates back to the spring cleaning of Thai houses, and welcoming the rainy season. Devout Buddhist will particularly pour scented, blessed water over images of the Lord Buddha to pay respect, asking for a blessing and washing away of bad omens. A fun festival for everybody to join in.

Be prepared to get soaking wet, as the streets will filled with water-throwing revelers, using anything that can contain water. The country will be at an almost complete standstill during these days, joining fellow Thais and visitors in a refreshing escape from the humidity and heat.  More detail about Thailand’s most fun festival and its culture background

 

MAY

National Labor Day – 1 May (Public Holiday)
International Labor Day is also celebrated as a national holiday, even though there isn’t much ado about it. Some businesses may be closed. more …

 

Coronation Day – 4 May  (Public Holiday)
The day when the reigning Maha Vajiralongkorn was crowed as the 10th king of the Chakri Dynaaty in 2019 over a three-day coronation. On the 4th of May he was to be anointed and crowed, on the 5th of May a royal procession took place and on the 6th of May the king grant an audience. more…

 

Wisakha (Visakha) Bucha Day – Full Moon Day in May (Public Holiday)
The holiest Buddhist holiday celebrates the three events of Budhda – the birth, enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana.

Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists and is celebrated with great enthusiasm.

The exact date of Vesakha is celebrated on the full moon of the sixth lunar month or the first full moon in the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The date varies from year to year in the Gregorian calendar but is typically in May. More detail and background…..

 

Phuetcha Mongkhon or the Royal Ploughing Ceremony (May) – goverment holiday
This ceremony marks official commencement of the annual rice-planting cycle and takes place  in Bangkok’s Sanam Luang, an open field and public square in front of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace to usher in the new planting season with good luck and hopes. As Royal Ploughing Day is a holiday for state employees, government offices will be closed.  more…

 

JUNE

 

H.M. The Queen Suthida’s Birthday – 3 June   (Public Holidays)
His Majesty the King named General Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya the new queen on May 1st 2019 and conferred upon Queen Suthida the formal title of Her Majesty the Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana on May 4th 2019.

The Queen Suthida’s Birthday is a national holiday in Thailand.

 

 

JULY

Asarnha Bucha Day (Substitution for Asarnha Bucha Day) – July   (Public Holidays)
Celebrating the Buddha’s first sermon in which he set out to his five former associates the doctrine that had come to him following his enlightenment.

Asahna Bucha is a national Holiday in Thailand. It replaced Buddhist Lent as a gazetted holiday in 2007.

The date in the western calendar depends on the Lunar cycle. It is also known as Asalha Puja or Dhamma Day.

 

AUGUST


H.M. The Queen’s Birthday – 14 August 2017 (Public Holiday)
Mother’s Day was first introduced to Thailand on 15th April, 1950. In 1976, Mother’s Day was changed to 12th August to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit ,the Mother of all Thai people. 

The birthday of her Majesty Queen Dowager Sirikit  remains a holiday as National Mother’s Day

 

OCTOBER

  The Passing of King Bhumibol – 13 October   (Public Holiday)
For decades, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the only king the people of Thailand knew, and became a symbol of stability and was much beloved by the people of his realm.

Born on 5 December, 1927, Bhumibol Adulyadej died on 13 October, 2016. He took the throne in 1946, reigned for 70 years, and came to be called “Father of the Nation”.  After a long struggle with illness, he finally passed away, at the age of 88. One year later, the king was cremated and transported on a restored, golden royal chariot in an elaborate procession to Phra Merumat, to be interred with many of his ancestors of the Chakri Dynasty. Shrines were erected in the king’s honor all over the nation, and the mourning over his death lasted a full year. more…

 

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day – 23 October   (Public Holiday)
The day commemorates King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) who passed away on October 23rd 1910. He was the fifth monarch of Siam from the House of Chakri and is considered one of the greatest kings of Siam (now Thailand). He is remembered as the king who introduced many social and political reforms that helped to modernize Siam including the abolishment of slavery. more…

 

DECEMBER


H.M. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday – 5 December  (Public Holiday)

The 5th of December commemorates the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and is celebrated throughout the country,

It is also Thailand’s National Day and is the day when Father’s Day is celebrated in Thailand.

 

Constitution Day (Substitution for Constitution Day) – 10 December  (Public Holiday)
Celebrates the date in 1932 when the country was granted its first constitution. more…

 

New Years’ Eve – 31 December  (Public Holiday)
The day before the Western New Year day is always marked a national holiday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When are the exact dates for holidays in Thailand?  Just click here to get the update calendar

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Merry Xmas crosses culture lines

BANGKOK, December 21, 2010 by TTRweekly 

The decorations are up, the carols are playing and Santa has been seen scuba diving in Japan, delivering presents on a motorbike in Seoul and being thrown out of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Christianity may not be Asia’s main religion, but Christmas cheer is in evidence around much of the region, even if eating and shopping are often the main attractions.Christmas Spirit around Asia

The shop tills are ringing in Buddhist Bangkok and Muslim Kuala Lumpur, where stores are festooned with tinsel and fairy lights.

More than 100 children in Santa suits recently joined a Christmas carnival at a major mall in the Thai capital.

In Japan, Santa has made a splash in Tokyo aquariums, feeding marine life and performing with dolphins.

At one, an electric eel is generating power for the Christmas lights.

Visitors can help by stomping a floor panel, which generates additional electricity to power a blue light on the Christmas tree, as a robotic Santa looks on, singing Christmas songs and wriggling his hips.

“They stomp, with the tree flashing blue and white, and Santa singing all the time,” said Enoshima Aquarium spokeswoman Asako Inoue. “It’s a very cheerful event.”

In South Korea, 50 post office delivery men wearing Santa Claus outfits are delivering presents by motorbike to poor children in Seoul, where even the 22-metre-tall “Hammering Man” sculpture is wearing a red hat.

South Korea will also display Christmas lights near its tense border with North Korea for the first time since 2004 following the regime’s deadly artillery attack last month, military officials said.

While Christians make up a mere two percent of India’s billion plus population, Christmas has become a popular festival there and shops are cashing in by selling gifts such as Santa Claus masks.

Christmas Decoration in Bangkok / ThailandIn China, malls, office buildings and restaurants in major cities are decking their halls with bright lights, Christmas trees and robotic Santa’s as retailers latch on to the holiday’s sales potential.

The season is a vital time of year for the country’s myriad toy-makers and other manufacturers and exporters who for years have served as Santa’s workshop.

But the Chinese authorities failed to see the funny side when dozens of mainly foreign residents dressed as Santa Claus descended on Tiananmen Square, scene of mass pro-democracy protests in 1989 that ended in a bloody army crackdown.

As they gathered for a photo, police intervened and told them to leave, the participants said. The Global Times quoted one drunken Santa as saying: “China stole my Christmas.”

In Cambodia’s northwestern tourist hub of Siem Reap, a hotel has unveiled a giant Christmas tree made up entirely of local fishing materials such as bamboo rods and hand-woven nets.

“We typically import a live fir tree for Christmas celebrations but this year we thought we would move away from convention and feature a tree with a stronger local context,” said Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor general manager, Robert Hauck.

Carols were sung in English and Khmer to mark the hotel’s tree lighting ceremony. The lyrics were modified to give a local flavor, with Santa Claus arriving by tuk-tuk instead of a sleigh.

The festive mood is evident in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur with huge Christmas trees decorated with bright colored bulbs in major shopping malls.

Christmas cuisine such as roast turkey and lamb is popular with food-loving Malaysians and supermarkets and restaurants are doing brisk business.

“I am catering for a big party consisting mainly of non-Christians. They are excited about the roast turkey and baked potatoes,” said Ivy Arigesamy, a restaurant owner in the capital Kuala Lumpur.Santa Claus in Kuala Lumpur

“Last year I had roast turkey orders from Muslims. They like to eat it but they do not know how to cook it.”

Restaurants in Taiwan are also enjoying some Christmas cheer.

“Nearly 90% of the seats at our seven restaurants have already been booked for Christmas Eve,” said Cindy Lo, a spokeswoman for the Grand Formosa Regent Taipei, a leading hotel in the island’s capital city.

Christmas displays are going up in Vietnam, with snowmen more than two meters (seven feet) tall outside one bar in Ho Chi Minh City.

On Le Loi Street in the city centre, streetlights are decorated with large snowflakes, and children wait to have their picture taken with Santa outside the Saigon Centre shopping mall.

Lam Kim Anh, 54, arrived on a motorbike with her four-year-old granddaughter for the photo shoot with Mr. Claus, who was decidedly leaner than normal and wore a suit of royal blue velvet.

“We are not Catholic so we don’t celebrate Christmas but I’ll get her a present anyway,” Anh said. “I just like the crowd and the environment.”

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Re-entry visa introduced at BKK airport

BANGKOK, December 17, 2010 by TTRweekly 

Effective 16 December, foreigners can submit an application for a re-entry permit when departing from Suvarnabumi Airport.Passport Control at the Suvarnabumi Airport

Immigration Division 2 allows foreigners, who have to leave the Kingdom before their visa expires, to submit a request for a re-entry permit on their departure. The application must be filed at the Immigration Bureau east zone in the departure hall.

Previously the re-entry permit was renewable at all immigration checkpoints except Suvarnabhumi Airport unless it was an emergency case.

Once they have filed the application at the airport, foreigners still need to submit an e-mail inquiry one day in advance and then on the following day visit the immigration offices in Soi Suan Plu, or the Chaeng Wattana Government Centre, to submit photographs and make payment. The fee is Bt1,000 for single re-entry and Bt3,800 for multiple.

For more information, contact Suvarnabhumi’s departure immigration at 02 137 0226 or 1178.

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With Bangkok Air around AsiaPG-Air Berlin FFP Partnership

November 15, 2010 by TTRweekly 

BANGKOK, 15 November 2010 –Bangkok Airways and Air Berlin announced,  last week, joint frequent Flyer programme cooperation that allows members on either airline to earn and redeem points on both airlines.

It is an extension of the airlines’ code-share agreement signed in 2009.  To introduce it, FFP members of both airlines can earn double points on travel undertaken by 31 December.

Bangkok Airways’ FlyerBonus members can now earn and redeem points when travelling with Air Berlin on qualifying fares and vice versa for Air Berlin’s Top Bonus members.

It is understood that an Air Berlin FFP member could earn enough points on a round trip Bangkok-Europe service to gain an economy class ticket on a Bangkok Airways domestic route.Air Berlin connect's Europe with the rest of the World

For the members who travel on Bangkok Airways or Air Berlin flight by 31 December they get double points.

Frequent flyer programme members of both airlines must quote their membership number when making a reservation and present their membership card at check-in.

In October 2009, Bangkok Airways and Air Berlin jointly announced a code-share agreement for flights to Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai. This allows Air Berlin customers to book flights through to the domestic Thailand destination on flights with double designators.

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Why not choose Thailand as your next holiday destination?

There are obviously any numbers of reasons why so many tourists choose every year to visit and some of them are even thing to settle down in Thailand.

 Thailand - the land of smile

There are only a few places as Thailand in our world, which offers diverse culture, tropical and pleasant climate, delicious and world class cuisine, nice beaches, friendly people, enchanting scenery, very affordable living costs and / or the vibrant nightlife around the country. And since there are only a few places you can find all these; many tourist are choosing Thailand for their holiday destination.

Quaint and refreshing beachesA heaven of a place, Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia and offers a huge selection of travel experience and travelers just have to pick the one that suits their interest and budget for their individual travel dream. While honeymooners like to toddle alongside its quaint and refreshing beaches, fun and adventure loving kinds like to make their splash into the blue sea and others are one the quest of some real excitement pick enthralling wildlife escapades for their holidays in the delightful country.

Scuba Diving at the Andaman Sea

Apart from many activities Thailand is also famous for its festivals as well as the taste of its exceptionally delecatble food that makes tours to Thailand special. Thailand is in every definition a tropical  paradise and voted as one of the most fulfilling holiday destinations in the world.

Kayaking at Kaeng Sam, Nakhorn Nayok Thailand Visit Thailand for an experience the best of both the urban and rural can offer and for those who are more attracted to the physical side of life, Thailand has it .

Thailand is also a site of ancient architectural wonders since the Thai history goes fare back and remnants of different Kingdoms, like Ayudhya and Sukothai, prompt exploration and a challenge to explore their origins. In the northeast, there are the remnants of many ancient Khmer temples and some of the people still speak the Khmer language.

Many of the ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples has marked as world heritage sites, exhibiting the precision and skill of ancient sculptors, a must for historical lovers.

Tom Yam Kung, Thailands most popular dishChiang Mai Songkran Festival, Chiang Mai

 Namtok Heo Narokjungle at the Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand…………………………..

With one side facing Andaman Sea and the other side facing Gulf of Thailand, Thailand has more than 1000 miles of coastline which became the primary attractions for Thailand vacations and for those who are more attracted to the physical side of life, Thailand offers a wide variety of water sports, which include scuba diving, water skiing, deep sea fishing, jet skiing and parasailing are offered all around. Beach at Hat Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan

Or have the choice of crowed tourist – or totally deserted beaches. The most popular beaches are found on the southern islands around. The most popular beaches are found on the southern islands around Phuket, Koh Chang and Koh Samui. Besides all the water activities and attraction, Golfing became very popular in Thailand and not only for tourists, many Thais are founding there peace during a match. Thailand offers year around golfing with a wide choice of high quality golf courses.

Blue Canyon Golf Course in PhuketBut Thailand has much more…..  Take the opportunity for exotic sightseeing Tours and Excursions at interesting destinations include Kanchanaburi, Chang Mai, the northern area around the “Golden Triangle”, the southern islands, Koh Chang and many others and  of course, not forget Bangkok itself.

A typical trip to Thailand will include landing in Bangkok and spending a few days there before they take off to an exploration of the northern part of Thailand such as Chang Mai and Chang Rai. Then usually people usually end their trip one of the islands in the southern part of Thailand, like Phi Phi, Phuket, Lanta, Samui, Koh Chang etc. for some relaxing days on the beach or some other water sport activities before they head back to Bangkok, so do some last shopping and then head home.

Before you pack for your “Thailand vacation” you can sure look forward to a journey of a lifetime as you will return with a bagful of memories worth cherishing.

Histroy - Nature - Shopping all in one country

 

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