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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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Discover the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar with its amazing island

Explore the island below the Lampi National Park including the famous Philar Island mergui archipelago.

island south of Lampi National Park

1. Kyunn Phi Lar Island (Pheela Island or Great Swinton Island)

Philar Island mergui archipelago.  Natives call this island the “diagonal island” because it stretches mostly diagonally from east to west. The island is from east to west around 6 – 7 miles long, but pretty narrow from north to south with just 2 miles.  There are three beautiful beaches. The northern beach, called Long Beach, is the longest with a length of 2 – 3 miles, the eastern beach is called Iguana Beach. All three beaches are very beautiful with white and soft sand. Multicolored birds, such us Kites and Sea Eagles, are always around in the skies over this island.

The Coral life is great, the water quite clear and the beaches are most attractive for snorkelers and beach lovers alike. It is the best place for snorkeling in the Myeik Archipelago and the coral reef can be seen under water as a colorful floral bed. Fire fish and clown fish can be found here, by just swimming between the coral reefs. Sometimes visitors might have a chance to see land animals too, such as monitor lizards, monkeys, boar and snakes and watching the inhabitant birds is great fun too.

There is also a very thicket tropical rain forest on the island, which is home to wild pigs, monkeys, mouse deer, wild cats, civets and hornbills. At the southern part of the island, you can find some small and short tidal rivers and thicket mangrove. A perfect place to kayak, trekking and watching some of the very shy tidal animals, like monkeys, monitor lizards, Myanmar python, crab and kingfisher.

There is also a very famous dive site on a mount, just three miles from the island. Mainly known as Shark Cave, after the cave and sharks which are found in 8 to 10 meter depth here.

Great-Swinton-Island-Kyunn-Philar-Island

2. Nga Mann Island (Pula Set or Shark Island)

Pula Set or Nga Mann Island is an island with a small forest and a beautiful beach. Nga Mann is not so interesting for scuba diving, but a great place for snorkeling. The beach in the western part is one mile long, with white and smooth sand. This place is often used for a beach BBQ. The waters are crystal clear, with colorful hard and soft corals, parrot fish, trigger fish, sea urchins, lobster and plenty more to be encountered here.

3. Nyaung Wee Island (Pu-Lu, Buda Island or Palau Bada Island))

Buda Island, also known as Nyaung Wee Island, lies south of Lampi and is part of the Mid Group. These islands lie south of Lampi and offer plenty of overnight options for stop overs. The three islands form a kind of a triangle and offer plenty of hiking, snorkeling over coral reefs or kayaking.  Nyaung Wee Island is home to a small village called Makyone Galet and offers some hikes and great views across the nearby islets. Local fishing boats like to refill fresh water at a stilted house in front of the beach and the local fishing families would be happy to cook meals for visitors and their kids are always excited to see foreign visitors. You will also find a small Moken community here, where you can see what it might feel like, to in a hunter-gatherer society. Moken people often inhabit stilt houses over the water and on Nyaung Wee you can also play around with the local kids or discover the undergrowth on the island. A river, in the northern part of Nyaung-wee is a great place for bird watchers and wildlife explorers.

Nyaung-Wee-Island-Moken-Village

4. Poni Island

Poni Island has three sandbanks at the western shores of the island with only around 12 meters of depth. There are only a few corals, but the area is good for fishing. There is a small mount with coral reefs in the southern part of the island as well though. Small caves are also found here, but no wild animals, apart from some sea otters spotted in 1998.

Po Ni Island

5. Island 115

Around 40 miles north of Kawthaung you’ll find Island 115. Located on the eastern shore and surrounded by crystal clear waters are several sandbanks. With some luck you might see some Monitor Lizards and snakes. Keep your eyes also in the air, to possibly Horn Bills, Kingfisher, Swallow birds, Bat, Kites and Sea Eagles.

On the south side of the island is a Swallow Bird Cave, which you can enter by kayak, since it is around 16 feet in height and 9 feet wide. The island is a great place for snorkeling, as there are a lot of hard coral reefs and colorful fish.

Island 115 myanmar

6. Hlaingu Island

This island has a lot of caves and lies a distance of about 40 miles away from Kawthaung. There is a freshwater stream on the island, so ships anchor here overnight and often freshwater prawns can be seen as well. Many visitors to the island explore the caves and sandbanks by kayak and enjoy the fantastic sunset between the rock formations.

Sunset over the Mergui Archipelago

7. Steward Island (Ba-wei Island)

Stewart Island, or Ba Wei Island is situated due north west of Cavern Island in the Mergui Archipelago. Its main feature is a smaller islet at its southern end, with a large hole in it, offering great photo opportunities, even above the water. There are many swim throughs here underwater as well, where often you can find large schools of fish hiding from predators such as white tip and black tip reef sharks hunting around the coral reef. Clams and sponges cover the walls and little crabs and all sorts of shrimps make a living in the many crevasses. Dive sites like this are a popular spot for a night dive, conditions permitting.

Why not check out one of our amazing packages to visit Philar Island mergui archipelago or even all of these amazing Islands.

 

 

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Learn more about the amazing island around the Mergui Archipelago

Explore and discover the beauty the island of the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar during your cruise or beach holiday.

Island of the Mergui ArchipelagoThe beauty of the islands in the Mergui Archipelago can’t be put into words.  Over 800 island spread along the coastline of the Andaman Sea. Stunning tropical paradises, surrounded by teeming waters full of flora and fauna and amazing underwater scenes and landscapes. Each of the islands has many interesting and amazing things to explore and discover. Nature loving people are in the right spot here.

 

 

 

 

Through a few twists in history, a lot of the Mergui Archipelago has been left to birds and plant life. The area is a renowned destination for activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, bird watching, hiking, trekking, sunbathing and more. Most of the islands are covered with bright green tropical rain forest, lined with white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and colorful coral life.

 

 

 

 

Within the warm tropical waters and around the coral reefs you’ll find an abundance of exotic marine life, including whale sharks, turtles, octopus, cuttle fish, sting rays, snakes and many other fish species.

local fisherman myanmarFishing is the traditional business along the coastal seas and around the islands here. A Tribe known for millennia by various names, such as Chao nam (Water folks) by Thais and Moken among themselves, adopted their way of life as marine nomads. They are experts in swimming & diving in the ocean and been known as “Sea Gypsy” or “Men of the Sea”.

The Moken used to live on boats during the dry season and remained on land during the rainy season. The Myanmar government made them more and more stay year around in villages around the Archipelago. Such Villages can be visited on Bo Cho Island or Jar Laan Kyunn. Mergui (Myeik) is the main city in the area, but most travelers use Kawthaung as a gateway to the Archipelago.

 

Our packages are offering trips around the Mergui Archipelago,

Explore and discover the beauty the island of the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar during your cruise or beach holiday such as:

Part 2 – Island around the amazing Lampi National Park

  • Kyunn Me Gyee Island (Clara Island)
  • Salet Galet Island
  • Wa Ale Kyunn Island
  • Kyunn Tann Shey Island (Lampi Island)
  • Bo-Cho Island

Part 3 – Island south of Lampi Island

  • Kyunn Phi Lar Island (Pheela Island or Great Swinton Island)
  • Nga Mann Island (Pula Set or Shark Island)
  • Nyaung Wee Island (Pu-Lu, Buda Island or Palau Bada Island))
  • Poni Island
  • Island 115
  • Hlaingu Island
  • Steward Island (Ba-wei Island)

Part 4 – Island around the Mergui Archipelago

  • Nga Khin Nyo Gyee Island (Boulder Island)
  • Kha Yinn Khwa Island – Macleod Island – Andaman Resort
  • Nyaung Oo Phee Island – Victoria Cliff Resort

Part 5 – Island at the most southern part of the Mergui Archipelago

  • Say-Tan Island – Dunkin
  • Myin Khwar Island – Horse Shoe Island
  • Kyet Mauk Island – Cocks Comb Island – Emerald Heart Island
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Sipadan & Mabul Special January & February 2013

Buy 5 days 4 nights, pay only 3½ nights & 50% off on your diving rental.

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 Buy 3 nights, pay only 2.8 nights & Sipadan permit for only 140RM & 50% off on your diving rental.

See what  Alexandra Cousteau, the granddaughter of the world famous French underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau has to say about Sipadan this month and take this opportunity and discover one of the best dive sites around Mabul & Sipadan Island.

Limited rooms available, on a first come first serve basis.

Terms & Conditions:-

◦Travel period: 01st. of January 2013 to 28th of February 2013

◦Upon availability of spaces

◦First come, first serve

 

Hurry up and make your reservation before rooms run out!

 

Visit the top one dievsite worldwide

 

For further information, please contact us at info@SouthEastAsiaDreams.com

 

 

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Big Phang Nga Adventure onboard of the unique chinese vessel

Take a break take your family / friends and enjoy the 4 days / 3 nights cruise around the famous Phang Nga Bay on board of the unique chinese junk style vessel “Suwan Macha”

 

Escape with your family for an exciting 4 days cruise

Special Winter Package incl.Join the Suwan Macha on one of her unique trips

The best time to visit Thailand’s southern coast is between November and February.  This January South East Asia Dreams is proud to celebrate the New Year and invite our guests on board of the lovely Suwan Macha.

Accomandation for 1 pax in Twin share Cabin : 32.250THB only 24.188 THB
Accomandation for 1 pax in Twin share Cabin : 42.400THB only 31.800THB

Cruise Schedule departure from Port in Phuket:

Departure : 02.00 pm (14.00) Departure : 07.15 am (07.15)
05th of January 2013 08th of January 2013
19th of January 2013 22nd of January 2013
26th of January 2013 29th of January 2013

 

More trips available, just contact us for more detail. Departure is always on Saturdays or Tuesdays and the maximum of passengers are 10 persons in 5 comfortable cabins.

Note: For safety reasons and according to weather conditions, the program may be amended without prior notice.

 

Feel the history on board of Suwan Macha while cruising along the Phang Nga Bay, Phi Phi Island and Krabe

Package Includes:

* Join-in roundtrip transfer between Hotel – pier – Hotel in air conditioned van
* English speaking service and services of qualified crew during the cruise
* 4 days cruise with stops and visits as metioned in program without guide
* 3 overnights on join-in basis in twin or duble sharing cabin.
* 2 lunches on board and 1 lunch on Phi Phi Island
* 3 dinner on board
* Coffee, tea & drinking water on board and during meals
* Admission fee and Entrance fees, Insurance (Thai standard)

Remarks:
Booking is subject to availability. Special offers cannot be combined. Additional land arrangement is excluded.

Interesting? Click here for more detailed information

We are looking forward to welcome you on board

 

 

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