Top six Thailand festivals and events

by Travelbag on 06 November 2015, 12:11PM

You might want to relax on the beach most days but no holiday to Thailand would be complete without a festival or two. You’ll really enjoy learning more about the Thai culture and the country’s history. Why not see what’s on during the duration of your visit?

Bo Sang Umbrella Fair and San Kamphaeng Handicraft

If you’re holidaying in January, head to Chiang Mai if you can. You’ll be able to see artisans compete to see who can make and decorate the best paper umbrellas. You’ll have the opportunity to see other handicrafts being made from scratch too and pick up some souvenirs if you like. There are also cultural performances for you to enjoy.


The Songkran Festival

This is the most important festival in the year for Thai people as it’s their New Year. It takes place in April and if you’re on holiday during Songkran you better be ready to party!

It’s a festival that’s celebrated throughout Thailand, with lots of scented water being poured on people in the streets, so be prepared to get wet. People will be using water guns so you might want to buy one yourself so you can get involved.
Why not take part in the Hat Yai Midnight Songkran in Songkhla or the San Maha Songkran Festival in Nong Khai? There are wonderful processions, culture shows, feasts and beauty pageants that will leave you mesmerised.


The Chanthaburi Durian Festival

If your holiday falls in late April or early May then you’re in for a treat as there are nine special fruit days being held in Chanthaburi. You’ll be able to see amazing parades with fruit themed floats, displays showcasing the best fruit Thailand has to offer and fruit competitions. You won’t want to miss sampling the fruit on display, it’s simply delicious and on a totally different league to the fruit we can buy in the UK.

Aside from the fruit themed events, there are lots of stalls to browse, selling clothing, toys, food and souvenirs. The celebrations go on into the evening so you should make sure you’ve got your dancing shoes on!


The Queen’s Birthday Celebration

In August, the whole country celebrates Queen Sirikit’s birthday and Thailand’s Mother’s Day. In the early evening, why not walk down the historic Thanon Ratchadamnoen road in Bangkok which links the two palaces? All the buildings will be covered in thousands of lights and colourful flags. You can then take part in one of the stunning candle-lighting ceremonies and watch a beautiful firework display.


Bangkok International Film Festival

If you love your films then the Bangkok International Film Festival is something not to be missed if you’re holidaying in November. More than eighty films are screened and there are some superb exhibitions to visit, as well as seminars and conferences. In the evenings there are jazz concerts and cocktail parties to enjoy, what more could you want?


Loy Krathong – Festival of Light

Prepare to be amazed by Loy Krathong, which is arguably Thailand’s most beautiful festival. It takes place in November, during the school holidays so the Thai children can join with their parents to make the wonderful krathongs (small baskets or rafts). Made from the bark of a banana tree or its leaves, the krathongs are filled with flowers, incense and a lit candle and left to float on ponds and rivers. The Thai people believe the krathongs carry away bad luck.

If you’re staying in Bangkok, the Chao Phraya river is a great place to go as its bridges and buildings will be covered in thousands of bright lights and the Lumpini Park is also popular because of its big lake.

Make sure you take your camera with you as you’ll want to take plenty of photographs of the hundreds of krathongs floating on the water. They are simply stunning.


Booking your holiday to Thailand?

Don’t miss out on the holiday of a lifetime, book your holiday to Thailand today and see one of these great festivals for yourself. There is so much to see and do in Thailand, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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