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Festivals in Thailand
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The date and time of the following festivals in some provinces may be changed as a result of the weather or the postponement by the organising host of the events. Please check the date and time again before travelling. Tourism Authority of Thailand provides tourist information centre at call centre 1672 or 0 2250 5500.
Kaeng Hin Phoeng Whitewater Rafting Festival

Kaeng Hin Phoeng Whitewater Rafting Festival

When: July - October 2018

Where: Kaeng Hin Phoeng, Prachinburi

Whitewater Rafting at Kaeng Hin Phoeng Festival is held annually around June to October. During this time, the water level is high, providing a faster flow, cleaner rapids, and generally less hazardous conditions. In the event, there is a rafting competition and an economical whitewater rafting competition at Kaeng Hin Phoeng.

Kek River Rafting Festival

Kek River Rafting Festival

When: July - October 2018

Where: Phitsanulok

Excited with Kek River Rafting along distance of 8 kilometers, it takes around 2-3 hours depending on the water level. The difficulty is from level 1 to level 5. Because Kek River is quite a rough and harsh rafting course, you should pay attention to the officers' instructions and signals very well all through the activity.

Bangkok's 17th International Festival of Dance and Music

Bangkok's International Festival of Dance and Music

When: 12 September - 18 October 2018

Where: Thailand Cultural Center, Bangkok

Bangkok's International Festival of Dance and Music is indeed a star-studded surprise-filled programmed that spans a whole range of genres. It is a festival that once again reaffirms Bangkok's place as a cultural capital. The program includes classical concerts, operas, classical ballets, contemporary and folk dances, jazz and the occasional less common genres such as fado.

Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month

Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month

When: 7 - 9 September 2018

Where: Nakhon Si Thammarat

Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month is a grand event of the province and of southern Thailand. This festival is held from the 1st waning-moon night to the 15th waning-moon night every September. It is held to pay respect to deceased ancestors. According to Buddhism beliefs, the dead had many sins and sent to hell to become a demon. The demons are allowed to come up to meet their relatives for 15 days in September, but must return to hell before sunrise of the 15th day. The livings try to appease the spirits by taking food to temples to make merit. Beginning on the 13th day, people will go shopping for food to be given. The 14th day is spent preparing and decorating the food tray, and the 15th day is the actual merit-making day. The tray presented nowadays has elaborate designs but still retains traditional components. Contests to find the most beautiful tray are held. A magnificent procession proceeds along Ratchadamnoen Road on the 14th day.

San Don Ta Festival

San Don Ta Festival

When: 8 September 2018

Where: Sisaket

The event will be held at Phraya Krai Phakdi Sinakorn Lamduan Park in Khu Khan District, Si Sa Ket. Established around 200 years ago, the district is home to a mix of Thai ethnic culture with language and traditions from Cambodia, Laos, Kui, Ger, and China. The traditions linked to the worship of ancestors are strongest along the Thai and Cambodian border, so visitors can experience outstanding culture and cuisine.

Kluai Khai Fair

Kluai Khai Fair

When: 9 September 2018

Where: Kamphaeng Phet

Kluai Khai (mini banana) is a famous produce of this province, therefore The Kluai Khai Fair is held in September each year to promote the local banana. There are banana contests and competitions on the making of Krayasat (a local sweet), as well as many entertainment performances.

Um Phra Dam Nam

Um Phra Dam Nam

When: 9 October 2018

Where: Phetchabun

This festival is an annual tradition of Phetchabun which is unique and found no where. This religious ceremony means the bathing of a Buddha image. This event is annually held on the fifteenth day of the waning moon in the 10th lunar month or during the Sat Thai period, in September. All the city inhabitants cerebrate and enjoy this ceremony. In the past, the tradition’s name is different such as Um Phra Dam Nam, Um Phra Song Nam. Somebody calls Pra Pea Ni Sat Thai Wat Trai Phum or Pra Pea Ni Phra Put Tha Rup Song Nam. Until October 1985, the tradition arrangement committee announces an official name "Um Phra Dam Nam".

Pattaya Vegetarian Festival

Pattaya Vegetarian Festival

When: 9 - 17 October 2018

Where: Sawang Boriboon Foundation, Chonburi

Pattaya’s vegetarian Festival will be on until October 24th and free vegetarian food is available at the Sawang Boriboon Foundation for all to enjoy. Many of the people practicing being vegetarian during this time dress in white, and take some time to pray to the 7 Lord Buddhas from the past and the 2 Chinese angels during this season. Vegetarian food has been becoming even tastier, with many more varieties of dishes on offer. The appetizing menus succeeded in seducing the nearly everyone to take a break from eating meat, and spare the lives of animals. Most people want to join in this charitable action, but serving bland, unseasoned dishes did not help.

Hatyai Vegetarian Festival

Hatyai Vegetarian Festival

When: 9 - 17 October 2018

Where: Hat Yai District, Songkhla

The Hatyai Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. During this time, local residents strictly observe 10 day vegetarian for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making and also want to promote stop killing animal life and eat vegetarian foods for a healthy life. It is believed that the vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite. The highlights of this event are the procession of gods, golden dragons and from every shrine around Hat Yai. Also, there are many booths of vegetarian food offering to the visitors all day.

Krabi Vegetarian Festival

Krabi Vegetarian Festival

When: 9 - 17 October 2018

Where: Krabi

The Vegetarian Festival, called Prapheni Kin Jay or Prapheni Kin Phak in Thai (The Festival for Eating Vegetables), is now one of the major annual events on the Chinese calendar and is celebrated throughout many cities in Thailand - including Krabi. It’s thought that the festival started in Phuket after a wandering Chinese opera troupe fell ill with malaria whist performing on the island. They soon came to believe that they had fallen sick because they had not worshipped or shown respect to the nine emperor gods from the Chinese Daoist belief. In order to try and make up for this, they vowed to remain pure for the first 9 days of the 9th lunar month. This is where the vegetarian aspect comes in, as they chose not to kill any living thing or eat meat as part of their penance. They also performed various rituals to two of their emperor gods.

Trang Vegetarian Festival

Trang Vegetarian Festival

When: 9 - 17 October 2018

Where: Trang

It is a traditional festival of the Chinese in Trang which will be held in October every year. People become a vegetarian and dress in white for 9 days and nights. This is to bring good fortune and make merit. During the 9 days - event, the spirit in the “medium” will go out and give blessing to households where there are offerings set out in front. The procession bearing the medium must light thousands of firecrackers, creating a deafening din. The medium will also perform supernatural feats to show the spirit in him. Moreover, there are more activities such as Miss Guan-Im daughter contest and cultural performances.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

When: 9 - 17 October 2018

Where: Phuket

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is believed that the vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite. During this time, local people of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making.Eating only vegetable dishes is based on the intention not to kill any animals, purify bodies and minds, and enlighten the spirits. During the ceremonies, people will be in the white clothes.

Chong Para Procession

Chong Para Procession

When: 20 - 22 October 2018

Where: Mae Hong Son

The "Chong Para" in the Thai Yai dialect means a castle made of wood, covered with colorful perforated papers and decorates with fruits, flags and lamps. It is placed in the courtyard of a house or a monastery as a gesture to welcome the Lord Buddha on his return from giving sermons to his mother in heaven, according to traditional belief. The rite is held during the post-Rain Retreat season from the full moon day of the 11 the Lunar month to the waxing moon night of the same month. Another activity to celebrate the occasion is dancing in which the performers are dressed in animal costumes. This is based on the belief that during those long-gone days, both humans and the animal kingdom were equally joyful at the return of the Lord Buddha and joined together in a jubilant performance as a tribute to the Enlightened One.

Sakon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival

Sakon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival

When: 21 - 24 October 2018

Where: Sakon Nakhon

Held during the 12th-15th day of waxing moon in October to mark the end of Buddhist’s Lent, the festival is an exciting showcase. On the night of 13th day, people will join hands in decorating wax castle at Ming Muang Field. The 14th day, beautiful wax castle from different temples will join the procession, roaming the municipality to Wat Phra That Cherngchum Woravihara. Isan people believe that the wax will welcome Lord Buddha who comes back from the heaven to help all creatures on earth.

Rap Bua Festival

Rap Bua Festival

When:  23 October 2018

Where: Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan

The annual "Lotus Receiving Festival" (rap bua) took place this morning at Bang Phli, Samut Prakan. I have been going for a number of years now and I have always been moved by the crowds of thousands who line the banks of Samrong Canal to throw lotus flowers onto a boat carrying an image of the Buddha. The event is held towards the end of the Buddhist Rain Retreat on the morning before the full moon of the 11th lunar month in the Thai calendar.

Chon Buri Buffalo Races

Chon Buri Buffalo Races

When: 23 - 24 October 2018

Where: Chon Buri

The Chonburi buffalo races are one of the most popular Pattaya festivals, because it combines sportsmanship with entertainment and provides something for everyone, both athletes and spectators alike. There is a lot more to this special festival than just the buffalo race itself, and so there is something for everyone to explore during this season.

The Chonburi buffalo races are an annual event held either in the month of October or in November. Jockeys in this race ride ornately and colourfully decorated water buffalos, which are paraded out in floral garlands and elaborate dressings prior to competing in the event.

Phon Lak Phra Festival

Phon Lak Phra Festival

When: 23 - 25 October 2018

Where: Phatthalung

"Phon" is a southern musical instrument shaped like a That drum. During the Chak Phra ceremony, temples would decorate pedestals and beat drums to let villagers know that the temple will be taking a Buddha image on a procession. As temples are located close to one another, there is a competition to find who can beat the loudest drum. The Phon Lak Phra Festival was organized officially for the first time in 1988. Later the Tourism Authority of Thailand lent its support to make the festival better known.

Hae Krathup Tradition

Hae Krathup Tradition

When: 23 - 25 October 2018

Where: Nong Bua Daeng District Office, Chaiyaphum

Hae Krathup Tradition is the biggest ceremony of the villagers in Nong Bua Daeng District, Chaiyaphum province. By the villagers will make lighting ‘Krathup’ (incense) offer to the Lord Buddha when he came back to the Earth after preaching to his mother in the Tavatimsa Heaven. Krathup is easily made from local materials, which consist of Om leaf, Niam leaf, mixed with coco peat and wrapped with paper into a long form of incense, then using coloured paper to decorate attractively, and binding with stars made from palm leaf and bamboo stick like a fishing rod, then stabbing to a prepared bamboo axle, around 3-5 meters in height, in a form like an umbrella before putting in a candlelight procession on the End of Buddhist Lent Day, and lighting in order to worship the Buddha images around the temple.

Illuminated Boat Procession

Illuminated Boat Procession

When: 24 October 2018

Where: Nakhon Phanom

The illuminated boat procession is celebrated in I-San, the northeastern region of Thailand 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, usually a month earlier than the corresponding month in the conventional calendar. This dazzling event marks the end of the Buddhist Lent or ‘Ok pansa’ and is accompanied by a colourful street procession and cultural performances which add to the highlights of the event which is held annually.

Thailand-Laos Jointly Host Annual Boat Race Event in Mukdahan

Thailand-Laos Jointly Host Annual Boat Race Event in Mukdahan

When: 24 October 2018

Where: Mekong River, in front of Indochina market, Mukdahan

This boat race is held annually during end of Thai Buddhist Lent Period, at Makong River, Mukdahan province. The visitors will enjoy watching, tasting, and shopping of local performances, food, and products in Indochina Fair around Mekong River. There are traditional performances – 8 tribes of Mukdahan by Laos and Vietnamese.

Naga Fireballs

Naga Fireballs

When: 24 October 2018

Where: Nong Khai

The Naga Fireball festival will be held on the full moon night of 11th lunar month, also the end of Buddhist Lent (October 27, 2015) in Nong Khai province. This fireball phenomenon occurs over takes 1-3 days only at this time of year. What people will witness are mysterious fireballs that erupt from the surface of Mekong River in a relatively short flight before they are extinguished. There is no sound, no smoke, and no fragments from the fireballs have ever been retrieved. Typically the fireballs are visible only after sunset and local legend is that the fire balls come from Naga, a Thai Dragon.

Chak Phra Festival And Suratthani Boat Races

Chak Phra Festival And Suratthani Boat Races

When: 24 October 2018

Where: Surat Thani

This festival is held in October every year. Surat Thani celebrates the official end of the annual 3-month Buddhist Rains retreat (Phansa) with the Chak Phra Festival (literally the procession of hauling the Buddha image). The tradition stems from the belief that the Buddha ascended to Heaven during Phansa to preach to his mother. The festival marks the Buddha's return to Earth, and is an occasion for religious merit-making and general celebrations. Local people organize dazzling land and waterborne processions of revered Buddha images (to symbolize the Buddha';s return to Earth) and boat races on the Tapi River where long boats, each manned by up to 50 oarsmen, are ebulliently raced. Religious devotion, spectacle and merriment combine to make Surat Thani's Chak Phra Festival a memorable annual event.

Tak Bat Devo Festival

Tak Bat Devo Festival

When: 25 October 2018

Where: Wat Sangkat Ratana Khiri, Uthai Thani

Uthai Thani Buddhist believers proudly organize the "Tak Bat Devo" Festival as annual tradition at Wat Sangkat Rattana Khiri at the top of Sakaekrang Mountain. Lord Buddha returned to earth and was greeted by a crowd and Buddhist believers who were waiting to offer him food. It attracts the large number of believers from all over the country to participate. Tak Bat Devo held annually at the end of the Rains Retreat (Ok Phansa Day) which falls on the first day of the waning moon of the eleventh lunar month.

Tak Bat Thewo Rohana Fair

Tak Bat Thewo Rohana Fair

When: 25 October 2018

Where: Wat Phutthawat, Kalasin

Tak Bat Thewo Rohana Fair, a festivity where offerings are made to monks. The festivity is held annually on the 1st day of the waning moon of the 11th month of the lunar calendar or the end of the Buddhist lent. During the festivity, 999 monks descend from Phu Sing Mountain to accept offerings from the townspeople.

The Chula Kathin Festival

The Chula Kathin Festival

When: 25 - 27 October 2018

Where: Mukdahan

Chula kathin, a Buddhist festival also known as kathin laen celebrates the end of Buddhist Lent and allows participants to earn merit through the offering of material for monks’ robes to the temple. Chula means “a little”, and reflects the Buddhist belief that even small amounts of sharing and caring are beneficial. During Chula Kathin, this is symbolised with small pieces of newly made fabric that are cut and then sewn together to form a monk’s five main pieces of clothing. This ancient and important religious tradition requires devout faith, not least due to it consuming a full day to complete the merit making ceremony. Whilst Chula Kathin takes place over 24-hour period, the preparation is a 6 month long, drawn-out affair. First, hand-picked cotton seeds are planted, and natured into maturity, bolls are picked, processed and eventually woven. This ceremony is founded on the legend in which the Lord Buddha performs these humble tasks – preparing robes for his monks by his own hand.

Chiang Mai Food Festival

Chiang Mai Food Festival

When: October 2018

Where: Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport, Chiang Mai

The event is being organised by the Chiang Mai Restaurant Club, which expects to make more than 20 million baht in sales, the National News Bureau of Thailand reported. This event's theme focuses on excellent food, and the great attractions of Chiang Mai. The event will include free food tastings, food booths, a tourism booth from Chiangmai Night Safari Zoo, an Aquarium, performances from famous artists and a LEO Show Talent Contest.

Raptor Watching Festival

Raptor Watching Festival

When: October 2018

Where: Chomphon

The Raptor Watching Festival is held in October in Chumphon. This province is the region’s land bridge, located on the migration route of hundreds of thousands of birds. They pass Chumphon to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, or even Australia. The interesting activities are, for example, raptor watching and counting, visiting the raptor exhibition, or raptor and natural preservation in Chumphon exhibition.