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.
Phra Phutthabat Phluang Homage-paying Fair
When: 16 February - 28 March 2017
Where: Khao Khitchakut,
This annual fair is held during the period of the Chinese New Year to Magha Puja Day (around February - April)
on top of Khao Khitchakut, Makham District. The fair features an offering ceremony to guardian angels, gilding the
Lord Buddha's footprint, and climbing up Khao Khitchakut. The tradition has been observed for generations out of a
folk belief that climbers will gain high merit, in addition, to mental endurance from so doing. In the past,
merit-makers had to walk on foot for a distance of some 15 Kilometres up the mountain.
Paddling Boats And Hiking In Search Of Freshwater Jellyfish
When: 1 March - 31 May 2017
Where: Khao Kho,
The highlight of festival is Freshwater jellyfish, which are only found in six places around the world, the renowned eco-tourist
destination of Khao Ko National Park in Thailand. Visitors can enjoy either a rubber boat ride on the Khek stream from Bang Rachan
Rapid 1 to Rapid 2 or a farming tractor ride from Ban Nong Mae Na Child Care Centre to Bang Rachan Rapid 1 and a rubber boat ride to
Rapid 2. Near Rapid 1, they can see and feed fish in front of a monastery. At Rapid 2, they can see shellfish and butterflies and look
for freshwater jellyfish.
Bun Phawet Fair
When: 1 - 3 March 2017
“Bun Phawet” or merit making of the 4th lunar month. It is one of the most important traditions that showcases the identity and pride of the people of Loei that has
been held successively for a long time. “Phawet” is a word in which the people of the Northeast have corrupted the pronunciation from “Phra Wes” (Phra Wessandon),
name of the last reincarnation of the Lord Buddha before his birth as Prince Siddhartha. Salient features in this event are the sermon on Phra Wessandon of
Thet Maha Chat (The Great Birth) which consists of 13 episodes that are to be completed within a day. The belief behind this tradition is that the participant in
this preaching would be born again into the religion of Phra Si Ariya Metrai – the land of happiness as per the Buddhist belief inviting Phra Uppakhut who people
of the Northeast believe is a patron of the Phawet ceremony, procession inviting Phra Wessandon and his wife, Lady Matsi, to return to the city, enjoy listening to
the sermon on Phra Malai Muen Phra Malai Saen, enjoy the special cuisine of this fair, Khanom Jin, (Thai vermicelli or khao poon) and steamed sticky rice (khao tom mut)
to give away to visitors and offer to the monks in the temple. Hence, there is a saying that “go to khao poon and take the merit at Bun Phawet”, enjoy viewing the
procession of Phra Uppakhut, 13 episodes of the great sermon Mahachat, processions of each episode, enjoy free khao poon, Northeastern style dinner, and light and
Prap Ho Monument Fair
When: 5 March 2017
Where: Ban Mo, Si Chiang Mai,
Prap Ho Monument Fair is held at the Prap Ho Monument in the month of March every year. Activities in the fair include shows, games, and booths of goods at
reasonable prices and it is a popular attraction for both locals and visitors to the area.
Elephant Satoke Fair
When: 13 March 2017
Where: Lampang Elephant Conservation Centre,
Elephant shows, parades, and a decorating contest for the elephants' satoke (a large khan toke) all lead up to a feast of fruits and vegetables for the elephants.
Thai Martial Arts Festival and Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony
When: 17 March 2017
Muay Thai boxers from around the world return to Ayutthaya to pay respect to their teachers, and to pay homage to the legendary Muay Thai folk hero, Nai Khanom Tom.
Highlights include the ritual and opening ceremony, light and sound presentation, traditional Thai folk sports, demonstration, and exhibition.
Trat Independence Day
When: 23 - 27 March 2017
The event is held at the Provincial Town Hall to mark the day the province returned to Thai sovereignty after French occupation by the diplomatic discussion between
King Rama V and France. In the event, historical play is performed. Local product stalls, exhibitions from state and private organization, folk games and sports show,
music performance and other stage performances.
Thao Suranari Memorial Fair
When: 23 March - 3 April 2017
One of the biggest fair in Nakhon Ratchasima is Thao Sranari Memorial Fair which is held every year to celebration to commemorate
the victory of Thao Suranaree or Ya Mo, she was clever ruses helped fight off the armies of Lao King, Anouvong when he invaded Siam in
1826. In this year, the fair there are the ceremonial lighting of an opening flame, firework displays, a Ya Mo sports competition,
beauty contests and singing competition, silk making and drawing competitions, cat shows and cultural performances, exhibitions and
concerts from well-known artists.
Miracle of Phanom Rung
When: 31 March - 2 April 2017
Where: Phanom Rung Historical Park, Buriram
There will be light and sound show of “miracle Phanom Rung”, retro market and OTOP products. You can watch the sunrise
through 15 doors phenomenon at Phanom Rung historical park, Chalermphrakiat District, Buriram province.
Chumphon Marine Festival
When: March 2017
The activities in this event include conserve the environment by doing some mangrove forest planting, exhibition for picture of related interesting place,
marine tourism program, scuba diving and snorkeling package, water sports, fresh seafood booth, folk culture, sand sculpture discount for accommodation etc.
Laanta Lanta Festival
When: March 2017
Where: Koh Lanta, Krabi
The Laanta-Lanta Festival held every year in Lanta Old Town around March, is a celebration of this harmony and a chance for locals
and visitors to enjoy unique cultural facets still prevalent on this unspoiled island today. The 3-day event features with an abundant
choice of delicious snacks and meals enjoy traditional local coffee and exotic drinks while sampling a wide variety of local cuisine at
over 50 food and beverage booths.
Pattaya International Music Festival
When: March 2017
Pattaya International Music Festival is one of the biggest international beach music festivals in Asia and Thailand, which take place along Pattaya beach road, Chon Buri.
This fun festival brings a lot of famous Asian and Thai artists to show on the stages near the beautiful beach. Audiences will be fun by various music genres including
pop, rock, hip-hop and R’n'B. Also, both Thai and foreigner music lovers almost a thousand every year can enjoy the different styles of music including International Music, Asian Music and Thai Music. The three - days activities will start from the evening until midnight with different colorful theme every year.
Si Sa Ket Dok Lam Duan Flower Festival & Four Tribes Annual
When: March 2017
Where: Si Sa Ket
The intriguing cream-coloured flowers of lumduan (White Cheesewood) trees come into bloom around March every year. Si Sa Ket is the only province in the kingdom
where large clusters of up to 50,000 of these trees grow naturally in the Princess Mother Memorial Park in the Si Sa Ket provincial centre. The Si Sa Ket’s Four
Tribes Annual Cultural Festival include cultural performances depicting the culture and way of life of the ethnic Lao, Khmer, Kui or Suay, and Yoe (pronounced Yer)
tribal peoples, a photo exhibition, drawings by local artists, a drawing contest, delicious som tam (papaya salad), kai yang (grilled chicken) and khaoniaow
(sticky rice) – top favourite local delicacies served in the food plaza, a great variety of engaging live demonstrations, and sales of OTOP local village products
from each of the sub-districts (tambon) of Si Sa Ket province promoted under the One Tambon One Product label.
Sweet Grape and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Week Fair
When: March 2017
Sweet Grape and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Week Fair is held to introduce agricultural produce, especially grapes which most people
grow in Damnoen Saduak. Grape is famous for its sweetness and good taste. This fair features the beauty contest of Thida A-ngun Wan and the
competition of quality agricultural products.