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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.
Wang Nam Keaw Flora Fantasia

Flora Park Festival

When: 1 November 2017 - 30 April 2018

Where: Wang Nam Keaw District, Nakhon Ratchasima

The festival will showcase more than 100,000 flowers of over 20 different species, on a 360 degree angle viewpoint with the spectacular vertical garden. Over 5,000 English roses of 400 species will be arranged beautifully across the landscape. Event will be held on an area of over 50 rai at Khao Phaeng Ma, Wang Nam Keaw district, Nakhon Ratchasima province.

Thao Suranari Memorial Fair

Thao Suranari Memorial Fair

When: 23 March - 3 April 2018

Where: Nakhon Ratchasima

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

Miracle of Phanom Rung

When: 31 March - 2 April 2018

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.

Poi Sang Long Festival

Poi Sang Long Festival

When: 1 - 3 April 2018

Where: Mae Hong Son

This festival is an ordination ceremony according to ThaiYai’s beliefs. They believe that it will gain more the result of the merit than the ordinary ordination. The details of the festival are as following

(1) The first day is called “Sang Long receiving day”. The hostess will bring the boys to the tonsure ceremony in the morning but not shave the eyebrows. After that they will get Sang Long dress. Then the boys will be called “Sang Long” which the hostess will lead them to various temples and their relative’s house in order to receive the percepts.

(2) The second day is called “Krua Lu parade day”. There will be Sang Long parade with offering given as alms from WatMuay along the roads. There will be many people joining the parade. Sang Long boy will be carried on someone’s neck who is called “mentor” or” Ta Pae sang Long”. There will be golden umbrella or “Ti Kam” in Myanmar style to protect the sunlight

(3) The third day is called “Kam Sang” which is the ordination day. Sang Long will parade to the temple. At every temple in Mae Hong Son

Lampang Trains and Horse Carriages Historical Memorial Day

Lampang Trains and Horse Carriages Historical Memorial Day

When: 1 - 5 April 2018

Where: Lampang

Lampang Trains and Horse Carriages Historical Memorial Day, in the event there are metro markets (Kard Hmua), shopping OTOP products, the exhibition of trains, horse carriages, Nakhon Lampang, and government organization in Lampang. Moreover, the cowboys and cowgirls costume competition show, sight seeing the downtown by the horse carriage or by Lamp – Tech small train. Enjoy the food festival, travel service by Amara Kao Lang Sa Tok Kum with light and sound.

Dok Khun Siang Khaen and Khao Niao Road

Dok Khun Siang Khaen and Khao Niao Road

When: 5 - 15 April 2018

Where: Bung Kaen Nakorn and Sri Chan Road, Mueang District, Khon Kaen

Lampang Trains and Horse Carriages Historical Memorial Day, in the event there are metro markets (Kard Hmua), shopping OTOP products, the exhibition of trains, horse carriages, Nakhon Lampang, and government organization in Lampang. Moreover, the cowboys and cowgirls costume competition show, sight seeing the downtown by the horse carriage or by Lamp – Tech small train. Enjoy the food festival, travel service by Amara Kao Lang Sa Tok Kum with light and sound.

Hat Siao Elephant Ordination Ceremony (Buat Chang)

Hat Siao Elephant Ordination Ceremony (Buat Chang)

When: 7 April 2018

Where: Wat Hat Siao, Si Satchanalai District, Sukhothai

A traditional ceremony of the Thai Phuan, citizens of Ban Hat Siao, Si Satchanalai Elephant Back Ordination Procession or Buat Chang is held annually during 7–8 April at Ban Hat Siao, Amphoe Si Satchanalai. The 7th is the crux of the event, when a procession takes place. On the 8th features a spectacular procession of ordination candidates in colourful costumes on the backs of some 20-30 decorated elephants. The ordination ceremony includes head shaving, bathing, and dressing up candidates, as well as, elephants. The procession is held around the village and the Si Satchanalai District Office.

Songkran and Royal Salung Procession

Songkran and Royal Salung Procession

When: 9 - 13 April 2018

Where: Mueang District, Lampang

This annual legendary festival begins on 12 April with an elaborately decorated Royal Salung Procession (Salung means water bowl) along with its participants dressed in ancient Lanna style costume marching around the town whilst collecting from onlookers ‘Nam Ka-min Som-poi” (holy water used in Lanna/Northern religious ceremonies). The water received is then used to sprinkle onto, Pra-kaew-doi-tao, one of the most sacred Buddha images of Lampang enshired in Wat Pra That Lampang. Then on the 13th-14th, people enjoy other pleasurable activities like making merits at the temples, building sand pagoda as well as well-known water splashing fiesta (also with respected elders to ask for blessing). Other highlights include traditional show and entertainment and fair of local products.

Phuket Bike Week

Phuket Bike Week

When: 11-14, 22 April 2018

Where: Patong Beach, Phuket Town, Phuket

Phuket Bike Week will be held in Patong Beach during April 11 – 14, and at the Sapan Hin main stage in Phuket town on April 18 – 19. It aims to put Phuket at the forefront of Asian and international communities of big bikers and promote Phuket tourism. Coincided with Songkran festival, the event will showcase traditional aspect of Thai culture where tourists and bikers take part in water festival during April 13 – 15.

Phuket Bike Week

Hatyai Midnight Songkran

When: 11 - 13 April 2018

Where: Niphat Uthit 3 Road, Hatyai District, Songkhla

Songkran Festival Songkran Festival is celebrated on April 13th each year. The traditional festival is held country- wide. In Songkhla, the festival starts with the merit making ceremony by participants respectfully pouring water on their venerable elders and ending up with throwing water at each other. In Hat Yai, the festival is held on Niphat Uthit 1, 2, or 3 Road from morning until afternoon and the event is enjoyed not only by local residents but also by Malaysian and Singaporean tourists who arrive in Hat Yai in large number to celebrate this fun-filled event.

Songkran Festival

Songkran Festival

When: 13 - 15 April 2018

Where: Throughout Thailand

Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year celebrated on 13 to 15 of April, 13th being the Thai New Year, 14th being the nation’s Family Day, and 15th being National Elderly Day. This festival is the time for family reunions at which family members get together and make merit at the temple and gently pour water mixed with Thai fragrance, called “Nam Op Thai” over the Buddha images. The Nam Op Thai is also used to pour over the hands of the elders when asking them for their blessing. The Songkran Festival would not be complete without the water throwing sessions. Most of the activities during Songkran Festival involve water, as the underlying significance of this festival is the process of cleansing and purifying one’s self before starting the New Year.

Tham Erawan Festival

Tham Erawan Festival

When: 13 - 15 April 2018

Where: Nong Bua Lamphu

Tham Erawan Festival is held annually in April. Buddhist will climb up the mountain and pay homage to the Buddha image in Erawan cave. In the event, there are agricultural products selling, OTOP products and beauty contests.

Nang Yai Wat Khanon Festival

Nang Yai Wat Khanon Festival

When: 13 - 14 April 2018

Where: WatKanon Thai Shadow Theatre Museum, Ratchaburi

The theme of event will be in retro. There will be Thai – Mon food and art booths, weekend art market from independent artists, Khon performance from Fine Arts alumni, the Chatri marionette show, Hooloo Ligae, human puppet, Nung Talung (Shadow puppet), the artwork booths from Department of the Ten Crafts and performance from students at the front courtyard of WatKanon Thai Shadow Theatre Museum, Soi Fah Sub-district, Ratchaburi province.

Singha Songkran Chiang Mai Night Run

Singha Songkran Chiang Mai Night Run

When: 13 April 2018

Where: Chiang Mai Zoo, Chiang Mai

Singha Songkran Chiang Mai Night Run 2018 will be held on 13 April 2018. The categories are Half Marathon (21 km), Mini Marathon (10 km) and Fun Run (5 km).

Koh Chang’s Food and Fruit Festival

Koh Chang’s Food and Fruit Festival

When: 15 April - 1 May 2018

Where: Koh Chang, Trat

In the festival you can find agricultural products, OTOP products, products from the sea and performances on the stage etc. at the front of Koh Chang Government Office. There is the low cost sale of fruits directly from gardeners, fruit contest, processed fruits and the best seeds of Koh Chang Durian bid, as well.

Bangsaen Songkran Festival (Wan Lai)

Bangsaen Songkran Festival (Wan Lai)

When: 16 - 17 April 2018

Where: Bangaen Beach, Chonburi

Bangsaen Songkran Festival (Wan Lai) was performed continously by the Saensuk Villagers. Originally it was called the Wan Lai Merit Festival meaning that all the villagers of each village gather together to make merit during the Songkran festival or the Thai New Year.

Songkran Si Maha Racha Festival

Songkran Si Maha Racha Festival

When: 19 - 21 April 2018

Where: Sriracha Public Park, Mueang, Chonburi

Seeing the Kong Khao processon, folk plays, Thai massage, Thai music performance, cultural performance of youth, sports competition.

Top of the Gulf Regatta

Top of the Gulf Regatta

When: 27 April - 1 May 2018

Where: Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya

The annual Top of the Gulf Regatta takes place at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, which has grown to become the largest by boat number and become the center of boat racing in Asia. This event helps to promote the tourism of Pattaya and attracts large keelboats and multihulls, dinghies, beach catamarans and youngsters sailing the Optimists. Top of the Gulf Regattais an international boat racing, which supported by the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand (YRAT) and awards the international standard from International Sailing Federation or ISAF. The event expects to welcome more than 500 sailors in more than 250 crafts to the water of the Gulf of Thailand.

Hua Hin of Yesteryear Festival

Hua Hin of Yesteryear Festival

When: 28 April - 7 May 2018

Where: Hua Hin Queen’s Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan

Hua Hin of Yesteryear Festival held annually at Hua Hin Queen’s Park. The aim of festival to promote tourism and local culture and also to commemorate the auspicious occasion of the Royal Wedding Anniversary of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen on 28th April. The event will encompass a wide range of activities such as contemporary music performances, light and sound shows, Thai silk fashion show, Miss Hua Hin Contest, cultural shows and folk plays.

Koh Phangan Colormoon Festival

Koh Phangan Colormoon Festival

When: April 2018

Where: Thong Sala Pier, Koh Phangan

The Koh Phangan Colormoon Festival will showcase this amazing local product and the way of life of the island people, giving visitors new insight into Koh Phangnan. In festival there are many activities such as Environmental exhibition, daily sports, yoga under the moonlight, floating market and authentic local food vendors and many more.

Cantaloupe Festival

Cantaloupe Festival

When: April 2018

Where: Aranyaprathet District, Sa Kaew

Held in Aranyaprathet in early April every year, there are many activities in relation to cantaloupes for visitors to the province to experience.

Ban Krut Sand Fantasy Festival

Ban Krut Sand Fantasy Festival

When: April 2018

Where: Ban Krut Beach, Prachuap Khiri Khan

Ban Krut Sand Fantasy Festival will be taking place during the upcoming Songkran Festival. It features giant sand sculptures designed by local Thai and Vietnamese artists as well as students from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang. Free sand molding workshops are available for kids and their families. Apart from taking part in the conservation of Songkran tradition, visitors will also be able to experience way of life of fishermen living on Ban Krut Beach.

Pad Rew’s Food and Fruit Festival

Pad Rew’s Food and Fruit Festival

When:  April 2018

Where: Ratchabhat Rachanakarin University, Chacheongsao

There will be famous and good quality of Pad Rew such as the sale of agricultural products, processed agricultural products, exhibition about exporting mangos and mango contest.There will be also Nam Hom coconut, eggs, processed agricultural products, sticky rice with coconut milk contest, fighting fish contest, Som Tum mango contest by housewife communities. The thing you shouldn’t miss is the agricultural product booths and famous thing from Pad Rew city.

Tomo Chinese Goddess Festival

Tomo Chinese Goddess Festival

When: April 2018

Where: Sungai-Kolok, Narathiwat

The festival is held annually during late April. In this event included the images of the goddesses and god are ceremonially paraded around town. Lion dances are performed, along with other celebratory activities.