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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.
Paddling Boats And Hiking In Search Of Freshwater Jellyfish

Paddling Boats And Hiking In Search Of Freshwater Jellyfish

When: 1 March - 31 May 2017

Where: Khao Kho, Phetchabun

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.

Koh Chang’s Food and Fruit Festival

Koh Chang’s Food and Fruit Festival

When: 1 April - 31 May 2017

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.

Hua Hin of Yesteryear Festival

Hua Hin of Yesteryear Festival

When: 28 April - 7 May 2017

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.

Top of the Gulf Regatta

Top of the Gulf Regatta

When: 4 - 8 May 2017

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.

The Ritual Bathing Ceremony for Phra That Hariphunchai Chedi

The Ritual Bathing Ceremony for Phra That Hariphunchai Chedi

When: 4 - 10 May 2017

Where: Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Lamphun

Phra That Hariphunchai Temple was built during the reign of King Arthitayarat, a descendant of Queen Chamthewi some 800 years ago. Holy relics were enshrined in a massive 46-metre tall golden Chedi called Phra That Hariphunchai whose present appearance was the result of the restoration work in 1443 by a king of Chiang Mai. To pay homage to one of the most sacred monuments in Northern Thailand, Song Nam Phra That Hariphunchai festival has long been held and attracts Buddhists in Lamphun and nearby provinces as well as visitors. Besides the religious ceremony, also included are cultural performance, giant drum competition, sacred water pilgrimage and nail-covered dance shows (fon lep).

Phrathat Si Song Rak Homage-paying Fair

Phrathat Si Song Rak Homage-paying Fair

When: 7 - 10 May 2017

Where: Phrathat Si Song Rak, Dan Sai District, Loei

Explore the religious ceremonies: food offering, chamber cleaning, the Lord Buddha’s relics homage paying, novice monk blessing, the Lord Buddha’s relics worshipping, wax tree offering, Buddha image bathing, candlelight procession, and the launch of bamboo rockets.

Visakha Bucha

Visakha Bucha

When: 10 May 2017

Where: Throughout Thailand

This day commemorates the birth, the enlightenment and the entry into the nirvana of Buddha. Temples throughout the country are crowded with people listening to sermons about Dharma (Buddha's teaching) and in the evening there is a candlelit procession around the main building of the temple containing the Buddha statues.

Attame Bucha Festival

Attame Bucha Festival

When:  10 - 18 May 2017

Where: Wat Boromathat Tung Yang, Lublae District, Uttaradit

We invite you to see sound and light shows and the re-enactment the funeral ceremony for the Lord Buddha ceremony, to wave the blankets for Phra That, to pay homage to Buddha relics, to give alms to Phra Asiti, to see performances on the stage and to shop at many booths.

Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day

Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day

When: 12 May 2017

Where: Sanam Luang, Bangkok

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is held at the Sanam Luang ceremonial site in Bangkok each year. In Sukhothai period (1257 - 1350 A.D.) more than 700 years ago, During the Ayutthaya period, this ancient ceremony was incorporated into the Palace Laws and became known as Charot Phra Nangkhan Raek Na Khwan, or First Ploughing Ceremony, which formerly was performed exclusively as a Brahmin ritual. The ceremony, which heralds the start of the new rice-growing season, was undertaken to assure a successful planting season and an abundance of the nation's crops. Festivities were held to boost the farmers' morale, urging them to strive for an abundant harvest and ensure sufficient reserves for times of war as well as for export overseas.

Yasothon Bun Bang Fai Festival

Yasothon Bun Bang Fai Festival

When: 13 - 14 May 2017

Where: Phaya Thaen Park, Mueang District, Yasothon

Bun Bang Fai Festival is an ancient local festival, which is associated with Thai traditional beliefs in the supernatural powers that help promote the production of rice crops for the coming planting season. In the rainy season, the local people believe that the god would hear the entreaties that they create a rocket or 'Bang Fai' to send to heaven, and bless them with plentiful rain for rice cultivation. So, the celebration is entirely to the god of rain. On the festival day, the beautiful rockets in different styles are paraded to the launch site. The local people dress in colorful traditional costumes and dance to accompany the procession. The highlight of the festival is the launch time. The rockets are fired from their launch platforms one by one. Noisy folk music and cheers can be heard for each liftoff and the rocket that reaches the greatest height is declared the winner

Pattaya Triathlon Super Series 2016

Pattaya Triathlon Super Series 2017

When: 20 May 2017

Where: Pattaya, Chonburi

5th series of Thailand Tri-League, Pattaya Triathlon Super Series 2016 is going to take place in the “City of Dreams” Pattaya, well known for its spectacular beaches and numerous tourist attractions. There are three courses of this races; Standard Distance included 1.5km Swim, 54km Bike, 13km Run, Sprint distance included 750m Swim, 25km Bike, 8km Run and Duathlon included 5km Run, 54km Bike, 13km Run.

Inthakin City Pillar Festival

Inthakin City Pillar Festival

When: 21 - 27 May 2017

Where: Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

Inthakin also known as Sai Khan Dok - worship of the city pillar. This is a tradition of flower offering to the pillar. The festival held on End-May every year. This is a very large celebration in which the Chiang Mai citizenry participate such as dancing, musical performances, carnival games, and the ubiquitous Thai vendor food is present The festival begins with a procession around the old town of the city. A Buddha image called Phra Fon Saen Haa (the Five Hundred Thousand Raindrop Buddha) is carried, blessed with lustral water and placed in the courtyard of the temple. After this the devotees are allowed to venerate the Buddha and the City Pillar, and to place flowers, candles and incense in each of twenty-eight bowls laid out on mats in the temple. During this festival, the temple is dramatically lit up and the streets around the temple are filled with vendors selling not only flowers, candles and incense to the worshippers, but also lots of food and drink. There are also cultural performances and dance displays.

The Singha River Kwai International Trophy Adventure Race

The Singha River Kwai International Trophy Adventure Race 2017

When: 27 May 2017

Where: Kanchanaburi

This competition is the largest and most exciting race in South East Asia and is a part of the Amazing Thailand Adventure Race Championship Series. For its 11th edition, will start and finish near the world famous bridge over the River Kwai and a special one as it will be the 11th anniversary with an expected attendance of 200 teams from around the world. Three to eight hours of wilderness adventure racing, will consist of teams of two racing through mountain biking, swimming and kayaking. And this year is a special one as it will be the 11th anniversary with an expected attendance of 200 teams from around the world.

Ordination parade on elephant’s back Festival

Ordination parade on elephant’s back Festival

When: May 2017

Where: Wat Chaeng Sawang, Surin

The head shaving ceremony is held at Wat Chaeng Sawang (in the morning of 13th waxing moon, 6th month) and the group perform ceremony for encouragement (in the morning of 14th waxing moon, 6th month). Let's see the ordination parade on elephant's back more than 100 elephants from Wat Chaeng Sawang to Don Buat (Talu Palace) in the afternoon of 14th waxing moon, 6th month. There is also making offerings to the spirits and asking for forgiveness ceremonies at Talu Palace (in the afternoon of 14th waxing moon, 6th month)