Major Festivals in Thailand

Thailand offers a number of festivals, special events, organizastions and concerts at any time, no matter what the time is.

Some of events & festivals are celebrated nationwide (Songkran and Loy Krathong) while other festivals are specific to particular cities or provinces.

If you come across any Thai festival during your holiday planning, I suggest you take part in the events. Be sure to have a different experience.

Please don’t forget many festivals are planned according to the lunar calendar, so the exact date varies each year.

1. Phi Ta Khon (Ghost Festival)

Location: Dan Sai Town

Held On: The weekend of the lunar calendar’s 6th full moon; June or July

2. Songkran Festival (Water Festival)

Location: Everywhere

Held On: April 13th to 15th

3. Chinese New Year

Location: Everywhere

Held On: Usually in January or February every year

4. Lopburi Monkey Banquet (Food Festival)

Location: Lopburi

Held In: November

5. The Lantern Festival – Loy Krathong and Yi Peng

Location: Everywhere; especially Chiang Mai and Sukhothai Historical Park

Held On: The full moon of the 12th Lunar Month, i.e., November

6. Boon Bang Fai (Rocket Festival)

Location: Yasothorn Province

Held In: June or July

7. Wing Kwai (Buffalo Racing Festival)

Location:Chonburi

Held In: October

8. Surin Elephant Festival

Location: Surin Province, Isan, Thailand
Held On: 3rd week of November

9. Vegetarian Festival

Location: Everywhere especially in Phuket
Held On: September – October

10. Mekong Naga Fireballs

Location: Mekong River
Held On: October – November

11. Candle Festival

Location: Ubon Ratchathani

Held On: July

12. Thailand International Balloon Festival

Location: Chiang Mai

Held On: February – March

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