Festivals

Chinese New Year Chinese New Year, a time of firecrackers, lion dancers parading through the streets and time to ‘spring-clean’ the house, is celebrated in February by all Chinese-Thais. Lanterns line the streets and the smell of incense wafts through the air. Dragon parades weave down roads and children gad about everywhere.

The Turtle Releasing Festival The Turtle Releasing Festival is annually held in March at Thai Muang Beach. A celebration takes place for 7 days. During the festival baby turtles raised by the Fisheries Department are released into the sea at Thai Muang Beach.

Chinese New YearThe most frenetic festival in the country is that of Songkran, the Luna New Year. Held from the 13th to 15th April each year…it’s a wet one! Traditionally it was celebrated by Buddha images being bathed with water and the showing of respect to monks and elders. From the sprinkling of water onto someone’s hands as a sign of respect it has evolved into mass drenching for anyone who decides to venture outdoors. This has to be one of the friendliest, though wet, festivals anywhere and a great way to make new friends.

TIP: Travellers be warned, don’t leave cameras, computers or cell phones, unprotected…nothing is spared if you happen to get a dousing.

The 15th May is Buddha’s Birthday. Local Wats (Buddhist Temples) celebrate by holding candlelit processions. A tourist may take part in these parades and it can prove great fun.

TIP: Lady visitors please note; a monk may not touch a woman so please show respect and keep your distance.

Asanha PujaJuly, sees Thai Buddhists celebrating Buddhist ‘lent’ or Asanha Puja, the full moon festival. Beginning mid to late in the month, this is the period when young men enter their monk hood for the rainy season and ordained monks remain in a single monastery for three months. One can view Buddhist temples throughout the year, but this tradition can be picturesque due to the activity of the saffron robed followers.

It’s the Queen’s Birthday on August 12th and also Thailand’ s ‘mother’s day’. As with all royal anniversaries this celebration guarantees a firework display.

Loi KrathongOne of the most beautiful and moving sights are the festivities relating to the annual festival of Loi Krathong held in November. This is when you cast away your troubles and call in the hopes of the future. As the moon rises in the evening a small lotus-shaped raft of banana leaves filled with flowers, a candle, a snip of your nail, a piece of your hair and a few coins, is set afloat in the ocean or down a waterway conjuring up good luck for the forthcoming year. In some areas large paper hot-air balloons are also released.

December 5 is the King’s birthday. The King is much revered throughout Thailand, something that is probably unique in the world today. All Thais celebrate his birthday and government buildings, private homes, businesses and the palace are all illuminated specially for the occasion. In Phuket, they hold a regatta in his honour.

Official Holidays

  • January 1 - New Year’s Day
  • February (full moon day) - Makka Bucha
  • April 6 - Chakri Day
  • April 13 - Songkran, Thai New Year
  • May 1 - Labor Day
  • May 5 - Coronation Day
  • May 7 - Ploughing Ceremony
  • May (full moon day) - Visakha Bucha
  • July (full moon day) - Asanha Bucha commemorates the first sermon of Buddha
  • August 12 - Queen’s Birthday
  • October 23 - Chulalongkorn Day
  • December 5 - King’s Birthday
  • December 10 - Constitution Day
  • December 31 - New Year’s Eve

Phang-nga

"Billion mineral, house in the water, beautiful cave, amazing mountain, grove with Jam-poon, Plenteous resource"

Phang-nga, a seaside province by the Andaman Sea with scenic views of forests and islands. The province offers superb natural beauty both onshore and underwater. The province of Phang-nga is located some 788 kilometres from Bangkok. It covers an area of 4,170 square kilometres.

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