From floating lanterns to epic water fights and monkey banquets, Thailand festivals are some of the most incredible in Southeast Asia. The Land of Smiles is widely known as a paradise of soft-sand beaches, elephant-filled jungles, glittering temples and frantic cities. However, it’s the country’s unique annual celebrations that really steal the show. Here are the best Thailand festivals you have to experience.
Important: TopTravelFoods does not promote/recommend any Thai festival that harms animals. For that reason, a few popular Thai festivals are not listed in this article.
In this article, we cover what we believe are the following Thai festivals. You can click on each article if you'd like and you will jump straight to that paragraph.
- 1. Songkran
- 2. Yi Peng
- 3. Loy Krathong
- 4. Phi Ta Khon
- 5. Phuket Vegetarian Festival
- 6. The Lopburi Monkey Buffet Festival
- 7. Candle Festival
- 8. Pattaya Firework Festival
- 9. Colours of Doi Tung Festival
- 10. River Kwai Bridge Week Festival
- 11. Boon Bang Fai - Thai Rocket Festival
- 12. Phimai Festival & Long-Boat Race
- 13. Chinese New Year
- 14. Naga Fireball Festival
- 15. Full Moon Party
- Final: Overview of all festivals including dates
Before we jump to the results, let's answer a couple of frequently asked questions regarding the best festivals in Thailand. If you prefer to go straight to the recommended Thai festivals, click on the following link: Songkran.
What is the most popular festival in Thailand?
The most popular festival in Thailand is Songkran. Although there are several other popular festivals in Thailand to be found, which we discuss in this article. But Songkran, which is Thai New Year, is being held all over the country, for several days and in some parts of Thailand, even for more than a week.
Not only is this Thai festival popular among Thai, many foreigners attend this big water fight that's officially being celebrated on the 13th - 15th of April annually. What makes Songkran so popular is that all over the country, big water gun fights are being held. But it's also a major event in the Buddhist calendar. More information about Songkran can be found in the next paragraph, or in our extensive Songkran Guide.
What do you call the festival usually celebrated in Thailand?
There are several festivals that are usually celebrated in Thailand, such as Songkran, Yi Peng, Loy Krathong and Phi Ta Khon. There are other festivals in Thailand that are typically celebrated in the country, which we describe in this article in full detail.
What is the most beautiful festival in Thailand?
Arguably, the most beautiful festival in Thailand is Yi Peng (or Yee Peng), the flying lantern festival. There are several other important and beautiful festivals in Thailand to discover, including Loy Krathong, Candle Festival and Pattaya Firework Festival.
What famous festival in Thailand uses flying lanterns?
The famous festival in Thailand that uses flying lanterns is called Yi Peng (or Yee Peng) which is being held during the full moon of the twelfth lunar month every year. Especially in places like Chiang Mai, this festival is widely celebrated, together with another famous festival called Loy Krathong.
What are the best Thai festivals to celebrate?
The best festivals in Thailand are:
1. Songkran - Thai New Year Festival
Do you like the idea of a giant, three-day water fight? Then you’ll love the most famous of Thailand festivals: Songkran. All over the country locals and tourists alike take to the streets to attack each other with water guns, hoses, and buckets of icy water. This is all to celebrate the start of the Thai New Year, which is thought of as a time of cleansing and renewal. This is symbolized by pouring water and smearing white talcum paste on people to bring luck and prosperity.
Songkran is a major event in the Buddhist calendar, making it the most important Thai festival. During Songkran, Buddhists visit temples to pray, light candles and make merit as well as cleanse each other with water. On the main day of celebrations, a procession of Buddha statues, monks and floats passes through the streets and Buddhists pour water over the statues. Tourists are welcome to take part in Songkran celebrations and are even singled out for special drenching by Thai locals.
Songkran is by far the most popular Thailand Festival for a simple reason: water gun fights!
When is Songkran?
The dates for Songkran were traditionally determined by the Thai lunar calendar. In Sanskrit, Songkran means ‘astrological passage’, the time when the sun passes from one sign of the zodiac to another. Nowadays, Songkran is always celebrated on the 13th – 15th April, which is the hottest month in Thailand and the end of the dry season. The perfect time for a water fight!
Important: There is no information if Songkran will be celebrated all over the country in 2022 due to the whole COVID situation. More information will follow soon.
Where can you celebrate Songkran?
Songkran is one of the most popular Thailand festivals and is celebrated all over the country. Bangkok is a Songkran hotspot and the backpacker favourite, Khao San Road, becomes one big water fight zone. For more party-minded youngsters, RCA in Bangkok offers amazing parties. Celebrations are also huge in the beach resorts of Pattaya and Phuket and last for a week in the northern city of Chiang Mai. More information about where to celebrate Songkran, as well as the history of this Thai Festival, how locals celebrate Songkran and all the details of how to celebrate this festival can be found in our in-depth article about Songkran and how to celebrate it.
2. Yi Peng - Thai Lantern Festival
Yi Peng, is one of the most popular festivals in Thailand that is known as the light festival. Imagine thousands of paper lanterns, lit by flickering candles, floating into the night sky against a full moon. This moving spectacle is the highlight of the Yi Peng festival and thousands of people flock to northern Thailand every November to witness it. However, the lantern release is just one part of the three-day Buddhist festival. Celebrations also include religious events, lantern displays, music, parades, fireworks and food, making Yi Peng one of the most exciting Thailand festivals.
Most importantly, Yi Peng is a time for Buddhists to release bad memories, make wishes for the future and pay respect to Buddha. The act of releasing a lantern symbolises letting go of the past and moving from darkness into light. It’s an ancient, sacred ritual that originated in the Lanna (northern Thai) kingdom. Traditionally, only monks released lanterns but today anyone can take part in the festivities, provided they are respectful.
Stunning scenes during Yi Peng, another world-famous Thai festival.
Yi Peng is often confused with a completely separate, unrelated event that is held in a nearby town called Mae Jo. The Mae Jo lantern release used to be part of the traditional Khatina ceremony held in the town, whereby Thai Buddhists donate robes and money trees to monks as a way of making merit. When the ceremony became flooded with visitors, the event organisers set up a separate ticketed lantern release for tourists, which costs between $100 and $400 to attend. Alternatively, you can witness thousands of floating lanterns for free at the Yi Peng festival.
When is Yi Peng?
Yi Peng is another Thai festival that falls during the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai Lunar Calendar. This occurs around November but the exact date changes each year. In 2022 the dates are set from 8th November – 9th November. Lanterns are mainly released anytime from dusk till early morning on Yi Peng night itself, which is on the 19th of November 2021.
Where can you celebrate Yi Peng?
Yi Peng is celebrated throughout northern Thailand but the most famous festivities take place in Chiang Mai. The best areas to watch the lantern releases are around the city moat and the Ping River, as well as Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Dan Tao temples.
3. Loy Krathong - Thai Festival Of Light
During Loy Krathong, people all over Thailand gather by the water after dark to release floating baskets (Krathongs) filled with burning candles. As the rafts drift away they carry with them a clipping of the owner’s hair or nails to symbolise letting go of bad luck and negative thoughts. Flowers and coins are also placed in the baskets to give thanks to the water goddesses for providing rain during the rice harvest season. The flickering candle itself pays respect to Lord Buddha.
Loy Krathong has evolved into one of the largest festivals in Thailand. The three-day event is filled with parades, beauty contests and firework displays. Krathongs are traditionally made from banana tree trunks or lilies. In Bangkok, there’s a river parade of large-scale Krathongs made by government offices and businesses, with a prize for the most creative design. Loy Krathong is closely tied to Chiang Mai’s Yi Peng festival as it occurs on the same night and focuses on the same Buddhist principles of releasing the past and making wishes for the future.
Scenes from Thailand festival Loy Kratong.
When is Loy Krathong?
Loy Krathong falls in November, during the 12th month of the lunar calendar on the night of a full moon. The dates vary each year, but in 2022, Loy Krathong is on the 9th of November.
Where can you celebrate Loy Krathong?
Loy Krathong is one of the most celebrated Thailand festivals. In Bangkok there's a huge opening ceremony on the Chao Phraya River and the historic town of Sukhothai is also renowned for its festivities. In Trat, a small town near Myanmar, locals use coconut shells for Krathongs, which they string together to make beautiful chains. Since Loy Krathong falls on the same night as Yi Ping, in Chiang Mai you can experience both floating sky and water lanterns at once.
4. Phi Ta Khon - Thai Ghost Festival
During the ghost festival, the quiet farming village of Dan Sai is transformed by colourful, masked spirits who dance and parade through the streets. The three-day Thai festival is a re-enactment of a Buddhist story and a celebration of animist reincarnation beliefs. In this tale, Lord Buddha was living his final incarnation before enlightenment as a prince who had been banished from his kingdom. After a long exile, he returned to such a joyous homecoming that it woke the dead, who joined the celebrations.
Villagers dress in patchwork costumes and long-nosed, painted masks made from rice husks. They wear bells around their waists to announce the presence of spirits and wave swords and phallic charms as they parade through the streets. On the second day, rockets filled with good luck tokens are fired to pray for rain and there are traditional dancing and an award for the best-dressed ghost. On the third day, people gather to listen to monks recite thirteen sermons about Lord Buddha.
The iconic parade of Thai Festival Phi Ta Khon.
When is Phi Tha Khon?
Phi Ta Khon is part of a bigger Buddhist festival called Bun Luang, which is celebrated in many parts of northern Thailand. The dates for Phi Ta Khon change every year, but fall in either June or July. In 2022, Phi Ta Khon will be celebrated in June, the exact date will be announced later this year.
Where can you celebrate Phi Ta Khon?
Phi Ta Khon takes place in Dan Sai, a farming village in the Loei province of Thailand. Many visitors stay in nearby Loei city because the village itself gets flooded with festival-goers.
5. Phuket Vegetarian Festival - The Nine Emperor Gods Festival
Want to see people pushing knives through their cheeks, setting off firecrackers and walking over hot coals? Oh, and eat some tasty vegetarian food? Then visit one of the most unique Thailand festivals: the Nine Emperor Gods celebration in Phuket. The festival origins are unclear, but it’s thought that a Chinese opera group visited the island many years ago and fell sick with malaria. They miraculously recovered after observing a strict vegetarian diet and praying to the nine Emperor gods.
Nowadays, thousands of people from across Asia visit Phuket for the nine-day festival. Rituals include eating a vegetarian diet to cleanse the body and mind and making offerings to temples to pray. The more gruesome aspects of the festival, like the body piercing, are practised by mediums to invoke the gods. At the start of the festival, a 10-metre pole is raised to alert the nine gods and participants descend into a trance-like state as they take part in a street procession.
Shocking scenes during this lugubrious Thai festival.
When is the Phuket Vegetarian Festival?
The vegetarian festival takes place on the first nine days of the ninth month in the Chinese Lunar calendar. In 2022 - the festival dates are set between the 24th of September and the 3rd of October.
Where can you celebrate the Phuket Vegetarian Festival?
The festival takes place on the island of Phuket. Although celebrations occur around all 40 of the island’s Chinese shrines, most of the action is around the main temples: Kathu Shrine, Cherng Talay, Jui Tui, Jaw and Bang Niew.
6. The Lopburi Monkey Buffet Festival
In the Thai city of Lopburi, monkeys rule. Local people revere the long-tailed macaques so much that every year they hold an extravagant feast for them in the crumbly ruins of an old Khmer temple. Over 3,000 macaques attend the banquet of fruit, vegetables and sticky rice, which is laid out on long tables. Before the banquet, Lopburi locals perform songs, speeches and monkey dances in honour of the macaques.
The Lopburi people believe that monkeys descend from Hanuman’s monkey army who, according to legend, saved the wife of Lord Ram from a demon. Since then, monkeys have been thought to bring good luck and are allowed to roam where they please in the city, even if they do cause chaos and tend to mug people. A local Lopburi inn owner, Yongyuth Kitwatananusont, held the first buffet for the monkeys in 1989 and the festival now draws thousands of tourists every year.
Lopburi Monkey Buffet Festival
When is the Monkey Buffet Festival?
The Monkey Buffet has become known as one of the wackiest Thailand festivals and it takes place every year on the last Sunday in November, which is the 27th of November 2022.
Where can you celebrate the Monkey Buffet Festival?
The Monkey Buffet is held in Lopburi, which is 150 kilometres north of Bangkok. The celebrations start at 10 am at the Phra Prang Sam Yot Temple.
7. Candle Festival
Candle Festival is a two-day festival in Udon Ratchathani of which the start of Buddhism Lent, the start of the Green Season in Thailand, is celebrated. The reason why the Candle Festival is called the Candle Festival is that the parade floats that are being used on the second day of this festival are made of candle wax. These impressive and giant sculptures on these large platforms are made by artists and reflect Buddhist stories, which are the highlight of this festival, although there are plenty of other activities too as well. The parade, accompanied by representatives, musicians and dancers, will pass through the city centre. Keep in mind that as this is a religious festival, no alcohol is allowed.
When is the Candle Festival?
The official date of the Candle Festival for 2022 is yet to be announced. The updates will follow soon, although it will be held in the month of July.
Where can you celebrate the Candle Festival?
Candle Festival is being held at the Thung Si Mueang area of Ubon Ratchathani.
8. Pattaya Firework Festival
If you’re a firework lover, head over to the Pattaya Firework Festival in November each year where different international teams show off their fireworks and compete against each other. What’s good about Pattaya Firework Festival is that visitors can simply sit on the beach, bring their own drinks and foods and watch some spectacular fireworks for free. But you can also enjoy the show at one of the many beachside hotels and rooftop bars where often great promotions are offered that include unlimited drinks and bites.
Pattaya Firework Festival is a two-day festival, where on the first day, you only get to see a tiny bit of firework from each team, but on the second day, three 45-minutes fireworks shows are performed. And these shows are really spectacular. For obvious reasons, the second day is much more popular and many hotels take advantage of this. Advanced booking is highly recommended if you like to stay near the firework show. Hotels outside this area offer normal rates for their rooms.
When is the Pattaya Firework Festival?
Pattaya Firework Festival is usually being held on the last weekend of November (Friday and Saturday). The date of the Pattaya Firework Festival in 2022 is yet to be announced. Updates will follow soon once confirmation has been received.
Where can you celebrate the Pattaya Firework Festival?
The firework show is held in front of Pattaya Beach. Visitors can enter the beach for free and bring their own drinks and food. Hotels and rooftop bars near Pattaya beach (at Beach Road) are the places where you can find all-you-can-drink promotions.
9. Colours of Doi Tung Festival
One of the Thai festivals that tourists can visit easier than others is Colours of Doi Tung Festival in Chiang Rai as this festival takes place in the months December and January and not on a specific date. Colours of Doi Tung is a relatively new festival that is dedicated to the six ethnic tribes who have lived in the region’s hills for centuries. The six ethnic tribes are Lahu, Tai Yai, Akha, Lue, Lawa and Chinese. During this festival, cultural activities such as traditional dancing and other entertaining events are displayed on the highest elevated walking street in Thailand, namely in the mountains of Doi Tung in Chiang Rai. The walking street is located 1,000 meters above sea level where visitors can enjoy plenty of food, arts, crafts and shops. Colours of Doi Tung Festival is a unique Thai festival that is a tribute to the ethnic tribes held at a superb location.
When is the Colours of Doi Tung Festival?
Colours of Doi Tung Festival is held every weekend and public holidays in the months of December and January.
Where can you celebrate Colours of Doi Tung Festival?
Colours of Doi Tung Festival is held at the mountain peak of Doi Tung near the border of Myanmar, approximately one hour drive from Chiang Rai. Due to its location and relatively newness, this Thai festival has not gone mainstream yet and gives you a unique cultural experience that you won’t easily find elsewhere.
10. River Kwai Bridge Week Festival
For those among us who are interested in a Thai festival that covers the gruesome history of World War Two, the River Kwai Bridge Week in Kanchanaburi is a highly recommended event. Each year, the events of the Death Railway and the prisoners of war during World War Two are reenacted with plays. These reenacted battles are combined with a spectacular light and firework show. Besides the show itself, several exhibitions are on display as well where you can get a deeper knowledge of what happened in Kanchanaburi’s recent history.
During the River Kwai Bridge Week, the majority of the hotels are fully booked, so booking in advance is highly recommended. The event itself takes place at the Bridge Over The River Kwai and in recent years, there was no entrance fee to attend the event. Right behind the event, northeast from the bridge, there is a large fair where you can enjoy all the street food you could possibly imagine as well as live music performances. A nice little detail: during the River Kwai Bridge Week, the city itself is completely lidded up with all sorts of light creations which is beautiful to watch when driving through the city.
The light and firework show during River Kwai Bridge Week.
When is the River Kwai Bridge Week?
The River Kwai Bridge Week is held each year at the end of November and the beginning of December. Keep in mind that the reenacting performances are not held on the last day. On the last day of the River Kwai Bridge Week, only the fair is open. In 2021, the performances were shown from the 26th of November until the 28th of December. For 2022, there have been no dates confirmed yet.
Where can you celebrate the River Kwai Bridge Week?
River Kwai Bridge Week is being held at the Bridge Over The River Kwai which is located in the Kanchanaburi Tambon Ban Tai area. To be clear, Kanchanaburi itself is the - third-largest - province. If you are planning to book a hotel during the River Kwai Bridge Week, make sure to pick an accommodation in the Kanchanaburi Tambon Ban Tai area or simply near the Bridge Over The River Kwai.
11. Boon Bang Fai - Thai Rocket Festival
To celebrate the beginning of the rainy season, which is hardly needed to grow crops, a rocket festival is being held in the Isaan region to wake up the sky god Phaya Taen that it’s time to unleash the rain. The celebration of the wet season is common in many cultures all over the world and in Thailand, Boon Bang Fai evolved into a celebration with homemade bamboo rockets, parades, traditional dancing and late-night parties. Boon Bang Fai is being held in many villages all over the Isaan region, each with slightly different celebrations. The most popular rocket festival, however, is the Yasothon Rocket Festival.
The festival at Yasothon is being held on the weekend and takes three days in total. On Sunday, the competition starts where participants try to launch the missile as far and as long as possible. To prove that this Rocket Festival at Yasothon is serious business: they use homemade rockets that weigh over one hundred kilograms and it will fly over five minutes long. We don’t have to explain to you that this festival can be very dangerous. In the past, people have died or got seriously injured during this festival. If you plan to attend this crazy Thai festival, make sure to take precautions.
When is the Rocket Festival?
The Rocket Festival is being held all over the Isaan region on different dates around the start of the rainy season, however, the Rocket Festival at Yasothon is being held on the second Saturday of May. In 2022, the Rocket Festival is held from the 6th until the 8th of May.
Where can you celebrate the Rocket Festival?
As said, the Rocket Festival is being celebrated all over the Isaan region, but the most popular Rocket Festival is being held at Yasothon.
12. Phimai Festival & Long-Boat Race
One of the older festivals in Thailand is the Phimai Festival, which is being held every second weekend of November. During this five-day festival, homage is given to the more than thousand-year-old ancient city with a daily light and sound show at seven o’clock at night at the ruins of Phimai Historical Park. The light and sound show takes you on a historical journey of King Jayavarman VII. During the five days, there are several activities to do and to watch, including visiting the year market and attending cultural performances. But the absolute highlight is the traditional long-boat race, which is being held on Sunday.
When is the Phimai Festival & Long-Boat Race?
Phimai Festival & Long-Boat Race is being held every second weekend of November. The Long-Boat Race, in particular, is being held on Sunday. In 2022, you can experience this Thai festival from the 11th until the 13th of November.
Where can you celebrate the Phimai Festival & Long-Boat Race?
The Phimai Festival & Long-Boat race can be celebrated at the Phimai Historical Park. If you're looking to watch a long-boat race in Thailand: There are several other long-boat races being held in Thailand around September and October as the rainy season caused the rivers to be filled with plenty of water again. One of these alternative boat races is being held at Phitsanulok as well as Bangkok. The dates of these events vary each year though.
13. Chinese New Year
While you won’t immediately link a festival like Chinese New Year to typical Thai festivals, one must not forget that Thailand, and especially Bangkok, has a large number of Chinese citizens. In fact, Bangkok in the early days attracted many Chinese merchants who eventually stayed there permanently. Without a doubt, Chinese New Year has an impact when it comes to cultural festivals in Thailand. Not only can you witness the typical Chinese celebrations that are accompanied by fireworks, dragon dancers and Chinese banquets in Bangkok (Yaowarat), it is also celebrated in Phuket. Food plays an important role during the festivities and in places like Yaowarat, there is an abundance of food, so visit on an empty stomach, if you’re up for some typical Chinese treats. Also, make sure to wear something red, as this colour represents prosperity.
It is also good to know that the Chinese have a cultural impact on other festivals in Thailand as well, for example, during the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, the Chinese gods are worshipped and for that reason, we added Chinese New Year to our list of best Thai festivals, even though it sounds contradicting.
When is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year is celebrated on the 1st of February 2022. The festival signals the beginning of spring and the start of the new year according to the Chinese lunar calendar.
Where can you celebrate Chinese New Year?
There are two important places where you can celebrate Chinese New Year in Thailand. First of all, you can celebrate Chinese New Year in Bangkok in the Chinatown district called Yaowarat. The whole area is completely closed for traffic. The festivities take place around Yaowarat Road, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat and the temple with the Golden Buddha. In Phuket, the festivities take place in Phuket Old Town. Chinese New Year in Phuket is combined with Phuket Old Town Festival with the Dragon Procession as a cultural highlight. For both places, the celebrations start in the evening (after six o’clock).
14. Naga Fireballs Festival
One of the more fascinating festivals in Thailand is the Naga Fireballs Festival, especially for those who are fascinated by inexplicable natural phenomenons. Every year, glowing balls are alleged to naturally rise from the water, just for a short moment, high into the air. These fireballs are locally known as bung fai phaya nak, or roughly translated: Mekong lights. You can imagine the legends that are being told about this phenomenon, and for a while, these lights were linked to ghosts. Although some sceptics link the phenomenon to soldiers who shoot flare guns up in the air, the phenomenon itself has been documented for over 35 years. Nonetheless, the Name Fireballs Festival is an interesting festival and if you have the opportunity to witness it yourself, we highly recommend you to do so.
So what is celebrated during the Naga Fireballs Festival? When the red fireballs light up the sky, people sit along the Mekong river in an area with a 250-kilometre stretch. Local people believe that the fireballs are caused by this mythical creature called Phaya Nak, which is a giant serpent that lives in the river, according to their beliefs. Witnessing the fireballs itself is the main activity, but for many, it is a night out next to the river while enjoying drinks and food. Before the fireballs appear, the event is celebrated with fireworks. Until this day, there has been no scientific explanation for what really causes these fireballs to appear.
When is the Naga Fireballs Festival?
The phenomenon appears around the night of Wan Ok Phansa at the end of Buddhist Lent in late October and the beginning of November. The exact date has yet to be announced.
Where can you celebrate the Naga Fireballs Festival?
The two most important towns to celebrate the Naga Fireballs Festival are Phon Phisai and Nong Kai, which is all up the north near Laos.
15. Full Moon Party
One of Thailand’s wildest parties is the Full Moon Party. Although there are several Full Moon Parties to be found in the Land of the Smiles, the original one takes place at Koh Phanghan, on Haadrin Beach to be precise. What started as a minor party by tourists that thought the most beautiful full moon was in Koh Phangan in 1985, grew out to be a monthly party that attracts up to 30,000 people. With all the booze and party-minded tourists completely covered in fluorescent paint, it is not exactly a type of cultural festival in Thailand compared to other festivals in this article, but the Full Moon Party is such a popular festivity, that we must list it in this article.
If you don’t like to party, make sure to avoid Koh Phangan at all costs during the full moon party, as the whole island is fully booked by party-minded tourists. In fact, one must book accommodation at least three days before the festivities start, otherwise, you won’t find a place to sleep. The days before the Full Moon Party, there are other parties to be found on the island to keep the young tourists busy, such as the Jungle Party and the Waterfall Party. But in the end, the Full Moon Party is the main event. You can party at the beautiful beach until sunrise with all sorts of music genres and plenty of cheap liquor. Until this day, the Full Moon Party was one of our highlights back when we were backpacking through Southeast Asia and if you have the opportunity to experience it yourself, we highly recommend you to do so too.
When is the Full Moon Party?
This might come as a surprise, but the Full Moon Party is celebrated when it’s the full moon. The official website of the Full Moon Party has a handy calendar with all the dates for the upcoming years.
Where can you celebrate the Full Moon Party?
While there are other Full Moon Parties to be found in Thailand, such as in Phuket, the real Full Moon Party is celebrated on Koh Phangan, on Haadrin Beach.
Thailand Festivals 2022 Dates
|Name of Thai Festival||Date of Thai Festival|
|Songkran||13 - 15 April|
|Yi Peng||8 - 9 November|
|Loy Krathong||9 November|
|Phi Ta Khong||June (TBA)|
|Phuket Vegetarian Festival||24 September - 3 October|
|Lopburi Monkey Buffet Festival||26 - 27 November|
|Candle Festival||July (TBA)|
|Pattaya Firework Festival||Last weekend of November (TBA)|
|Colours of Doi Tung Festival||Every weekend December 2022 - January 2023|
|River Kwai Bridge Week Festival||December (TBA)|
|Boon Bang Fai||6 - 8 May|
|Phimai Festival||11 - 13 November|
|Chinese New Year||1st of February|
|Naga Fireballs Festival||Late October, begin November (TBA)|
|Full Moon Party||Every month during the full moon|
Visiting a Thai festival is one of the best ways to get an insight into a country’s culture. It can also be great fun, whether you’re taking part in a sacred lantern release or getting soaked in the streets. So, why not time your trip to coincide with one of these incredible Thailand festivals? If you can't plan your trip around one of the listed festivals, you can always check for upcoming events in Thailand promoted by TourismThailand.org.
There you have it, our article about the best Thai festivals. Planning to visit Thailand in 2022? Have a look at our in-depth article about street food in Bangkok and street food in Thailand in general. Similar to Thai festivals, street food plays an essential role in the culture of Thailand and for many tourists, exploring the culinary street of Bangkok is one of the top things to do when visiting the land of the smiles.
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