Festivals in Thailand

Hello everyone,

What are the main festivals in Thailand? Are there art, food, music, film, or other festivals expats can attend and participate in?

When do the festivals take place? How long does each festival usually last?

What activities go on during the festival? Is it necessary to buy tickets?

Are there any other events that take place in Thailand that shouldn't be missed?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


Hi Priscilla. The biggest festival in Thailand is during Songkran, the Thai New Year. This happens from April 13-15. It's usually the hottest days of the year. But what happens is people spray each other with water. If you're up for that, there are particular streets in Bangkok where all sorts of people, expats, locals, young old, men, women, boys, girls, come dressed to get wet and with equipment to wet. It a very festive atmosphere.

Away from the tourist areas and roadways, one can also experience a more traditional Songkran where villagers all return home to visit family and friends.  Some days are dedicated to walking around the village to visit the homes of village elders and paying respect by gently pouring scented water over their hands and receiving a blessing in return.  Granted there is far too much drinking but that is another story.

Up North, 'Loi Krathong' is a lovely festival based on the lunar calendar and usually falls sometime during the month of November.

Thailand biggest festival is Songkran or Water Festival Day. It celebrated throughout all these Indochinese regions for 2 or more days as it also their New Year Day.

Water festival is the biggest festival here this is new year for them very nice and exciting evry April 13,14,15  three  days of celebration can you search if you want thank you so much

Thais celebrate New Year and Songkran water festival or Thai New Year based on the Buddhist calendar.

Bangkok traffic is the best as many Thais goes home to the provinces to celebrate.

The major provinces will face traffic jams, long queues at restaurants etc and prices are high as that is high season.

I love Bangkok during these 2 festivals as quiet, short traveling time and no queues at many places.

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