Whenever you are in Thailand, there is always something worth celebrating, which is just one of the reasons why Thailand is one of our favourite places in the world. The most well known festival is the Thai New Year celebration of Songkran in April, but if you can’t make it over for then, there is something going on pretty much every month of the year. I’ve put together a list of our favourites from religious festivals, to sporting & music events.
After Songkran, the second biggest festival is held in November, and this is the Loy Krathong festival. It is held all over Thailand, wherever there is a body of water. Loi means ‘to float’ and a Krathong is a little boat made of banana leaves or coconut shells. Come night time hundreds of festival goers float their homemade boats, complete with candles, flowers and coins on the water as a way to symbolise letting worries and misdeeds float away. Make sure you stop by to take some photos of all these twinkling boats floating down rivers and streams.
If you fancy a party, on the 5th of December, the whole country gathers to celebrate the King’s birthday, with huge celebrations all over the country! The king is considered by Thais as almost a living God, so they want to give him the best birthday party. Head over to the Grand Palace in Bangkok to celebrate with live music, food and a big birthday sing song! Join in the birthday celebrations before meeting us in Bangkok for your trip!
An event with slightly less cultural significance, but worth getting involved in all the same is the Pattaya International Music festival in March. This is a free event which attracts music lovers from all parts of the world. It runs for three days, featuring local and international artists, with beach activities during the day and all genres of music at night. Pattaya is just a few hours from Bangkok and a great place to start your Thailand Adventure before joining our trip!
If it’s sporting events you’re particularly interested in, in November this year, Phuket is hosting the 4th Asian Beach Games, which is an array of 23 beach sporting events including volleyball, sailing, wrestling, beach basketball, water skiing and many more. Head over to Patong and Karon beaches in Phuket to watch, or just chill out in paradise! Phuket is also a great island to hang out on at the end of your trip.
Also on Phuket, held in June this year is the Laguna Phuket International Marathon. If you’re going to run a marathon, you might as well do it in paradise! The route takes in beautiful beaches and Thai village markets before finishing in the resort of Laguna Phuket in the North West. If you’re not quite up for a whole marathon, there are other distances that you can walk/run including half marathon and 10k fun runs.
A trip to Thailand is for most of us, a once in a lifetime experience, so make the most of it and do something a bit different! See you there…