2016 Thailand Festivals & Holidays

Thai festivals and holidays

Listed below are some of the most popular annual Thai festivals and holidays. The dates listed here are not all public holidays unless stated, and the dates of the festivals may change or are still pending confirmation by the Thai authority.

Government and immigration offices in Thailand, as well as other Thai embassies, will be closed during public holidays. Thai consulates outside of Thailand may also be closed during the public holidays happening in Thailand.

On Buddhist holidays, there will be a restriction in alcohol sales or a total ban on alcohol sales throughout Thailand. Many bars and clubs may close during the Buddhist holidays. If you are coming to Thailand to party, it is a good idea to check these dates before you arrive or you may end up having to wait for the restriction to end.

*Buddhist holiday are:

Makha Bucha (February/March)
Visakha Bucha (May/June)
Asahna Bucha (July/early August)
Wan Khao Phansa (July/early August)
Awk Phansa (usually in October)

2016 Thai Festivals & Holidays – Calendar

January 2016

January 1 New Year’s Day (public holiday)
January 9 Children’s Day
January 13-17 Thailand Tourism Festival 2016 at Lumpini Park in Bangkok

February 2016

5-7 February Chiang Mai Flower Festival
8 February Chinese New Year – celebrated throughout Thailand, predominantly in Chinatown of Bangkok
14 February Valentine’s Day
22 February Makha Bucha Day (public holiday) *Buddhist holiday – Sale of Alcohol not allowed

March 2016

13 March National Elephant Day
17-20 March National Muay Thai Day in Ayutthaya

April 2016

6 April Chakri Day (public holiday)
13-15 April Songkran (public holiday)
This is the Thai New Year, usually take place in mid-April annually. It is also known as the world’s biggest water fight.

May 2016

1 & 2 May Labor Day (public holiday)
Since 1st is on a Sunday, this holiday will also be added on Monday May 2nd.

This is a public holiday in Thailand but there is no real celebration. Most government buildings and offices are close.

5&6 May Coronation Day (public holiday)
8 May Rocket Festival in Isaan and Laos
13 May Royal Ploughing Ceremony
20 May Visakha Bucha Day (public holiday) *Buddhist holiday – Sale of Alcohol not allowed

June 2016

1 June Pu Sae Ya Sae Festival
Hua Hin Jazz Festival

July 2016

19-20 July Ubon Ratchathani & Nakhon Phanom Candle Festival
19 July Ashana Bucha Day (public holiday)
20 July Khao Phansa (public holiday)
30 July Asalha Puja Day *Buddhist holiday – Sale of Alcohol not allowed

August 2016

12 August Queen’s Birthday also known as Mother Day
August Hungry Ghost Festival in Phuket
August Bhumibol Dam Mountain Bike Championship

September 2016

September Phichit Traditional Long Boat Races
September 16th World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok
September Mini Light and Sound Show in Sukhothai
September Living in Bangkok 2015 at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok
September Phitsanulok Traditional Long Boat Races
September Bangkok Car Free Day
September Mon Floating Boat Festival in Sangkhlaburi

October 2016

October Vegetarian Festival
October Buffalo Racing in Chonburi
16 October End of Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Awk Phansa) *Buddhist holiday – Sale of Alcohol not allowed
23 & 24 October Chulalongkorn Day (public holiday)

November 2016

14 November Loy Krathong
This is an annual festival held at the full moon in late October or early to mid November.
13-15 November Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Chiang Mai
17-20 November Elephant Feast in Surin

December 2016

5 December The King’s Birthday, also known as Father Day (public holiday)
10 & 12 December Constitution Day (public holiday)
31 December New Year’s Eve (public holiday)


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