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

February 2016

5-7 FebruaryChiang Mai Flower Festival
8 FebruaryChinese New Year – celebrated throughout Thailand, predominantly in Chinatown of Bangkok
14 FebruaryValentine’s Day
22 FebruaryMakha Bucha Day (public holiday) *Buddhist holiday – Sale of Alcohol not allowed

March 2016

13 MarchNational Elephant Day
17-20 MarchNational Muay Thai Day in Ayutthaya

April 2016

6 AprilChakri Day (public holiday)
13-15 AprilSongkran (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 MayLabor 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 MayCoronation Day (public holiday)
8 MayRocket Festival in Isaan and Laos
13 MayRoyal Ploughing Ceremony
20 MayVisakha Bucha Day (public holiday) *Buddhist holiday – Sale of Alcohol not allowed

June 2016

1 JunePu Sae Ya Sae Festival
Hua Hin Jazz Festival

July 2016

19-20 JulyUbon Ratchathani & Nakhon Phanom Candle Festival
19 JulyAshana Bucha Day (public holiday)
20 JulyKhao Phansa (public holiday)
30 JulyAsalha Puja Day *Buddhist holiday – Sale of Alcohol not allowed

August 2016

12 AugustQueen’s Birthday also known as Mother Day
AugustHungry Ghost Festival in Phuket
AugustBhumibol Dam Mountain Bike Championship

September 2016

SeptemberPhichit Traditional Long Boat Races
September16th World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok
SeptemberMini Light and Sound Show in Sukhothai
SeptemberLiving in Bangkok 2015 at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok
SeptemberPhitsanulok Traditional Long Boat Races
SeptemberBangkok Car Free Day
SeptemberMon Floating Boat Festival in Sangkhlaburi

October 2016

OctoberVegetarian Festival
OctoberBuffalo Racing in Chonburi
16 OctoberEnd of Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Awk Phansa) *Buddhist holiday – Sale of Alcohol not allowed
23 & 24 OctoberChulalongkorn Day (public holiday)

November 2016

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

December 2016

5 DecemberThe King’s Birthday, also known as Father Day (public holiday)
10 & 12 DecemberConstitution Day (public holiday)
31 DecemberNew Year’s Eve (public holiday)


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