General Travel Information I Holidays
Public holidays and celebrations in Thailand tend to based on the Thai lunar calendar. This changes dates for certain events so we advise visitors to check on the confirmed dates for each year with their respective organisers or online.
New Year’s Day : Celebrated on 1st January, based on the Gregorian calendar.
Chinese New Year : Celebrated on the 1st day of the Chinese Lunar calendar. Though not officially a public holiday, many Chinese-owned businesses may choose to close for a few days during this period.
Chakri Memorial Day : Celebrated on 6th April on the Gregorian calendar, it commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty.
Songkran : Celebrated on the 1st day of the Thai Lunar calendar, the new year is also known as the Water Festival. It is the biggest holiday in Thailand and is often marked by splashing others with water. It usually occurs in mid-April, between 13th and 15th on the Gregorian calendar, but festivities have been known to last for much longer.
Thailand Labour Day : Celebrated on 1st May on the Gregorian calendar, it is dedicated to the achievements of workers in Thailand.
Royal Ploughing Ceremony : Celebrated sometime in May on the Gregorian calendar, it is an ancient ceremony that honors the efforts of the farmers in Thailand, as well as marking the start of the rice-growing season.
Visakha Bucha Day : Celebrated on the full moon of the 6th lunar month, usually May on the Gregorian calendar, this day is dedicated to Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and entry to nirvana.
Asanha Bucha Day : Celebrated on the full moon of the 8th lunar month, usually July on the Gregorian calendar, Dharma Day is one of Theravada Buddhism’s most important festival.
King RAMA 10 - His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun's Birthday : On July 28th, it marks the birthday of King Vajiralongkorn was already 64 years old upon ascending the throne. Thailand long kept Bhumibol’s birthday every 5 December, and they continue the tradition with a new king and a new date.
Wan Khao Phansa : Celebrated in July on the Gregorian calendar, it lasts for three months and is considered the Buddhist Lent period.
HM The Queen’s Birthday : Celebrated on 12th August on the Gregorian calendar, it marks the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit born in 1932, and also doubles as Mother’s Day in Thailand.
Chulalongkorn Memorial Day : Celebrated on 23rd October on the Gregorian calendar, Thais commemorate the passing of King Chulalongkorn in 1910.
The King Rama 9’s Birthday : Celebrated on 5th December on the Gregorian calendar, it marks the birthday of the king in 1927, and is also observed as National Day and Father’s Day.
Wan Rattha Thammanun : Celebrated on 10th December on the Gregorian calendar, Thai Constitution Day marks the declaration of Thailand's first permanent constitution in 1932.