Holidays and Events in Thailand
|Some holidays observed in Thailand may
affect your holiday in some ways and others not at all. Holidays in
Thailand can be viewed as one of four types.
- Government and Bank
holidays. Like in the west Thailand has a few of those, including
labor day, constitution day, etc. These will have no impact on your
holiday, unless you plan to bank inside a branch (money changers are
open) or visit a government office.
- International Holidays.
This includes New Year (1 Jan), Chinese New Year and Christmas. All of
these days are observed either as part of the regular Thai holiday
calendar or as a business opportunity.
assured that everything that relates to tourists will be party time.
Over the Christmas holiday, expect tourist areas to much busier than normal and occasionally with inflated
prices ... whichever way you look at it. In some areas hotel guests may
be charged for a special compensatory dinner on Christmas and/or New Years Eve,
whether the guests attend or not. This is particularly true in Phuket.
- Thai Specific Festive
Holidays. This includes Songkran and
Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year and marks the end of the dry season and
the beginning of the rainy season. Songkran is officially 13-15 April,
however, in many tourist areas it can be a week long or more. One
notable part of the days of celebration is that they turn into a water
fest were being soaking wet most of the day and some of the evening is
par for the course ... love it of hate it.
See more details here:
Krathong on the other hand is a celebration that everybody loves. Many
Thais (especially women) dress up in traditional Thai costumes and part
of the celebration is a spiritual launch a floating decoration with
flowers, incents and a candle and often a coin for good luck
late in the evening and launch lighted flying lanterns.
For more details see:
While there are more than four Buddhist holidays there are four that
significantly affect the tourists that like to drink and party. These holidays are Magha
Puja (Makha Bucha), Visakha Bucha / Vesak Day, Asalha Puja Day and Wan Khao Phansa
(Buddhist Lent Day). Asalha Puja Day and Wan Khao Phansa
are back to back and all are based on the lunar calendar so each year
they fall on a different day.
All of these four holidays are marked with restrictions concerning the
sale of alcohol and playing music, they are often referred to as "Bar
Closure" days although there is no real consistency as to the
actual mandated closure of
the venue. Most venues that use music and girls dancing to draw people
are almost all closed on these days. Many other bars are as well and
some are open, but serving non-alcoholic drinks only. You will also find
some bars that "in secret" serve alcohol and those that do and magically
are not bothered by the authorities. Most retail outlets, such as
convenience stores and super markets, also may be banned from selling
alcohol while some smaller shops may be an option.
For more information on
specific dates see: "Public
Holidays and Bar Closures in Thailand"
|The above should help you in your holiday planning,
whether that be to aim for a specific holiday or avoid one.