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POPULAR ANNUAL EVENTS IN THAILAND


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Bo Sang/San Kamphaeng Handicrafts Fair in January


Bo Sang village in San Kamphaeng district of Chiang Mai is renowned as the "umbrella village" on account of its exquisitely hand-painted paper umbrellas. Every January, the village will organize the Bo Sang Umbrella Fair & San Kamphaeng Handicrafts Festival, featuring umbrella making and painting as well as and other handicraft products.

During the fair, all shops and stores will be vividly decorated in the Lanna Thai style, and turn Bo Sang into a picturesque village. The fair features colorful umbrella making and painting, contests, exhibitions, as well as cultural performances, sales of handicraft products, and a Miss Bo Sang beauty contest.


chang mai flower festival

Chiang Mai Flower Festival in February


The north is noted for its rich variety of flowering plants, particularly temperate-climate specimens which bloom during this cool month. Chiang Mai, Thailand has been called “The Rose of the North,” and it’s especially true during the first weekend of February. One of the most popular annual festivals is the Chiang Mai Flower Festival. The locals in Chiang Mai never miss this special event, and it also draws tourists from allover the country.



songkran

Songkran Festival in April from 13th-15th

Songkran is the traditional Thai NewYear, an occassion when families reunite to pay respect to the parents and elderly by pouring water on the hands and, in return, the elderly give out blessings. Songkran celebrations include religious ceremonies, water pouring and public festivities, such as beauty contests, parades and marching bands.

Anyone who ventures out on the streets is likely to get a thorough soaking, but all in a spirit of goodwill, blessing and fun, which can be refreshing at the peak of the hot season.


surin elephants

Surin Elephant
Round-Up Show in November

Surin, Inroduced in 1960, this internationally famous yearly event attracts people from all over the world to Surin to see more than on hundred elephants participate in spectacular shows that include colourful processions, tug-of-war between elephants and men, demonstrations of log-pulling skills, and various other extraordinary feats set in a carnival atmosphere.


Thai Kings Birthday

HM The King's Birthday in Bangkok in December

As the longest serving Monach in the world the king of Thailand is highly respected. He is also one of the richest in the world today and his birthday celebrations are always a spectacular occasion. The kings birthday takes precedence over all his birthday celebrations. See coloured lights and decorations around Ratchadamnoen Avenue and the Grand Palace and head to the Sanam Luang field for a festival of music and Thai culture. There are fireworks and a candle ceremony and there is also the chance to see the king speed by on his motorcycle to the wild enjoyment of the crowds that attend the event.

Pichit Boat Race

Phichit Boat Races in September


The spectacular annual rowing regatta in Phichit takes place on the Nan River, which runs through the provincial capital. Low-slung wooden boats rowed to the hearty cheers of spectators make this an exciting day out. There are plenty of stalls stalls selling guava, tamarind sweets and local handicrafts to keep people amused before during and after the races. The winning boat gets a "Royal Trophy" from the King himself.

Pichit Boat Race

Royal Ploughing Ceremony in May


Presided over by the King and Queen at Sanam Luang in Bangkok, this ancient Brahmin festival marks the beginning of the rice-planting season, which is the most important crop of Thailand. Predictions are made about weather and harvests for the coming year on the basis of which of the selected foods the sacred cows choose. The date isn’t fixed as it depends on lunar cycles and astrological predictions, but it is usually held in May.

Pichit Boat Race

Rocket Festival in May


Prior to the annual monsoons, Northeast villagers construct gigantic rockets to fire into the sky to 'ensure' plentiful rain during the forthcoming rice season. The Rocket Festival is traditionally a period for letting off steam before the ardous field work begins. The Festival features beauty parades, folk dances and high-spirited celebrations before the rockets are eventually launched. The best place to be is in Yasothon, north-east Thailand. There will also be plentiful food on offer.


phuket vegetarian festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival in Sept/Oct

A colourful event held over a nine day period in late September/early October, this celebrates the Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Not for the faint hearted as you will witness many participants piercing their tongues, cheeks, and other parts of the anatomy with sharp implements. There is apparently no pain and little injury suffered by the people who take part.


Lopburi Monkey Buffet

Lopburi Monkey Buffet Festival in November


The locals in Lopburi village are so grateful for the thousands of tourists that their 200 or so primates attract each year that they thank them with a massive feast. Treats including grilled sausages, fresh fruit and vegetables and ice cream are set in front of the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple. Historically, it’s held in honour of King Rama, who rewarded his ally Hanuman (the monkey king) with the land that eventually became Lopburi.

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POPULAR ANNUAL EVENTS IN THAILAND

pattaya music festival

Pattaya Music Festival
in March

Thailand's biggest music festival held in the famous beach resort of Pattaya. The Festival invites all music lovers, including tourists to enjoy the first summer's breeze. Among many other entertainments, Rock, Pop, Jazz, or Hip Hop can it be fun for all. Pattaya Music Festival can be a wonderful way to enjoy your weekend. Held generally in the month of March every year,

Pattaya Music Festival is held in the evenings. Tourists also enjoy the gala bonanza and participate actively in the hip-hop dances of the crowd. This annual event emphasizes the love for music by the city dwellers who make most of the event.

 

huahin jazz

Hua Hin Jazz Festival in June

Jazz music lovers head towards Hua Hin in June where they can enjoy a music festival that delivers the best jazz and blue bands from around Asia. Hua Hin has been associated with the country’s jazz community since the 1950s and the jazz festival is organised annually in honour of the musical talents of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Festival brings the mellow sounds of jazz to the Gulf of Thailand. Performances usually take place atopen-air stages located along the main road linking the railway station to the beach.


loi krathong

Loi Krathong Festival in November

Loi Krathong is an old ritual in which the Thai people ask for forgiveness and blessing from Goddess of the River (Phra Mae Kongkha).On this particular night, on nearly every expanse of water, be it a river, lake or the ocean, you'll notice thousands of lights. Drifting across the water like fairy dreams. Gently flickering, dipping and dancing in the breeze as they go, making a spectacular sight.Thailand's 'festival of lights'.

Held yearly, on the evening of the twelfth lunar month, it is the time of year when the waters around the country become alive with candlelight and look not unlike massive fairy ballrooms.


candle festival

Candle Festival Ubon Ratchathani in October

Khao Phansa, or the Buddhist Lent, is the time, when all Buddhist monks must stay in their temples. In Ubon Ratchathani, a unique festival that highlights the talented skills of local artisans as well as display of religious devotion is held each year. Elaborately carved bees wax candles of various sizes and shapes are exhibited in high-spirited processions around the city before being presentation to local temples.

loi krathong

Illuminated Boat Procession Sept/Oct

A spectacular procession of illuminated boats can be seen on the Mekhong River in extreme North Eastern Thailand An enchanting spectacle that has given the water-borne procession its very name - 'Lai Reua Fai', which literally means to set afloat a 'fire boat' . This dazzling event marks the end of the Buddhist Lent or 'Ok pansa' and is accompanied by a colourful street procession and cultural performances. Locals pay their respects with beautifully decorated bamboo and banana leaf boats, which contain candles and other offerings to Lord Buddha.


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Golden Mount Fair in November

A religious ceremony that takes place around November at the Wat Saket Temple in Bangkok. In the early evening as darkness falls there is a candle lit procession of Buddhists who wish to pay homage to the relic of the Lord Buddha which is kept at the summit up the Golden Mount. The following day there are cultural shows and folk music scattered across the temple grounds as well as traditional foods from the large choice of food stalls. There are also toys and gifts to be found for the children. Admission to the fair is free.


Pichit Boat Race

Chon Buri Buffalo Races in October


Buffalos compete in races and contests pitting the strength of man against that of his faithful farm animal. Not one of the better known events but is eagerly attended by people in the region. A truly exciting sport for the people of Pattaya, there are also other events such as the buffalo fancy dress contest as well as the Miss Farmer Pageant. Elaborately dressed in silk and satin, water buffaloes are taken in processions to determine the best-dressed and healthiest which all add to the spectacle of this very engaging day.


Pichit Boat Race

River Kwai Bridge Week in Nov/Dec


Each year in late November to early December, the world famouse River Kwai Bridge becomes the centre of celebrations. Highlights include historical exhibitions, a carnival, cultural performance, rides on World War II vintage trains, and a spectacular light and sound presentation re-enacting the bridge's World War II history.The Kanchanburi province has become famous due to this festival.

Silk Festival

Silk / Phuk Seow Festival Nov/Dec


Internationally, Thailand has always been famous for its lustrous silk. One of the major centres of silk production, Khon Kaen is the venue of a fair to promote silk weaving and sericulture. This event is held in conjunction with the Phuk Siao friendship ritual of the northeast. Colourful street processions and typical I-san cultural shows as well as exhibits on the silk industry add to the fun of the fair.


Queens birthday

Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Celebration in August


Celebrations to honour Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on the occasion of her royal birthday, the Thai people decorate their houses and public buildings. Around Bangkok, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the area around the Grand Palace and other well-know locations are bedecked with coloured lights and magnificent adornments.

Thai Festivals and Events There are several well established annual Thai Festivals in the UK and each year they prove to be more popular than the last. It is estimated that there are well over thirty thousand Thais living in the UK which helps to ensure that the festival season is well supported.

HOW TO GET IN TOUCH
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Warwick Thai Festival - SUNDAY 13th JULY 2014

Warwick Thai Festival

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Source: Enjoy Warwick

Email organiser:
thefestival@hotmail.co.uk

Tel: 07768 238916

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Once again the Rotary Club of Warwick brings a dazzling display of Thai Tradition to the town centre.

This annual event is well established within the Thai events calendar and offers all visitors an unusual but surprisingly successful fusion of cultures. The Market Place comes alive to a vibrant mix of Thai food, music and dance which is on offer throughout the day with over 40 food and craft stalls.

The Thai Festival is an unmissable opportunity to experience authentic Thai culture including classical Thai dancing, Thai puppet show, Thai boxing, sword fighting, handicrafts, entertainment, fruit carving and Thai massage.

There will also be a Buddhist ceremony with local Thai people taking gifts to the Buddhist temple.


Where?
Market Place, Warwick, CV34 4SA Sunday 13th July 11am-6pm.

Admission
The event is free to all visitors


Bristol Thai Festival - SAT 26th & SUN 27th JULY 2014

Bristol Thai Festival 2014

Taste of the event here

Source: Desy Thai

TWO DAY EVENT
(Subject to licence)

Email organiser:
desythai@gmail.com


General information call:
Prakaidao Walsh (Desy)
on 07833 088 938


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See the flyer here

With the overwhelming success of the first festival in 2012 the Bristol Thai Fetsival is set to return in July with two days of Thai Culture. Throughout Britain local Thai cultural festivals have become very popular with people from all communities.

This year The Bristol Thai Festival will be taking place at a new venue near the waterfront area of the city and will bring cultural entertainment, education, tradition and colour. This will promote an understanding of Thai culture amongst the people of Bristol, many of whom will have their own cultural connections from across the world.

Visitors will be able to enjoy Thai dance, music and song. There will be an energetic display of Muay Thai Boxing along with a more relaxing opportunity for a Thai massage. A wide range of stalls will include freshly cooked Thai food, a Thai beer garden , souvenirs and children rides. The organisers are planning lots of new activities for this year.

Where?
Amphitheatre And Waterfront Square ,City Centre Bristol

Admission
1 day ticket price
Adult £3.50 Child 5-10 £1

Basingstoke Thai Food & Crafts Festival - 27th JULY 2014

Basingstoke Thai Festival

Taste of the event here

Source: Thai Solent Society


For participation, sponsorship and stall booking please call
Tel: 07557 773643

Event Facebook Page

Another event organised by the Thai Solent Society, the Basingstoke Thai Festival is a new event that makes it's second appearance in 2014.

The colourful event promises to give visitors a taste of the full spectrum of Thai culural traditions including Thai foods and crafts, live music, traditional Thai dance, Thai costume contest, Miss Basingstoke competition, children's activities and refreshments.

There will also be Thai boxing demonstration
s throughout the afternoon and a chance to win return tickets to Thailand!

Further information is available by contacting the organisers on the number shown.

It is sure to be an entertaining day out for the whole family.


Where?
War Memorial Park, Crossborough Hill, Basingstoke, Hants, RG21 4AG

Admission
Free


Wales Thai Festival - SAT 9th & SUN 10th AUGUST 2014

Wales Thai Festival 2014

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Source: Desy Thai

TWO DAY EVENT
(Subject to licence)

Email organiser:
desythai@gmail.com


General information call:
Prakaidao Walsh (Desy)
on 07833 088 938


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See the flyer here

New for 2014 is the Wales Thai Festival which will take place in the city centre of Cardiff. The festival is being arranged by Desy Thai, who also organise The Bristol Thai Festival and the Torbay Thai Festival.

The event will bring cultural entertainment, education, tradition and colour. This will promote an understanding of Thai culture amongst the people of Cardiff, many of whom will have their own cultural connections from across the world.

It is expected that visitors will be able to enjoy many of the popular shows and activities that proved so popular at other Thai events including Thai dance, music and song. There will be an energetic display of Muay Thai Boxing along with a more relaxing opportunity for a Thai massage. A wide range of stalls will include freshly cooked Thai food, a Thai beer garden, sponsored by Singha Beer, souvenirs and children rides. There will also be a Thai wedding ceremony and Thai Talents competition and Lady Boy show.

Where?
Coopers Field, Cardiff City Centre
CF10 3RB
10/30am to 7.00pm

Admission
1 day ticket price
Adult £3.50 Child 5-10 £1


Southsea Thai Food & Crafts Festival - 10th AUGUST 2014

Southsea Thai Festival

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Source: Thai Solent Society

View last years event flyer here

Contact organiser:
suesouthsea@hotmail.co.uk


For participation, sponsorship and stall booking please call
Tel: 07557 773643

Organised by the Thai Solent Society, in association with Southsea Town Council, the Southsea Thai Festival is a regular event which proves to be more popular each year.

There will be Thai food and crafts, live music, traditional Thai dance, Thai costume contest, children's activities and refreshments.

There will also be Thai boxing demonstration
s throughout the afternoon.

Further information is available by contacting the organisers on the number shown.

It is sure to be an entertaining day out for the whole family.


Where?
Castlefield, Southsea Seafront, Portsmouth PO5 3NS
10.00am - 5.00pm


Admission
Free


Maidstone Thai Food & Crafts Festival - 17th AUGUST 2014

Maidstone Thai Festival

Taste of the event here

Source: Thai Solent Society


For participation, sponsorship and stall booking please call
Tel: 07557 773643

View last years event flyer here

Organised by the Thai Solent Society, the Maidstone Thai Festival is a new event that makes it's second appearance in 2014.

Similar to the Southsea Festival above, there will be Thai food and crafts, live music, traditional Thai dance, Thai costume contest, children's activities and refreshments.

There will also be Thai boxing demonstration
s throughout the afternoon and a chance to win return tickets to Thailand!

Further information is available by contacting the organisers on the number shown.

It is sure to be an entertaining day out for the whole family.


Where?
Mote Park, Mote Avenue, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 7ST
10.00am - 6.00pm


Admission
Free


Torbay Thai Festival - SAT 23rd & SUN 24th AUGUST 2014

Torbay Thai Festival 2014

Taste of the event here

Source: Desy Thai

TWO DAY EVENT
(Subject to licence)

Email organiser:
desythai@gmail.com


General information call:
Prakaidao Walsh (Desy)
on 07833 088 938


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See the flyer here

New for 2014 is the Torbay Thai Festival which will take place in a spectacular setting on the south coast of England. The festival is being arranged by Desy Thai, who also organise The Bristol Thai Festival.

The event will bring cultural entertainment, education, tradition and colour. This will promote an understanding of Thai culture amongst the people of Torbay, many of whom will have their own cultural connections from across the world.

It is expected that visitors will be able to enjoy many of the popular shows and activities that proved so popular at The Bristol Thai Festival including Thai dance, music and song. There will be an energetic display of Muay Thai Boxing along with a more relaxing opportunity for a Thai massage. A wide range of stalls will include freshly cooked Thai food, a Thai beer garden, souvenirs and children rides. There will also be a Thai wedding ceremony.

Where?
Paignton Green, Torbay

Admission
1 day ticket price
Adult £3.50 Child 5-10 £1


Poole Thai Festival 6th and 7th SEPTEMBER 2014

Poole Thai Festival

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Source: Poole Thai Festival

TWO DAY EVENT

Further details are available from the organisers on email
organiser@thepoolethaifestival.co.uk

Website: poolethaifestival.co.uk

facebook.com//poolethaifestival

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Experience the wonders of Amazing Thailand for a weekend in September at Baiter Park, Poole.

Two days of thai culture for the whole family, where you can challenge your taste buds and feast your eyes on world class food and performances. Unwind with a traditional Thai massage and don't miss the spectacular boxing demonstrations and the amazing Lady Boy show.

The festival starts with a traditional food offering to Buddhist monks and entertainment throughout the day includes Thai boxing and coaching for children, traditional music and dancing, Thai beer garden, Thai food and produce stalls, Thai massage and children's play area.

The event is in the early stages of planning and more details will follow soon.

Where?
Baiter Park (Harbourside Park), Poole, Dorset on 6th and 7th September 10am to 7pm.

Admission
Ticket prices: TBC

Brighton Thai Festival 19th and 20th SEPTEMBER 2014

Brighton Thai Festival

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Source: Poole Thai Festival

TWO DAY EVENT


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Experience the wonders of Thailand for a weekend in September in Brighton.

Treat our senses to a weekend of colourful Thai culture, where you can challenge your taste buds and feast your eyes on world class food and performances. Unwind with a traditional Thai massage and don't miss the spectacular boxing demonstrations and the amazing Lady Boy show.

The festival starts with a traditional food offering to Buddhist monks and entertainment throughout the day includes Thai boxing and coaching for children, traditional music and dancing, Thai beer garden, Thai food and produce stalls, Thai massage and children's play area.

The event is in the early stages of planning and more details will follow soon.

Where?
Brighton, Venue TBC on 19th and 20th September 10am to 7pm.

Admission
Ticket prices: TBC


Please note:
All our events information comes directly from the organisers of each event. Events are only listed when confirmed. Any changes to dates or times shon will be posted on our events page well in advance of any event taking place. The information for each event is subject to change Taste of Thai is not directly involved in arranging any of the events or festivals shown, except for helping to promote them.







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