Following on from our Festivals post last month, here are yet more sights not to be missed in Thailand!
Candle Festival Ubon Ratchathani – July
An event to signify the beginning of Buddhist Lent and to show the people’s commitment to the Lord Buddha. A unique festival which highlights the talented skills of local artisans. Huge, elaborately carved candles are exhibited in high spirited processions around the city. Read more.
Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Celebration – August 12th
Thai people decorate their houses and public buildings in honour of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. This is a national holiday and celebrated every year across Thailand with early morning alms giving to monks and a candlelight ceremony in the evening. Around this time, Ratchadamnoen Avenue in Bangkok is brightly lit up at night with portraits of the Queen.
In 1976, Mother’s Day was changed to 12th August to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty, the Mother of all Thai people.
Pattaya Seafood Festival – August
A 3 day festival celebrating the wonderful seafood the surrounding crystal clear waters provide. Food stalls, restaurants go all out to impress and visiting chefs show off their culinary skills. Read more.
Thailand Vegetarian Festival – September or October
Every year, the people of Thailand celebrate a vegetarian festival. This Thailand festival begins on the 15th day of the waning of the 10th month of the Thai lunar calendar. This can occur during the months of September or October in any given year.
Held over a 9 day period to celebrate 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.
Illuminated Boat Procession – Sept/Oct
A truly spectacular procession of illuminated boats ‘Lai Reua Fai’, which literally means to set afloat a ‘fire boat’, marks the end of the Buddhist Lent. Locals pay their respects with beautifully decorated bamboo and banana leaf boats, which contain candles and other offerings to Lord Buddha.
Loi Krathong Festival – November 3-5 2017
An old and colourful festival held every year on the full moon of the twelfth month in the Thai Lunar Calendar. You will see the spectacular sight of thousands of flickering candle-lights drifting on just about any expanse of water. The candles are placed in a ‘krathong’, traditionally made from banana tree trunk and banana leaves held together with pins, and decorated with flowers and a wish is made as they are set off on the water.
Lopburi Monkey Buffet Festival – November 25
The monkey feast is the concept of a local hotelier who first feted the town’s monkeys in 1989. Now, with the sponsorship of Thailand’s Tourism Authority, his spectacle attracts thousands of tourists each year.
Surin Elephant Round-Up Show – November
A long standing tourist attraction promoting preservation of the local way of life between humans and elephants. Held at Si Narong Stadium, a huge domestic elephant village, the two-day event includes a variety of shows displaying the physical prowess and skill of the animals and other attractions.
Golden Mount Fair – November
The Golden Mount is the location for an annual temple fair held every November and it’s purpose is to worship the Buddha’s relics enshrined in the Golden Mount in the compound of Saket Temple.
It begins with a parade and includes cultural music, side shows and games and of course, food.
River Kwai Bridge Week – Nov/Dec
The sound and light show is the highlight of this festival telling the fascinating story of the bridge and railway. Fun can be had at the fair and other attractions and great food and drink can be found.
HM The King’s Birthday in Bangkok – December 5th
His Majesty the King’s Birthday is an event that celebrates King Bhumibol Adulyadej‘s life and his commitment to Thailand. A public holiday and also Fathers Day the whole Kingdom pay homage to their beloved King.
We bet you are left spoiled for choice in deciding which month to visit Thailand!