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Good Times in Thailand: Top 5 Festivals to Attend

Whether you’re travelling with young children or looking to have the party of a lifetime, there are a number of great festivals in Thailand not to be missed. Festivals range from one day events right through to those which may last days and weeks. In Thailand, you’ll also find that there is about the equivalent of family-friendly festivals to those which are suited for adults. Phuket is the largest and most popular island amongst tourists, making it the perfect place to start your Thailand holiday – Book flights to Phuket today to start your unforgettable journey of festivals and fun!


Candle Festival

Held on the streets of Ubon Ratchathani, the Candle Festival is one of the most elaborate of the traditional Thai festivals. While the most prominent displays for the Candle Festival are held in Ubon Ratchathani and various shrines around this region, the festival is celebrated nationwide. This particular festival holds great cultural significance to the locals of Thailand and is truly a magnificent display of power, trust and beauty.

The Kings Birthday

To some, the Kings Birthday may be thought of more as a celebration, rather than a festival, however the streets of Thailand would show otherwise. In honouring and celebrating his majesty, people throughout the entire country extravagantly decorate their houses, including the proud hanging of traditional symbols and flags. The King of Thailand is a proud Buddhist believer and so a number of significant religious celebrations are also held on this day.

Full Moon Festival

Possibly one of the most talked about festivals throughout all of Thailand, the annual Full Moon Festival takes place on the shores of Koh Phangan in Thailand. It is said that the most beautiful view of the moon can be seen from the beaches in Koh Phangan and so a massive beach party is held every year in celebration. Tourists from all around the world visit the shores of this beautiful island, year round, as smaller celebrations are held each month, when the full moon rises. The main event for the year, however, is the Christmas & New Year celebrations which take place in December and January, attracting thousands upon thousands of visitors for the party of a lifetime!

National Children’s Day

As with many other Asian countries, children are truly cherished in Thailand, making the celebrations and festivals of National Children’s Day absolutely astonishing. The children who take part in the festival are usually younger than 14 years old, but all citizens of Thailand are commonly involved in the celebrations. Many sites are specially opened for children to visit on the day, including properties of the zoo, army, navy and various parliament buildings. With a celebration for children comes everything colourful and fun, so look out for an array of delightful balloons and enjoyable displays.

Chinese New Year

Throughout many Asian countries, Chinese New Year is an anticipated annual celebration. If you are lucky enough to be travelling through Thailand during the Chinese New Year, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience, filled with fire crackers, dragon dancers and the sites of thousands of happy children with ‘Ang Pao’. While Chinese New Year celebrations often take place in many western societies, there is nothing like the extravagant festivals which take place amongst the streets of Thailand.