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Thailand Kingdom Festivals And Event Calendar For Year 2011


Saturday, 1 January 2011

Monday, 3 January 2011 (Substitution)

New Year’s Day

The beginning of the western New Year is a national holiday in Thailand, one of three “new year” holidays celebrated every year.


Thursday, 3 February 2011

Chinese Lunar New Year

The beginning of the Chinese lunar year is celebrated in the Chinatowns of every city throughout Thailand.

Some businesses close for the day, but it is not a national holiday.


Friday, 18 February 2011

Makha Bucha

Makha Bucha celebrates the Buddha’s first sermon in to his disciples.


Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Chakri Day

Chakri Day commemorates the founding of the current dynasty by its first king, Rama I.


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Friday, 15 April 2011


Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year, a very popular 3-days holiday, generally celebrated as a water festival.

Be prepared to get wet all over as revellers abound, ready to soak you as a form of celebrating this season!


Sunday, 1 May 2011

Monday, 2 May 2011 (substitution)

Thailand Labor Day

International Labor Day is also celebrated as a national holiday, even though there isn’t much ado about it. Some businesses may be closed.


Thursday, 5 May 2011

Coronation Day

Celebrates the day when the current king Rama IX was crowned in 1949.


Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

An ancient royal rite held in Thailand to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season


Thailand Visakha Bucha 2011

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Visakha Bucha / Vesak Day

The holiest Buddhist holiday celebrates the birth, enlightenment and entry into nirvana of the Buddha.


Friday, 15 July 2011

Asahna Puja Day

Commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares and the founding of the Buddhist sangha.


Saturday, 16 July 2011

Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Khao Phansa)

This day marks the beginning of the Buddhist ‘lent’ period, a time when monks are supposed to retreat to their temples while new life springs forth.


Friday, 12 August 2011

H.M. The Queen’s Birthday

Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday is a national holiday, also celebrated as Thailand’s Mothers’ Day as well.


Monday, 12 September 2011

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

Mooncake promotions herald this Chinese festival, during which Chinatown fills with stalls.


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

End of Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Awk Phansa)

This day marks the end of the Buddhist ‘lent’ period or the Rains Retreat.


Thursday, 13 October 2011

Thod Kathin

Presentation of Monk’s Robes after Rains Retreat.


Sunday, 23 October 2011

Monday, 24 October 2011 (Substitute)

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

Celebration of the death anniversary of Thailand’s one of the most revered kings, Rama V.


Thursday, 10 November 2011

Loy Kratong

While it is not marked a national holiday, it is a major celebration in the evening when Thais pay respect to the goddess of the waters by floating candlelit offerings on any and all waterways around the kingdom.


Monday, 5 December 2011

H.M. The King’s Birthday

His Majesty the King’s birthday is a national holiday celebrated throughout the country and is also the country’s Fathers Day


Saturday, 10 December 2011

Monday, 12 December 2011

Thai Constitution Day

Celebrates the date in 1932 when the country was granted its first constitution.


Saturday, 31 December 2011

Monday, 2 January 2012 (Substitution)

New Years’ Eve

The day before the Western New Year day is always marked a national holiday.


Sunday, 1 January 2012

Tuesday, 3 January 2012 (Substitution)

New Years’ Day 2012

"When the going gets weird... the weird turn pro" - Hunter S. Thompson


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  • 3 weeks later...

Hi, sorry to bump this thread but got a quick question if anyone can help me.


Got a trip booked for June/July and my last night will be Thursday July 14th. I'm aware that its Asahna Day on Friday 15th July so the bars will be shut on the 15th when I fly home.


Will the bars and discos in Patts therefore shut at 12 on the Thurs night as it goes into early morning Friday? Meaning I will only have a half night on my last night? Reason i'm asking now is because I plan on going Phuket first and going to book the internal flight this week so want to know if I will get a full night on my last night before booking.


Done a check as this must have been asked before but can't find anything!



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Can anyone tell me whether 12th and 13th of October will be 'dry' days? Thanks

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