Category: Festivals

Samut Sakhon Seafood Festival

Samut Sakhon, well-known as the fishing port and centre of fresh seafood of Thailand, organizes a Seafood Festival during March every year. The annual event underlines the province’s reputation as the seafood hub of the country. Throughout the five-day event, visitors can buy seafood products fresh from the sea, as well as tasting a great variety of seafood dishes from leading restaurants in Samut Sakhon.

This year it is from 2-6 March 2017

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Hae Phra Khuen That Festival

One of the most important places to celebrate Makha Bucha Day, a Buddhist holiday, is at Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan. This royal temple, in Nakhon Si Thammarat in Southern Thailand, houses a relic of the Lord Buddha. On the full moon day during February every year, local people take part in a parade called Hae Pha Khuen That. They believe that this will bring them good fortune and success in life. During the parade, Buddhists carry long pieces of cloth to the temple where they wrap it around the giant stupa.

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Sakon Nakhon Christmas Star Procession

One of Thailand’s largest Roman Catholic communities is in Ban Ta Rae, Mueang district of Sakon Nakhon province. Every year, they organize a colourful parade to commemorate the Christmas nativity. Over 200 vehicles take part in the procession. Many houses in the town are decorated with Christmas trees and star-shaped lanterns.

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Rayong Kite Festival

Rayong Kite Festival

The best time to see kite flying in much of Thailand is during March and April when the country transitions from winter to summer. A number of places around Thailand put on kite festivals where people can marvel at the colourful designs of large kites or fly their own kites. The photos on this page were taken at the Rayong Kite Festival that took place on Saengchan Beach during March. Visitors to the festival were able to have a go at making their own kites as well as flying them on the beach. There were also nightly entertainment on the stage and many food vendors to keep everyone satisfied.

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Chiang Mai Flower Festival

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Living up to the name ‘Rose of the North,’ Chiang Mai organises the Chiang Mai Flower Festival to showcase its beautiful flowers and decorative plants which are in full bloom towards the end of the winter season in early February. Suan Buak Hat Park is transformed into an open-air exhibition centre where you can find a magnificent tapestry of floral splendor. The highlight is the floral floats that compete to find the most beautiful and creative display.

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Mini Light and Sound Show in Phimai

Mini Light and Sound Show in Phimai

Several times a year, a mini light and sound show is held at the Phimai Historical Park in Nakhon Ratchasima. This is in Northeastern Thailand. These free shows are really a taster of the main event that is usually held at the end of the year in November. As you arrive at the park, you are invited to take part in a Bai Si ceremony where elders will bless visitors by tying a string around their wrists. The main event is the light and sound show which depicts the former glory days of Phimai city and the Khmer civilisation. This is recreated through traditional dances and performances that depict the local way of life at that time. There is also a Muay Thai boxing performance. The backdrop to all of this are the beautiful ancient ruins which are lit up during the show.

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Bangkok Street Show in Lumpini Park

Bangkok Street Show in Lumpini Park

The Bangkok Street Show buskers festival takes place every year in Lumpini Park in Bangkok during the cool season. The three-day event sees many fun and exciting forms of street performances, ranging from mime, clowning, juggling, acrobatics, balloon modeling, contortions and escapes, and puppet shows.

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Christmas decorations at CentralWorld

Christmas Tree at Central World in Bangkok

One of the biggest and brightest of the Christmas and New Year displays in Bangkok can be found in front of Central World. They also have the tallest Christmas Tree in Southeast Asia at 36 meters high. They usually turn on the lights every year on 25th November. Each year they have a different theme. Last year it was Snoopy. This year Central have teamed up with Disneyland Hong Kong to give the decorations a Disney theme. The photos on this page were taken during the opening ceremony.

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Por Tor “Hungry Ghost” Festival

Phor Tor "Hungry Ghost" Festival in Phuket

The Pho Tho, or Hungry Ghost Festival, takes place every year in Phuket from the 15th evening of the 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The Pho Tho Festival marks the day that the spirits will be released to return to visit their relatives. As such, the Chinese people organise a ceremony to worship their ancestors’ spirits as well as decorate the shrines of their houses. For those spirits that do not have any relatives, each house will arrange a shrine with sweetmeats at the back of the house. During the parade in Phuket Town, people carry red turtles, which is the symbol of good luck, fortune, and long life.

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Candle Festival Parade in Suphanburi

Suphanburi Candle Festival

Suphanburi is one of Thailand’s leading provinces in conserving and promoting the traditions of the Khao Phansa festival to mark the start of the Buddhist rain retreat. The highlight of the festival is a spectacular parade of exquisitely-carved candles accompanied by traditional performances of local ethnic groups. The parade takes place every year on the day after the full moon in July.

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Merit Making on Elephant Back

Alms Round on Elephant Back

The highlight of the Khao Phansa Candle Festival in Surin is the merit making ceremony where monks collect alms on elephant back. Surin is regarded as the home for Thai elephants and throughout the year they have a number of festivals that involve elephants. This one takes place on the full moon in July every year. It is held at the Monument of Phaya Surin Phakdi Sri Narong Changwang in Mueang district. Monks from local temples climb up onto 88 elephants and collect alms from Buddhist people.

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Surin Candle Festival Procession

Surin Buddhist Lent Candle Procession

The unique annual “Wax Candle Procession and Merit Making on Elephants Back”  celebration takes place in Surin province to mark the start of the rainy season and the beginning of the three month long Buddhist Lent. On the first day of the two day festival, exquisitely-carved candles from 12 famous temples in Surin are paraded through the town along with a colourful procession of Surin-style folk dancers. There is also a magnificent procession of 87 elaborately-adorned elephants.

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Sai Thong National Park

Sai Thong National Park

Sai Thong National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติไทรทอง) is located 70 kilometers to the west of Chaiyaphum town in Northeastern Thailand. It covers an area of 319 square kilometres on the Pung Huei Mountain range. It was designated a national park in December 1992. The mountanous park consists of picturesque waterfalls, grassland with Siam Tulips and a cliff-edge viewpoint of the surrounding landscape. The park consists of dry evergreen forest, dipterocarp forest and mixed deciduous forest. Visit Thailand From Above for aerial photographs of this park.

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