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A Thai holiday is mostly associated with beautiful tropical beaches, incredible looking temples and an exciting nightlife but the country’s many vibrant events and festivals have legions of admirers too.

Check out some of the most exciting and famous festivals in Thailand:


Songkran Festival

Songkran is Thailand’s most famous festival and marks the traditional Thai New Year. It is a 3-day water fight and perhaps the most fun festival celebration you will ever be a part of. With unlimited music, dancing and drinking and people splashing water on each other through water guns, buckets and hose pipes – there’s no end to fun during Songkran and you cannot miss it if you are holidaying in Thailand in April!   

Phi Ta Khon

Also known as the ghost festival, Phi Ta Khon is one of the most exciting traditional festivals of Thailand appealing to travellers with its traditions and fun-loving atmosphere. The festival is held over three days sometime between the months of March and July. During the festival, you will see thousands of people on the street wearing gaudy masks with stretched faces and phallic noses. The festival begins on Friday with a main parade and is followed by music shows on Saturday and Buddhist ceremonies on Sunday.

Lopburi Monkey Banquet

‘Monkey city’ Lopburi is one of the oldest cities in the country. The unique festival is held on the last Sunday of November in a huge banquet that is laid out for around 3,000 monkeys fed by tourists during the event. It is an exciting activity offering surreal experience for visitors and monkeys are allowed to feast on tons of fruits, vegetables and other treats.

Loi Krathong

Thailand’s Lantern Festival held in Chiang Mai, Loi Krathong is one of the most spectacular celebrations in the country. The festival usually takes place in the month of November and lasts for three days. Visitors gather around Peng River during the festival and release an array of lanterns into the sky. This act is a symbol of letting go of misfortunes in the previous year and wishing for good fortune in the New Year. Besides, the festival is celebrated with firework displays, parades and religious ceremonies attended by hordes of tourists.

Bun Bang Fai

Celebrated in Yasothon, Bun Bang Fai is the famous Rocket Festival, most significant to the farming communities of Isan. It is held before the start of the planting season in June or July. During the festival, locals take part in dance and music shows and fire home-made rockets with the intention of encouraging gods to send good rains! Plus, there’s live folk music, local rice wine and beauty pageants for people to enjoy.

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