Festivals in Bangkok, Thailand

  • New Year's Event

    • 1 Jan 2014

    From spectacular events featuring world-class entertainment, imported DJ's spinning their stuff at the city's swanky clubs and colourful countdown celebrations, to dazzling firework extravaganzas at the riverside and raunchy pole-dancers at Go-Go parties, you'll find it all in Bangkok.

    Countdown at CentralWorld

      • The biggest of countdown event in Bangkok happens in front of CentralWorld Square. With several hundred thousand revellers expected to attend, this is where it'll be happening! Leave the old year behind and welcome the new one with friends and family, spectacular light and sound shows and live on-stage performances by popular local artists. Enjoy the beer garden, lucky draws and countdown with other countries around the world on large-screen projections. Do plan to arrive at the scene at least two hours before midnight, as traffic could be disastrous around the Ratchaprasong intersection, which will be closed to all car traffic after 18:00.
  • Valentine’s Day

    • 14 Feb 2014

    While love really should be celebrated every day, Valentine's Day is an excuse to raise the bar a few notches, to show that special person in your life just how much you care. Check out a string of promotions from major Bangkok hotels if you plan to impress your date with a romantic dinner. And don’t forget to pick up that special gift or a bouquet of flowers from many participating shopping malls across the city.

  • Songkran Festival

    • 13 Apr 2014–15 Apr 2014

    Having fun is a big part of Thai culture, and having fun amidst scorching heat is no exception. The hottest month of the year, April sees the entire country go bananas in friendly water fights and street parties that last nearly a week. During Songkran, most office buildings, banks as well as family-run shops and restaurants shut down completely, while big shopping malls usually remain open. Bangkok experiences a mass exodus, as at least half of its residents travel back to their home towns for family re-unions. In their place are tourists, who fly into Bangkok particularly to enjoy one of the most colourful and festive times of the year.

    SONGKRAN DO’S AND DON’TS !

    Do’s

    Do give alms and make merit (or just witness the rituals if you are not a Buddhist)

    Do use waterproof bags to protect your valuables

    Do watch your belongings

    Do use public transportation if you are heading to one of Songkran ‘hotspots’, as traffic will be paralysed

    Do try wishing the locals a happy new year in Thai – “Sawasdee Pee Mai!”

    Do smile and have fun

    Don’ts

    Do not douse monks, babies or the elderly

    Do not drive when you have been drinking

    Do not throw water with ice or dirty water

    Do not throw water at motorcyclists, to prevent road accidents

  • Royal Ploughing Ceremony

    • 11 May 2014

    This highly ceremonial event marks an auspicious beginning to the new planting season every year. Presided over by HM the King or member of the Royal Family, the ceremony follows a strict agenda whereby court Brahmins, dressed in ceremonial gowns, lead two sacred oxen in a ploughing ritual around the Royal Field as they sow rice seeds onto the ground. The symbolic importance of this ceremony occurs when the sacred oxen eat from a plate of offering – rice, corn, green beans, sesame, fresh-cut grass, water and rice whisky – which predicts whether or not the upcoming planting season will be bountiful.

  • Bangkok Motor Show

    • 25 May 2014–6 Jun 2014

    The Bangkok International Motor Show is always the biggest event of the year for a mixed crowd of car lovers and just like in any major car show around the world there is a little army of geeky photographers chasing pretty ladies.

    The Bangkok Motor Show is a seriously big happening covering 167,000 square meters, including an impressive 60,000 sqm indoor space.

    Location: Impact Muang Thong Thani

    How to get there: The best way it to use the vans provided by the venue, departing from the victory monument or from Mochit BTS Skytrain station or Chatuchak MRT station

  • National Children’s Day

    • 1 Jun 2014

    One the second Saturday of January every year Thailand dedicates a day to the future of their country by hosting a day celebrating children and thanks them by offering discounts and hosting special activities. Both the MRT and BTS will be free for children under 140 cm tall, Museum of Siam is open to all for free, Government House opens its doors and children can have their picture taken in the Prime Minister’s office. Most shopping malls will also have rides and activities.

  • Trooping of the Colours

    • 14 Jun 2014

    Modeled after the British Army’s Trooping of the Colours ceremony, this spectacular event is held a few days prior to HM the King’s birthday anniversary on 5 December. Members of the three armed forces – the Royal Thai Army, the Royal Thai Navy and the Royal Thai Air Force – together with the royal guards, all donning colourful uniforms specific to their regimens and plumed hats, declare the oath of allegiance and march in unison before HM the King and Queen and members of the Royal Family.

  • Amazing Thailand Grand Sale

    • 15 Jun 2014–15 Aug 2014

    Shopping has never been more fun, especially when you get more bang for your baht. Part of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s ‘Amazing Thailand – Always Amazes You’ campaign, the event is an opportunity to bag all kinds of deals imaginable, from discounted merchandise to holiday packages and tours. It’s like a one-stop shopping for all your holiday-in-Thailand needs. Usually while the event takes place at QSNCC, shopping malls around Bangkok roll out special promotions of their own, such as midnight sales and mid-year sales campaigns. So, if shopping is your passion, this is one of the best times to visit Bangkok.

  • Bangkok International Jazz Festival

    • 20 Jun 2014–22 Jun 2014

    A festive atmosphere will once again draw all jazz lovers to the heart of Ratchaprasong Intersection, as the CentralWorld Square comes to life with the sound of live jazz for six straight days. Hear world-class artists, including Christian McBride, Chieli Minucci and Melody Gardot, as well as Asian maestros from India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines and local universities. Although you can’t get your toes in the sand, unlike the annual jazz event that takes place in the popular resort town of Hua Hin, CentralWorld Square’s cosmopolitan vibe sets the stage for an absolutely jazzed-out week.

  • Moon Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival)

    • 19 Sep 2014

    Originating in China, where the legend of revolutionary heroes on a full moon night was born, the Moon Festival takes on a new meaning here in Bangkok. Stripped of its cultural significance, besides the fact that it’s a delicacy from China, the festival is an exciting time to waltz into a gourmet market or bakery and feel the spirit of the Moon Festival through a colourful shelf display. The burst of culinary creativity that goes into the filling is just amazing. Choose any food imaginable and there’s a corresponding mooncake flavour, whether coffee, prune, durian, roasted chestnut, green tea, or the more bizarre like ham, ginseng, peanut butter and even ice cream.

  • Vegetarian Festival

    • 23 Sep 2014–3 Oct 2014

    The Vegetarian Festival in Bangkok runs from the 5th of October to the 14th of October 2013. Chinatown is the gathering point for the festivities, and you will find rows of temporary stalls selling a wide variety of dishes from sweet cakes to noodle soups. The best time to come is early evening, around 17:00, so you can grab a bite to eat, enjoy the coming and goings at the temples and catch the Chinese Opera performing on Charoen Krung Road Soi 20. Be sure to bring your camera, as there are plenty of unusual sights in this colourful part of town.

    One of the best places to visit is Soi 20 of Charoen Krung Road, an area usually reserved for shophouses selling car parts. During the festival it becomes a hub for events.

  • Loy Krathong

    • 7 Nov 2014

    Chinese New Year brings one of the most exhilarating celebrations to Yaowaraj, which is officially the Chinatown of Bangkok. The entire length of street comes to life with crowds of worshippers, exploding firecrackers, dragon dancers, and families of Chinese descent who gather to partake in the street fanfare as well as enjoy sumptuous Chinese banquets.

    When: First Day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar (around Jan or Feb of every year)

    Where: Yaowaraj (Chinatown)

  • Christmas Festivity

    • 24 Dec 2014–25 Dec 2014

    Christmas in Bangkok, like everywhere else, means big business. This is the time of the year when the city's hotels enjoy maximum occupancy, and when shopping malls dazzle and delight visitors with decorations, displays, events and promotions that are designed to make consumer goods fly off the shelves.

  • Bangkok New Year’s Countdown

    • 31 Dec 2014

    Celebrating New Year's Eve in Bangkok can be truly spectacular, and there's something for everyone. The biggest of countdown event in Bangkok happens in front of CentralWorld Square. With several hundred thousand revellers expected to attend, this is where it'll be happening! Enjoy the beer garden, lucky draws, spectacular light and sound shows and live on-stage performances by popular local artists.

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