August 16, 2015
While July is the month of candles and Buddhist lent, August is a relative quiet time for festivals here in the Land of Smiles that said we still have a multitude to offer those that are lucky enough to be travelling the Kingdom. Getting to the bottom of the actual dates is never easy, with the dates determined by all manner of calendars and other strange and wonderful reasoning. See more
Below are a selection of events in Thailand, with links to the relevant Wikipedia web page, where you can find details on how to get to the province along with information on what else to do when you get there.
The date and time of the following festivals may change as a result of the weather or postponement by the organisers of the events. To confirm dates and times….. Call the Tourism Authority of Thailand on 1672 or 0 2250 5500.
Hua Hin Food Festival 2015
When: 28 – 30th August 2015
Where: Hua Hin Queen Sirikit Park 19 Rai, Prachuap, Khiri Khan, Central Thailand
The event will highlight a wide variety of local food and international delicacies cooked by professional chefs from participating hotels and restaurants in Hua Hin and Cha-am. Visitors will get the chance to taste a very special menu created for this event – the 88 pans of hot and spicy fried rice with fresh seafood, in honour of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej 88th Birthday Anniversary this year
Throughout three-day, the event will showcase professional skills from talented kitchen staff in a series of competition, including ice carving, vegetable and fruit carving, and cooking.
There are also free evening mini concerts by Thai leading singers.
For more information contact Hua Hin TAT on Tel: +66 (0) 3251 1047 ext. 100
Khek River Rafting Festival
When: 1st July – 31st August 2015
If you need your adrenaline fix then try this river for rafting. During the rainy season (don’t let the rain put you off it never lasts long and you will be wet anyway!) nature brings new life to the river that originates from the Phetchabun mountain range and the rapids become a wonderful (if at time scary) joyride. The full course is 8 kilometres long and takes around 2-3 hours, the course is divided into 1 – 5 difficulty levels, with 17 rapids.
International Lantern Festival
When: From June to end of September
Where: Cultural Village. Nakhon Hat Yai Municipal Park, Hat Yai district, Songkhla province
Witness a vast variety and beautiful lanterns based on all manner of themes from animals to fairy tales to the signs of the zodiac. Other activities include a beauty contest and fireworks show. In the Hat Yai Ice Dome, set at a cool -15C, visitors will see different forms of ice sculptures in the shape of palaces, landmarks in Asia, dinosaurs, dragons, swans and more….
King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament
When: 27 – 30th August 2015
Where: Prachuap Khiri Khan, Central Thailand
After an opening parade and blessing ceremony, 16 teams will compete trunk to trunk in the annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament. With around fifty players from over fifteen different countries, make this quirky and exotic event truly international. Spectator entrance to the tournament is free.
Kaeng Hin Phoeng White-water Rafting Festival
When: 1 June – 31 October 2015
Where: Kaeng Hin Phoeng, Prachinburi
White-water Rafting at Kaeng Hin Phoeng Festival is an annual event and during the rainy season, the water level is practically high, providing a faster flow, cleaner rapids, and generally less hazardous conditions. Through-out the event, there are a number of rafting competition.
Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival 2015
When: 1 June – 31 August, 2015
It is here during the rainy season when the blossoms of the wild Krachiao flowers (Siam Tulip), cover vast areas of these two national parks in a vibrant purplish pink colour. The festival also includes a selection of nature tours and treks around the national parks along with local performances and music concerts. There will be a vast array of booths selling local indigenous handy crafts and delicious food from the Chaiyaphum province. The best time to visit the fields of flowers is early in the morning when the dew is still on the ground and the early morning rays bounce of the just washed blooms.
Sukhothai Mini-Light and Sound show
When: 14th August 2015
The former Thai capital city of Sukhothai will once again present a series of the mini-light and sound presentation with one show per month scheduled between February and September 2015. The show consists of classical performances, fireworks display and a Loi Krathong scene starts from 19.00 hrs and lasts about 1.5 hours. Visitors can listen to the narration in several languages including English, Japanese, French and German. At the event, visitors can take part by taking photograph with the performers, floating a krathong or launching a hot-air balloon. Best of all its FREE.
Sukhothai, which literally means “dawn of happiness”, is located 439.7 km north of Bangkok or about four-five hours by car or 1 hour 15 minutes by air.
Songkhla Long-tail boat racing
When: 29 August 2015
Where: Songkhla Lake
The event will be held on August 29, with a vast array of boat teams battling it out on the waters of Lake Songkhla.
Two other activities will also be held on the same day: Cruising by boat to visit the special scenic parts of Songkhla Lake and a photo contest on the theme “Looking for the Dolphins.”
The people of Songkhla has been trying to revive long-tail boat racing, which was part of the cultural identity of the people living around the lake for generations.
Trang Cake Festival 2015
Where: Ban Lam Phu Rais village. Trang
Trang, famous nationwide for its mouth-watering food, holds the annual Cake Festival this August. The village of Ban Lam Phu Rais especially famous for their delicious cakes and scrumptious sweets. Made using recipes that date back several generations, these frosting-free cakes come in many flavours, like orange, coffee, and coconut. Apart from these sweet treats, other items on sale include locally made gifts, souvenirs, and OTOP products.
Por Tor Festival ‘Hungry Ghost Festival’
When: August 26th to September 12th 2015
The annual Por Tor Festival, known in Southeast Asia as the “Hungry Ghost Festival” is celebrated through-out Thailand with the biggest festivals held in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai (for details of major dates and locations of the events in Phuket click here). This festival should not be confused with the purely Thai festival of ‘Offerings to the Dead’ or ‘Sart Thai’ which occurs in September each year.
The festival usually falls on the 15th day of the seventh waxing moon according to the Chinese calendar. It is an important merit-making occasion for the Thai-Chinese people, who many believe that the spirits of their ancestors return to visit their relatives once the gates of hell are opened and the spirits of hungry ghosts are allowed to roam the earth.
During the festival believers offer food including fruits and colourful desserts, which along with candles and paper money are placed at altars not only for their own ancestors but also to honour the spirits who have no living family to visit. See More