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November 17, 2015

January Festivals in Thailand

With the New Year upon us, Thailand gears up for a full  calendar of wonderful, unique and colourful Festivals. Here are just a few of the events you should try if you are lucky enough to be in the Kingdom for January 2017.

 

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Updated 01/01/2017

The hyper links are in the main to Wikipedia pages which gives more details on the city or province. While there are a few that have more specific information and will send you to our main web pages. For more on each month click on any of the following JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

 

Chinese New Year in Thailand

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When: 28th January 2017

Where: Throughout Thailand

Thailand Year of the Rooster, where ancient legends tell of man eating monsters and how the colour red and fireworks, kept them at bay.

While 14% of its population is officially Chinese, many more Thais can trace their ancestral roots to China, therefore the Chinese New Year is a big thing in the Kingdom, not that the people of Thailand need a reason to party. Legend has it that Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality

For more on the history, legends and taboos of this ancient festival click here

 

Chinese Lantern Festival in Thailand 2017

 

 

Not to be confused with the lantern festivals in Northern Thailand, this festival has its roots in ancient China and is part of the Chinese New Year celebrations

While the event is celebrated during the 3 weeks of the festivities for the Chinese New Year, it has its own ancient origins, legends and special attributes including Eating delicious Yuanxiao, Lion stilt walking and guessing Lantern Riddles. For more on these past times and the legends surrounding this festival click Here.

 

Possibly the biggest event in Thailand is the Thamma Katanyu Foundation in Samut Prakan, held at the Chinese Temple situated near Ancient Siam on Sukhumwit Road. The best time to visit is 18:30 when the lights are turned on and a magical glow emanates from the thousands of different colour and shapes lanterns.

From Friday 27th Jan – 19th Feb 2017

 

 

 National Children’s Day

 

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When: The second Saturday in January

Where: Across the Kingdom

 Wan Dek (Children’s Day) is when the children across Thailand receive gifts from family members and are treated with even more affection than normal (if that’s possible in a country which is so very family orientated). It also means that the nations tourist attractions are kept very busy as most if not all will offer free or reduced entry prices for the kids. Many Government offices are also open to children and their families; this includes the Government House, the Parliament House Complex and various Military installations, plus kids go free on most public transport.

Usually, His Majesty the King gives advice addressing the children while the Supreme Monarch Patriarch of Thailand gives a moral teaching.

There is a Thai saying that states, “Children are the future of the nation, if the children are intelligent, the country will be prosperous.”

 

Ruam Nam Jai Thai Sakon Fair and Red Cross Fair 

January Festivals in Thailand Ruam Nam Jai Tha iSakon Fair and Red Cross Fair

 

When: Held at the beginning of each year

Where: By the city hall, Sakon Nakhon Northeast Thailand

Ruam Nam Jai Tha iSakon Fair and Red Cross Fair (งานรวมน้ำใจไทสกลและงานกาชาด) The fair comprises floats featuring the culture and traditions of different ethnic groups in the province; such as Phu Thai, So, Yor, Saek, Ka Lerng, Kula, Vietnamese, and Chinese. The float parade starts from Ming Muang Field at 14:00 and travels via Sukkasem Rd to city hall. Other entertainment includes a folk culture contest, a traditional dinner, and numerous stage performances.

 

 

Bo Sang Umbrella Festival

January Festivals in Thailand Bor-Sang-Umbrella-Festival

 

When:  January 2017

Where: Bor Sang Village San Kamphaeng district  Chiang Mai Province in Northern Thailand

The Bor Sang Umbrella Festival is held annually all along the main thoroughfare in the village of Bor Sang for three days, the street, its shops and houses are decorated with hundreds of all manner of colourful silk and Saa umbrellas, making for explosion of colour that is a delight to see. In the early evening the street takes on a new life when it is illuminated by hundreds of Traditional Lanna styled lanterns.  These are the same colourful lanterns that are also seen through-out Chaing Mai, during the Yi Peng festival 

See more details on this wonderful festival Click Here

 

 

King Mengrai Annual Festival

January Festivals in Thailand King Mengrai Annual Festival

When: 26 January – 4 February 2017

Where: Provincial Stadium, Chiang Rai

This festival goes by so many names Wai Sa Phaya Mengrai or “Phokhun Mengrai Maharat Festival” (งานไหว้สาพญาเม็งราย หรือ งานพ่อขุนเม็งรายมหาราช) to name but a few, what ever its name the event is a specific festival of Chaing Rai and  it is celebrated all over the city. During the 9 days of celebrations there will be a number of colourful parades and a host of cultural performances and competitions, along with various beauty contests and games, celebrating the founder of Chiang Rai and the ancient Kingdom of Lanna. Of course this would not be Thailand if the event did not provide a vast army of street vendors and shops offering a mass of local handicrafts and food.

 

 

Flora Park Mist Festival

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When: 1 November 2016 – 31 March 2017

Where: Wang Nam Khiawo District, Nakhon Ratchasima Northeast Thailand

Known as the Switzerland of Isaan the districts motto is ‘Cool climate town.’ At this time of year it is a mass of colour and in the early morning a sea of fog. The festival is held on an area of over 50 rai at Khao Phaeng Ma and you can expect to witness a carpet of blooms from more than 100,000 flowers of over 20 different species, along with the spectacular vertical garden. There will also be over 5,000 English roses of 400 species arranged beautifully across the landscape.

 

Tulip of Siam Festival

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When: 1st December – 28th February 2017

Where: Play La Ploen Flora Park. 32 km. from the city of Buriram. Northeast Thailand

Opened only last year, this is one of the provinces latest attractions. The festival can boast some stunning blooms, featuring not only the Tulip, but also begonia, hydrangea, lily, cyclamen, and hollyhock among others, alongside fun sculptures and examples of local culture. The Flora Park is a part of Play La Ploen Boutique Resort and Adventure Camp. The venue provides accommodation and various adventure activities for visitors, both young and old alike.

 

 

Boon Koon Lan Tradition

 

Boon Koon Lan Tradition

 

When: Annually in early January

Where: Leu Amnat Subdistrict, Amnat Charoen Province Eastern Thailand

This age old event is based around Rice merit-making tradition and is performed to encourage rice-growing custom of the villagers. It includes amongst other things; performances of the way of life of the local ethnic people. Most local people are descendants of the Phu Thai ethnic group who migrated from Laos.

The name Phu Thai has a generic meaning, ‘Tai people’, they also speak their own language ‘Tai–Kadai’, which is closely related to Tai Dam and Tai Don, it is less closely related to the Isan and the Lao languages.

 

 

Lop Buri Sunflower Blooming Festival

 

January Festivals in Thailand Lop Buri Sunflower Blooming Festival 2015When: 1 November 2016 – 31 January 2017

Where: Lopburi

The festival kicks off around November until late January every year as this is when the sunflowers are in full bloom. The festival highlights include photography, scenic, train, bicycle, tractor and elephant tours around the ocean of sunflowers.

 

 

 

Phra Phutthabat Homage Paying Fair (งาน นมัสการ รอย พระพุทธบาท)

 

 

When: Between 28th Jan – 11th Feb 2017

Where: Khao Kitchakut National Park Chanthaburi Province. Eastern Thailand.

This ancient annual Fair, takes place during the period ‘from the Chinese New Year and Makha Bucha Day, (approx. January to March) and climaxes, on the highest point in the Khao Kitchakut National Park, that of 1,085 metres tall (3,560 ft), Khao Phra Bat peak.

The park is one of Thailand’s smallest National Parks and is home to forests and waterfalls (the largest Krathing has 13 separate levels), bordering as it does, the much larger Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary.

For more on this Traditional Trek up this mystic and remote mountain, and why the air is full of noise and smells click here

 

 

 

Beer Garden Festival

January Festivals in Thailand beer gardens festival in Thailand 2015 -2016When: November – mid January each year

Where: Across Thailand

November is traditionally the start of Thailand’s annual beer garden season. All across the country tables and chairs are brought out onto the street and the Kingdom’s main brewers along with a number of international names sell their amber nectar in draft and via large jugs. While not on par with northern Europe’s beer festivals, the atmosphere is close enough and the beer is free flowing.

Although a nationwide affair, beer gardens are more prevalent in Bangkok, where they can be found virtually everywhere. A good number of venues really push the boat out to make this time of year a great experience, offering live music (including pop and jazz) and spectacular sound and light shows along with all manner of Thai food.

Key venues are the larger shopping malls such as Central World Plaza on Ratchaprasong Junction Central World Plaza, Central City Bangna, Central Rama 3, The Mall Bangkapi, Tesco Lotus Bangna and Tesco Lotus Rama 4. If you are in the city during the festival you will never be far from a cool pitcher of beer.

 

 

Water Melon Day

When: Late January – February each year (Dates as yet not published)

Where: Kura Buri District Office Phang Nga Southern Thailand

When the humble watermelon takes centre stage from the provinces better known famous James Bond Island, which featured in the 1974 movie The Man with the Golden Gun.  You not only get the chance to  enjoy the water melons in all their glory,  there is also a beauty contest, as well as exhibitions, including agricultural products,  a food competition and  beauty contest, all wrapped up in a carnival atmosphere.

Water Melon DayFacts about Watermelon you may not know

Watermelon Is a Fruit and a Vegetable

Watermelons are related to cucumbers, pumpkin, and squash? That’s because it’s part vegetable and part fruit (it’s a sweet, seed-producing plant).

 

You Can Eat Watermelon Rind and Seeds

Most people throw away the watermelon rind, but try putting it in a blender with some lime for a healthy, refreshing treat. Not only does the rind contain plenty of health-promoting and blood-building chlorophyll, but the rind actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh.

Citrulline is converted to L-arginine in your kidneys, and not only is this amino acid important for heart health and maintaining your immune system, but it has been researched to have potential therapeutic value in over 100 health conditions, including help with erectile dysfunction by helping to relax the blood vessels, and that’s why watermelon is sometimes referred to as “Nature’s Viagra.”

While many people prefer seedless watermelon varieties, black watermelon seeds are edible and actually quite healthy. They contain iron, zinc, protein, and fibre. (In case you were wondering, seedless watermelons aren’t genetically modified, as they’re the result of hybridization)

 

 

Phor Khun Ramkhamhaeng’s Day Festival

January Festivals in Thailand Phor Khun Ramkhamhaeng’s Day Festival

When:  January 2017

Where: At the monument of Phor Khun Ramkhamhaeng, Sukhothai Historical Park. Sukhothai Northern Thailand

The event honours of the King Phor Khun Ramkhamhaeng of the ancient Sukhothai Kingdom who came to power in 1238 and ruled for 40 years, he is respected as Thailand’s first ‘Great King’

The King is also revered as one of Thailand’s finest warriors who in turn made Sukhothai a powerful and prosperous Kingdom, which included many parts of what is today its neighbouring countries. The King is also credited for inventing the Thai alphabet which is in essence the same as used today and for promoting religion and culture and through his will Buddhism was spread across the lands.

A total of eight King’s ruled Sukhothai, the end of what was the first Thai Kingdom occurred in 1365, when it became a vassal state of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, which in turn then became the capital of Thailand before Thon Buri and today’s Bangkok.

People will visit both the Monument of Phor Khun Ramkhamhaeng and local temples to make merit and to present food to the Buddhist priest. There are plenty of exhibitions and shows detailing the local history and at night, there is a fireworks display.

 

 

 

Phu Ruea Flower Festival

January Festivals in Thailand Phu Rua Winter flower fair 2015When: 1 December 2016 – 31 January 2017

Where: Phu Ruea District, Loei Northern Thailand

The Sea of Fog and Beautiful Flower Blossom on Phu Ruea is held on the grounds in front of Phu Ruea District Office during the New Year Festival, around December – January every year. Activities in the festival comprise of a temperate plant fair, floral float parade, decorative plants contests, traditional dancers and agricultural produce for sale.

 

 

 

 

Ruam Nam Jai Thai Sakon Fair and Red Cross Fair

 

Ruam Nam Jai Thai Sakon Fair and Red Cross Fair 2016

 

When: Held the beginning of January every year

Where: City Hall Sakon Nakhon. Sakon Nakhon Province. Northeast Thailand

This glorious fair show cases the many differing cultures from the multitude of ethnic groups found within this Isaan province, such as Phu Thai, So, Yor, Saek, Ka Lerng, Kula, Vietnamese, Lao and Chinese. The day consists of a myriad of entertainment include a folk culture contest, a traditional Isaan dinner, stage performances, a beauty pageant and a colourful float possession.

 

 

Sacrificial Combined Force 2324 Monument Fair 

 

Sacrificial Combined Force 2324 Monument Fair 2016When: Annually at the end of January until the beginning of February

Where: The memorial near the Chiang Kham Airport, Chiang Kham. Phayao Province Northern Thailand

This merit making ceremony is dedicated to the civilians, policemen, and soldiers, who fought and died in their fighting with communist insurgents in 1980-early 1981 (2523-early 2524 B.E.).

The money raised goes to help the descendants of the deceased. Activities of this fun filled fair include games, rides, local cultural performances, exhibitions on the conflict and various booths and stalls selling all manner of handicrafts and local produce.

 

 

 

Chiang Rai Flower Festival

When: 24 December 2016 – 31 January 2017

Where: Rim kok Park, Chiang Rai NorthernThailand

This annual event is not only about the wide range of flowers to be found in the local area it is also in part a music festival. The event includes a flower exhibition, the Miss Thinn Thai Ngarm beauty contest, agricultural exhibitions and contest along with a local products fair.

 

 

 

Sakura Blossom Festival at Doi Mae Salong

January Festivals in Thailand Sakura Blossom Festival at Doi Mae Salong

 

When: 28 December 2016 – 2 January 2017

Where: Doi Mae Salong, Chiang Rai

Doi Mae Salong is a mountaneous area close to the Burmese border in Chiang Rai, the most northern province of Thailand. The area is now famous for its tea plantation and the cherry blossom/sakura that blooms during the cool season. This is one of the few places in Thailand that one can witness the cherry blossom. While not on the same scale as can be seen in Japan the trees full of their pale pink flowers provide a picturesque contrast to the tropical climate of Thailand.

Enjoy a cup of tea from the local plantations (see more on ‘From Opium to Tea’ in Thailand) and see how this once part of the infamous drug ‘Golden Triangle’ has re-invented itself

 

Sweet Tamarind and Phetchabun Red Cross Fair

Sweet Tamarind and Phetchabun Red Cross Fair

 

When: Annually Late January.

Where: Phetchabun Northern Thailand

The 7-8 day festival also incorporates Phetchabun Agricultural Day. The province is renowned for its sweet tamarind (The reddish brown, curved seed pods hold several large seeds encased by moist, sticky, dark brown flesh their taste varies from being very sweet to very sour. The latter is used as one of the primary souring agents in Thai cooking, imparting a delicious fruity tartness to soups, salads, stir-fries and sauce. Other uses include traditional medicine and metal polish while the wood can be used in carpentry)

During the festival, farmers bring their sweet tamarind and other agricultural products to sell, and to enter into the many contests that fill the event. There are numerous agricultural exhibitions and cultural shows.

Aside from the farming aspect of the event you will also find live entertainment organised through-out the event, including stage performances featuring the local culture and live music concerts. Other activities include the flower Parade, exhibitions and the Miss Sweet Tamarind contest.

 

Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre Fair

Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre Fair 2016When:  At the end of January

Where: Bang Sai Arts and Crafts village Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Central Thailand

A fairly new event on the Thai colander, the fair features a multitude of displays and contests of arts and crafts products and cultural performances.

The Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Village features traditional Thai houses from all four regions of the Kingdom, set in gardens that encompass each regions natural fauna and flora, they also replicate how the people lived and worked in past generations.

 

 

 

Blossom Flowers at Mo Hin Khao

January Festivals in Thailand Blossom flowers at Mo Hin Khao 2015When: December 2016 –  January 2017

Where: Mo Hin Khao, Mueang District, Chaiyaphum

Chaiyaphum, in Thailand’s Northeast isn’t the nation’s best known province, despite it being home to some the best national parks and that Mo Hin Khao is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Thailand.

The event features a mini-marathon, mountain bike race, horse riding to visit the rock park, planting a tree in honour for H.M. the King, drawing and photographing, concert, New Year party and offering colour sticky rice to monks in the morning.

 

 

Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair 2017

 

 

When: 27 January 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 05 February 2017 @ 10:00 pm

Where: Ayutthaya Historical Park

This year’s World Heritage Fair, held as it is in the shadow, of the UNESCO”s World Heritage Site, is held in remembrance of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and will high light the many roles of the late King.

Activities include a special exhibition featuring royal works and projects relating to the Ayutthaya kingdom, a spectacular light and sound water fountain presentations, along with exhibits of the local peoples ways of life. Plus cultural events, including a Buddha Amulet contest, a floating market, plus a mass of booths selling local products and the Red Cross fair where you can join a lucky draw.

The night time activities include a music and light show.

For more call TAT Ayutthaya Office +66035246076-7

 

 

The National Dairy Cow Festival

 

The National Dairy Cow Festival 2016When:  Runs from mid to late January 2017

Where: Muak Lek District Saraburi Province Central Thailand

Know as the “Cowboy festivals” this annual festival is the biggest event in Thailand for professional dairy cow farmers. You may be surprised to know that Dairy farming has been associated with the rolling hills of Saraburi since the 50s. Today it supplies most of the popular milk products that are sold in supermarkets across the country.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, will again graciously open the event which will feature seminars, a fair, numerous concerts, dairy cow and the best cowboy or cowgirl costume contests.

According to Saraburi province’s tourism office, the cowboy festival evolves into an amazing scene as hundreds of “Thai cowboys” travel from different parts of the country to enjoy country and western music, an exhibition of dairy and beef cow farming, cow contests, whip-cracking, roping and a lariat show, and fancy gun handling.

 

 

 

Phor Khun Ramkhamhaeng’s Day Festival (or King Ramkhamhaeng the Great Memorial Fair)

Phor Khun Ramkhamhaeng’s Day Festival (or King Ramkhamhaeng the Great Memorial Fair)

 

When: Annually on 17th January.

Where: Monument of Phor Khun Ramkhamhaeng the Great. Sukhothai Historical Park. Sukhothai Province Northern Thailand

The fair features many ceremonies to pay respect to King Ramkhamhaeng the Great. People will participate in alms-giving, religious ceremonies, processions, along with a number of exhibitions and cultural shows depicting the history of the earlier Kingdom, finishing with a fireworks display.

King Ram Khamhaeng (1237/1247 – 1298) was the third king of the Phra Ruang dynasty, ruling the Sukhothai Kingdom (a forerunner of the modern kingdom of Thailand) from 1279–1298, during its most prosperous era

More info Contact Sukhothai Historical Park, Tel: 0 5569 7310.

 

 

Don Chedi Memorial Day

 

January Festivals across Thailand Don Chedi Memorial Day

 

 

When: Annually 18 January – 1st February 2017

Where: Suphan Buri Province Central Thailand

This annual event (since 1959), is to celebrate King Naresuan the Great and his victory over the Burmese in January 1592. Along with a Thai traditional fair, there will be a whole host of stalls and cultural performances, including Muay Thai events. The highlight of the event is undoubtedly the evening multimedia presentation on the ancient King’s heroic deeds and the history of Suphanburi, featuring traditionally clad battle elephants in a re-enactment of the famous battle. In this years event, a 3D exhibition to honor the late King Rama IX will also be shown to the public.

Shows are held from 7:00pm to 8:15pm on on the following nights: 18-19 January, 21-22 January, 26-29 January, 31 January-1 February 2017.  Tickets are 100 Baht. Call 035-535-377 for more information.

 

More on the legend of King Naresuan and why you see Roosters all over Thailand Click Here

 

 

 

Ngan Mueang U – Khao, U- Nam (City of Rice and Water Bowl Fair) and Annual Red Cross Fair

Ngan Mueang U - Khao, U- Nam (City of Rice and Water Bowl Fair) and Annual Red Cross FairWhen: Late December –early January each year

Where: In front of Ang Thong City Hall. Ang Thong Province Central Thailand

This is the annual fair of the predominately farming people of Ang Thong and is traditionally held after harvesting period in late December and the beginning of January. There are a host of interesting activities with cultural shows featuring the local ethnicity, exhibitions, displays and demonstrations, and as always an army of stalls selling all manner of local produce and handicrafts. There is also the Mueang U-Khao U-Nam beauty contest, agricultural product contest, farmers’ sports competition and various other kinds of entertainment.

For more on the celebrations, the local handicrafts and the province click here

 

 

 

 

 

Chao Pho Phraya Lae Festival also called the Chaiyaphum Elephant Festival

Chaopho Phraya Lae Festival also called the Chaiyaphum Elephant Festival

 

When: 12-20 January every year

Where: In front of Chaiyaphum City Hall and the Chaopho Phraya Lae Monument. Chaiyaphum Province Northeast Thailand

The first day of the event begins with several ceremonies to pay homage to the first Governor of the Province ‘Chaopho Phya Lae’ The monument is on the bank of Nong Pla Thao, 3 kilometres from the city, on the way to Ban Khwao. There is also a large tamarind tree on the bank close to the monument, which is said to be where Chao Phraya Lae was executed by Lao soldiers in 1826. The local people built the shrine to honour his sacrifice and to have his spirit protect the people of Chaiyaphum

The festival’s highlights include an elephant parade; there is also a Chinese banquet for elephants and a number of shows demonstrating the intelligence and strength of these majestic animals, at Chaiyaphum Municipality Stadium.

Throughout the city there will be numerous exhibitions of local handicrafts, along with a number of local contests including a drawing competition, a silk contest, Thai silk fashion show, and the Phya Lae beauty contest added to this is a number of local agricultural and hand made products contests and of course a mass of shops and stalls selling all manner of local products.

Not to be confused with the far bigger Festival in May Called “The festival of nine days, six months & nine nights” which also celebrates in part Chaopho Phraya Lae

For details, contact  TAT (044) 213666, 213030.

 

 

Khao Suan Kwang Roasted Chicken Festival

Khao Suan Kwang Roasted Chicken FestivalWhen:  January (TBC)

Where: Khao Suan Kwang District Office, Amphoe Khao Suan Kwang, khon kaen Province North Eastern Thailand

If you have never tried this Isaan dish…then you are in for a real treat. Try the original succulent Khao Suan Kwang roasted chicken and at the same time see the best chicken, the most prolific egg laying chicken, and the jumbo chicken contests.

There is also a ‘human’ Roasted Chicken Beauty Contest, a chicken eating and pinching competition (no idea what the pinching involves). To bring some culture to the festivities and a chance to turn you back on all that poultry, there will also be a number of performances from traditional North-eastern-style Mo Lam singers, and a Pong Lang show (a form of Thai folk music featuring musicians and no fewer than 10 dancers and two humorous ladies, referred to as “La-la” and “Lu-lu”.

Contact: Khao Suan Kwang District Office Tel. 0 4344 9113

 

 

 

Chang Kra Festival and Mancha Khiri’s Product Fair

Chang Kra Festival and Mancha Khiri’s Product FairWhen: 17-20 January 2017 (TBC)

Where: Mancha Khiri District Office, Amphoe Mancha Khiri, Khon Kaen Province. North-eastern Thailand

Your chance to see more than 4000 Chang Kra wild orchids (Rhynchostylis gigantea) which naturally grow at Wat Pa Mancha Khiri, along with colourful parades featuring each district, demonstrations on local handicrafts, a local food contest, along with of course an army of shops and stalls selling a mass of local handicrafts and locally grown produce.

Contact: Mancha Khiri District Office Tel. 0 4328 9049, 0 4328 9022

 

 

 

 

Mukdahan Red Cross Fair

Mukdahan Red Cross Fair 2016When: 9th  – 15th January every year

 Where: City Hall Mukdahan Province North Eastern Thailand

Also known as the Mukdahan Annual Thai Tribal Festival and Red Cross Fair and Ruam Phao Thai Mukdahan and Makham Wan Chai Khong Fair.

This annual event is held in the quiet, peaceful province Mukdahan, located on the bank of the Mekong River, opposite the Lao city of Sawannakhet. The ancestors of the Mukdahan people migrated from Laos to establish the city in the late Ayutthaya period.

This annual event includes parades featuring the ethnic groups that still live within the province, they are the; Thai I-san, Phu Thai, Kha, Saek, Yo, Kula, and Kaloeng. Highlights include traditional tribal performances, exhibitions, a beauty pageant, lucky draws, and fashion shows featuring local silk and native fabrics.

 

 

King Naresuan Memorial Day

King Naresuan Memorial Day

When: 25th January each year

Where: Across the Kingdom

January 25th is the memorial day of King Naresuan the Great, Thailand’s national hero and warrior king. It is thought that the legendary elephant duel, during which he defeated the Burmese crown prince, took place on that day in 1592.

The day is memorialized as Armed Forces day in Thailand and it is when the people will gather at the many shrines and statues you find across the Kingdom in honour of King Naresuan

More on the legend of King Naresuan and why you see Roosters all over Thailand Click Here

 

Surin Jasmine Rice and Silk Cloth Fair. 

 

Surin Jasmine Rice and Silk Cloth Fair.

 

When: Held every January

Where: Amphoe Mueang. Surin Province North East Thailand

For those really into handicrafts then this is the fair for you. Textiles are the cultural heritage of Surin and where weaving has played a major role in Surinese life for centuries. According to local legend, people in Surin first produced textiles which were influenced by the Khmer when the Khmer Kingdom held an important ceremony. The Khmer had insufficient manpower to weave the large quantities of textiles they needed, so they asked people in the border areas to help them. Since then, the Thai people have learnt the patterns, techniques, and styles of the Khmer.

Witness the complete process of textile production, from feeding silkworms, through tie-dyeing and weaving to making up finished items, the fair also features agricultural product and silk cloth competitions, a traditional Thai fair attractions and much, much more.

Jasmine Rice and its importance to Thailand

Rice farming in cultivated fields has been grown on the land that is now Thailand for at least five thousand years, one thousand years earlier than in India and China, while Jasmine rice was only identified in 1952; it has now become an important breeding strain for other rice through-out Thailand.

Thai people consume  an average of nearly a pound of rice a day (in various forms besides steamed rice, including rice noodles, desserts, crackers, snack foods, rice liquors, vinegar, etc.), half of the rice Thailand grows is exported. Jasmine rice makes up half of the country’s rice exports.

 

Bull Fighting

 

Bull fighting in Thailand

 

When: Across the year

Where: Across the Southern Provinces

This form of fighting is nothing like the bull fighting of Latin America or Southern Europe; here it is more of a clash of wills along with the thunderous clashes of horns and fore-heads of the male Water Buffalo, which brings the audience to their feet and not the murderous intent of a matador.

In this ancient gladiatorial sport the animals are not maimed and killed to satisfy the blood lust of the crowd nor is there a desire to see the animals suffer, in this competition it is down to one of the two 600kg, testosterone fuelled buffalo’s in their natural desire to be the ‘Boss’ to win the day by encouraging their opposite number to turn tail and run away.

For more on this ancient spectacle, the rules, its history and culture click here

 

Red Cross and Winter Festival

January Festivals in Thailand Red Cross and Winter Festival

When: 30 December 2016 – 12 January 2017

Where: Chiang Mai Northern Thailand

This annual event is held at the end of the harvest season. While it is truly an agriculture fair visitor can enjoy a beauty queen contest, be entertained by live music and shop for local arts and crafts.

 

Sing Buri Fish Eating and Red Cross Fair

 

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When:  23 December 2016 – 01 January 2017 all-day

Where:  Sing Buri

Sing Buri province in central region of Thailand is about an hour’s drive from Bangkok. Every year, towards the end of December, the province holds its annual Sing Buri Fish Eating and Red Cross Fair. This year, the event is scheduled to be held from 23 December, 2016 – 1 January, 2017.

The event is a showcase for the province’s abundant fish especially the Mae La catfish which is the best-known indigenous fish of Sing Buri. Locals have created several dishes made from Mae La catfish with the catfish cake being the best known. All visitors to Sing Buri are invited to try and taste this special kind of cake.

The Sing Buri Fish Eating and Red Cross Fair features exhibition booths, food and beverage outlets from leading restaurants in the area, sales of local products and some of Song Buri’s best culinary creations.

CONTACT: TAT Lop Buri Office +66 (0) 3677 0096-7

 

Taksin Maharachanuson Fair and Red Cross Fair

Taksin Maharachanuson Fair and Red Cross FairWhen: 28th December – 3rd January Annually

Where: Taksin Shrine and provincial sports field. Tak Province North West Thailand

 King Taksin the Great who returned independence to the Thai nation had his background closely tied with Tak; he was both the deputy and later the governor of the province. The people of Tak have never forgotten him and organise a traditional annual fair to honour him and his heroic deeds. There is a traditional Thai fair with rides and stalls plus numerous exhibitions, cultural performances, religious ceremonies and processions, along with nightly folk entertainment and a wonderful light and sound presentation depicting the Kings endeavours.

 

 

 

 

The Koh Chang Naval Battle Day

The Koh Chang Naval Battle DayWhen: Annually 17th January

Where: Koh Chang Naval Battle Monument. Island of Koh Chang Trat Province Southeast Thailand

Also known as Koh Chang Yutthanavi Day, when the people of Trat and especially Koh Chang, remember and  celebrate the courage of the Royal Thai Navy’s action against the French on January 17–21, 194, there are different exhibitions, merit-making and tribute rites performed through-out the event. There is also an exhibition by the Royal Thai Navy. Not to be confused with the far larger Trat Independence day which is held in March 23-27 and marks the day the province returned to Thai sovereignty after the French occupation

 

 

Winter and Red Cross Fair (Phayao)

Winter and Red Cross Fair (Phayao)When: Held at the end of December until the beginning of January every year

Where: At the ground near the Phayao Bus Terminal. Phayao Province Northern Thailand

There are a number of these end of year celebrations across the Kingdom, this event is to celebrate the end of the harvest and includes a traditional Thai fair ground with various rides and games, plus there will be a myriad of booths from government authorities telling the story of the province, from its beginnings as a small city-state Kingdom, to its time as part of the Kingdom of Lanna to its present position in the Kingdom of Thailand, along with local cultural performances, and various competitions.

 

 

 

Luang Pho Phet Worship Fair & Red Cross Fair

 

Luang Pho Phet Worship Fair & Red Cross Fair 2016

 

When: December 24 – January 3rd

Where: Wat Tha Luang. Phichit North Thailand

The Luang pho Phet (หลวงพ่อเพชร) is a type of image of the Buddha found in Thailand and depicts the Buddha sitting in the Diamond Lotus Position. The image housed in Wat Tha Luang, Phichit is one of Kingdom’s most important and is much visited.

The fair is in part to celebrate the image of the Buddha and to promote the province with its mixed and varied culture along with its diverse agricultural products and local handicrafts. The event also includes parades featuring local people in traditional clothes and stage presentations of traditional dancing.

 

Phraya Phichai Dap Hak and Red Cross Fair

 

Phraya Phichai Dap Hak and Red Cross FairWhen: Annually 7–16 January

Where: Phraya Phichai Dap Hak Stadium. Uttaradit Province

The event is organized to commemorate the heroic deeds of Phraya Phichai, or popularly known as Phraya Phichai Dap Hak (พระยาพิชัยดาบหัก; Phraya Phichai of the broken sword).  He was a two sword wielding general and right hand man serving under the first and only King Of Thonburi, King Taksin, who together with Chao Phraya Chakri (later to be the first King of Chakri Dynasty) are credited for repelling the Burmese and reuniting Siam.

He gained the name ‘Phraya Phichai Dabhak’ or ‘Phraya Pichai Broken Sword’ in a battle in which he kept fighting (and won) even after one of his blades was broken in half.

There are traditional and cultural performances, along with various forms of entertainment and a ceremony to worship Phraya Phichai Dap Hak.

 

 

Thailand Tourism Festival 2017

Thailand Tourism Festival 2017

 

When: 25 January 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 29 January 2017 @ 10:00

Where: Lumpini Park, Bangkok

The popular Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF) is returning in January 2017, giving all tourists and travellers something to look forward to in the New Year and promoting some of the wonders to be explored in the kingdom.

The country’s largest domestic tourism fair, TTF is now in its 37th year and will see Lumpini Park transformed into a mini representation of the kingdom with replicas of landmarks and examples of cultural events from the five major regions of the kingdom – North, South, East, Central and the Northeast. There will also be processions, musical performances and cuisine and tasty treats from all over Thailand to try.

From 12:00 – 22:00 Hrs., five tourism villages will display the unique and different ways of life of Thai people across the region and there will be booths where visitors can find information about Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Surat Thani, Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani, Chachoengsao, and Udon Thani.

This fun event is free and open for everyone and should give visitors plenty of ideas about places they may want to go and things they want to see when travelling in Thailand in 2017. See more on the event click here

 

Mulberry Festival 

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When: 01 December 2016 – 31 January 2017 all-day

Where: Kamnan Chul Farm, Phetchabun province

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phitsanulok Office is inviting local and foreign tourists to visit the Kamnan Chul Farm in Phetchabun, which is arranging the ‘Mulberry Fest 2016” from 1 December, 2016 – 31 January, 2017.

Kamnan Chul Farm is a leading agro-tourism destination in Phetchabun. During the cooler months, the mulberry trees are fruiting so people are invited to visit the farm to taste the mulberry fruits fresh from trees. There are also fun activities for tourists to enjoy.

The farm tour takes visitors around the 9-rai exhibition farm which is cultivated according to ‘sufficiency theory’ practices. The farm grows fruits and vegetables primarily for household consumption and sells only the excess not needed by the local community. This follows His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s concept of sufficiency theory for farmers.

 

The Once Flower Upon a Time Festival

 

January Festival in Thailand The Once Flower Upon a Time Festival

 

When: 10 January – 19 February 2017

Where: Dasada Gallery Prachinburi. Central Thailand

Dasada Gallery in the Prachinburi province near Khao Yai has long been recognised for its extravagant flower garden. From now until 19 February, 2017, the venue is organising the ‘Once Flower Upon a Time Festival @ Dasada Gallery’ (a flower festival in the glasshouses where rare blooms can flourish) – along with special exhibitions to pay remembrance to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Set on a 800-rai plot of land, the flower festival at Dasada Gallery features five different zones:

  • Gallery Hall A exhibits several cold-climate floral species along with a special exhibition featuring more than 100 photos of H.M the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The highlight is the King’s portrait beautifully created with globe amaranth flowers
  • Gallery Hall B features the important works of H.M. the King via a spectacular light and sound presentation.
  • The Tiny Park zone features several kinds of cute birds such as peacocks, parrots, peasants, mallards etc. for young people to enjoy.
  • M the late King’s photo exhibition; and a light and sound dancing water fountain featuring royal music

The festival will also serve up games, street performances and free concerts. Visitors can even take a farm tour to experience the flower fields in full bloom or join flower arranging workshops in a charming environment.

Open from 09.00 – 17.00 Hrs. Admission tickets are 100 Baht for adults; 70 Baht for children and free for small children under 90cm in height.

 

Kaset Fair

 

When: 28th Jan – 4th Feb 2017

Where: Kasetsart University, Bang Khen campus Bangkok

 

This annual fair has been described as just to big by some, as it contains a vast array of stalls selling an even bigger array of goods, including pets, handicrafts, plants and one of the largest selection of food and drinks to try, from all across the Kingdom. There is also a floating market, plus a whole section featuring the humble garlic, all this with the air awash with thousands of different smells, aromas and noise…..

 

 

Phuket Old Town Festival

 

When: 2- 4th February

Where: Thalang and Phang Nga Roads, Old Town Phuket.  Southern Thailand

This annual event is somewhat scaled down this year, to honour the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Normally held as it is at the beginning of the Chinese New Year (28 Jan 2017), this years celebrations coincides with the day reserved by the local Thai-Chinese community for paying respect to Chinese gods.

The opening day of the festival will be held at the 72nd Anniversary Queen Sirikij Park. The schedule of events include:

February 2

5pm-6:30pm – Parade to honour the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej

6:30pm-7pm – Traditional show

7pm-8pm – Official opening of the festival

8pm-11pm – Chinese drum performances by Muang Phuket Municipal School, Phuket Rajabhat University and Mr Saxman

February 3

6:30pm-7pm – Chinese music performance by the Andaman Band, Muang Phuket Municipal School and Jazz Band

Febuary 4

6:30pm-7pm – Chinese music performance

7pm-11pm – Performances by Phuket Rajabhat University, Muang Phuket Municipal School, Symphonic Band and String Band

 

 

Chalong Temple Fair

Pic form Jamies Phuket blog

When:  Annually starting on the Chinese New Year  (27th Jan – 2nd Feb 2017)

Where: Wat Chalong Temple Fair in Phuket

This annual temple fair has been part of the Phuket calendar since 1954, though fairs have traditionally taken place on temple grounds for thousands of years as most would have been the center of most village life. This event features traditional Thai fairground rides, and a whole host of stalls selling, clothes and handicrafts, furniture, flowers and of course lots and lots of food. The evening are also filled with the sound of live music, this combination of noise, colour and tantalizing aromas all takes place in the temple grounds at Wat Chalong, which is probably Phuket’s largest and most visited temple.

 

The date and time of the above festivals may change as a result of the weather or postponement by the organisers of the events. To confirm the dates and times….. Call the Tourism Authority of Thailand 1672 or 0 2250 5500.

 

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