Thailand’s vibrant culture and fun is a Thai way of life. It isn’t a big surprise then, that some of the world’s most interesting festivals are celebrated in Thailand. With color, candles, masks, flowers, these festivals give you an insight into life of the Thais. We give you our top pick of five festivals, and when you’re checking out Thailand packages, you could try and time your visit accordingly.
Songkran Festival – Now a huge tourist magnet, the Songkran is perhaps the grandest of all Thai festivals. Marking the end of the dry season, this is the traditional Thai New Year, and is celebrated between April 13th and 15th each year. When you leave your hotel to look around the place, don’t be surprised if a water balloon greets you. Songkran is the time when enthusiastic Thais have water fights with friends and family, and as a traveler, you will really get a flavor of Thai life. Chiang Mai is one of the best places to be in during Songkran, although you’ll have fun anywhere in Thailand at this time.
Loy Krathong – Celebrated during the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, this ‘Festival of Lights’, Loy Krathong is when you will see hundreds of ‘krathong’ or little boats made of banana leaves or coconut shells set afloat in rivers. You will also see several candles being floated, making for one of the most beautiful festivals ever. Loy Krathong is about giving thanks, especially to the water-goddess, Phra Mae Khongkha. The celebrations in the west coast beaches of Phuket are grand, and if you’ve been browsing Phuket tour packages, be sure to visit during this time.
Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival – With parades, music, dance and delicious food, the Bun Bang Fai is one of the most enjoyable festivals of Thailand. Celebrated in the month of May, this festival is when homemade bottle rockets are set off, in an effort to persuade the gods of rain to shower the land with their blessings.
Phi Ta Khon – If you happen to visit the Dan Sai area sometime in the month of June, you may witness one of the most esoteric festivals ever – the Phi Ta Khon or exorcising the ghosts. Somewhat akin to Halloween, the men dress up wearing masks like ghosts and there’s a lot of music and dancing. A local shaman decides the exact date, and it is usually in the month of June.
The King’s Birthday – In the month of December, the Thai’s celebrate the birthday of their king who is worshipped almost like a living God. The Grand Palace in Bangkok is the best place to celebrate this joyous occasion, with a lot of music, dance and great food.