Thai Festivals & Holidays 2018
Thailand celebrates a whole host of different celebrations, festivals and public holidays.
On Thai public holidays banks, post offices etc. are closed but all transport and most tourism-related businesses still operate as normal.
Below is a guide to the Thailand Public Holidays in 2018.
1st Monday – New Years Day
The Western New Year is the first of three New Year celebrations in Thailand and is a national holiday.
2nd Tuesday – New Years Day – Public Holiday in Lieu
11th Sunday – Makha Bucha Day
Makha Bucha day is a Buddhist festival and national holiday that celebrates the first sermon given by the Buddha.
12th Monday – Makha Bucha Day – Public Holiday In Lieu
16th Monday – Chinese New Year
Whilst widely celebrated by Thailand’s large Chinese community the Chinese lunar New Year is not a national holiday although lots of businesses close and watch out for sudden bursts of firecracker fire. This year, in case you were wondering, will be the year of the Chicken. It’s also the year of the colour red and of the element fire. Spicy Kung Po Chicken for all then!+
22nd-23rd Thursday/Friday – Trat Memorial Day
Although they are not public holidays on these days the people of Trat province celebrate the return of Trat to Thai sovereignty by the French following negotiations overseen by King Rama V. If you find yourself in Trat Town on these days then head to the park in front of the city hall which is the focus of festivities to mark the anniversary.
Friday 6th – Chakri Day
A public holiday that celebrates the founding of Thailand’s Chakri dynasty of Monarchy in 1782 by King Rama I.
Fri, Sat, Sun 13-14-15 – Songkran Festival (Read more about the famous water festival here)
Thailand’s New Year is celebrated by the famous water festival. Get involved and you’ll have fun.
Sunday 1st – Labour Day
A holiday that is held in Thailand and many other countries to celebrate the economic and social contributions of the Kingdom’s workers – by giving them the day off.
Monday 2nd – Day off in lieu
Saturday 12th – Royal Ploughing Ceremony
This ancient royal ceremony marks the traditional commencement of rice-sowing across the country and is celebrated by a public holiday
Tuesday 29th – Visaka Bucha Day
This sacred Buddhist day marks three events; the birth, the enlightenment and the passing on of the Buddha.
27th Friday – Asana Bucha Day
28th Saturday – Buddhist Lent
These are Public Holidays celebrating the Buddhist Lent period when monks traditionally retreat to their temples in contemplation as new life grows and springs forth.
30th Monday – Holiday in Lieu
12th Sunday – The Birthday of her Royal Highness the Queen of Thailand.
This day serves as a Public Holiday to celebrate the Queen’s birthday and is also the day that Thais celebrate Mothers’ Day.
13th Monday – Holiday in Lieu
This public holiday comemmorates teh passing of the revered King Rama IX, Bhumibol Adalyadej
23rd Tuesday – Chulalongkorn Day
Public Holiday in remembrance of the revered Thai Monarch King Rama V.
22th Thursday – Loy Kratong
Thailand’s special annual Full Moon Festival.
(Read more about this atmospheric festival here)
5th – Wednesday
Father’s Day – The celebration of the date of birth of the revered King Rama IX, Bhumibol Adalyadej also marks Father’s day in Thailand.
10th Monday – Constitution Day
Public holiday celebrating the signing of the first of Thailand’s many constitutions.
25th Tuesday – Christmas Day
Not a public holiday in this Buddhist nation but Christmas is certainly celebrated in all the nation’s shopping malls.
31st Monday – New Year’s Eve
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