Cultural in Bangkok

Loi Krathong

A beautiful festival where, on the night of the full moon, small lotus-shaped boats made of banana leaf and containing a lit candle are set adrift on the Chao Phraya River. One of the best locations for watching the…
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The celebration of the Thai New Year has morphed into a water war with high-powered water guns and water balloons being launched at suspecting and unsuspecting participants. The most intense water battles take place…
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Vegetarian Festival

This 10-day Chinese-Buddhist festival wheels out yellow-bannered streetside vendors serving meatless meals. The greatest concentration of vendors is found in Chinatown. Dates vary.
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Queen Sirikit's Birthday/Mother's Day

The former queen's birthday is recognised as Mother's Day throughout the country. In Bangkok, festivities centre on Th Ratchadamnoen Klang and the Grand Palace.
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Chinese New Year

Thai-Chinese celebrate the Lunar New Year with a week of house-cleaning, lion dances and fireworks. Most festivities centre around Chinatown. Dates vary.
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King Chulalongkorn Day

Rama V is honoured on the anniversary of his death at the Royal Plaza in Dusit. Crowds of devotees come to make merit with incense and flower garlands.
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Kite-Flying Season

During the windy season, colourful kites battle it out over the skies of Sanam Luang and Lumphini Park.
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Royal Ploughing Ceremony

His Majesty the King commences the rice-planting season with a ceremony at Sanam Luang. Dates vary.
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King Bhumibol's Birthday/Father's Day

Locals celebrate the previous monarch Rama IX's birthday with lots of parades and fireworks.
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King Bhumibol's Death Anniversary

Thailand mourns the passing of former King Bhumibol (Rama IX) on his death anniversary.