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…
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 Mae Nam Chao Phraya.
The grandest of Bangkok’s temple fairs (ngahn wát) is held at Wat Saket and the Golden Mount around Loi Krathong. The temple grounds turn into a colourful, noisy fair selling flowers, incense, bells, saffron cloth …
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.
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.
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.
Thai-Chinese celebrate the Lunar New Year with a week of house-cleaning, lion dances and fireworks. Most festivities centre on Chinatown. Dates vary.
During the windy season, colourful kites battle it out over the skies of Sanam Luang and Lumphini Park.
His Majesty the King commences rice-planting season with a ceremony at Sanam Luang. Dates vary.
Locals celebrate the previous monarch's birthday with lots of parades and fireworks.