Religious in Mae Hong Son

Jong Para Festival

An important local event, this festival is held towards the end of the Buddhist Rains Retreat around October – it’s three days before the full moon of the 11th lunar month, so it varies from year to year.
Sports in Mae Sot

Thai Boxing Competition

Around April, Thai and Burmese boxers meet for a competition in the traditional style, held somewhere outside town. Five-round matches are fought in a circular ring; the first four rounds last three minutes, the fif…
Religious in Mae Hong Son

Poi Sang Long Festival

Wat Jong Klang and Wat Jong Kham are the focal point of this March festival, where young Shan boys are ordained as novice monks in the ceremony known as boòat lôok gâaou. As part of the Shan custom, the boys are dre…
Cultural in Mae Hong Son

Loi Krathong

During this national holiday in November – usually celebrated by floating grà·tong (small lotus floats) on the nearest pond, lake or river – Mae Hong Son residents launch balloons called grà·tong sà·wãn (heaven grà·…
Cultural in Sukhothai

Loi Krathong

Spanning five days in November, Sukhothai Historical Park is one of the most popular destinations to celebrate this holiday. In addition to the magical floating lights, there are fireworks, folk-dance performances a…
Food & Drink in Lamphun

Lam Yai Festival

During the second week of August, Lamphun hosts the annual festival spotlighting its primary agricultural product. It features floats made of fruit and, of course, a Miss Lam Yai contest.
Cultural in Lamphun


Should Chiang Mai’s water fight be too wet and wild for your taste, Lamphun hosts a milder, more traditional affair in mid-April.