Holidays and Festivals

Labour Day
May 1 all-day

Labour Day or International Worker’s Day is a public holiday observed in over 80 countries.

The Labour Movement

Thai construction of the Big Buddha in PhuketLabour Day, International Workers Day or May Day nowadays is commonly recognised as commemorating the achievements of the labour movement. It occurs on 1st May, this being the date the American Federation of Organised Trades and Labour Unions demanded an eight hour workday back in 1884. Ironically Labour Day is observed on 1st September in the USA.

In the 20th century the holiday began to be celebrated as the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers in the Soviet Union.

Royal Ploughing Ceremony
May 21 all-day
Royal Ploughing Ceremony

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony or simply Farmer’s Day (Wan Phuet Mongkhon) as the festival commonly know is a government holiday in Thailand.

The date for the holiday is determined by astrological observations and announced by the Bureau of the Royal Household.

Officially the Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day is known as Wan Phra Ratcha Phithi Phuet Monkhon Lae Charot Phra Nangkhan Raek Na Khwan.

History of Royal Ploughing Ceremony

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony marks the traditional start of the rice growing season and is an ancient tradition with Hindu and Buddhist origins observed in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand

The tradition is to honour farmers and bless the plants and ceremonial start to the new rice growing season.

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony highlights the importance of a good rice growing season to the country’s economy with Thailand being the second largest exporter of rice in the world providing employment for over 16 million rice workers.

As the the Royal Ploughing Ceremony takes place in Bangkok, at Sanam Luang, an open field and public square in front of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace there is little evidence of the festival in Khao Lak.

It is worth noting that government offices will be closed all day, though banks will be open and the sale of alcohol is permitted. The local post office will close on a half-day.

Asahna Bucha Day
Jul 5 all-day
Asahna Bucha Day

Asahna Bucha, also known as Asalha Puja or Dhamma Day is a national holiday in Thailand, replacing Buddhist Lent as a gazetted holiday since 2007.

Asahna Bucha commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares, India and the founding of the Buddhist sangha (monkhood) about 2,500 years ago.

In the sermon, which is known as Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion, the Buddha first spelled out the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

Asahna Bucha is celebrated on the first full moon of the eighth lunar month. The day marks the beginning of Vassa, the Buddhist lent period also known as the Rains Retreat.

Asahna Bucha Day in Thailand

Ceremonies to mark Asahna Bucha Day are held in Buddhist temples across Thailand. On this occasion many Thai people will return to their family homes to make offerings at their local temples and listen to sermons. A ceremony is often performed in the evenings called wian tian which involves walking clockwise around the main shrine of the temple carrying a candle, incense sticks and lotus flowers.

Monks chant mantras and preach the first sermon of the Buddha during the day.

Asanha Bucha Day is also a popular day for young Thai men to enter the monkhood.

In Thailand, Asahna Bucha is one of five important Buddhist holidays where shops, bars and restaurants are barred from selling alcohol for 24 hours from midnight until midnight.

All Government offices and banks will be closed.

Autumn Festival ‘Sart Thai’ @ Wat Bang Niang
Oct 3 @ 12:00 – Oct 12 @ 23:30

สารทไทย 3-12 ตุลาคม 58 ที่วัด พนัสนิคม บางเนียง –

Celebrating the blooming rice fields, there will be lots of food, shopping, games & shows

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3 ต.ค. ถลางแดนซ์ ดาวแดนใต้

4 ต.ค. ซุปเปอร์จาง

5 ต.ค. วงรจนา

6-7 ต.ค. วงสโนไวท์

8 ต.ค. รำวงย้อนยุคทะเลใต้

9-10 ต.ค. นกกุสุมา

11 ต.ค. วงพาโล

12 ต.ค. อ๊อฟอาร์สยาม



 เทศกาลทำบุญในวันสิ้นเดือน 10 โดยนำพืชพรรณธัญญาหารแรกเก็บเกี่ยวที่ได้มาปรุงเป็นข้าวทิพย์ และข้าวมธุปายาสถวายพระสงฆ์ จะตรงกับวันแรม 15 ค่ำ เดือน 10 ของทุกปี ซึ่งมักจะเริ่มประมาณ ปลายเดือนกันยายนถึงเดือนตุลาคม ประเพณีสารทเดือนสิบ เป็นการลำรึกถึง พระพุธศาสนา ผู้มีอุปการะคุณ ผู้ล่วงลับไปแล้ว และถนุบำรุงศาสนาและประเพณีไทย ทั้งนี้ประเพณีสารเดือนสิบจะเป็นการกระทำโดยขอขมา แด่ประแม่ โพสพโดยเชื่อว่าเป็น เทวดาผู้รักษา ปกครองดูแลพืชพรรณธัญญาหาร ข้าว ปลา โดยชาวบ้านส่วนมากแล้วหลังจากเสร็จพิธีทางศาสนาที่วัดแล้ว ก็จะนำห่อข้าว ห่อน้ำ ไปถวายแก่พระแม่โพสพที่ ท้องไร้ท้องนา ตามความเชื่อของแต่ละคน

Sart Thai

‘Sart Thai’ Festival is originally an Animistic festival, now adopted by Thai Buddhists. The animism aspect refers to the general attribution of a soul to animals and planys. ‘Sart’ derives from a Pali word for season, more specifically autumn. It refers to the days before harvest when the rice grains begin to droop and bloom before they reach full size. The actual harvest is celebrated in November with Loy Krathong Festival.



Sart Thai is observed in the middle of the traditional Thai Year (Song Kran in April is Thai New Year). Sart Thai falls on the 15th day of the waning moon in the 10th Lunar month. As it is based on the Lunar calendar, the date changes every year. As per usual, it is a time for making merit. Thai Buddhist celebrate Sart Thai by honoring the sprits of the season and also remembering their loved ones that have passed away. Sart Thai’s biggest celebrations are in  Nakhon Si Thammarat but have many celebrations all round the country.

Bang Niang Temple

In the Khao Lak area the celebrations will be taking place at Bang Niang Temple. You can’t miss it, there are flags all around town showing you the way. Head down there any evening to join in the party! The temple has large grounds where they have set up many market stalls. You will be able to buy great food, (not so great) clothing & play the different fair games to win prizes. There are many completely new experiences for you here if it is your first time in Thailand. Lots of market stalls to browse though and new foods to try. Don miss the opportunity to try some of the deep fried, salty insects…

Insects at Sart Thai Festival Photo by: Paul Arps License: CC BY 2.0

The Shows

Every night there will be a show for Sart Thai. There are shows and concerts every night so you can experience a little bit of Local culture. If you can only go one night then probably the most interesting night is on the 8th. This is a bit more interactive. You can get involved with the dancing or just witness everybody else getting involved. Great opportunity for photos.

Rice bloom at Autumn Festival

Photo by: Khedara License: CC BY 2.0

King Chulalongkorn Day
Oct 23 all-day

A National Holiday celebrating one of the greatest Kings Thailand has ever had.

Chulalongkorn Day

October 23rd is a National holiday commemorating the death of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). He was one of the greatest and most revered Kings the country has ever had. His largest achievements being the abolishment of slavery and saving Siam from Western colonisation. His lasting impact is easily visible on the reverse of 100 Baht note. On the right you can see him fully dressed in his Navy Uniform. On the left, a depiction of him abolishing slavery in all forms.  Known as the Royal Buddha, King Chulalongkorn was truly a King of the people.

Chualalongkorn Day commemorated on the reverse of 100 Baht note Photo By: Miran Rijavek License: CC BY 2.0

Abolition of Slavery

Chulalongkorn is most widely known for the abolishment of slavery. He knew the plight of the common man and was famous for disguising himself and walking the streets to see what life was like for the less fortunate. In 1867 over one Third of Siam’s population were essentially slaves. He saw the violence of the American civil war and believed it to be caused by the almost instant transition of slaves to free men. So through a slower process of social and political reforms, from 1864-1905, Chulalongkorn peacefully eradicated slavery in all its forms. For most Thai people today, this was his defining act. Below you can see a large memorial of King Chulalongkorn in Bangkok.King Chulalongkorn Memorial in bangkok Photo by: dsin travel License: CC BY 2.0

Thailand as we know it

Although Siam didn’t officially become the Kingdom of Thailand until 1939, the borders of the country were very much shaped by King Chulalongkorn. Siam was a much larger area than Thailand and encompassed much of Laos, Cambodia and even parts of Myanmar. As Western Colonisation began to encroach on all fronts, the King saw he needed to take drastic actions to prevent his country being lost to the West. He need to unite the people and play the West at their own game; politics.

Here come the French!

The first territorial cession of Siam came in 1863, when the King of Cambodia put his country under French protectorate. However, the French took a little bit more than they should. Some areas, including Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) were actually part of Siam. But the French refused to leave.

In 1888 the French invaded Laos. Then in 1893 they requested the cession of all land east of the Mekong river. When the King refused, this led to France invading the Chao Praya river with huge gunboats. Siam were forced to agree to the cession of Laos. But France kept on encroaching and had occupied as far Chantaburi and Trat. King Chulalongkorn needed to act quickly before all was lost.Map of Siam 1950 Photo by: David License: CC BY 2.0

Modernisation of Siam

In order to prevent the West from controlling his country, King Chulalongkorn knew he needed to embrace certain elements of the West. He was the first king to send his Princes to a Western education. He himself travelled much of Europe to learn the ways of the West. After the clear defeat from French Gunboats, he reformed the Navy by hiring the Danish Naval Officer Andreas Richelieu. Incidentally, This is where the name Richelieu Rock comes from. Richelieu Rock is a Mecca of a dive site known to Scuba Divers worldwide.

Chulalongkorn split his country into official provinces which were all overseen and ultimately run by a central authority. This essentially removed local dynasties and united the country in a way more recognisable and acceptable to Western ideals. He modernised the army by introducing military conscriptions and established a defence ministry. he started to build the railways so he could easily keep eyes everywhere. He built Siam’s first Power plants.

He started Siam on the path to becoming a democracy. All the reforms he made lead to Siam becoming officially recognised as a country on an international scale. The French agreed to recede from Chantaburi & Trat and so the borders of Modern day Thailand had been set. There have only been small changes in Thailand’s boundaries since King Chulalonkorn’s death in 1910.Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok Photo by: Chris Brown License: CC BY 2.0

King Chulalongkorn’s Legacy

King Chulalongkorn was one of the greatest Kings Thailand has ever had. Around the country you can see statues and images of him. Just take a peek at the back of the 100 Baht note. There is a University (pictured above) and a large pavilion name after him. Then of course, October 23rd, is a national Thai holiday. This seems fair when you consider the massive positive impact he had on the country. It is fascinating to contemplate how different Thailand could have been if France had been allowed to move in.

Constitution Day @ khao lak
Dec 10 all-day

A National Holiday marking the end of absolute monarchy and start of constitutional democracy.

Constitution day 2015

Constitution Day is a National holiday in Thailand. 10th December 1932 marks the end of an absolute monarchy and the start of a constitutional democracy. This essentially means the power belongs to the people of Thailand. However, this still seems to be a work in progress. Since 1932 there have been twenty newly written constitutions or charters. Thats approximately one every 4 years. Below you can see King Prajadhipok (Rama IV) signing the first constitution on 10th December 1932.King Prajadhipok signs the first constitution on Constitution Day, 10th December 1932 Photo: Public Domain

Constitution Day in 2015 is quite a strange event as Thailand doesn’t really have a constitution that they like at the moment. In September 2015 a new charter was rejected. Now it is not expected for there to be democratic elections until some time in 2017. So what does this means for Constitution day? I’m not sure. If you would like to know about Thailand’s current constitution, then for the next few years you need to be looking at the News rather than the History books.

Thailand's Flag

Title Image by: Brandon Fick License: CC BY 2.0

New Years Eve
Dec 31 all-day

Book in advance! This is the best and busiest time of year in Khao Lak!

New Year in Khao Lak

If you are planning to come to Khao Lak for Christmas and New Years Eve then book a long way in advance. This is the busiest week of the year. Whatever activities you would like to do will also need to be booked in advance. If you want to go Scuba Diving, have a big Gala Dinner or even just get a Taxi, book it! If you need any advice or help with bookings then please feel free to contact us. But here are a couple of options for New Years Eve…

Photo by: John Shedrick License: CC BY 2.0


Khao Lak is not a big Party town like Phuket. It is a much more relaxed environment suitable for families and couples just looking for a break from the rat race. However, there are a few good party places to go for New Years Eve. Happy Snapper Bar in Khao Lak will be one of the busiest and it is always a good atmosphere with a live band and friendly staff. Beach Bar in Bang Niang is the closest you can get to a Koh Phang Ngan Beach party with louder dance music and plenty of merry drunk people. The Beach is also a good place to see any fireworks from any of the beach resorts.

Scuba Diving

There are still lots of day trips running to the Similan and Surin Islands around New Years Eve, but the best way to do it is on a Liveaboard. Most boats moor up around Island 4 or Island 8 in the Similan Islands. Most also have fireworks displays and lanterns. To be on a boat in the middle of beautiful tropical Islands for New Years Eve is a truly memorable experience. ALL Liveaboards in the Khao Lak area get fully booked very quickly. Book a long time in advance to secure your place for New Years Eve Scuba Diving.

Or just relax…

One of the main reasons people choose Khao Lak is to escape the New Years Eve drunken masses & loud dance music. Spending the day relaxing on the beach and swimming in the ocean is a refreshing way to enjoy New Years.Khao Lak Beach on New Years Eve Photo by: Raymond Bosma License: CC BY-ND 2.0

There are plenty of activities to do around Khao Lak’s National Parks, Waterfalls, mountains and beaches. Then take things easy with your family at one of Khao Lak’s many beautiful restaurants in the evening. New Years Eve doesn’t have to be so loud!

New Years Eve Fireworks

Title Photo by: Jeff Golden License: CC BY-SA 2.0

Chakri Day
Apr 6 all-day

วันจักรี – 

Paying respect to the nine kings of the Chakri Dynasty.

How will it affect you?

Chakri Day is a national holiday either celebrated on the 6th of April or the following Monday if it falls on a weekend. Government offices, schools and banks will be closed, but for all tourist businesses things will be running as usual. Alcohol sales are not prohibited.

What is Chakri Day?

If you have spent even a single day in Thailand you will probably soon realise how well revered the King of Thailand is. There are images and tributes to him in every house, every business building and just about anywhere you care to look. If you go to the cinema, make sure you stand up for the National anthem! This respect for the King of Thailand goes back a long way. The current king of Thailand is the ninth in the Chakri Dynasty and today is a day to remember them all.

The nine kings of the Chakri Dynasty, Thailand

The nine kings of the Chakri Dynasty, Thailand

The Chakri Dynasty

The Chakri Dynasty emblem, Thailand

The Chakri Dynasty emblem, Thailand

The Chakri Dynasty was founded by King Rama I in 1782 and the capital of Siam shifted to Krung Thep (modern day Bangkok). King Rama I was a military leader and before the founding of the dynasty he held the position of civil chancellor, referred to at the time as the ‘Chakri’. After founding the Dynasty he took this name with him.

The Chakri emblem is formed of two intertwined weapons, the Chakra (discus) and the Trisula (trident). The word Chakri derives from Sanskrit and means the ‘Wielder of the discus’. The Trident at the centre of the Chakri Dynasty emblem was the weapon of choice for the God Narayana, of which the Thai sovereign is meant to be an incarnation.

Songkran Festival
Apr 13 2021 – Apr 10 2022 all-day

Get ready for the wettest New Year on the planet, Sawatdee Pii Mai !

The Songkran Festival is celebrated from 13th to 15th April and is the traditional New Year’s Day in Thailand.

Extra public and government holidays may be added either side of the official dates too.

The History of Songkran

Songkran is a Sanskrit wording meaning the passage of the sun from one Zodiac sign to another. Though there are twelve such passing from one Zodiac sign to another during the year, or twelve Songkrans, the significant one is when the sun enters Aries the Ram. Sometimes this is referred to as the Major Songkran but commonly known as the Songkran Festival.

Songkran also falls closely to the Vernal Equinox and has been commonly celebrated in the past. Indeed the Thai New Year is similar to the Holi Festival celebrated in India, Ching Ming as celebrated in China and even Easter as celebrated by Christians.

Songkran now falls annually on 13th April but originally the date would have been set by astrological calculations. It was the official New Year until 1888, then up until 1940 New year was celebrated on the 1st April before finally switching to 1st January.

The World’s Biggest Water Fight

Songkran or Thai Water Festival as it is commonly known nowadays involves either walking the streets and having water fights with water guns and any type of water container or standing standing at the side of the road to soak those walking about.

Getting soaked at Songkran in ThailandThrowing water around comes as a welcome relief to the April heat, the hottest month of the year in Thailand.

Songkran is easily marked as one of the most fun days on the Thai calendar though it’s roots would have been more of a spiritual and physical spring cleaning. Part of the ritual of Songkran is the cleaning of Buddha images and then using the blessed water from the cleaning to soak other people as a way of paying respect and to bring about good fortune.

As well as a good soaking you may also get white powder (nowadays commonly talcum powder) rubbed on your cheeks, a custom originating from monks using chalk to mark blessings. This is also similar to the celebrations of Holi in India.

How to get involved in Songkran

No matter where you go in Khao Lak be prepared to get soaked. Then continually soaked and soaked for the entire day. There is no escaping it and everyone will take great delight in soaking someone who is trying to stay dry.

In recent years there is a large foam party held underneath constant water sprinklers on the main road in Bang Niang, opposite Riverside Guest House. The party is accomanied by live music and regular extra soakings by the local fire brigade.

If you are heading out with anything valuable like a phone or camera, make sure they are well sealed in a waterproof bag.

Labour Day
May 1 all-day

Labour Day or International Worker’s Day is a public holiday observed in over 80 countries.

The Labour Movement

Thai construction of the Big Buddha in PhuketLabour Day, International Workers Day or May Day nowadays is commonly recognised as commemorating the achievements of the labour movement. It occurs on 1st May, this being the date the American Federation of Organised Trades and Labour Unions demanded an eight hour workday back in 1884. Ironically Labour Day is observed on 1st September in the USA.

In the 20th century the holiday began to be celebrated as the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers in the Soviet Union.

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