2019 Public Holidays in Thailand and Local Festivals

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2019 Bank holidays in Thailand

A list of bank holidays in Thailand follows.

Of these, the most raucous Thai holiday is the Songkran festival (Thai New Year), where water and talc is thrown in abundance on each and every passing person, and vast amounts of alcohol are consumed over consecutive days. Be ready to get wet if you intend to be in Thailand at this time of year. Do not try to stay dry: just smile and enjoy!

In the villages around Gecko Villa, you will often witness local ceremonies and traditional rites that do not feature on any calendar, but can be fascinating to attend or in which to participate. You may witness a novice monk's initiation ceremony, where a young man makes merit and enters the monkhood for a period of time (this generally involves a colourful procession on foot with the novice held aloft and paraded through the village with much dancing); morlam or morlam sing performances - music concerts varying from small affairs on makeshift stages to major performances by larger groups with dancers; merit-making festivals at the local temples; or funerals, weddings etc. A large part is usually played by alcohol in the majority of these occasions, with rice whisky and other indigenous brews flowing freely.

Bank holidays in Thailand 2019

If a public holiday in Thailand falls on a weekend, the following working day is substituted as a holiday. To simplify your travel plans, the list of Thai holidays below shows the actual dates when the holidays are observed. Do note however that the dates below are subject to change by the Thai government.

January
January 1 (Tuesday) – New Year holiday
February 19 (Tuesday) – Makha Bucha Day
April 6 (Saturday) – Chakri Day
April 8 (Monday) – substitution holiday for Chakri Day
April 12-16 (Saturday-Monday) – Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival
May 1 (Wednesday) – Labour Day
May 6 (Monday) – extra public holiday for the royal coronation
May 18 (Saturday) – Visakha Bucha Day
May 20 (Monday) – substitution holiday for Visakha Bucha Day
July 16 (Tuesday) – Asahna Bucha Day
July 28 (Sunday) – birthday of H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X)
July 29 (Monday) – substitution holiday for birthday of H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn
August 12 (Monday) – H.M. Queen’s Birthday.
October 13 (Sunday) – HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej Memorial Day
October 14 (Monday) – substitution holiday for HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej Memorial Day
October 23 (Wednesday) – Chulalongkorn Day (Rama V Day)
December 5 (Thursday) – King Bhumibol Birthday Commemoration Day.
December 10 (Tuesday) – Constitution Day