2018 Public Holidays in Thailand and Local Festivals

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2018 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 2018

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 1-2 – New Year holidays

March 1 – Makha Bucha Day

April 6 – Chakri Day
April 13-15 – Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival
April 16 – Substitution holiday for Songkran

May 1 – Labour Day
May 29 – Visakha Bucha Day

July 27 – Asahna Bucha Day
July 28 – Birthday of H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X)
July 30 – Substitution holiday for birthday of H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn

August 12 – H.M. Queen’s Birthday
August 13 – Substitution holiday for H.M. Queen’s birthday

October 13 – Commemorating the passing of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)
October 15 – Substitution holiday to commemorate the passing of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej
October 23 – Chulalongkorn Day (Rama V Day)

December 5 – King Bhumibol Birthday Commemoration Day
December 10 – Constitution Day
December 31 – New Year’s Eve