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Holidays and Festivals Calendar

Thai holidays and festivals are observed on fixed dates and on the lunar calendar. While it is in the Gregorian Calendar, the year in Thailand is since the Buddhist Calendar started 543 years earlier.

With several of these holidays being Buddhist religious days, strict adherence to customs must be followed. Do yourself the favour of participating in activies that occur on these days as festivals such as Songkran, Loy Kratong and the Phuket Vegetarian Festival are certain to not only be fun, beautiful and interesting, but will make anyone's stay in Phuket much more interesting and memorable. For more on celebrations, see Festivals and Fairs in Phuket.


January 1New Year's Day
January 25Chinese New Year
February 9Makha Bucha Day
February 10Substitution for Makha Bucha Day
April 6Chakri Memorial Day
April 13–15Songkran
May 1Labour Day
May 6Visakha Bucha Day
May 11Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day
June 3Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana’s Birthday
July 5Asarnha Bucha Day
July 6Substitution for Asarnha Bucha Day / Buddhist lent Day
July 28His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua’s Birthday
August 12Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, The Queen Mother’s Birthday
October 13His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great Memorial Day
October 23King Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
October 31Loy Krathong Festival
December 5His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great’s Birthday
December 7Substitution for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great’s Birthday
December 10Constitution Day
December 31New Year's Eve
Songkran Festival
Songkran Festival
Thai New Year (Songkran Festival)
Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Phuket\'s Por Tor Festival