If you’re looking for the ultimate halal friendly holiday for 2018, then we’ve got the perfect country for you to visit. Packed full of exciting and colourful events, and probably one of the most popular and most visited tourist destination Asia has to offer, Thailand has become a real destination hub for millions across the world. Apart from Thailand being a lot cheaper compared to other countries, it’s also full of delicious cuisines, beautiful sites, and the warm and hospitable love of the Thai people.
So, what does Thailand have to offer this upcoming 2018? And what events are more your ‘scene’? We’ve listed down a selection of Thailand’s 2018 events we’re sure will entice you to get packing. From colourful festivals to laughter and games, to various unique exhibitions you won’t see just anywhere; Thailand has so much to offer and we can’t wait to share a small glimpse of it with you. Are you ready for Thailand to take over your 2018? Let’s see what this stunning country has to offer…
Travelling first thing in the year can be a great way to start your year off. January may be a busy month for many, but if you’re able to put some time aside to take a holiday, then Thailand will welcome you with its arms open wide. Those heading off to Thailand in January should experience dry weather and cooler temperatures compared to other months during the year. This makes it perfect for those that want to experience the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival near Chiang Mai, which normally takes place in the 3rd week of January. Witness the streets covered with beautifully decorated umbrellas, while various parades and events take place. The unique festival is a must visit for those looking to experience something completely different.
The month of love is celebrated in Thailand with a selection of events and energizing activities. To start the month off, Thailand’s Chiang Mai Flower Festival will welcome you during the first weekend in February (Feb. 2-4, 2018). Celebrated in many areas throughout the country, but particularly in the Chinatown districts of Bangkok and Chiang Mai, here you’ll experience some of the best flowers Thailand has to offer. The focus of the Chiang Mai festival is at the public garden of Suan Buak Haad, which is a must visit if you’re in the area. Here you’ll be amazed by the vibrant gifts of nature all lined up and ready to stand tall and proud, a definite must visit for plant lovers. Phuket International Blues Rock Festival also takes place in February, starting anytime between mid-February and towards the end. For those that are looking for something a bit more energetic, why not visit Pattaya’s Bike Week in mid-February; an annual gathering of motorbike enthusiasts known as the biggest gathering in South-East Asia.
Still considered one of the cooler months, travelling in March will allow you to enjoy plenty of days out and about discovering and exploring all that Thailand has to offer. If you do happen to be in Thailand’s Ayutthaya during March, look out for National Muay Thai Day on March 17. This event hosts the Martial Arts Festival and Wai Khru Ceremony (and other smaller events) in various venues in Thailand and has a whole lot of history behind it. Another important holiday takes place on March 13, or National Thai Elephant Day. A handful of events take place in zoos and elephant parks throughout the country with huge banquets of fruit and sugar cane set up for the stunning animals. A must see for elephant lovers!
Considered the last month of the dry season, those travelling in April will get to make the most of Thailand before the weather turns wet. If you are about during April, particularly on April 13 – 15, then you’ll be pleased to know the Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival will be taking place. The festival’s name gives most of it away, and as you can imagine, things will start to get very wet over these 3 days. The festival is filled with laughter and joy as the Thai people, and guests take to the streets to participate in welcoming the Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival.
The month of May will start and finish off with a bang with the Rocket Festivals in Isaan. Celebrated mid to late May, various local events take place in areas of north-east Thailand. Mostly practised by ethnic Lao people throughout most of Isaan and Laos, here you’ll witness numerous villages celebrating with music and dance performance, competitive parades of floats, a variety of dances and musicians, and the competitive firing of home-made rockets!
Jazz lovers will be tempted to fly to Thailand in June. The Hua Hin Jazz Festival is an annual get together full of live jazz music. Taking place in Hua Hin beach, just a three-hour drive from Bangkok, here you’ll witness various local artists take place in this world-class festival. Presented by Hitman Company Limited and KOH Mr.Saxman, in collaboration with Huahin Municipality and Tourism Authority of Thailand, the annual event has been known to attract people from all over the world who come and participate in this musical festival.
Ubon Ratchathani, Isan, in July will definitely light up your visit with the Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival. Associated with Asahina Bucha and Buddhist Lent, the Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival is the most elaborate of the traditional parading of candles, with the streets being filled with glistening floats. The candles taking place are carved just a couple of days before the main possession and are then taken to Thung Si Mueang, a peaceful park in the middle of the city. Here they will be decorated and then exhibited in the evening for all to see. Other small processions also take place in other temples.
Are you a vegetarian? You might want to check the Vegetarian Festival out! Usually taking place between towards the end of October, various locations in Thailand including Phuket, Krabi, Trang, and Chiang Mai come together to celebrate the colourful festival. The festival is meant to be a celebration of the Gods which is mainly celebrated by the Chinese community. While the origin of the actual festival is unclear, the exciting activities have brought tourists from all over Thailand, China, and other Asian countries.
Ever witnessed a monkey banquet? If you’re visiting Thailand in late November, you may want to visit Lopburi to see what an actual monkey banquet is all about. Normally held on the last Sunday in November, Lopburi honours monkeys by providing them with an annual feast of a lifetime. Flooding the area with huge bouquets of fruits and all sorts of food, here you’ll witness a rather heartwarming sight.
Filled with music, December is a rather musical month and a must visit for travellers that love concerts. With various concerts taking places in Bangkok’s Lumphini Park, here you’ll enjoy free entertainment courtesy of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra which is an ongoing event through to the end of February. New Year’s Eve is another joyful time to be in Thailand. If you happen to be spending your New Years here, then Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Pattaya are the places to be!
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