Thailand Public Holidays – 2010

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Thailand Songkran festivalWhen planning your next trip to Thailand, you should be aware of the major national Thai holidays celebrated throughout the country. However, although businesses and government offices are closed on public holidays, tourist attractions and shops are almost never closed. The main impact for the tourist during these holidays is the increased competition for travel and accommodation from Thais who use long weekends to get away from the big cities.

The list below shows all of the Thailand public holidays as well as some of the more important nationwide celebrations that aren’t national holidays. Many of the most important holidays on the Thai calendar are based on the lunar calendar and therefore will occur on different days from year to year.

Public Holidays

6 April 2010 (Tue) National Holiday Chakri DayChakri Day commemorates the founding of the current dynasty, Rama I.

13 April 2010 (Tue) National Holiday SongkranSongkran is the traditional Thai new year, generally celebrated as a water festival.

14 April 2010 (Wed) National Holiday Songkran
Second day of this three-day holiday.

15 April 2010 (Thu) National Holiday Songkran
Third of the three days of Songkran.

1 May 2010 (Sat) National Holiday Labour Day
International labour day is celebrated as a national holiday, even though there isn’t much ado about it.

3 May 2010 (Mon) Labour Day (Substitution)
Some businesses may be closed.

5 May 2010 (Wed) Coronation Day National Holiday
Celebrates the day in 1949 when the current king was crowned.

28 May 2010 (Fri) National Holiday Visakha Bucha
The holiest Buddhist holiday celebrates the birth, enlightenment and entry into nirvana of the Buddha.

26 July 2010 (Mon) National Holiday Buddhist Lent
This day marks the beginning of the Buddhist ‘lent’ period, a time when monks are supposed to retreat to their temples while new life springs forth.

12 August 2010 (Thu) National Holiday Queen’s Birthday
Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday is a national holiday, also serving as the country’s Mothers Day as well.

23 October 2010 (Sat) National Holiday Chulalongkorn Day
Celebrates the life of one of Thailand’s most revered kings on the anniversary of his death.

25 October 2010 (Mon) Chulalongkorn Day (Substitution)
Some businesses may be closed.

Loy Krathong Festival Chiang Mai Thailand

Loy Krathong Festival

21 November 2010 (Sun) Loy Krathong
Not a national holiday, but an evening when Thais pay respect to the goddess of the waters by floating candlelit offerings on any and all waterways around the kingdom.

5 December 2010 (Sun) National Holiday King’s Birthday
His Majesty the King’s birthday is celebrated throughout the country and also serves as the nation’s Fathers Day.

6 December 2010 (Mon) King’s Birthday (Substitution)
Some businesses may be closed.

10 December 2010 (Fri) National Holiday Constitution Day
December 10th celebrates the date in 1932 when the country was granted its first constitution.

31 December 2010 (Fri) National Holiday New Years Eve
The day before the western new year day is always a national holiday.

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Updated: April 26, 2011 by admin