Thailand Public Holidays – 2013


When planning your next trip to Thailand, you should be aware of the major Thailand Public 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 Thailand Public 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 for 2013 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.

Thailand Public Holidays - 2013

Thailand Public Holidays – 2013

Here is the list of Thailand 2013 holidays and festivals. (2556 Buddhist Calendar)

New Year’s Day Thailand
The 1st day of the 1st month according to Western calendar – New Year’s Day
Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Chinese New Year Thailand
The 1st day of the 1st lunar month according to Chinese lunar calendar – Chinese New Year
Not a national holiday, but some businesses are closed.
Sunday, 10 February 2013

Makha Bucha Thailand
Commemorates Buddha’s teaching of Ovada Patimokkha.
Monday, 11 March 2013

Chakri Memorial Day Thailand
Commemorates the establishment of Chakri Dinasty – Chakri
Saturday, 6 April 2013
*Monday, 8 April 2013 (substitute)

Thailand Public Holidays 2012

Songkran Festival

Songkran Festival Thailand

Songkran is the famous (or infamous) festival where water is splashed (or sometimes sprayed at high pressure) over just about everyone. Entire villages, towns and cities take part and everyone from children to grandparents take part in the fun. Songkran is celebrated over three days, although informal celebrations may begin a day or two ahead of schedule. It may be difficult to find accommodation or transportation for the whole of this week.  Book ahead, and bring plenty of dry clothes!
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Sunday, 14 April 2013
Monday, 15 April 2013
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 (*Sonkran observed)
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 (*Sonkran observed)

Thailand Labor Day Thailand
International labor day to celebrates the achievement of the workers.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Coronation Day Thailand
Commemorates the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
*Monday, 6 May 2013 (substitute)

Royal Ploughing Ceremony Thailand
Ceremony to give blessings to the farmers.
Saturday, 11 May 2013 (the date may change)

Visakha Bucha / Vesak Day Thailand
Celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and entry to the nirvana of Buddha – Vesak Day
Friday, 24 May 2013

Asanha Bucha / Asalha Puja Day Thailand
Commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013

HM The Queen’s Birthday Thailand
Her Majesty Queen Sikrit‘s birthday is also Mother’s Day. Department Stores and restaurants are often full of Thai families on this Thai public holiday.
Monday, 12 August 2013

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day Thailand
Commemorates the passing of King Chulalongkorn in 1910.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Loy Kratong Thailand
Loy Kratong is the justly famous festival of light, when candles and incense offerings (Kratong) are floated down rivers and small hot air balloons (Khom Loy) are launched into the air. Not actually an official public holiday, but nevertheless a very busy period, especially in Chiang Mai, Ayudhya and Sukothai, where the celebrations can take place over several days.
Monday, 18 November 2013

HM The King’s Birthday Thailand
Thailand King’s Birthday commemorates the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1927.
Thursday, 5 December 2013

Thai Constitution Day Thailand
Celebrates the proclamation of the first permanent constitution in 1932.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013

New Year’s Eve Thailand
Yes, New Year’s Eve is also a government holiday, and all government offices are closed.
Tuesday, 31 December 2013

If we have missed a Thailand Public Holidays for 2012 please drop us a line via the Contact Us page so we can update the list.

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