5 Must-Experience Festivals in Thailand #Thaimazing
Thailand is still in my bucket list and although my Google Maps history would tell me I have already checked in in Thailand, it is only to attend an event. I didn’t get the chance to explore its rich history and vibrant culture.
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The beauty of Thailand is it is a destination for every time of the year. Its colorful festivals are spread throughout the year letting you experience the best of Thailand’s people, culture, and way of life. Festivals combine the best of Thailand’s arts, music, cuisine, hospitality, and other aspects of everyday life to give each traveler a full experience of the Land of Smiles.
I dropped by the Philippine Travel Expo today and learned more about Thailand. Here are five must-experience festivals in Thailand:
Pattaya International Music Festival (March 14 to 16, 2019)
One of the largest beach festivals in Thailand that swings pop, rock, hip-hop, and R&B artists from Thailand and around the world at the stretch of Pattaya Beach. You just have to be there!
Songkran Festival (April 13 to 15, 2019)
The Songkran Festival marks the start of the traditional Thai New Year, where people around Thailand engage in the ultimate water fight. If you are taking part in the Songkran Festival, you can expect to stay drenched for 3 days, so you better be armed with a bucket or a water pistol. Check out Bangkok’s Khao San Road, Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya as the best places to celebrate this feast!
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival (July)
The festival commemorates a Buddhist event called Asahna Bucha when Buddha delivered his first sermon. Held at the beggining of the Buddhist lent called Khao Pansaa, the festival puts the spotlight on the work of local artisans: elaborate candles, wax carvings, and decorated floats. This is one for the art junkies!
Loy Krathong (November 13, 2019)
Knwn as the Thai Festival of Lights, the Loy Krathong Festival is held during the first full moon of the traditional Thai Lunar calendar’s 12 month. On the night of the full moon, Thais launch their krathong on a river, canal or a pond, making a wish as they do so. Recommended places to celebrate Loy Krathong is Chiang Mai where it coincides with the lantern festival called Yee Peng.
Wonderfruit Music and Arts Festival (December 12 – 16, 2019)
It first made its debut on 2014 and has become an annual arts, music and lifestyle festival. Wonderfruit brings together the arts, eco-living, and music at the Fields at Siam Country Club in Pattaya. The four-day long festival showcases musical acts, art installations, wellness activities, and feast on local cuisines by renowned chefs. This is the end-year trip worth remembering!
Thailand truly has something for every one – be it a solo traveler, lovers, friends and family. Can’t wait to see your #THAImazing stories!
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Check out www.tourismthailand.org and www.facebook.com/TATPhilippines for more information.
Tip: Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok is an instagrammable place. Take a nice photo there.
Here’s a quick shot taken during my layover en route to Cambodia.
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