There are certain countries that travelers love going at, no matter what time of the year it is. However, some destinations run out of attractions and places to go, especially after a change of season. But for a country like Thailand, one of the top tourist destinations of Filipinos, there is always a time and place where you can immediately immerse yourself in the country’s food, tourist spots, and experiences.
Whether you are visiting the Land of Smiles for a summer getaway or for an end of the year retreat, there are different festivals that will further elaborate your stay in the country. Get to experience the best of the Thai people, the culture, and their way of life combined with the arts, cuisine, music, and the everyday life that will surely put smiles on your faces all day long.
The Team Out of Town was given the privilege to know more about these festivals and what Thailand has to offer during the Amazing Thailand Media Gathering last February 8 at the PTAA Travel Tour Expo Thailand Pavilion in SMX Convention Center. Hosted by TV personality Robi Domingo, we learned about the five must-experience festivals to get a better and bigger glimpse of Thailand’s long history and vibrant culture.
Pattaya International Music Festival
When: March 14 to 16, 2019
If you are headed to Thailand to party with your friends from sunrise to midnight, make sure that you’ll experience one of the world’s largest beach festivals. From pop to rock, RnB to hip hop, artists from Thailand and all over the world gather during this international music festival. Be ready as the crowd celebrates at the stretch of the Pattaya beach road with a day full of music, dancing, and fun.
When: April 13 to 15, 2019
When we talk about the festivals in Thailand, one of the first events that will come to your mind is the Songkran Festival. Songkran marks the start of the traditional Thai New Year. People all over the country engage in the ultimate water fight.
If you are taking part in the Songkran Festival, expect to stay drenched for three days. Arm yourself with a bucket of water or a water pistol when walking down the street. Among the best places to celebrate Songkran are Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, and Khao San Road in Bangkok.
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival
The Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival commemorates the Buddhist event called Asahna Bucha, when Buddha delivered his first sermon. Held at the beginning of the Buddhist Lent Khao Pansa, the festival puts the spotlight on the works of local artists: Wax carvings, elaborate candles, and decorative floats.
When: November 13, 2019
Held during the first full moon of the traditional Thai Lunar Calendar’s 12th month, the Loy Krathong or the Thai Festival of Lights showcases the lotus-shaped, candlelit containers floating down the river. Enjoy the most incredible fireworks display, colorful parades, and traditional art performances in Chiang Mai, where Loy Krathong coincides with the lantern festival, Yee Peng. Watch the flying lanterns coupled with the floaters. Don’t forget to add coins to the floaters to bring wealth and happiness to you and your family all year round.
Wonderfruit Music and Arts Festival
When: December 12 to 16, 2019
If you are looking for a year-end trip worth remembering, the Wonderfruit Music and Arts Festival is a festival you should attend. Started last 2014, this annual event showcases the art, music, and lifestyle of the Thais. During this four-day long festival at The Fields at Siam Country Club in Pattaya, you can watch musical acts, attend wellness activities, visit art museums, and feast on local Thai cuisine made by world-renowned chefs.
Other than these festivals, there are still a lot of reasons why you should go on a Thai getaway. Whether you are traveling alone, with your friends or on a family holiday, there is always a festival that will provide you with a #THAIMazing story.