May Festivals

Please see the Monthly-Scheduled Festival Calendar

The date and time of the following festivals in some provinces may be changed as a result of the weather or the postponement by the organising host of the events. Please check the date and time again before travelling.


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Please see the Monthly-Scheduled Festival Calendar

The date and time of the following festivals in some provinces may be changed as a result of the weather or the postponement by the organising host of the events. Please check the date and time again before travelling.

Nang Lae Pineapple and Lychee, Best of Chiang Rai Fair 2012
When: 1 – 31 May 2012
Where: Chiang Rai

This is the best time to visit the lychee orchards and taste the delicious freshly-harvested exotic fruit at its best. The fair is held to promote the distribution of lychees and other agricultural products such as mango, the famous Nang Lae pineapple, and local handicrafts. Highlights include agricultural fairs, fruit and beauty contests, and folk entertainment.

Coronation Day
When: 5 May 2012
Where: Throughout Thailand

It commemorates the founding of the Chakri Dynasty, of which the present ruling monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is the ninth king (Rama IX).

Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day
When: 9 May 2012
Where: Throughout Thailand

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is an ancient Brahminical rite dating back to the Sukhothai period (1257 – 1350 A.D.) The ceremony, which heralds the start of the new rice-growing season, was undertaken to assure a successful planting season and an abundance of the nation’s crops. Festivities were held to boost the farmers’ morale urging them to strive for an abundant harvest for consumption and to ensure sufficient reserves for times of war and for export overseas.

Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival
When: 12 – 13 May 2012
Where: Yasothon

Yasathon Province has long been known for its longstanding Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival which is annually held as a belief that it will bring plenty of rain for the rice planting season. The highlight, which is certainly a spectacular scene, is when the colourful home-made rockets are launched into the sky. The event features firework displays, parades, beauty contest, cheer squad competition, and various cultural shows.

Rayong Funky Fruit Festival
When: 15 – 19 May
Where: Rayong

Rayong is heaven for fruit lovers. During the festival, you can enjoy the sight, the taste and some spending on the quality tropical fruits of Thailand. There are also fruit procession, Miss Fruit Orchard beauty pageant, fruit eating competition, fruit basket arrangement competition, papaya salad cooking contest and cultural performances. More than top 30 restaurants in the province as well as fruit farmers present their best products in the festival.

Chanthaburi fruit festival
When: May 2012
Where: Chanthaburi

The Chanthaburi fruit festival takes place at a time of the year when the abundent fruit crops are at their best. Chanthaburi offers a fantastic selection of fruits to try, including sweet rambutans, pomelos and the unusual durian fruit. There are prizes during the festival for such things as the best fruit display and the best tasting fruit and there is a full entertainment programme on offer too.

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