October 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.


Illuminated Boat Procession
When: October 2012
Where: Nakhon Phanom

The illuminated boat procession is celebrated in I-San, the northeastern region of Thailand on the 15th day of the waxing moon to the first day of the waning moon in the 11th lunar month of the Buddhist calendar, usually a month earlier than the corresponding month in the conventional calendar. This dazzling event marks the end of the Buddhist Lent or ‘Ok pansa’ and is accompanied by a colourful street procession and cultural performances which add to the highlights of the event which is held annually.

Sakon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival
When: October 2012
Where: Sakon Nakhon

Held during the 12th-15th day of waxing moon in October to mark the end of Buddhist’s Lent, the festival is an exciting showcase. On the night of 13th day, people will join hands in decorating wax castle at Ming Muang Field. The 14th day, beautiful wax castle from different temples will join the procession, roaming the municipality to Wat Phra That Cherngchum Woravihara. Isan people believe that the wax will welcome Lord Buddha who comes back from the heaven to help all creatures on earth.

Rap Bua Festival
When: October 2012
Where: Samut Prakan

The annual “Lotus Receiving Festival” (rap bua) took place this morning at Bang Phli, Samut Prakan. I have been going for a number of years now and I have always been moved by the crowds of thousands who line the banks of Samrong Canal to throw lotus flowers onto a boat carrying an image of the Buddha. The event is held towards the end of the Buddhist Rain Retreat on the morning before the full moon of the 11th lunar month in the Thai calendar. This is usually in October

Chon Buri Buffalo Races
When: October 2012
Where: Chon Buri

The Chonburi buffalo races are one of the most popular Pattaya festivals, because it combines sportsmanship with entertainment and provides something for everyone, both athletes and spectators alike. There is a lot more to this special festival than just the buffalo race itself, and so there is something for everyone to explore during this season. The Chonburi buffalo races are an annual event held either in the month of October or in November. Jockeys in this race ride ornately and colourfully decorated water buffalos, which are paraded out in floral garlands and elaborate dressings prior to competing in the event.

Phon Lak Phra Festival
When: October 2012
Where: Phatthalung

“Phon” is a southern musical instrument shaped like a That drum. During the Chak Phra ceremony, temples would decorate pedestals and beat drums to let villagers know that the temple will be taking a Buddha image on a procession. As temples are located close to one another, there is a competition to find who can beat the loudest drum. The Phon Lak Phra Festival was organized officially for the first time in 1988. Later the Tourism Authority of Thailand lent its support to make the festival better known.

Naga Fireballs
When: October 2012
Where: Nong Khai

The Naga Fireball festival will be held on the full moon night of 11th lunar month, also the end of Buddhist Lent (October 23, 2012) in Nong Khai province. This fireball phenomenon occurs over takes 1-3 days only at this time of year. What people will witness are mysterious fireballs that erupt from the surface of Mekong River in a relatively short flight before they are extinguished. There is no sound, no smoke, and no fragments from the fireballs have ever been retrieved. Typically the fireballs are visible only after sunset and local legend is that the fire balls come from Naga, a Thai Dragon.

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