November 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.


Loi Krathoong Festival
When: November 2012
Where: Throughout Thailand

As the full moon of the twelfth lunar month (usually in mid-November) lights up the night sky, throughout the Thai kingdom, hundreds of thousands of ornately-decorated krathong or traditional banana leaf floats are set adrift in rivers and waterways in a spell-binding ritual called “Loi Krathong” – the ‘festival of lights”. This is one of the Kingdom’s oldest and best-preserved traditions.

Phimai Festival
When: November 2012
Where: Nakhon Ratchasima

An annual festival held for more than a century, the traditional long-boat races draw thousands of visitors from all over. This event is further enhanced by a light and sound presentation at Prasat Hin Phimai, local art and cultural performances, various fun-filled competitions, and sales of local products and exhibitions.

Surin Elephant Round-Up and Elephant Show
When: November 2012
Where: Surin

One of the most exciting spectacles of the year in Thailand. Surin, in the northeast of the country, known as the province of elephants, has long been associated with elephants. The people here are well known for their skills in rounding up wild elephants, training and taming them. Every year, more than one hundred elephants take part in the festival, displaying their grace, strength and intelligence in games of soccer, log carrying and tug-of-war, and the highlight of the festival, a dramatic mock battle. The festival tour also takes you to the old capital of Siam, Ayutthaya, and allows you to spend a day at an elephant centre learning the skills of the elephant mahouts.

Long Sapao Chao Wiang Lakorn, Lampang Floating Festival
When: November 2012
Where: Lampang

The festival is held during the full moon of 12th lunar month. The tradition has been practiced over a thousand years. The boats are built and beautifully decorated to be floated into the river. It is believed that floating the boat is a way to dedicate or offer the alms to the dead or deposit the merit for themselves in the next life.

Silk and Phuk Seow Festival
When: November – December 2012
Where: Khon Kaen

Internationally, Thailand has always been famous for its lustrous silk. One of the major centres of silk production, Khon Kaen is the venue of a fair to promote silk weaving and sericulture. This event is held in conjunction with the Phuk Siao friendship ritual of the northeast. Colourful street processions and typical I-san cultural shows as well as exhibits on the silk industry add to the fun of the fair.

River Kwai Bridge Week
When: November – December 2012
Where: Kanchanaburi

Each year in late November to early December, the world famous River Kwae Bridge built by Allied prisoners-of-war during World War II , becomes the focal point of celebrations. Event highlights include historical and archaeological exhibits, a carnival, folk and cultural performances, rides on World War II vintage trains, and a spectacular light and sound presentation re-enacting the bridge’s World War II legacy.

Yee Peng Festival
When: November 2012
Where: Chiang Mai

Yee Peng is tha annual festival held to celebrate the fulll moon in the northern capital of Chiang Mai on the day preceding Loy Krathong by one day in November.The word “Yee Peng” is the northern Thai term referring to the full moon of the 12 th lunar month in the Buddhist calendar.

Monkey Buffet Festival
When: 25 November 2012
Where: Lopburi

The “Lopburi Monkey Festival” is held annually on the last weekend of November. The Macaque monkeys are offered a buffet of scrumptious fruits and sweets, ice cream, and more as a way of thanking them for the prosperity they bring to the town.

Blooming Bua Tong (Mexican Sunflower) Festival
When: November 2012
Where: Mae Hong Son

Buatong Ban or Blooming Mexican Sunflower Festival is held in November, affording people the opportunity to see the sunflower fields, waterfalls and mist at Ban Hua Mae Kham, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang. There are also hilltribe performances.

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