Activities & Events
Bangkok  September 04, 2009 11:54 PMSunny83°
 

 

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April 6 – 19, 2009
SONGKRAN FESTIVAL
Nationwide

Songkran Day has been celebrated as New Year's Day in the Thai solar calendar since ancient times. Across the country, it is a time for laughter and entertainment…for religious ceremonies and merit making…for families and friends. And of course for splashing water — lots of it! Popular celebrations include:

SONGKRAN THAI NEW YEAR MERIT-MAKING AT NINE ROYAL TEMPLES

April 6 - 19, 2009 Nine royal temples around Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok

KHAO SAN ROAD SONGKRAN FESTIVAL
April 6 - 19, 2009   Khao San Road, Bangkok

AYUTTHAYA SONGKRAN FESTIVAL
April 13 - 15, 2009   Ayutthaya

PHRA PRADAENG SONGKRAN FESTIVAL

April 17 - 19, 2009   Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan

‘WAN LAI’ SONGKRAN FESTIVAL
April 18 - 20, 2009   Pattaya, Chonburi

CHIANG MAI SONGKRAN FESTIVAL
April 13 - 15, 2009   Chiang Mai

SUKHOTHAI SONGKRAN FESTIVAL

April 11 - 15, 2009   Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai Historical Parks, Sukhothai

DOK KHUN SIANG KHAEN FESTIVAL
April 13 - 15, 2009   Khon Kaen

SONGKRAN – THE WATER FESTIVAL ON THE BEACH
April 10-13, 2009   Phuket

HAT YAI MIDNIGHT SONGKRAN FESTIVAL
April 11 - 14, 2009   Hat Yai, Songkhla

 

  April 25 – May 3, 2009
1ST ASIAN MARTIAL ARTS GAMES 2009
Bangkok and Suphan Buri

The 1st Asian Martial Arts Games 2009 will be hosted in Bangkok and Suphan Buri, with participation from 45 countries and 2,500 athletes. Featured games include compulsory Martial Arts, namely Karatedo, Kickboxing, Wushu, Muay, Kungfu, and Kurash, as well as optional Martial Arts, namely Jujitsu and Beltwrestling, Pencat Silat, and Kaliripattu.
 
  April 1 – 3, 2009
CHIANG MAI INTERNATIONAL ART AND CULTURE FESTIVAL
Chiang Mai

The ever popular and highly successful Chiang Mai International Art and Culture Festival, featuring both Thai as well as international performances, returns for the eleventh consecutive year in 2009.
 
 April 7 – 8, 2009
SI SATCHANALAI ELEPHANT BACK ORDINATION PROCESSION

Si Sachanalai, Sukhothai

A traditional ceremony of the Thai Phuan, citizens of Ban Hat Siao, Si Satchanalai Elephant Back Ordination Procession is held annually on April 7 – 8. It features a spectacular procession of ordination candidates in colorful costumes, on the backs of some 20-30 decorated elephants. The ordination ceremony includes head shaving, bathing, and dressing up candidates and elephants.
 
 April 2 – 4, 2009
KHAO PHANOM RUNG FESTIVAL
Phanom Rung Historical Park, Buri Ram

Prasat Hin Khao Phanom Rung is the second most significant Khmer-style temple in Northeastern Thailand. Highlights during the festival include a rarely seen invocation ritual, or buang suang ceremony, a procession to pay homage to the gods and celestial beings, the Phanom Rung Devalai light-and-sound presentations, traditional cultural performances, and sales of a range of souvenirs, village handicrafts, and local products.
 
  March 1 – April 2, 2009
THAI KITE, SPORTS, AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sanam Luang, Bangkok

March marks the beginning of the kite flying season in Thailand. The event features numerous traditional sports competitions and folk music performances.
 
  March 31 – April 3, 2009
POI SANG LONG CEREMONY 2009
Mae Hong Son

Poi Sang Long, featuring the ordination of novices, is a religious ceremony of the Thai Yai tribal peoples. A spectacular and colorful procession displaying the offerings for the monks is paraded through the town.
 
 January – April 2009
AKA HILL TRIBES MINI LIGHT AND SOUND PRESENTATION
Doi Mae Salong, Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai province hosts its annual light and sound show that presents insights into the culture and daily life of the Aka hill tribes, resident in hilltop villages in Chiang Rai. The shows are scheduled on January 10, February 14, March 14 and April 11 and run from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.
 
   

 

   

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