Thailand’s packed calendar of festivals, concerts and popular events makes 2018 the perfect year to travel to the Kingdom. We take a quick look back of events that took place and ones to still look forward to.
With its splendid land and seascapes, fascinating cultural gems and top-notch hospitality, a visitor exploring the delights of Thailand will never get bored. From bustling markets permeated with the aroma of freshly cooked street food, to shimmering white sand beaches, the Land of Smiles always offers up an array of things to do. In addition to all its permanent attractions, Thailand’s calendar for 2018 is packed with a diverse selection of concerts, festivals and sporting events to keep travellers entertained. There’s a plethora of cultural festivals and parades visitors can make the most of, too.
We’ve rounded up five of Thailand’s recent events in and also the not-to-be-missed over the next months in 2018.
In addition to Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher, Bruno Mars and John Legend who have or will be performing in Thailand in the first half of 2018. What’s more, One Direction fans will be over the moon to learn that Harry Styles – perhaps the group’s biggest heartthrob – will be performing in Bangkok on 7th May at the Impact Arena. 23-year-old Styles has already enjoyed plenty of success as a solo act, with hit singles including “Sign of the Times” and “Kiwi”. Ticket prices start at THB2,500 (US$77).
Sailing to glory
If pop concerts aren’t your thing, then perhaps one of Thailand’s many sporting events is more likely to appeal? Islands like Koh Samui and Phuket are well-established hubs on the international sailing scene, with events like the Samui Regatta and Phuket’s Kings Cup Regatta representing key events on Southeast Asia’s yachting calendar. Koh Samui’s 2018 regatta will take place from Friday 25th May until Saturday 2nd June, when the contest will be rounded off with a glitzy gala dinner and awards presentation. Each year, the event attracts world-class competitors to the Centara Grand Beach Resort. While the event hasn’t been running for as long as Phuket’s Kings Cup it’s popularity with sailors and spectators from across the glove shows that Samui has developed a strong reputation as a world-class yachting hub.
Below are some popular events that already took place in the first half of 2018.
Home to a large Chinese community, it should be no surprise that Thailand is a fantastic place to celebrate the lunar new year – particularly if you’re in the vicinity of Bangkok’s China Town (Yaowarat). People line the streets to make the most of the festivities, which include parades, lion and dragon dances, exploding firecrackers and a glorious array of vivid decorations – not to mention acrobatic dance performances. You’ll notice that red lanterns and decorations dominate home and shop fronts, as the colour is meant to symbolise prosperity for the coming year ahead. Many restaurants put on special menus to celebrate the New Year. 2018’s Chinese New Year celebrations take place from 16th to 19th February. And is an must see festival to mark on your calendar each year.
Bursting with colour
If you’re travelling in the north of Thailand, you might be keen to organise your itinerary on your next visit so that your visit to Chiang Mai coincides with the annual Flower Festival. This is a regular festival and typically takes place in February, this year the spectacular Flower Festival was from Friday 2nd February to Sunday 4th February 2018. A kaleidoscope of colour awaits visitors, with festoons of chrysanthemums and damask roses organised into stunning shapes, floats and sculptures. In addition to the Saturday morning parade, which is the jewel in the festival’s crown, you won’t want to miss out on the exquisite selection of blooms available for sale, including tropical plants and orchids. Even if you don’t intend to buy, simply soak up the vivid array of colour and beauty.
Pop fans across Southeast Asia were delighted when the Canadian pop singer,Celin Dion announced that she will be performing live in July 23rd, 2018 in Bangkok. It is her highly anticipated LIVE 2018 Tour across the Asia-Pacific region. Celine will return to cities she hasn’t performed in for 10 years, including Tokyo and Macao, and cities she will perform in for the first time ever, including Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Manila and of course Bangkok. Fans will hope to hear classics such as “All By Myself,” “Because You Loved Me” and the Titanic “My Heart Will Go On.” Advance tickets start at B2,000 on Thaiticketmajor.com.