If you’re planning to visit Thailand in the new year, there is an action-packed calendar of events already confirmed to keep you entertained.
As well as sunbathing, scuba diving and exploring all of Thailand’s intriguing cultural landmarks, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to the array of festivals, concerts and events taking place across the Kingdom every year and 2017 is no exception.
From traditional celebrations to huge arena concerts with world-class performers, the Land of Smiles truly has something for everyone in the year ahead.
The year ahead will also see a number of special events organised to honour the late King Bhumibol, so Thailand’s schedule of events is even more full than usual.
Below are just a few events on Thailand’s upcoming calendar to add to your own.
New Year Ritual
This New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Thailand will be illuminated by the light from thousands of candles as scores of people take part in traditional Buddhist ceremonies to usher in 2017. This year’s festivities are set to be extra special as Thai people all over the country will be using the New Year celebrations to honour the life of the late King, who passed away in October. At 9pm on New Year’s Day, candles will be lit and prayers will take place nationwide. Many Thai people will also visit nine auspicious temples to receive blessings from monks for the coming year. Thailand’s Tourism Authority has encouraged visitors to join in with these traditional events as well.
Sustainable Music Festival
The four-day Wonderfruit festival, which takes place from 16th
February at the Siam country Club in Pattaya, is a splendid cacophony of art, music and food. The festival is based on the principles of combining fun and positive social change towards more sustainable ways of life. An impressive collection of art installations are on display for visitors to enjoy, in addition to a selection of workshops and talks from famous innovative thinkers from around the world. There will also be plenty of live music performances to keep visitors entertained, as well scores of tasty food stalls and pop-up gourmet eateries.
If you’re heading north to enjoy the mystical vistas of Thailand’s mountains following a trip to the southern islands, why not coincide your visit with the Chiang Mai Flower Festival? Each year, a vivid kaleidoscope of unique displays show the true colour of Thailand’s stunning tropical flora and fauna. There are also parades, concerts, and street markets for visitors to enjoy at this family-friendly event. For many, the highlight is the Saturday’s parade of intricately decorated floats and vintage cars. This year’s event will take place from February 1st
Big Band Theory
If you’re a fan of live music, then don’t miss the chance to see one of the world’s most celebrated rock bands in concert while you are Lin Bangkok. Coldplay’s A Head full of Dreams
tour will reach the capital’s to Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on April 7th
2017, with tickets already on sale and selling fast. Since its release, the band’s last album has sold more than five million copies across the globe and includes hits such as “Adventure of a Lifetime”, “Hymn for the Weekend” and “Up&Up”. It’s time to get your singing voice warmed up!
Symbol of Thailand
For those keen to delve a little deeper into Thailand’s culture and nature, March 13th
has been marked as National Thai Elephant Day. The magnificent pachyderm is one of the enduring symbols of the nation, and since 1998 one day per year has been set aside to honour these wonderful creatures. Zoos and sanctuaries across the country put on special events, and the animals are often treated to large feasts of sugar cane and fruit. There are also special Buddhist ceremonies to witness that bless the elephant and its mahout (carer) with good luck for the coming year.