Thailand, the gracious land covering thousands of mysterious temples, golden beaches, beautiful landscapes, and delicious Thai food, caters to the expectations of every keen explorer. No matter what your interests – if you are a history buff, you can find legendary stories in every nook and corner, and if you are a beach lover, the tropical climate of Thailand is for you. From partygoers to shopping animals, food bloggers to nature wanderers, Thailand has something for everyone.
So, if you are in Thailand or planning your trip to Thailand, listed below are the dates of public holidays in Thailand during the year 2023.
Note: Be advised that the government and immigration offices are closed during public holidays. Please keep this in mind if you want to extend your Thailand visa or require consular services, as Thai embassies and consulates may remain closed during these holidays. If the actual date of the holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday, a substitute holiday is declared on the Friday before or Monday after.
Thailand Public Holidays 2023
1) January 1- New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day marks the beginning of a new year. This is not an official holiday in Thailand, but it is still celebrated on a small scale in large cities.
2) January and February- Chinese New Year
Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is not an official public holiday in Thailand, but due to a large number of Thai Chinese descendants, it is celebrated in all Chinese neighbourhoods every lunar year. Some schools and companies may be closed on this day, allowing the students and employees to participate in parades and shows.Rd M
3) February 16- Makha Bucha (the date may vary on the lunar cycle)
The most important Buddhist holiday is honoured on the full moon day of the third lunar month, on which 1250 devoted followers gather at the same site to listen to a sermon, which was preached by the Buddha, nine months after his enlightenment.
4) April 6- Chakri Day.
Officially known as “King Phutthayotfa Chulalok the Great Day” and the “Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day,” Chakri Day commemorates the establishment of the current Chakri dynasty and the founding of Bangkok. The national flag is displayed during traditional ceremonies. You can devour your favourite Thai food, such as Khao soi and Pad thai.
5) April 13 to April 16- Songkran
Songkran, also called the Thai New Year’s national holiday, is one of the popular Thailand festivals. Celebrated with huge water fights and water blessing ceremonies, Songkran has been passed down through many generations. Ranging from celebrations of 3 days to 6 days, this festival is rich in culture and tradition.
6) May 1- Labour Day
International Worker’s Day, celebrated on May 1, also known as Labor Day, is marked as a public holiday in Thailand. It represents the worldwide celebration of labour movements and achievements.
7) May 4- Coronation Day
Coronation Day marks the annual anniversary of the coronation of Thailand’s King, King Vajiralongkorn.
8) May 16- Visakha Buch Day
Visakha Buch Day is the most significant and sacred day in Thailand, commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Buddha. The various rituals are performed in some temples that involve prayers, incense, lotus flowers, and candles.
9) June 3- Queen’s birthday
It is the current queen’s birthday and a national holiday in Thailand. If it falls on a weekend, the holiday will be made up. The former Queen’s birthday also remains a public holiday; it is now celebrated as National Mother’s Day.
10) July 13- Asahna Bucha Day
A Buddhist holiday in Thailand, Asahna Bucha Day, is celebrated in honour of the 2500th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha’s first sermon at Benares, India.
11) July 28- King Vajiralongkorn’s Birthday
The birthday of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known as King Rama, who ascended the throne in 2016 following the death of his father, King Bhumibol.
12) August 12- Mother’s Day
The wife of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the mother of current King Vajiralongkorn, the former Queen Sirkit is honoured with a public holiday on her birthday. Since she is called the ‘Mother of the Nation’, it is also Mother’s Day on this date.
13) October 13- Death anniversary of King Bhumibol (King Rama IV)
King Bhumibol, the former king of Thailand, is the father of the current sovereign King Vajiralongkorn. King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born on December 5, 1927, died on October 13, 2016, and ruled for 70 years, earning the title “Father of the Nation.” It is a public holiday in Thailand.
14) October 23- Chulalongkorn Day
Chulalongkorn Day, also known as Wan Piyamaharaj Day, is the day honouring the death of King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V). He has contributed to some major reforms in Thailand, including the Thai education system.
15) December 5- Father’s Day
The late King, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, was born on December 5. Though he died in 2016, his birthday is celebrated each year as “National Father’s Day.”
16) December 10- Constitution Day
Thailand celebrates its Constitution Day on December 10, recalling the introduction of the first permanent constitution of the nation in 1932. This day honours the laws written since the transition to a constitutional Monarchy in Thailand in 1932.
Tourism During Thailand Public Holidays
One of the many reasons to visit Thailand is the vibrant festivals and events. Tourism during public holidays in Thailand is not an issue. If you are planning a visit to Thailand during one of the public holidays, be aware that tourist attractions and hotels during these times are heavily crowded. You should also be aware of the fact that banks and government offices remain closed during public holidays in Thailand. However, the business and attractions during the holidays remain fully operational. You can enjoy your trips to the malls, popular tourist attractions, and restaurants. Make sure you book your flight tickets and accommodations prior to your trip. It is best to arrive as early as possible to make your trip more accessible.
There are various events and celebrations happening across the country that form a part of the joyful celebration with families and friends. Thai holidays depend on the lunar calendar. When visiting Thailand, it’s a good idea to note the holidays to avoid any disappointments.