Public Holidays in Thailand (2018)

Knowing festivals and public holidays in Thailand is more than knowing when to have fun. Public holidays in Thailand are regulated by the government, and most are observed by both the public and private sectors. Here is a comprehensive list of National and Regional Public Holidays that are celebrated in Thailand during 2018, with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.


  • January 1-2  – New Year holidays


  • February 16 – Chinese New Year

Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, and Satun only


  • March 1 – Makha Bucha Day
On this day, the full moon of the third lunar month (called Tabodwe); seven months after Buddha began his teachings, over a thousand monks gathered to hear Buddha preach.


  • April 6 – Chakri Day

Officially known as ‘King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great Day and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day’, Chakri Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) in 1782.

  • April 12-15  – Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival
  • April 16  – substitution holiday for Songkran
  • April 17  – substitution holiday for Songkran

The Songkran festival is the traditional Thai New Year’s Day and is celebrated from 13 April to 15 April. Songkran revelers will have a five-day holiday this year to celebrate the water-splashing fun-filled festival after the Cabinet declared April 12 a public holiday.

Did you know?

In ancient times, the dates of Songkran and the Vernal Equinox would have been closer, but they have shifted due to an effect called procession, where the Earth wobbles on its axis over a 25,000 year period.


  • May 1 – Labour Day
  • May 11 – Royal Ploughing Ceremony (Government)
  • May 29 – Visakha Bucha Day

In Thailand, Buddha’s birthday is known as Visakha Bucha Day. It is a holy day, so shops, bars, and restaurants are barred from selling alcohol for 24 hours from midnight until midnight. All Government offices and many businesses will be closed. Schools and colleges may hang out yellow Buddhist flags to mark the day.






  • July 27 – Asahna Bucha Day

This day, the first full moon of the eighth lunar month commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares, India and the founding of the Buddhist sangha (monkhood) about 2,500 years ago.


  • July 28 – H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun’s Birthday (observed)
  • July 30  substitution holiday for birthday of H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn



  • August 12  – H.M. Queen’s Birthday. Also celebrated as Mother’s Day.
  • August 13  – Substitution holiday for H.M. Queen’s birthday






  • October 13 – Commemorating the passing of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)
  • October 15 – substitution holiday to commemorate the passing of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • October 23 – Chulalongkorn Day (Rama V Day)

The day commemorates King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) who passed away on 23 October 1910. He was the fifth monarch of Siam from the House of Chakri and is considered one of the greatest kings of Siam (now Thailand).






  • December 5 – King Bhumibol Birthday Commemoration Day.

Also celebrated as Father’s Day and National Day.


  • December 10 – Constitution Day

This holiday commemorates Thailand’s adoption of a constitutional monarchy in 1932.


  • December 31 – New Year’s Eve



  • Where the actual date of the holiday falls on a weekend, a substitute day has been granted on the Monday as a day’s holiday.
  • Alcohol is not served on religious holidays


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