Songkran 2016 – Ready for Pattaya’s Annual Water Battle?

Just a heads-up here: Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year festival a.k.a. the “world’s largest water battle” is just around the corner now. While the notorious “water festival” traditionally kicks off on April 13 (mark it on your calendar) and is celebrated for three days only the water-splashing party has been extended to as long… Continue Reading

New Crackdown on Drunk Driving Announced for Songkran

Songkran, the traditional Thai new year festival, is just around the corner now and preparations for the world’s “largest water battle” are well under way in Pattaya. As usual, the week-long annual madness and nonstop street party promises to become just as wild as it is wet. And well, unless you’re a strict non-drinker it… Continue Reading

Pattaya Countdown 2016 Festival, December 29-31

In a press conference at the Central Festival Pattaya Beach mall, tourism officials on Monday announced details of the upcoming annual “Pattaya Countdown” event that is sure to result in widespread stop-and-go traffic in South Pattaya in the days leading up to the main event on New Year’s Eve. Likely in response to a decreased… Continue Reading

Thais Celebrate King Bhumibol’s 88th Birthday on December 5

This Saturday, December 5, Thai people across the kingdom will celebrate the 88th birthday of their beloved monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which isn’t just a national holiday but also celebrated as Father’s Day. As the king’s birthday falls on a Saturday this year, Monday, December 7, will be a substitution holiday, with banks, government offices,… Continue Reading

Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 2015 – November 27, 28

Pattaya’s popular International Fireworks Festival, one of the main events in the city’s festival calendar, will this year light up the sky over Pattaya on Friday, November 27, and Saturday, November 28. Originally intended to celebrate the Thai king’s birthday on December 5, Thailand’s largest annual firework display is expected to attract as many as… Continue Reading

Loy Krathong Festival – Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thailand’s popular Loy Krathong festival, famous for floating some kind of decorated baskets on waterways and releasing lanterns into the night sky, falls on Wednesday, November 25, this year. Also knows as the “festival of lights”, Loy Krathong is not a public or Buddhist holiday, so businesses and bars will be open as usual. As… Continue Reading

Thais Celebrate Queen’s Birthday, Mother’s Day August 12

Thai people throughout the kingdom will celebrate Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 83rd birthday on Wednesday, August 12. Since 1976, as part of a campaign to promote the royal family and commemorate the beloved monarch’s birthday, the day is also celebrated as Mother’s Day. Given the central role of the family in Thai society, it is… Continue Reading

48-Hour Alcohol Ban for Buddhist Holidays – July 30, 31

This year, the back-to-back Buddhist holidays of Asarnha Bucha and Khao Pansaa fall on Thursday, July 30, and Friday, July 31. Both are important public holidays, and government offices, the local immigration bureau, banks and many other businesses will be closed for two consecutive days. As mandatory on the most important Buddha days, alcohol sales… Continue Reading

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