Hua Hin Travel Guides
New Year’s Day: on 1 January there’s a range of activities on offer to welcome in the New Year from the uniquely Thai traditional festivities to typically Western traditions. As the sun comes up, Buddhist monks welcome the dawn and the faithful make merit by giving alms to monks.
Chinese New Year: this is a time of lion dancers and firecrackers, parades and spring house cleaning. It’s celebrated in late January or early February, depending on the lunar calendar, and is an important day for all Thai-Chinese. Streets are lined with lanterns and the smell of incense fills the air. Children will particularly enjoy the dragon parades that are held on streets in Chinese neighbourhoods.
Hua Hin International Kite Festival: an annual event held in March, the kite festival attracts greater numbers of devotees each year. Both participants and spectators congregate in Hua Hin, coming from points throughout Thailand and Southeast Asia. Not only are the kites colourful and unique in design, this is also an opportunity for visitors to experience a uniquely Asian cultural event.
Songkran: the Thai New Year festival is one of the most festive events of the year. Held from 13th to 15th April, this has become a time for drenching friends, neighbours and passers-by with water and sometimes covering them with powder as well. In years past images of the Buddha were bathed with water and respect was shown to older family members and monks. Water was sprinkled on the hands as a sign of respect. Today, the festivities have become much more boisterous.Visit this website for further information about Hua Hin Songkran Festival
Visakha Bucha: on the full moon in May, the birthday of the Buddha is celebrated at local Buddhist temples (known as wat). Candlelit processions are held and tourists are welcome to take part. It’s a solemn day, but also accompanied by lots of fun community activities.
Hua Hin Jazz Festival: every June thousands of jazz fans from around the region come to Hua Hin to enjoy performances by top local and international names in jazz. Bands rotate performances on two stages that are set up in the town centre. In addition, there are jazz workshops open to visitors, great local foods to try and loads of locally made products to buy. Games are featured and lucky draws are held, and fun for all members of the family is guaranteed.
Buddhist Lent: also known as Asanha Puja, the full moon festival in July typically begins in the latter half of the month. This is a time when many young males, including children, are ordained as monks. Many spend the three months of Lent experiencing monastic life. The processions and ordinations can be witnessed by visitors and the pageantry and colourful saffron robes imprint a lasting image.
Queen’s Birthday: this is also the Thai nation’s day for celebrating mothers. On 12th August, Thais demonstrate their loyalty to the queen – the mother of the country - on her royal birthday by decorating their homes and public buildings. This is a bank holiday, and celebrations are held at temples everywhere. Grand-scale celebrations are held in Bangkok, but Hua Hin has its fair share of activity.
Elephant Polo: this event is relatively new to Thailand, having been imported from Nepal, and is an adaptation of the equestrian version. With the popularity of elephants in the country, it’s likely that the sport will steadily gain more followers. There’s an annual tournament held in September at Hua Hin’s Somdet Phra Suriyothai grounds. A blessing of the elephants is followed by a parade and then the tournament.
Chulalongkorn Day: observed on 23rd October of each year, this day commemorates one of the country’s most revered kings, Rama V, also known as King Chulalongkorn. The most prestigious university in the land is named in his honour, and celebrations are held throughout the nation on this bank holiday.
Loi Krathong: one of the year’s most spectacular festivals is held in November. All those who wish to take part either make or purchase a small float made of banana leaves and decorated with flowers, a candle and incense sticks. The krathong is set afloat on a waterway, symbolically sending away all troubles and making way for good luck in the year ahead.
King’s Birthday:celebrations are held throughout the country on 5th December in honour of the nation’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, or Rama IX. Not only is he the longest reigning monarch in the world, he is revered by Thais of all ages. On this day, citizens everywhere pay respect to him and his public works. Buildings and homes are decorated throughout Hua Hin for this special occasion.