Krabi Travel Guides

February

Chinese New Year: is a time of firecrackers, lion dancers parading through the streets and time to ‘spring-clean’ the house, it is celebrated in February by all Chinese-Thais. Lanterns line the streets and the smell of incense wafts through the air. Dragon parades weave down roads and children gad about everywhere.

April

Songkran: The most frenetic festival in the country is that of Songkran, the Luna New Year. Held from the 13th to 15th April each year…it’s a wet one! Traditionally it was celebrated by Buddha images being bathed with water and the showing of respect to monks and elders. From the sprinkling of water onto someone’s hands as a sign of respect it has evolved into mass drenching for anyone who decides to venture outdoors. This has to be one of the friendliest, though wet, festivals anywhere and a great way to make new friends.

May

Visakha Bucha: marked by night-time processions of worshipers around almost every temple in the kingdom, this festival celebrates the birth, enlightenment and passing of Lord Buddha. A tourist may take part in these parades and it can prove great fun.

The Setting Adrift of the Chao Le Boats: takes place on Ko Lanta during the full moon night of the sixth and eleventh lunar months. This is a religious rite performed by Sea Gypsies or "Chao Le" who gather on the beach near Ban Saladan Village to bring prosperity and happiness to the participants. They dance their famous "rong ngeng" round the boats to be set adrift. Ceremonies feature singing and dancing.

July

Asanha Puja: this event sees Thai Buddhists celebrating Buddhist ‘lent’, the full moon festival. Beginning mid to late in the month, this is the period when young men enter their monk hood for the rainy season and ordained monks remain in a single monastery for three months. One can view Buddhist temples throughout the year, but this tradition can be picturesque due to the activity of the saffron robed followers.

August

Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen: Also marking Mother's Day in Thailand, the 12th of August see the towns and villages of the country festively decorated with lights and portraits of the Queen.

November

Loi Krathong: is one of the most beautiful and moving festivities. This is when you cast away your troubles and call in the hopes of the future. As the moon rises in the evening a small lotus-shaped raft of banana leaves filled with flowers, a candle, a snip of your nail, a piece of your hair and a few coins, is set afloat in the ocean or down a waterway conjuring up good luck for the forthcoming year. In some areas large paper hot-air balloons are also released.

Andaman Sea Festival: celebrates the opening of the tourist season in Krabi. Water sport competitions, cultural shows, and good-natured fun are the schedule.

December

Birthday of His Majesty the King: Also marking Father's Day in Thailand, the 5th of December see the towns and villages of the country festively decorated with flags, lights and portraits of the King. The occasion is also marked by a spectacular fireworks display near the Grand Palace.

Official Holidays

January 1 - New Year’s Day
February (full moon day) - Makka Bucha
April 6 - Chakri Day
April 13 - Songkran, Thai New Year
May 1 - Labour Day
May 5 - Coronation Day
May 7 - Ploughing Ceremony
May (full moon day) - Visakha Bucha
July (full moon day) - Asanha Bucha commemorates the first sermon of Buddha
August 12 - Queen’s Birthday
October 23 - Chulalongkorn Day
December 5 - King’s Birthday
December 10 - Constitution Day
December 31 - New Year’s Eve