Your guide to what’s on in Thailand during April 2020 with key events and festivals to look out for in Thailand plus news of Thai-themed events in the UK and Ireland.
The current worldwide health concerns relating to coronavirus (Covid-19) means that some upcoming events in Thailand may be postponed or rescheduled.
March 25-April 5
Bangkok International Motor Show, Nonthaburi
***EVENT RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 22 – MAY 3***
The largest car event in Thailand is being held at IMPACT Challenger Muang Thong Thani. The venue is just to the north of Bangkok in Nonthaburi province.
March 29-April 4
Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes
The popular annual event returns to Chiang Mai with cricketers from around the world heading to the northern Thai city. Hosted at the beautiful Gymkhana Club, this is always a fun event to attend with the social side of the event as important as the cricket.
Late March-early April
April 3-5, 2020 in Mae Hong Son
Poy Sang Long Festival, Mae Hong Son (and parts of North Thailand)
The Poy Sang Long Festival takes place at various temples around North Thailand from late March to early April. At this time of the year, ceremonies take place to ordain young boys as novice monks. Poy Sang Long is an aspect of Tai Yai culture and the colourful ordination ceremonies only take place in some communities, notably in Mae Hong Son province and also in parts of Chiang Mai.
April 1-13 & April 17-18
Phuket Bike Week
The famous Phuket Bike Week celebrates its 26th anniversary this year with activities centred around Patong Beach and Phuket Boat Lagoon. An estimated 50,000 motorbike enthusiasts from more than 30 countries are expected to attend Phuket Bike Week with approximately 10,000 motorcycles on view.
Longlay Beach Life Festival, Cha Am
***EVENT RESCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 2020***
Longlay Beach (also known as Diamond Beach) in Cha Am is the venue for the Longlay Beach Life Festival with a mix of local and international music acts taking to the stage.
Maikhao Beach Run Festival, Phuket
Lovely Maikhao Beach on the north-west coast of Phuket is the scenic setting for this series of races. Runners can choose the 5k along the beach or the more testing 10.5k and half-marathon courses which take runners through the villages and hills.
Chakri Day (nationwide)
April 6 is a public holiday in honour of Chakri Day which commemorates the founding of the royal Chakri Dynasty.
Songkran: Thai New Year Water Festival (nationwide)
Thailand usually welcomes in the traditional Thai New Year with playful water fights, parties and street parades. However, this year will be different because of the ongoing concerns over coronavirus (Covid-19). The usual Songkran public h0liday (April 13-15) has been postponed to try and restrict mass movement of people. Thai families may still celebrate Songkran in the traditional way and visit their local temple, but the major festivities and parties that take place in locations including Bangkok and Chiang Mai have been put on hold.
April 16-April 20
Wan Lai Festival, Chonburi
***OFFICIAL EVENTS AT BANG SAEN CANCELLED***
Although Thailand officially celebrates Songkran from April 13-15, in Chonburi province there is also the Wan Lai Festival which takes place between April 16 and 20. Different towns and districts in Chonburi province celebrate on different days. This is the reason why the beach resort of Pattaya is one of the last locations that still sees water fights after the rest of the country has put down their water pistols for another year. And as part of the Wan Lai Festival in Chonburi, intricate sand stupas are constructed along Bang Saen Beach.
Events in Thailand aren’t always confirmed until much nearer the time. We will add details of more events when dates are known.
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