Your guide to what’s on in Thailand during April 2021 with key events and festivals to look out for in Thailand plus 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.
Late March-early April
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 Shan and 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.
Chakri Day (nationwide)
April 6 is a public holiday in honour of Chakri Day which commemorates the founding of the royal Chakri Dynasty.
Afrodeesiac 2021 Festival, Bangkok
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit plays host to the Afrodeesiac 2021 Festival bringing African music, arts and entertainment to the Thai capital.
Songkran: Thai New Year Water Festival (nationwide)
Thailand welcomes in the traditional Thai New Year with playful water fights, parties and street parades. Public celebrations were postponed in 2020 and it isn’t yet clear what form Songkran will take this year.
April 16-April 20
Wan Lai Festival, Chonburi province
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 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. As with Songkran, if the Wan Lai Festival goes ahead this year, it is likely to be a more subdued event.
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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