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.
April 3 & April 17 (*event postponed*)
Sukhothai Mini Light and Sound 2021
Wat Sra Sri at the Sukhothai Historical Park is the venue for this year’s Sukhothai Mini Light and Sound 2021. The shows are free of charge and scheduled on March 6, March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1, and May 15. As part of Covid-19 prevention and control measures, entry is limited to 200 people at any one time . The show starts at 7.30pm and anybody interested in attending is advised to arrive by 6pm to secure one of the limited number of seats.
Chakri Day (nationwide)
April 6 is a public holiday in honour of Chakri Day which commemorates the founding of the royal Chakri Dynasty.
April 9-11 (*event postponed*)
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.
Pattaya Kite Festival
Taking place on the beach in front of Central Festival, Pattaya
Songkran: Thai New Year Water Festival (nationwide)
Thailand welcomes in the traditional Thai New Year in mid-April. Normally, Sonkgran sees playful water fights, parties and street parades. However, as part of health measures for Covid-19, there will be no water fights or large-scale public events this year. Instead, Thai people are being asked to mark the occasion in a more traditional, low-key manner.
Laguna Phuket Pride (*event may be postponed/rescheduled*)
Cassia Phuket Bangtao Beach presents Laguna Phuket Pride during the Songkran holidays. Everybody is welcome to the event which celebrates how LGBTQ+ rights have progressed and also focuses on what is left to do.
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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