Your guide to what’s on in Thailand during April 2022 with key events and festivals to look out for in Thailand plus Thai-themed events in the UK and Ireland.
Songkran celebrations at Wat Buddhapadipa, Wimbledon, London
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.
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 muted in 2020 and 2021 and will be quiet again in most places with more of a focus on the traditional aspects of Songkran.
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, this year’s celebrations may change in accordance with current Covid regulations.
Bangkok marks 240th anniversary
This year sees Bangkok celebrating its 240th anniversary. The Thai capital was moved from Thonburi across to the other side of the Chao Phraya River with the city pillar erected on 21 April 1782. Special events will take place at locations around Bangkok’s Old City area to commemorate the event.
Colouring the Sky Kite Festival, Cha Am 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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