Your guide to what’s on in Thailand during August 2020 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.
Andaman Jazz by the Sea, Phuket
Originally scheduled for April, the rearranged musical event is set to take place in early August.
Queen Mother Sirikit’s Birthday (public holiday)
The Queen Mother’s birthday on August 12 is a public holiday in Thailand and also celebrated as Mother’s Day (Wan Mae). In Thai culture, a garland of jasmine flowers is a traditional gift to present to your mother.
August 19 to September 16
Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival, Phuket
Celebrated by Phuket’s Hokkien Chinese community, the Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival is a traditional annual event where families pay respect to departed ancestors. Although the main festival date for 2020 falls on September 2, the ‘Ghost Month’ is from August 19 to September 16.
to be confirmed
Longan Festival, Lamphun
Lamyai (longans) are one of Lamphun’s most famous exports and this annual event celebrates the importance of the fruit to the local economy. Featuring street parades, beauty concerts and stalls laden with longans, the event is fun for all the family.
to be confirmed
Akha Swing Festival, Chiang Rai
Celebrated by the Akha community in the Mae Fah Luang district of Chiang Rai, this traditional ceremony celebrates life and fertility. The giant swings are constructed during the rainy season at a time when the crops are established and the hard work of harvest lies ahead. Feasts are held and Akha women wear their traditional dress as they take to the swing and sing the incantations which are sent skywards to the heavens in the hope of a good harvest and good luck for the future.
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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