Your guide to what’s on in Thailand during August 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.
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.
August/September date tbc
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.
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.
Akha Swing Festival, Chiang Rai
Held 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.
Ko Samui Yacht Regatta
Attracting the best yachts in Asia, Samui Regatta provides added glamour to the island of Ko Samui with a mix of sailing and socialising. The event was originally scheduled for May 2021, but it’s hoped it will now take place in August/September.
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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