Your guide to what’s on in Thailand during March 2020 with key events and festivals to look out for in Thailand plus Thai-themed events in the UK and Ireland.
Phra Nakhon Khiri Festival, Phetchaburi
Located to the north of Hua Hin and Cha Am, the former summer palace of King Rama IV sits on top of a hill overlooking the small city of Phetchaburi. Known in Thai as Phra Nakhon Khiri (and locally as Khao Wang), the hilltop palace is the site of an enjoyable festival featuring local handicrafts and evening fireworks.
Wai Kru Ceremony at Wat Bang Phra, Nakhon Pathom
Sometimes referred to as the ‘Magic Tattoo Festival’, thousands of people travel to Wat Bang Phra to recharge their sacred sak yant tattoos. The temple is located to the west of Bangkok.
Kolour in the Park, near Bangkok
Kolour in the Park describes itself as an all-day, multi-genre music festival. There will be plenty to see and do at this popular event hosted just outside Bangkok at the Thai Wake Park in Pathum Thani province.
World’s Largest Parade of Food Trucks, near Bangkok
Food lovers in the Bangkok area are in for treat in March with more than 200 food trucks ready to line up at the Lakeside, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. In addition to the food trucks there will be mini-concerts, lucky draws and lots of fun. This event is aiming to establish a new Guinness World Record by surpassing the current record of 121 food trucks which was set in 2014 in Florida, USA.
Changing Costume of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok
In this traditional royal ceremony to mark the changing of the seasons, HM the King changes the costume of the Emerald Buddha from winter attire to summer. The most important Buddha image in Thailand is housed at Wat Phra Kaeo, part of the Grand Palace complex in Bangkok.
National Thai Elephant Day
Thailand’s national animal is celebrated annually on March 13. National Thai Elephant Day recognises the important role the elephant has played in Thai history and culture.
Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair
Organised to celebrate the historical significance of the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya. Thai and foreign tourists attending the event are encouraged to wear traditional Thai clothing. Highlights of the event include a grand opening procession and a light and sound presentation at Wat Maha That.
National Muay Thai Day
Also known as ‘Boxer’s Day’, Muay Thai Day celebrates Thailand’s national sport with Muay Thai gyms and stadiums across the country hosting special events.
Pattaya International Music Festival
Thailand Grand Prix 2020 MotoGP, Buriram
The cream of the motorbike racing world will be heading to Buriram in North-East Thailand where the Chang International Circuit will host Round 2 of the MotoGP.
March 25-April 5
Bangkok International Motor Show, Nonthaburi
***EVENT RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 22 – MAY 3***
The largest car event in Thailand is being held at IMPACT Challenger Muang Thong Thani. The venue is just to the north of Bangkok in Nonthaburi province.
Hope Fair, Bangkok
The first Hope Fair of 2020 will be hosted on March 26 at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, close to the BTS Skytrain station at Ratchadamri. Hope Fair holds regular events throughout the year featuring a section of quality products from more than 100 artisans and entrepreneurs. Money raised from the Hope Fair goes towards the Mercy Centre, an orphanage in Bangkok which supports children from one of the most deprived areas of the city. If you’re in Bangkok and would like to donate shoes, clothes or anything useful, bring them along to the event.
Trat Marathon 2020
The small city of Trat on Thailand’s East Coast hosts a range of running events spanning distances that range from 5k to the full marathon.
March 29-April 4
Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes
The popular annual event returns to Chiang Mai with cricketers from around the world heading to the northern Thai city. Hosted at the beautiful Gymkhana Club, this is always a fun event to attend with the social side of the event as important as the cricket.
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 Tai Yai culture with the colourful ordination ceremonies mostly taking place at temples in Mae Hong Son province.
to be confirmed
Rayong Kite Festival
Held at Lam Mae Pim Beach in the East Coat province of Rayong. Visitors can witness hundreds of colourful kites being flown by experts from around the world. Fun for all the family, learn how to make a kite and discover the history of kites in Thailand.
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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