Your guide to what’s on in Thailand during May 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.
Labour Day (public holiday)
Coronation Day (public holiday)
A public holiday in Thailand to commemorate the anniversary of the Royal Coronation of HM King Rama X.
Visakha Bucha Day (public holiday)
The most significant event in the Buddhist calendar, Visakha Bucha Day commemorates three defining events in the life of the Buddha; the day on which the Buddha was born, reached his enlightenment 35 years later, and the day he died and entered Nirvana 45 years after that.
Royal Ploughing Ceremony, Bangkok
Marking the start of the rice growing season in Thailand, the Royal Ploughing Ceremony is usually held in May. The location for the ceremony is Sanam Luang*, the large open space opposite the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
*This year, the royal event will take place in private on the grounds of Chitralada Palace.
World’s Largest Parade of Food Trucks, near Bangkok
Food lovers in the Bangkok area are in for a treat 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.
Ko Samui Yacht Regatta
***EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 2021***
Attracting the best yachts in Asia, Samui Regatta provides added glamour to the island of Ko Samui with a mix of sailing and socialising.
Rocket Festivals, Isaan
The north-east region of Thailand, known as Isaan, hosts a number of boisterous rocket festivals during May. The tradition dates back centuries with the launching of home-made bamboo rockets a way of encouraging the rainfall required for the rice-planting season.
to be confirmed
Hua Hin Jazz Festival
to be confirmed
Inthakin City Pillar Festival, Chiang Mai
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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