Your guide to what’s on in Thailand during May 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.
UK & Ireland
May 7-9 (access until May 16)
Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show (online event)
In this online event, Destinations The Holiday & Travel Show presents Travel 2021. Tourism Thailand will be taking part helping you to inspire and plan your travels when the time is right.
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.
May 1 & May 15
Sukhothai Mini Light and Sound 2021
Wat Sra Sri at the Sukhothai Historical Park is the venue for this year’s Sukhothai Mini Light and Sound 2021. The shows are free of charge and scheduled on April 3, April 17, May 1, and May 15. As part of Covid-19 prevention and control measures, entry is limited to 200 people at any one time . The show starts at 7.30pm and anybody interested in attending is advised to arrive by 6pm to secure one of the limited number of seats.
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.
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.
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.
Inthakin City Pillar Festival, Chiang Mai
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.
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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