Your guide to what’s on in Thailand during September 2022 with key events and festivals to look out for in Thailand plus Thai-themed events in the UK and Ireland.
Events in the UK
Magic of Thailand Festival, London
Events in Thailand
25 September-5 October
Phuket Vegetarian Festival
The Vegetarian Festival is celebrated at various locations in Thailand including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phuket and Trang. The biggest and most elaborate festival takes place in Phuket. Also known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a wonderful mix of tradition and shock factor.
Thai National Flag Day
It was during the reign of King Rama VI on September 28, 1917, when the tricolour flag, ‘thong trai rong‘, seen today was adopted as the new national flag. September 28 is now designated as Thai National Flag Day.
30 September-2 October
Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival, Phuket
A colourful, important event for Phuket’s local Hokkien Chinese community, the Por Tor Festival is a month-long celebration that honours the dead. Known locally as ‘The Hungry Ghost Festival’, it allows the island’s Thai-Chinese inhabitants to pay tribute to their ancestors through a variety of merit-making ceremonies.
Lai Reua Fai (Illuminated Boat Procession), Nakhon Phanom
Lai Reua Fai is part of the celebrations for Awk Phansa marking the end of the rains retreat. The festival is held in some areas of north-east Thailand, with the most famous event taking place on the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom. Lai Reua Fai pays respects to Buddha and also to the mythical naga serpents which are said to reside in the Mekong.
Various dates in September
September marks the start of the longboat racing season in Thailand. This old tradition dates back centuries and takes place during September and October when river levels are at their highest. This is also the Phansa Rains Retreat period (‘Buddhist Lent’) and is a way for people to pay respects to the rivers which support the local communities. The longboat races take place in various locations around Thailand including Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, and Nan.
Events in Thailand aren’t always confirmed until much nearer the time. We will add details of more events when dates are known.