Your guide to what’s on in Thailand during June and July 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.
Birthday of HM Queen Suthida (public holiday)
June 26-28 (to be confirmed)
Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival, Loei
Held in the Dan Sai district of the north-east province of Loei, the colourful Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival celebrates the belief in ghosts and spirits as part of a merit-making festival known as Boon Luang.
Asahna Bucha Day (public holiday)
One of the most important events in the Buddhist calendar, Asahna Bucha Day commemorates the occasion when Buddha delivered his first sermon.
The day after Asahna Bucha is known as Wan Khao Phansa and marks the start of the three-month ‘Phansa’ period which is sometimes referred to as ‘Buddhist Lent’. This is the rains retreat period when monks traditionally stay within the confines of their own temple.
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival
For Asahna Bucha and Khao Phansa there is a tradition for Thai Buddhists to donate candles to their local temple. This ancient tradition has since morphed into elaborate candle festivals with the most famous being the Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival.
Birthday of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) (public holiday)
to be confirmed
Phuket Yachting Race Week
to be confirmed
Pai Jazz & Blues Festival
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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