Top 6 Must-See Festivals and Events in Thailand in July 2024

Top 6 Must-See Festivals and Events in Thailand in July 2024

July 2024 promises to be a month of vibrant festivals and cultural events across Thailand, offering both locals and tourists a variety of experiences that showcase the country's rich heritage and lively spirit.

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Written by Preetika Narula (Local Expert)Updated on 05-07-2024
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1. Phi Ta Khon Festival

Time: July 7-9, 2024
Location: Dan Sai District Office and Wat Phon Chai, Loei

In the northeastern town of Dan Sai in Loei province, the annual Phi Ta Khon Festival, also known as the "Ghost Festival," will be held. This vibrant event is famous for its colorful costumes, ghost masks, and exuberant parades. Participants will dance through the streets, accompanied by captivating music and traditional performances. The festival celebrates local folklore, welcoming good fortune and bringing the community together in a lively spectacle of culture and creativity.

Thailand festivals in July

2. Birthday of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X)

Time: July 11-15, 2024
Location: Sanam Luang, Bangkok

In honor of "Celebrations for the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King's 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary," which will be held on July 28, 2024, a variety of cultural performances will take place.

12:00-22:00: Cultural exhibition and market in honor of His Majesty the King

16:30-18:30: Cultural performances and local heritage shows

17:30-20:00: Traditional cooking demonstrations and cultural heritage displays

18:30-22:00: Illuminated garden in honor of His Majesty the King

Thailand festivals in July

3. Asahna Bucha Day (Public Holiday)

Time: July 20, 2024

One of the most important events in the Buddhist calendar, Asahna Bucha commemorates the occasion when Buddha gave his first sermon. This day holds great importance in Thailand, recognized as a public holiday. As one of the most notable religious festivities of the year, it is accompanied by certain restrictions, including the sale of alcohol.

Major celebrations are expected at Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai, and Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Rai.

Thailand festivals in July

4. Khao Phansa Day

Time: July 21, 2024

The day after Asahna Bucha is known as Wan Khao Phansa and marks the beginning of the three-month period of "Phansa." This is the retreat period during the rainy season when monks traditionally remain within the confines of their own temple. The Phansa retreat is sometimes referred to as "Buddhist Lent."

Thailand festivals in July

☀️ Celebrations for Asahna Bucha Day and Khao Phansa Day

  • Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival 2024

Time: July 17-23, 2024
Location: Thung Sri Mueang, Ubon Ratchathani

  • Tak Bat Dok Mai Khao Phansa

Time: July 19-21, 2024
Location: Wat Phra Phutthabat, Saraburi

  • Phansa Water Festival in Ayutthaya

Time: July 20, 2024
Location: Ban Lat Chado Market, Phak Hai District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

  • Sukhothai Wien Tien Ta Khan Asanha Bucha Day 2024

Time: July 20, 2024
Location: Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai

  • Korat Candle Procession 2024

Time: July 20-21, 2024
Location: Thao Suranari Monument, Nakhon Ratchasima

  • 52nd Wien Tien Ceremony on the Water, Phayao Lake

Time: July 20-22, 2024
Location: Wat Tilok Aram Pier and Wat Tilok Aram, Phayao

5. Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival 2024

Time: July 17-23, 2024
Location: Thung Sri Mueang, Ubon Ratchathani

For Asahna Bucha and Khao Phansa, there is a tradition where Thai Buddhists donate candles to their local temple. This ancient tradition has evolved into elaborate candle festivals, with the most famous being the Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival in northeastern Thailand.

Thailand festivals in July

6. Krachiao Flower Fields 2024

Time: June – August 2024
Location: Pa Hin Ngam National Park and Sai Thong National Park, Chaiyaphum

In the northeastern region of Thailand, Chaiyaphum province offers a captivating spectacle during the rainy season, from June to August. The blooming of the Siam Tulip, known locally as Dok Krachiao, transforms the landscape into a breathtaking work of art. To experience this natural wonder, tourists must purchase entry tickets through the QueQ application before arriving at the park entrance. Open daily from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, the park welcomes visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant beauty of the Siam Tulip fields.

Thailand festivals in July

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