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Local Guide

There are two sides to Bangkok: one side reflects the ancient soul of Thailand, with its long and fascinating history; the other side is the frenetic modern metropolis that embraces the latest trends, both Eastern and Western.

The two sides blend remarkably well - even the most jarring juxtapositions of old and new will start to make sense after a few days - and shrines in front of car dealerships or monks on all manner of public transportation will be sights taken for granted.

Bangkok is not only the biggest city in Thailand, but also the most mesmerizing, with some of the country's most beautiful temples and shrines.

Local Events

New Years Day

New Years Day

1 Jan

Celebrates beginning of the solar and Gregorian year. From 1889–1941, this was held on 1 April

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

8 Feb

Chinese New Year is a big event. If you are in Bangkok, dress in red and join the celebrations in Chinatown!

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

14 Feb

Valentine's Day offers an opportunity to send a love card or ask someone out to dinner

Makha Bucha

Makha Bucha

22 Feb

It commemorates the day when 1250 disciples gathered without prior notice and listened to Buddha elaborate some of his most important teachings in a sermon

Chakkri Day

Chakkri Day

6 Apr

Commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok by King Phutthayotfa Chulalok in 1782

Songkran Day

Songkran Day

13 Apr

Traditional Thai new year, and the major holiday of the year. Many people return home for family reunions during this period 13-15 April

Wisakha Bucha

Wisakha Bucha

20 May

Buddhist observance commemorating the Buddha's first discourse

Asanha Bucha

Asanha Bucha

19 Jul

Buddhist observance commemorating the Buddha's first discourse

Khao Phansa

Khao Phansa

20 Jul

Beginning of the Buddhist Lent. Thai people go to temple for make a merit and there are candle festivals around Thailand

Mother's Day

Mother's Day

12 Aug

Commemorates the birthday of Queen Sirikit in 1932; also observed as National Mother's Day

Owk Phansa

Owk Phansa

16 Oct

The end of the Buddhist Lent. Monks are allowed to go out of temples, and people gather to bring them offerings of robes and food

Chulalongkorn Day

Chulalongkorn Day

23 Oct

Commemorates the passing of King Chulalongkorn in 1910

Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong

14 Nov

Loy Krathong happens on the first full moon day of November.Thai people make a krathong. At night the krathong are set adrift on a river

Father Day

Father Day

5 Dec

Commemorates the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1927

Constitution Day

Constitution Day

10 Dec

Commemorates the promulgation of the first permanent constitution in 1932

Christmas

Christmas

25 Dec

Celebrate Christmas Day

New Year Eve

New Year Eve

31 Dec

Final day of the Gregorian year

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