Bangkok, Thailand



Chinese New Year Festival
January or February
The obvious place to visit is Yaowarat, the Chinese district of Bangkok. During the festival, Yaowarat Road is closed to vehicle traffic and many stores and food stands crowd the road. The Chinese New Year is celebrated with grandiose and colourful Chinese lion and dragon processions.

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Chinese New Year celebration in Bangkok by feserc

Songkran (Water) Festival
The traditional Thai New Year is an occasion for merriment all over Bangkok but most notably at Sanam Luang (near the Grand Palace), where the revered Phra Phuttha Sihing image is displayed and bathed by devotees. In the Wisut Kasat area, a Miss Songkran beauty pageant is held and accompanied by merry-making and entertainment. Don't think it is particularly peaceful festival though, Khao San Road degenerates into a war zone as farangs (foreigners) and locals fight it out with buckets of water, water bombs and other super soakers.

Songkran Festival by Electrostatico

Royal Ploughing Ceremony
Farmers believe that an ancient Brahman ritual (conducted at Sanam Luang) is able to forecast whether the coming growing season will be bountiful or not. The event dates back to the Sukhothai Kingdom and re-introduced in 1960 by King Bhumibol. Nowadays, the ceremony is conducted by Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Loi Krathong
Loi Krathong is the Festival of Lights and takes place on the evening of the full moon on the 12th month of the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November.

Trooping of the Colours
Their majesties the King and Queen preside over this impressive annual event, held in the Royal Plaza near the equestrian statue of King Rama V in Dusit. Dressed in colourful uniforms, amid much pomp and ceremony, members of the elite Royal Guards swear allegiance to the King and march past members of the Royal Family.

King's Birthday Celebrations
December 5
On this day, Ratchadamri Road and the Grand Palace are elaborately decorated and illuminated. In the evening, hundred thousands of Thai citizens line the route from Sanam Luang to the Chitralada Palace to get a glimpse of the King, who is slowly chauffeur-driven.

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