Category: Thai Festivals

Children’s Day in Thailand

There has been a regular Children’s Day in Thailand since 1955. It is held on the second Saturday of January every year. On this day, many places open their doors to children for free or at a reduced rate. For…

Monk Ordination by Horeseback

It is traditional for Thai men to ordain as Buddhist monks at least once in their life. Some consider they are not real men until they have done this. In the past, men would ordain for three months when they…

Candle Festival in Suphanburi

The start of the three month long Buddhist Lent was celebrated in Suphanburi with an elaborate parade with traditional cultural performances. The highlights were beautifully carved candles on floats that took part in the parade. All ten districts in Suphanburi…

Phi Ta Khon Festival

One of the most colourful and unusual festivals in Thailand is Phi Ta Khon which takes place every year in Dan Sai in Loei Province. The date is not fixed and usually takes place over a period of three days…

Novice Monks Enjoying a Water Fight

Who says monks cannot enjoy themselves? Well, maybe they do need to show detachment to the pleasures of the world, but that doesn’t mean that the young novices monks cannot have some fun. After all, in many cases they are…

An Elephant Playing Songkran

During the recent Songkran festival in Ayutthaya, the elephants went head to head with the humans during the water fights. It was water guns versus elephant trunks. I presume you can guess who won every time. The elephants of course.

An Elephant Offering Alms to a Monk

I’ve taken pictures of alms giving many times in Thailand. These have varied from the early morning alms round on foot and boat to the big mass alms giving in one location. The latter kind often takes place on special…

Wai Khru Muay Thai Festival in Ayutthaya

Over 1,000 Muay Thai fighters from 66 different countries from around the world converged on Ayutthaya recently for the annual Wai Khru Muay Thai Festival. This is now the tenth time that this ceremony has taken place. The Muay Thai…

Alms Round on the River

I love taking pictures of the alms round in Thailand in the early morning light. It’s always a challenge to get a good picture as they come out of the temple just as dawn is breaking and it’s still a…

Tak Bat Dok Mai Festival

  The Tak Bat Dok Mai floral offering merit-making ritual is unique to Saraburi province. This ritual stands out from the merit-making activities conducted in the other parts of Thailand because in addition to the offerings of cooked rice, food, incense, candles…

Long Boat Racing in Thailand

Towards the end of the rainy season, when the canals and rivers are at their highest levels, it is traditional in Thailand to have boat races. This afternoon I was in Phra Pradaeng in Samut Prakan for their long boat…

The Lotus Throwing Festival

One of the most beautiful Thai festivals that I attend every year is “Rub Bua” which is sometimes called “Yon Bua”. This is a better name as it more precisely describes what happens. In English I have translated this as the “Lotus…

Dancing Dragons in Thailand

A good thing about the Chinese is that they know how to put on a colourful festival that excites all the senses. Any parade that involves the Chinese Dragons are a delight to watch. Just take a look at the…