Displays of lanterns at the Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai.
Held every year, Loy Krathong is the most charming of all Thai festivals. The custom of placing handmade floats decorated with flowers and candles on waterways goes back over 700 years to the Sukhothai historical period. In the North, "Yee Peng" is celebrated for two nights under the full moon. As the moon rises on the second night, celebrations include a procession with floats through the city to the Ping River, boat races, and a beauty contest. Huge hot air lanterns similar to balloons are also launched into the night sky.Book early for tables at riverside restaurants this Loy Krathong (November 24 - 26 2015)
Great photo opportunities in Mae Hong Song province when the hillsides are covered with yellow sunflowers. Festival centred on Khun Yuam village by Doi Mae U-Khor, Mae Hong Son province.
Stage shows, beer and food festival, annual music awards. Held during the evening on Changklan Road at the Night Bazaar.
Nationwide celebrations are nationwide tributes with gaily-lit buildings and streets. His birthday is also celebrated as "Fathers' Day" in Thailand. December 5
A popular Chiangmai celebration of the world's favourite flower. Exhibitions, culture performances and competitions held at Makro, Chiangmai. Dec 27-29
Everywhere from first-class hotels to corner beer bars celebrate in style. Dec 24-25, 31
This fair is the premier event for much of the province's agricultural population. Farmers and locals from miles around come to swap stories and goods. Chiangmai Provincial Hall. Also features a variety of products for sale, especially handicrafts, plus a show, beauty contest and games. Comes alive at night. Dec 28-Jan 08