Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is often called the Lunar New Year. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February.
This time of year you will see just what an important role ethnic Chinese play in the Thai economy - although there are plenty of festivals and celebrations throughout the year, Chinese New Year is the only time when almost everything is shut! Certainly a nationwide celebration, obviously Bangkok's Chinatown is a 'must see'. Parades, exhibitions, floats, Chinese Opera and one of the world's longest Chines Dragon's - it's all there to see! Celebrations wind their way down Yaowarat Road from the Thai-Chinese Gate to Ratchawong Road. If you can handle the noise of the fireworks, Chinese New Year in Chinatown is a must!