Travel Tips

Public Holidays

In Thailand most workers do not receive the generous holiday/vacation leave allowances people do in the west, although this is offset by the greater number of public holidays Thais enjoy. Many public holidays are based around festivals. Clearly, Thai people want to make the most of these holidays by taking a break or visiting relatives at home in a different province. They are very often periods of significant increase in domestic tourism and travel. During some of the Thai public holidays, you might find hotels and resorts fully booked and it might not be possible to get transportation to the places you want to visit. Clearly a bit of planning is in order.

The festivals that often take place during public holidays are great times to see aspects of 'real' Thailand and to feel more involved than you usually might. This is especially true of the Songkran festival. They can though be periods of frustration if travel plans do not go right. Reserve hotels and buy tickets at least a few weeks in advance. In addition, avoid the hassles getting back to Bangkok on the last day a holiday by staying a couple of extra days out of town.

List of Thailand’s Public Holidays During 2023

Monday January 2, 2023 New Year’s Day
(Substitution: Sunday January 1)
Monday March 6, 2023 Makha Bucha Day
Thursday April 6, 2023 Chakri Memorial Day
Thursday-Friday April 13 - 14, 2023 Songkran Festival Day
Monday May 1, 2023 National Labour Day
Thursday May 4, 2023 Coronation Day
Monday June 5, 2023 H.M. Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana's Birthday
and Wisakha Bucha Day
(Substitution: Saturday June 3)
Friday July 28, 2023 H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua’s Birthday
Tuesday August 1, 2023 Asarnha Bucha Day
Monday August 14, 2023 H.M. Queen Sirikit The Queen Mother's Birthday and National Mother's day
(Substitution: Saturday August 12)
Friday October 13, 2023 H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great Memorial Day
Monday October 23, 2023 Chulalongkorn Day
Tuesday December 5, 2023 H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Birthday, National Day and National Father's Day
Monday December 11, 2023 Constitution Day
(Substitution: Sunday December 10)
Sunday December 31, 2023 New Year’s Eve


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