Thailand Public Holidays 2019

Thailand has many public holiday’s throughout the year.  From government holiday’s to religious ones, there is something to honor or celebrate almost every month in Thailand.

The following list provides the major public holiday’s.  On some of the Buddhist holiday’s bars are closed and alcohol sale if forbidden.  If you are coming to Thailand and want to enjoy a beer or three, you’ll probably want to avoid those dates.   We include which of Thailand’s holiday’s don’t allow alcohol in table as well.

Table Legend

Bars are usually open

Bars are usually closed, alcohol sales not allowed

New holiday or event, bars not likely to close but currently unknown


Bar closure information is based on what has happened in the past.  The government can make changes at anytime, even the day before.

Also bear in mind this is a list of the major holiday’s in Thailand.  There can be other regional or local bar closure / alcohol bans issued as well

HolidayDateNotesBars Open?
New Year's DayJan 01The start of the Western New Year is celebration in Thailand.
Chinese New YearFeb 5
Makha BuchaFeb 19
Chakri DayApr 08
Songkran FestivalApr 13
Apr 14
Apr 15
The Songkran Festival in Thailand. While only three days, in places like Pattaya, the celebration can last a week.
Labor DayMay 01
Visakha Bucha DayMay 20
Royal Ploughing CeremonyMay 22
Asanha BuchaJul 16
Buddhist LentJul 17
H.M. The King's Birthday - Rama XJul 29Birthday of the recently crowned King Vajiralongkorn - Rama X
H.M. The Queen's BirthdayAug 12Also Mother's Day in Thailand
Passing of King Bhumibol - Rama IXOct 14A new holiday in Thailand after the passing of the King in 2016
End of Buddhist LentOct 13Also known as Wan Awk Phansa
Chulalongkorn Memorial DayOct 23
Loy KrathongNov 13Not technically a holiday, but a major national festival
H.M. The King's Birthday - Rama IXDec 05Also Father's Day in Thailand, the birthday of the previous King Bhumibol (Rama IX)
Thai Constitution DayDec 10
New Year's EveDec 31

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