5 Things to Do in Thailand This 2019 (or Any Year)

One of my favorite countries in Asia is Thailand. I’m a city boy by heart and I love the fast-paced environment of malls and shopping, but I still enjoy experiencing culture. In this region, the country does not disappoint. There are plenty of things to do in Thailand to soak up some history. And if you’re in the mood to party, there’s plenty of festivals to check out.

Here are five you can check out when you decide to visit:

Pattaya International Music Festival (March 14-16, 2019)


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The Pattaya International Music Festival is one of the world’s largest beach festivals. It is held annually at the stretch of the Pattaya beach road and invites pop, rock, hip-hop, and R&B performers from Thailand and around the world. Pattaya is also known for its beaches and nightlife so you’re sure to have a great time!

Songkran Festival (April 13-15, 2019)


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The Songkran Festival is one of the most iconic things to do in Thailand. The event marks the start of the traditional Thai New Year, where people all over Thailand engage in the biggest water fight. Everyone in the country will be celebrating but I recommend you join in Bangkok’s Khao San Road, Chiang Mai, and Ayutthaya.

Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival (July)

The Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival is perfect for those who love art and culture. The festival honors a Buddhist event called Asahna Bucha, when the Buddha delivered his first sermon. It is held at the beginning of the Buddhist lent called Khao Pansa. The festival highlights the work of local artisans like candles, wax carvings, and decorated floats.

Loy Krathong (November 13, 2019)

Loy Krathong, or the Thai Festival of Lights, is held during the first full moon of the traditional Thai Lunar calendar’s 12th month. Here, crowds release lotus-shaped, candlelit containers down the river, creating a visual and unforgettable spectacle. One of the best places to celebrate Loy Krathong is Chiang Mai, which coincides with the lantern festival called Yee Peng.

Wonderfruit Music and Arts Festival (December 12-16, 2019)


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Wonderfruit brings together the arts, eco-living, and music in Pattaya. The four-day long festival features musical acts, art installations, wellness activities, and local dishes by renowned chefs.


This story is in partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand. For more information, visit the website or follow them on Facebook. Cover photo by François Philipp, taken from Creative Commons and Flickr.

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