Cabinet announces change to holiday calendar

The government yesterday announced a change to the Thai holiday calendar.

Government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul revealed the Cabinet has declared Friday, May 5, a special holiday, making it a four-day holiday for Coronation Day.

The Cabinet agreed to change the date because this year’s Coronation Day falls on a Thursday, reported Bangkok Post.

“The long holiday for Coronation Day will be from Thursday, May 4, to Sunday, May 7.

“The government expects the longer holiday will help spur the economy, especially in the business and tourism arenas.

“The Cabinet approved the list of special holidays just for the first half of the year. They will make a decision on special holidays in the latter half of the year to give all agencies time to make their plans.

“The other special holidays for the first half of this year are Jan 2, April 17, and June 5.

“There are 19 official holidays this year, the same as for 2020–2022.”

The rest of Thailand’s public holidays in 2023


1, Sun, New Year’s Day – National holiday

2, Mon, New Year Holiday – National holiday

22-24, Sun, Chinese New Year – Observance


6, Mon, Makha Bucha Day – National holiday


6, Thu Chakri Day – National holiday

13 – 16, Thu – Sun, Songkran Festival – National holiday

21 Apr, Fri, End of Ramadan


1, Mon, Labour Day – Bank holiday

5, Thu, Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn – National holiday

11, Thu, Royal Ploughing Ceremony – Government holiday


3, Sat, Visakha Bucha Day – National holiday

3, Sat, Queen Suthida’s Birthday – National holiday

5, Mon, Visakha Bucha Holiday – National holiday

5, Mon, Queen Suthida’s Birthday Holiday – National holiday


28, Fri, King Vajiralongkorn’s Birthday – National holiday


1, Tue, Asahna Bucha Day – National holiday

2, Wed, Khao Phansa Day

12, Sat, Her Majesty the Queen Mother’s Birthday – National holiday

14, Mon, Her Majesty the Queen Mother’s Birthday Holiday – National holiday


13, Fri, Passing of His Majesty the Late King – National holiday

23, Mon, Chulalongkorn Memorial Day – National holiday


5, Tue, His Majesty the Late King’s Birthday – National holiday

10, Sun, Constitution Day – National holiday

11, Mon, Constitution Day Holiday – National holiday

25, Mon, Christmas Day – Observance

31, Sun, New Year’s Eve – National holiday

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