Connect with us

Thai Life

The best events and activities for expat families in Thailand

Tanutam Thawan

Published 

 on 

The best events and activities for expat families in Thailand | Thaiger
by Tabby Farrar
Thailand has become one of the world’s favourite destinations for travellers and expats. As well as culture and natural beauty, the nation offers a huge range of family-friendly activities. Below is a calendar of some key family and child-orientated events, followed by some all-year-round activities.

JANUARY

What: National Children’s Day – Wan Dek
Where: National
When: Second Saturday in January

Wan Dek (Children’s Day) is a day when children become the focus of the family – receiving gifts and attention from loved ones. Many tourist attractions see an influx of families who are eligible for free or reduced entry prices for youngsters. On the Friday before National Children’s Day, schools throughout Thailand host special events where children take part in dance shows and teachers hand out presents to pupils. What: Bo Sang Umbrella Festival Where: Chiang Mai When: Usually third weekend in January
Bo Sang Umbrella Festival is a three-day festival where the streets are filled with lanterns and umbrellas. The event includes music, a beauty contest and food stalls.
Legend has it that a travelling monk learned how to create Saa paper umbrellas, introducing the technique to the Bo Sang village where it became an important income stream for the villagers.

What: Colours Of Doi Tung Festival
Where: Chiang Rai
When: Every year Dec and Jan

The Colours Of Doi Tung Festival allows visitors to explore the culture of this small community in Doi Tung through their food, cultural performances and handmade products. Each year is different with unique art exhibitions, parades, events in the Mae Fah Luang Garden and even the Hill tribe Walking Bazaar. A rich experience, sure to open the mind.

FEBRUARY

What: Chiang Mai Flower Festival
Where: Chiang Mai
When: Usually held on the first weekend in February (February 2-4, 2018)
While a flower parade might be every child’s first pick of weekend activities, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival is more like a carnival. In an explosion of colour, the main streets outside the walled city centre come alive with floats, dance displays and a variety of stalls. It’s a great opportunity for your kids to mix with locals as families fill the streets.

The best events and activities for expat families in Thailand | News by Thaiger

What: Chinese Lunar New Year
Where: Many locations
When: Date falls in January/February (February 16, 2018 – Year of the Dog)

Just as the nations of Western Europe share many cultural ties, so too do South East Asia and the Far East. Thailand hosts the largest number of Chinese expats of any nation (more than 10million at present), and many of the larger cities have extensive and impressive Chinese New Year celebrations – particularly in the Chinatown district of Bangkok (which is HUGE!) as well as Phuket, Chiang Mai and Trang. Festivities include traditional elements such as dancing, parades, fireworks, food and the iconic dragon dance.

MARCH

What: National Elephant Day
Where: Various locations
When: March 13th
In 1998, the Thai government declared March 13 to be the annual Thai National Elephant Day (Chang Thai Day – Chang means elephant) after it was suggested by the Asian Elephant Foundation of Thailand. It marks the anniversary of the day that white elephants were made the national animal of Thailand on March 13th 1963, and to celebrate the occasion and to raise awareness for the plight of elephants in Thailand, events take place around the country. In Chiang Mai buffet luncheons for elephants are served, and a traditional blessing ceremony and a special elephant show can be attended.

What: Pattaya International Music Festival
Where: Pattaya, Rayong
When: mid/late-March

Pattaya International Music Festival is a three-day outdoor concert that features performances from musicians from across Asia. Located along Pattaya beach road in Chon Buri, there is a wide range of musical talent from traditional Asian music to hip-hop and rock. The concerts draw an international crowd and is a wonderful way for the family to bond through a shared experience of music and culture.

APRIL
What: Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival
Where: Various locations
When: Mid April (13-15 April 2018 – a public holiday)

For westerners in the northern hemisphere, New Year’s Eve usually means ‘cold’, but Thai New Year is always in the sunshine and some would argue it’s an even bigger part of life in Thailand than ‘ordinary’ New Year is to the west. Locals and visitors take to the streets for city-wide water fights, a tradition that comes from the symbolic washing away of misfortunes and a clean start for the New Year. Music plays, people dance and everyone gets soaked. Unsurprisingly, Bangkok boasts some of the biggest water fights, but Phuket isn’t far behind. A fantastic family event at which your kids will definitely have more fun than you.

MAY

What: The Ritual Bathing Ceremony for Phra That Haripunchai Chedi
Where: Lamphun (near Chiang Mai)
When: Mid May
It may not immediately sound like a family day out, but this week-long Buddhist celebration features cultural performances including battle drum beating contests, colourful Lanna dancing and the famous Fon Lep nail dance. Awash in traditional Thai music and beautiful national dress, this celebration is a brilliant experience for kids of all ages and families looking to really get to know Thai culture.

The best events and activities for expat families in Thailand | News by Thaiger

What: Royal Ploughing Ceremony
Where: Bangkok
When: Usually in May
This ancient royal rite is held in many Asian countries to mark the beginning of the rice growing season. The main event takes place at the royal ceremonial ground of Sanam Luang in the Banglamphu area of Bangkok and includes officials in ceremonial dress, royal oxen, rice sewing and astrological observances.

JUNE

What: Phi Ta Khon (Ghost Festival)
Where: Dan Sai, Loei
When: The first weekend after the sixth full moon of the year

The Phi Ta Khon festival is the biggest attraction in the otherwise small farming village of Dan Sai in north-eastern Thailand. On Friday, there is a procession of men, boys and (nowadays) girls in ornate, colourful masks and incredible costumes that are sure to delight you as much as they delight the kids. Small rockets are set off for good luck and to ask for rain, and a sort of rain dance is often performed by costumed dancers wearing cow bells.

The best events and activities for expat families in Thailand | News by Thaiger

JULY

What: Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival
Where: Ubon Ratchathani, Isan
When: July (2018 date TBC – around Asahna Bucha and Buddhist Lent)

This festival is the most elaborate of the traditional parades of candles to wats (temples/shrines) where they are lit to bring peace and happiness. Like many Thai traditions, its origins are humble yet it has become a huge celebration of local and national colour, tradition and identity.

AUGUST

What: Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival
Where: Phuket
When: Late August/ Early September

Each year, on the first day of the waxing moon in the seventh lunar month, it’s believed that the gates of hell open to give poor starving spirits a chance to revisit their families and enjoy a feast. In reality, this huge festival sees the island of Phuket livelier than ever with parades, lion-dances, live music, cabaret shows and – most importantly – amazing food.

SEPTEMBER

What: Kaeng Hin Phoeng Whitewater Rafting Season
Where: Khao Yai National Park
When: August, September and October

If you have older children, make the most of the rainy season by getting stuck into some adrenaline-boosting whitewater rafting at the stunning Khao Yai National Park. The high water levels make for cleaner rapids and less hazardous conditions than other times of year, and it’s during this peak rafting season that you’ll get the chance to see contests and try your hand alongside other families looking for a fun day out.

OCTOBER

What: Chonburi Wing Kwai Festival (Buffalo Racing Festival)
Where: Chonburi province including Pattaya
When: October (23rd October 2018)

Over 140 years, the Chonburi Festival has become one of the most celebrated traditions of the seaside province of Chon Buri. Apart from the actual buffalo racing, the week-long festival offers a wide range of fun activities from the Most Healthy Buffalo Contest and Buffalo Fashion Contest to a parade of beautifully-decorated buffalo carts. Other highlights in the past have included a Miss Farmer Beauty Contest and mysterious Amulet Contest. Unique events like this are a must-see for children of all ages.

What: Naga Fireballs
Where: Nong Khai
When: Full moon of the 11th lunar month (October)

There is an unusual phenomenon that takes place year-round in the Mekong River: the mysterious and incredible Naga fireballs (Boong Fai Phaya Nak) rise out of the river, shoot into the sky and then disappear. Locals believe it to be a supernatural experience, though scientists speculate that swamp gases bubbling to the surface, combined with perfect alignment of the sun, moon and earth, are the cause of these spontaneous balls of flame. This two-day festival features long-tail boat races and a sound and light show, as well as a fair amount of man-made fireworks to accompany the natural spectacle.

NOVEMBER

What: Yi Peng Lantern Festival
Where: Chiang Mai
When: Held to coincide with Loy Krathong (mid November)

Yi Peng (also Yee Peng) is part of the festival of lights to show respect to Buddha. While most places in Thailand celebrate the event by floating lights on water, in Northern Thailand lights are placed into sky lanterns which fill the air. A truly magical experience – especially for younger children.

What: Monkey Banquet Festival/Monkey Buffet Festival
Where: Lopburi
When: Last Sunday in November

Monkeys are highly regarded in Buddhism and this part of Thailand, so, once a year, the city of Lopburi (north of Bangkok) hosts the Monkey Buffet. People bring fruit and other foods to fill huge tables and create towers of food for the 2,000 monkeys that live in the city. While it may not be suitable for some younger children, it is a rare and special opportunity to get this close to wildlife.

DECEMBER

What: Concert in the Park, Bangkok
Where: Bangkok
When: Most Sundays from mid-December through to the end of February

Outdoor concert season begins in Lumphini Park, Bangkok. Here families, friends, couples, and people of all ages can come together to enjoy free entertainment courtesy of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.

The best events and activities for expat families in Thailand | News by Thaiger

ALL YEAR

Cookery course

Cookery courses are great for so many reasons. You learn to cook Thai food! And in so doing, learn about cooking generally: how coconut milk is used, how to use a pestle and mortar, exotic ingredients and their western counterparts. It’s a fantastic way for all the family to get involved – and make memories together.

You get to meet other people from around the world who have a shared passion.
Many courses include a guided trip to a local market. You get to eat what you make!

Compared to many western cookery courses, they are cheap. Check online for reputable courses near you. Or you could speak to a local person you know who may be able to direct you – or even show you how to cook traditional Thai dishes.

Children’s Discovery Museum

The Children’s Discovery Museum in Bangkok combines fun and education to great effect. The museum encourages a hands-on approach to learning, with many interactive displays. There are activities aplenty, enough to keep your kids occupied for as long as they have the energy – from digging up dinosaur bones in the archaeological site to creating giant bubbles around themselves!

Monkey-spotting

Our simian friends hold a special kind of fascination to humans – so like us, so alien. It is a truly amazing experience to be around them, and Thailand has a number of places where you can interact or just watch them in their natural habitat. Head to the temple at Lopburi, Koh Phi Phi, Khao Yai National Park, Koh Chang, Erawan National Park, Railay Beach or the The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (Phuket) to meet the monkeys!

The best events and activities for expat families in Thailand | News by Thaiger

Snorkelling

Thailand has an extensive coastline boasting some of the best beaches in the world. More exciting, is that just beneath the waves is another world of strange creatures. Teach your kids to swim while enjoying exotic species in their natural habitat.

KidZania

Bangkok’s Kidzania allows children to try out a range of activities in a model city. Popular ‘jobs’ include playing doctor at the miniature hospital, fighting fires, policing the streets or learning how to make sushi like a master chef.

Keep in contact with Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Never miss out on future posts by following Thaiger.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Chiang Mai. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

Chiang Mai

Tourism officials slash Songkran travel expectations by half

Tim Newton

Published

on

Tourism officials slash Songkran travel expectations by half | Thaiger

The TAT, ever the optimists regarding anything tourism related, even domestic tourism, predict that the Bangkok clusters that have emerged in the week before the Songkran break could reduce traffic and spending by up to half.

Today the CCSA is reporting 789 new infections and one additional death. 522 were local infections, mostly walk-ins to Bangkok hospitals, 259 were discovered through track and tracing. The remaining 8 were found in quarantine from overseas arrivals. In Phuket, another 17 cases have been reported today, taking the island’s week total to 43.

Tourism officials slash Songkran travel expectations by half | News by ThaigerGRAPH: Worldometer figures for Thailand, up to April 9

A 68 year old man from Nakhon Pathom province died on April 4 but wasn’t reported until today. The CCSA report that he died from Covid and “complications”. 33 other former patients have recovered and been discharged.

Last week the TAT estimated 3.2 million domestic trips would circulate 12 billion baht for the Thai economy. But the Tourism Authority has now slashed their estimates by half after hotels, airlines and bus companies reported mass cancellations in the last few days. Other provinces are reporting less than 20% cancellations. Although this weekend will see a lot of travel, Songkran doesn’t formally start until next Tuesday and the TAT expect there could be additional fallout as travellers decide to have a staycation for Songkran instead heading home.

Bangkok Post reports that 70% of travellers to Prachuap Khiri Khan and Hua Hin have already cancelled hotel bookings. Similar cancellations have been reported in Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Many other provinces, particularly in the north east and north, are also enforcing quarantine on arrivals or additional paperwork to try and protect their provinces from any of the Bangkok clusters.

8 north eastern provinces rare now requiring 10 or 14 day quarantine periods for anyone arriving from areas where new clusters have been reported. Chiang Mai provincial officials say that tourists from Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi – basically Bangkok and surrounding provinces – must complete a 14 day mandatory quarantine or conduct a test for Covid when they arrive.

The reality is that the travel and quarantine changes are outstripping the ability to communicate them all. Anyone crossing into other provinces in the next few day, especially if you’re travelling from Bangkok and surrounding provincial ‘red zones’ can expect some additional paperwork or a Covid test. Or even quarantine.

Keep in contact with Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Never miss out on future posts by following Thaiger.

Continue Reading

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

All new Covid-19 infections in Chiang Mai are linked to nightlife venues

Tanutam Thawan

Published

on

By

All new Covid-19 infections in Chiang Mai are linked to nightlife venues | Thaiger
Stock photo via Pixabay

All of the new Covid-19 infections reported by health officials in Chiang Mai yesterday are linked to local nightlife venues. Over the past few days, 47 cases linked to bars and nightclubs have been confirmed, including the 36 new cases reported yesterday by the provincial communicable disease control panel.

With the rise of infections linked to entertainment venues, Chiang Mai authorities decided to close clubs, pubs, karaoke bars and other entertainment venues for the next week. Alcohol sales are also banned for the next 7 days. A field hospital has been set up at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre to care for a potential influx of Covid-19 patients.

“Those travelling to Chiang Mai from provinces considered the highest risk of infection, including Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani and Nakhon Pathom, must self-isolate for 14 days.”

The recent infections are linked to 7 venues in the area including Warm Up Cafe Chiang Mai, Tha Chang Café Chiang Mai, DC Chiang Mai, Infinity Club Chiang Mai, Ground, Living Machine and Consol’s Garden.

“Those who visited the venues are asked to go to a local hospital for a Covid-19 test.”

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Nation Thailand

Keep in contact with Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Never miss out on future posts by following Thaiger.

Continue Reading

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai records 6 new infections after nearly 3 months virus-free

Maya Taylor

Published

on

Chiang Mai records 6 new infections after nearly 3 months virus-free | Thaiger
PHOTO: Yenting Lin on Flickr

After nearly 3 months without any Covid-19 infections, the northern province of Chiang Mai is once again having to implement measures to suppress the virus after recording 6 new cases. 4 cases were reported on Monday, 3 of which are linked to nightlife venues in Bangkok and the central province of Nonthaburi. Another 2 cases were recorded yesterday, bringing the total in the province to 75.

The Bangkok Post reports that health officials are using a mobile testing unit to test around 90 employees at various nightlife venues, in an effort to boost confidence among visitors to the area. Panlop Saechiew from Chiang Mai’s tourism industry council says his team is working with tourism operators to assess the situation, admitting that the resurgence of the virus after 83 days will have a negative impact on the sector.

However, he points out that none of the patients visited nightlife venues in Chiang Mai or attended any other large gatherings while infected. Some went to a shopping mall, where disease prevention measures are usually quite strict, and some visited an outdoor market, where the chances of transmission are low due to the well-ventilated environment. Panlop says he’s hopeful the situation can be brought under control soon, adding that Songkran bookings appear unaffected for now.

Meanwhile, Chiang Mai health officials have ordered bars and restaurants serving alcohol to close by 11pm from now until April 30.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

Keep in contact with Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Never miss out on future posts by following Thaiger.

Continue Reading
Tourism officials slash Songkran travel expectations by half | Thaiger
Chiang Mai1 day ago

Tourism officials slash Songkran travel expectations by half

Thai Airways cuts another 4,250 staff, offering them early retirement | Thaiger
Transport1 day ago

Thai Airways cuts another 4,250 staff, offering them early retirement

Thailand News Today | Bangkok nightspot Covid clusters, Tesco/CP merger goes to court | April 5 | Thaiger
Thailand6 days ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok nightspot Covid clusters, Tesco/CP merger goes to court | April 5

Firefighters’ bodies retrieved, 100,000 baht to families | Thaiger
Hot News7 days ago

Firefighters’ bodies retrieved, 100,000 baht to families

Immigration police arrest Frenchman on drug charges, 3 other foreigners for overstay | Thaiger
Crime3 days ago

Immigration police arrest Frenchman on drug charges, 3 other foreigners for overstay

Weekend party event in Phuket reports positive Covid attendee | Thaiger
Events5 days ago

Weekend party event in Phuket reports positive Covid attendee

Police chief orders staff to work from home after 42 officers test positive | Thaiger
Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 days ago

Police chief orders staff to work from home after 42 officers test positive

Labour union angry over changes to Thai Airways staff contracts under rehab plan | Thaiger
Business5 days ago

Labour union angry over changes to Thai Airways staff contracts under rehab plan

Some Bangkok international schools close following rise of Covid-19 cases in the area | Thaiger
Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 days ago

Some Bangkok international schools close following rise of Covid-19 cases in the area

Thailand allows entry to 11 groups of travellers, cuts quarantine down for those vaccinated | Thaiger
Thailand6 days ago

Thailand allows entry to 11 groups of travellers, cuts quarantine down for those vaccinated

Leading Thai virologist warns of third wave, says herd immunity will take 2 years at current vaccination rate | Thaiger
Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 days ago

Leading Thai virologist warns of third wave, says herd immunity will take 2 years at current vaccination rate

Nightlife shut down in 3 Bangkok districts following rise in Covid numbers | Thaiger
Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 days ago

Nightlife shut down in 3 Bangkok districts following rise in Covid numbers

Bangkok prepares to open field hospital as officials warn of a rapid rise in infections | Thaiger
Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 days ago

Bangkok prepares to open field hospital as officials warn of a rapid rise in infections

CCSA Update: 194 new Covid-19 cases, outbreak at Narathiwat prison | Thaiger
Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 days ago

CCSA Update: 194 new Covid-19 cases, outbreak at Narathiwat prison

Khon Kaen hospital’s 2 Covid-19 infected doctors limit services | Thaiger
Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 days ago

Khon Kaen hospital’s 2 Covid-19 infected doctors limit services

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4 | Thaiger
Thailand1 month ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO | Thaiger
Tourism1 month ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2 | Thaiger
Phuket1 month ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO | Thaiger
Tourism2 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23 | Thaiger
Thailand2 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO | Thaiger
Tourism2 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21 | Thaiger
Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19 | Thaiger
Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18 | Thaiger
Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15 | Thaiger
Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14 | Thaiger
Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13 | Thaiger
Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12 | Thaiger
Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11 | Thaiger
Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8 | Thaiger
Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Follow Thaiger by email:

Trending