Bangkok is the city of festivals and events throughout the year. This vibrant city sees a number of events – religious, entertainment, political and others. Here are a few that we recommend for you to check out while you’re there.
Park Concerts: During January and February, a series of free open-air concerts are held on Sundays in Lumpini Park, organized by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. The concerts include both Thai and western music, performed by famous Thai singers.
Chinese New Year: In late January (the date varies owing to the lunar calendar calculations), it’s time for the Chinese New Year. Head over to the Bangkok Chinatown, Yaowaraj, during this festival. The entire street comes to life with exploding firecrackers, dragon dancers, and people going crazy. There’s confetti and flowers everywhere and a high that doesn’t come out of a bottle.
Songkran Festival: From 13 – 15 April, people go crazy and get to the streets shooting water guns at each other. Food vendors set up everywhere. Amidst cheap, fabulous food, discounted shopping and festive streets for nearly a week, you might just forget that April is the hottest month in Bangkok.
Amazing Thailand Grand Sale: If you’re in Bangkok in June, don’t miss the great Thailand Grand Sale. The sale takes place at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) and at participating malls across Bangkok. Hoard your coins and spend them at this festival; you’re sure to get more bang for your baht. This shopping event is part of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s ‘Amazing Thailand – Always Amazes You’ campaign. You’ll find every imaginable deal, including discounted holiday packages and tours.
Moon Festival: In China, the Moon Festival celebrates revolutionary heroes born under the full moon. In Bangkok, the cultural significance is missing, but the festival is an excuse for restaurant, chefs, and street vendors to pull out all the plugs in a burst of culinary creativity. You’ll find a mooncake flavor to every dish that you eat during this time.