Festivals

BUFFALO RACES

    This unique buffalo races is held annually in October only in Chonburi province. Farmers will decorate their buffaloes beautifully with flower garland, colourful clothes, ornaments and are brought to parade the festival. This event is to honour the buffaloes after farming. Apart from the race which is the main attraction for local Thais, there is also beauty pageant for best decorated and healthiest buffaloes as well as for ladies.

LOY KRATHONG FESTIVAL

    The delightful Loy Krathong Festival, celebrated nation-wide on the full moon night in November to pay respect to the water. The float or krathong made of banana-leaf is floated into the sea or on the river. The Krathong floating festival in Pattaya comes complete with floral floats, sport events, beauty contests, cultural performances, food stalls and a plethora of carnival-like activities, exhibitions, in particular a spectacular display of fireworks on the beach.

PATTAYA CARNIVAL

    Pattaya Carnival is held annually around the end or the beginning of the year at Pattaya Pier, Bali Hai Cape. At the event, a spectacular parade, beauty pageant, cultural shows and music performances, an exhibition of goods from One Tambon One Product (OTOP) scheme as well as, sandcastle competition, various exciting water sports competitions take place. Fireworks are also displayed on the beach.

PATTAYA INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

    Pattaya International Fireworks Festival is a competition between multiple countries that want to be crowned the best firework show. It is a huge event that has parades, live music, concerts, traditional dance and contemporary dance. The history behind it is to celebrate King Bhumibil Adulyadej birthday and his impressive reign as the King of Thailand. Pattaya International Fireworks Festival is split into two days where each country gives a short snippet of their firework show on the first day, but puts a full 45-minute performance the next day.

PATTAYA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

    One of the most notable events of Pattaya is the Pattaya Music Festival. Music lovers gather in this event held on the beach. Rock, pop, jazz, hiphop, country bands convivially entertain their audience. There are stalls of record companies and film production houses and musical instruments. CDs and music magazines are also on sales.

PATTAYA MARATHON

    Pattaya Marathon is held annually in July. The participants can choose to run in three categories : full marathon (42.195 km), half marathon (21.10 km), quarter marathon (10.55 km), wheelchair marathon and student marathon. This event is recognised internationally with participants from all the world and the numbers increase every year. All ages and nationalities are welcome.

PATTAYA VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL

    Annually, Pattaya City hold the 11-day vegetarian festival featuring large amounts of vegetarian food and a grand procession carrying two statues of Chinese deities — Kiew Uang Huk Jo and Kuanyin Bodhisattava. The procession will march the city and end at Sawang Boribun Dhamma Sathan. Participants should dress in white.

PATTAYA’S SONGKRAN FESTIVAL

    Pattaya Wan Lai Festival or Songkran Flowing Day (Thai New Year) is held on 19 April, unlike the Thai New Year celebration in other region which is held at earlier date. Today is when people practice their water-throwing tradition.

    Everyone splashes water to each other regardless of acquaintances, relatives or passerby strangers. Pattaya City also holds traditional event such as water pouring for the elderly and parade. It is also fun time to cool down the heat in the city.