7 of the Raddest Thailand Festivals

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Where and When are the Best Thailand Festivals

If you ask us why you need to add Thailand’s raddest festivals to your bucket list  – We could go on for hours listing all the ways. From the music, the ambiance, the food to the weather; landscape to it’s rich culture and a perfect mix of locals and tourists; be sure to dance until dawn and jump into the wonderful world of festival life!

All things aside; If you love festivals, Thailand sure knows how to party! Check out the top Thailand festivals you won’t want to miss below.

1. SHAMBHALA IN YOUR HEART FESTIVAL

For all you hippies out there, this is your chance to get back in touch with nature and a vibrant community of open and like-minded people. Grab your tents, grab your guitar and head to one of our favourite Japanese Thailand Festivals.

This 10 day festival happens every February and is set amongst the beautiful town of Chiang Dao with a spectacular display of the third largest mountain in Thailand.

By day, you can lounge around the stunning area of Chiang Dao enjoying the free hot springs, hiking, eating at many of the delicious food vendors, lounging along the river with newfound friends or attend an array of donation based activities such as yoga and meditation, karate, poi, natural dye workshops, wood carving workshops and more!

By 6pm, the main stage becomes the main attraction with talented musicians and performance artists from around the world sharing music and art as you sway back and forth laying on the grass with stars glimmering overhead.

By 9pm, the stage shuts down and your night will become a beautiful haze of sitting in teepees, jamming with your new friends, curling up around a campfire or overindulging on incredible hot chocolate rum to warm you up.

WHEN: Beginning to Mid February
WHERE: Chiang Dao
ENTRACE FEE: 200 Baht/day

2. CHIANG MAI TATTOO FEST

We’ve been to a lot of tattoo festivals around the globe and Chiang Mai Tattoo Fest was one of our top ranked!

From iconic artists attending such as Guy Le to hundreds of extrodionarly talented local and international artists to get tattooed by, its hard to choose just one! We don’t need to say more because their work speaks for itself but be sure to book your appointment ahead in order to secure availability with your chosen artist.

Aside from getting tattooed, there are daily competitions for best tattoos, food and drink vendors to rev you up, triumph motorcycles to test and art auctions with all proceeds going to charity.

WHEN: Beginning of February
WHERE: Chiang Mai
ENTRANCE FEE: 100 Baht/day

3. WONDERFRUIT FESTIVAL

Although Pattaya is the underbelly of Thailand, they make up for this by hosting one of the top 4 day environmentally sustainable camping Thailand festivals called Wonderfruit Festival.

From countless pop-up acts and performances by international and local musicians and artists, countless interactive workshops and talks and an unlimited supply of top eats and drinks by renowned chefs; this festival encompasses everything you could hope for.

WHEN: December 13-16
WHERE: Pattaya

4. MYSTIC VALLEY FESTIVAL

Fairly new to the festival scene but proved to be an incredible experience; Mystic Valley Festival hosts a wide selection of music genres such as EDM, Trance, Techno, House, Drum & Bass, Trap, Hip Hop, Nu Disco and underground sure to make you dance the night awake.

With 8 stages.local and international artists, a pool party area, a secret stage, 50 food trucks and vendors, equipped with a campground and all amenities needed for an epic festival, you’ll be united with music and nature in this 3 day festival.

WHEN: Mid November
WHERE: Khao Yai

5. SONGKRAN WATER FESTIVAL

When it’s hot as hell, there’s no better way to celebrate Thai New Year otherwise known as Songkran then to have a 3-day water-fight across the span of the country.

From running around the bustling streets drinking Thai Whisky screaming as you engage in a full fledged water-fight with locals and tourists to dancing your ass off drenched from head to toe in buckets of ice water; this will be a festival you’ll never forget.

WHEN: April 13-15
(Although it’s technically 3 days, the party runs a full week long!)
WHERE: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Pattaya, Ayutthaya, Khon Kaen, Koh Samui

6. BIG MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL

One of Thailands largest and longest running festivals is BMFF and an unforgettable 2 day experience.

Get ready to camp, party hard and get lost in Big Mountain Music Festival’s massive festival ground comprised of 9 stages with killer light displays, giant inflatable animals floating about, booming fireworks, educational workshops, northern thai food vendors and an unlimited amount of space to find your grove to rock, pop, dance, indie, electronica and local Thai music acts!

WHEN: End of December
WHERE: Kaeng Krachan Country Club, Phetchaburi

7. MAYA MUSIC FESTIVAL

This one-day music festival goes out with a bang; bringing in some of the top international DJ’s all the way to Bangkok. If electronic music is your jam, you wont want to miss Maya Music Festival!

With last years lineup, acts included Flume, Deadmau5, Dubvision, Mike Williams, Robin Schulz, R3hab, Slushii and more!

WHEN: Early March
WHERE: Bangkok

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Shannon Wolf

Born in Toronto, Canada, Shannon Wolf has lived and worked around the globe as a freelance writer and photographer. Over the years her work has been featured and published both in print and online in various publications. Shannon has travelled over 40+ countries on 4 continents in the last 3 years and is an avid food lover and adventurer with an open itinerary and no intent of stopping.

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  1. I love Songkran! This the festival that I surely couldn’t miss to attend every year. Me and my friends usually go to Chiang Mai to celebrate this festival.

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