Thailand is described by travelers as “the west exotic country in Asia”, and with good reason. It is colored by a distinct culture, with a rich and varied heritage, and it posses a remarkable range of scenic beauty. Whatever your interests you’ ll find this a unique land, a place of kaleidoscopic wonders unseen elsewhere. You’ ll marvel at wondrous sights that give definition to a kingdom with an independent history stretching back more than 700 years
Thai people celebrate at the drop of a hat, so there are several reasons and various occasions to hold festivities throughout the year. Festivals in Thailand can be roughly categorized into religious, social, regional and Official Royal Ceremony.
The most important social ceremonies, which help unite people at the national level, include Songkarn or Water Festival and Loi Krathong. Both festivals are celebrated among the majority of Thai people and are even recognized worldwide. They are traditional Thai festivals, which have been carried out since ancient times. Anyone can join in the fun of these very special national festivals.
The most distinguished festivals include the Rocket Festival in Yasothorn (May), Full Moon Party Festival at Koh Pha-Ngan, Vegetarian Festival in Phuket (October-November).
Most regional festivals reflect the deep-rooted culture of the people in that region. Many have become annual fairs, which, each year, attract large numbers of tourists.
Thailand’s monsoons arrive around July and last into October (Rainy Season). They can be uncomfortably, unpredictably sticky. This is followed by a dry, cool period from November to January, followed by much higher relative temperatures from March to June.
By far the best time to visit is between November and February when the weather is kind and the beaches are at their finest. This period is Thailand’s main season for national and regional festivals.
The peak season is November to late March, with secondary peak months in July and August. If your main objective is to avoid crowds and to take advantage of discounted rooms and low-season rates, you should consider travelling during the least crowded months (April to June, September and October). On the other hand it’s not difficult to leave the crowds behind, even during peak months, if you simply avoid the most popular destinations (eg, Chiang Mai and all islands and beaches). This is also the prime time for diving in terms of visibility and accessibility