Thailand Public Holidays

Thailand Public Holidays

If you are doing business in Thailand it is important to be aware of the public holidays, of which there are a lot.

Some are fixed dates each year, while many of the Buddhist holidays for the lunar calendar so will change each year.

Also some holidays are tied to the royal family, celebrating the King and Queen's birthday, so could be subject to change when a new monarch ascends the throne.


From a business perspective certain businesses and government offices will close on some, but not all holidays. 

Employees in Thailand are entitled to a minimum of 13 public holidays per year. Employers cannot force employees to work on public holidays, unless the description or nature of the work requires it to be performed consistently. Hotels, entertainment businesses, shops, transportation, medical businesses and similar companies are exempt from this requirement and may require employees to work on public holidays.

Many holidays prohibit sales of alcohol which will affect bars, restaurants and shops.

Thailand HolidayFixed Dates
New Year’s Dayวันขึ้นปีใหม่1st Jan
Makha Bucha Dayวันมาฆบูชา 
Chakri Memorial Dayวันจักรี6-Apr
Songkran Festival Dayวันสงกรานต์13,14,15 Apr
Labour Dayวันแรงงาน1st May
Coronation of King Vajiralongkornวันพระราชพิธีบรมราชาภิเษก 
Royal Ploughing Ceremonyวันพืชมงคล 
Visakha Bucha Dayวันวิสาขบูชา 
H.M. Queen Suthida’s birthdayวันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษา สมเด็จพระนางเจ้าสุทิดา พัชรสุธาพิมลลักษณ พระบรมราชินี3rd Jun
Asahna Bucha Day วันอาสาฬหบุชา 
Buddhist Lent Day วันเข้าพรรษา 
King Vajiralongkorn’s Birthdayวันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษา สมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัวมหาวชิราลงกรณ บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร28th Jul
H.M. The Queen Sirikit’s Birthdayวันแม่แห่งชาติ12th Aug
King Bhumibol Adulyadej Memorial Dayวันคล้ายวันสวรรคต พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช 13-Oct
Chulalongkorn Memorial Dayวันปิยมหาราช23-Oct
H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej ‘s Birthdayวันพ่อแห่งชาติ5th Dec
Constitution Dayวันรัฐธรรมนูญ10-Dec
New Year’s Eveวันสิ้นปี31st Dec
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