Hua Hin Festivals and Events
Hua hin has many festivals, and civil and religious celebrations, that are beautiful symbolically and fascinating to witness and participate in. We recommend that you include Hua Hin festivals and events in your travel plans. There are many local celebrations that are well worth attending. You can be sure that most festivals will be colorful, loud and fun.
Below we have listed main national and Hua Hin local festivals. Many of them are well known in Thailand and abroad.
1st January: New Year’s Day .To greet the New Year, a range of uniquely Thai traditional and cultural festivities are held in various parts of the country. As day breaks on the first day of the new year the “welcome the dawn” takes place, the Buddhist merit-making ritual, which is followed by giving alms to the Monks.
On the second Saturday of January the Thai People celebrate Children's Day.
Teachers' Day is celebrated on 16 January since 1957. Students are asked to remember the important role teachers play. During the morning respect paying ceremonies to the teachers are held across Hua Hin.
14th February - Valentine’s Day.
Chinese New Year. This is a big event for Thai people, as they have many strong ties to Chinese bloodlines.
Maha Boocha (February or March) celebrates the spontaneous gathering of 1,250 of the Lord Buddha’s disciples.
Thailand International Kite Festival
Two festivals, one held at the Somdej Phra Suriyothai 16th Infantry Division Army Camp Hua Hin. The second kite festival is in Hua Hin at beachfront of the Sofitel Hotel. It starts at 18.30 till late.
Chakri Day - On 6 April the founding of the Chakri Dynasty is remembered. King Rama I came to the throne on 6 April 1782. The best known past members of the Chakri dynasty are King Rama IV (King Mongkut), who hired Anna Leonowens to educate his children, and his son King Rama V (King Chualalongkorn), who opened the doors of Siam further to the West. King Rama IX, the present King, is the longest ever reigning monarch in the World. He ascended the throne of Thailand in 1946. On Chakri Day HM the King presides over a Religious Ceremony, in order to pay respect to his predecessors. A ceremony will also take place near Memorial Bridge (close to the flower and vegetable market "Pak Klong Talat"), where a statue of King Rama I has been built.
The highlight has to be ‘Songkran’ – the Thai New Year, from 13th – 15th April. Colourful parades, traditional ceremonies, lots of water and lots of fun. A time for everyone to celebrate a new year and new life.
Tabtim Goddess Festival
Shortly after Songkran takes place annual procession of God Somboon, Hua Hin Goddess and Tabtim Goddess as well as other deities on Naresdamri Road, near Hilton Hotel.
Hua Hin International Cricket Sixes Tournament takes place in April and is held in the grounds of the Dusit Resort.
In April Preserve Hua Hin Heavy Half Marathon & Fun Run is held. Preserve Hua Hin Run helps raise enviromental awarness among Hua Hin residents and tourist. All runs start and finish at Hin Lek Fai Hill Mounth.
National Labour Day is on 1st May.
His Majesty’s Coronation in 1946 is celebrated on 5 May.
Royal Ploughing Day. King Bhumibol oversees the ancient Ploughing Ceremony to mark the beginning of the rice-planting season. The ceremony is very important for Thai farmers, because it predicts how much rain will fall and how well the crops will grow. Thousands of farmers come to the Grand Palace to watch.This Ceremony takes place every year in May, on Sanam Luang, the large grass area near the Grand Palace in Bangkok. It marks the beginning of the planting season. It is believed that the amount of rain in the coming season can be predicted from it. Their Majesties the King and Queen are normally present. A "Ploughing Lord" is offered three pieces of cloth of different length. If he chooses the shortest one, rain will be plentiful. The longest one will give very little rain and the intermediate one an intermediate amount of rain. Then the "Ploughing Lord" will plough Sanam Luang with a sacred plough, drawn by white bulls. The bulls are then presented with different kinds of food and drink and whatever they choose to eat or drink is believed to be plentiful that year.
Wisaka Boocha, usually in May, is the holiest Buddhist day, marking the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha. All over the country, people go to temples to listen to sermons by revered monks and make merit. Shortly after sunset, candlelit circumambulations take place around major temples.
Honda Summer Festival @ Hua Hin is organized every year since 2008. It takes place in May on Hua Hin beach. During the Honda musical festival Bossanove, Reggae, Ska, and Dance music is performed on the beach. Many Thai and leading foreign DJs and many bands from all over the world take past in the Hua Hin Honda Festival.
Heineken Jazz Festival Hua Hin offers plenty of Jazz music on the streets of Hua Hin. Each year over 50000 tourist parcitipate in the event. For three days Hua Hin turns into a jazz street party thanks to jazz band from Thailand and abroad.
In July or August, the Asan Boocha observance, honors the Buddha’s first sermon over 2,500 years ago. The full-moon day of the eighth lunar month marks the preaching of Lord Buddha's first sermon to his first five disciples after attaining Enlightenment. In the evening, candlelit processions take place in Buddhist temples around the country.
Hua Hin International Triathlon is organized annually in July by Hua Hin Municipality in association with Wang Klai Kang Wol Hua Hin Bike Club & Sport Bicycle, Co., Ltd, local authorities and business partners.
Hua Hin is famous for a source of sea shells. Hua Hin Market Village in cooperation with Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Hua Hin Municipality, Bangkok Shells Museum, leading hotels and resorts in Hua Hin organize in July Shell Eating Festival.
Horse Riding Association is cooperating with Hua Hin Municipality, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Hua Hin Horse for Rent Club organize in July Hua Hin – Cha am Horse Festival Endurance Classic on the beach.
Around this time is Khao Phansa, which is the beginning of the Buddhist Rains Retreat (sometimes called Buddhist Lent), during which monks must remain in their temple-monasteries for the three-month period.
Every year In the beginning of August Royal Thai Navy and Yacht Racing Association of Thailand (YRAT), in conjunction with the Royal Thai Navy, Tourist Authorities of Thailand and the District Authority of Hua Hin organise annual Hua Hin Regatta.
On 7th August each year, Thailand observes Rapee Day, commemorating the passing away of Prince Rapee Pattanasak, the father of Thailand's modern legal system.
The Hua Hin International Golf Festival Week.
Daily competitions, a “Ryder Cup” style match against the local golf society. Competition takes place on all the major golf course in and around Hua Hin.
H.M. Queen Sirikit’s Birthday Celebration (Mother's Day), To display their loyalty and to honour Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on the occasion of her royal birthday, the Thai people decorate their houses and public buildings. Around Bangkok, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the area around the Grand Palace and other well-known locations are bedecked with coloured lights and magnificent adornments.s on 12 August. It is bank holiday in Thailand. Many celebrations in temples. Main celebrations in Bangkok in front of the palace.
Chulalongkorn Day, 23 October, honors one of Thailand’s most revered kings, Rama V.
The end of the Rains Retreat, Ok Phansa in October, is not an official holiday, though there are observances held nationwide.
Loi Krathong (full moon festival) is a very special Thai celebration in early November. Everybody float (lawy) banana-leaf (grà'tong') boats bearing flowers, incense, a candle, and a coin, on lakes and rivers throughout the nation. This results in probably the most beautiful sight you can ever see in Asia or maybe in the World! Many believe their “sins” of the past are floated away. This lovely traditional festival is not an official holiday.
You can make your own Krathong, and float it on the pool or the sea so as not to miss out on any luck!
Hua Hin Esarn Festival take place in November at Sampan Club. The festival is organized annually since 2005. About two thousand of Esarn people attend the Hua Hin Esarn Festival every year.
The 5th of December is the King’s Birthday Celebrations (Father's Day). King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch, is well beloved and deeply respected by all Thais old and young. The occasion of his royal birthday provides his loyal subjects the opportunity to express their reverence for him. All over the country. buildings and homes are elaborately decorated and the area around the Grand Palace is spectacularly illuminated.
Hua Hin Food Festival was lunched in 2005 to promote tourism and help preserve tradition. It takes place early in December at the Royal Queen Park. This four days festival starts at 7.30 p.m and end at 01:00 a.m.
Since 2003 Hua Hin Vintage Car Rally is organized annually in December. The Tourism Authority of Thailand, hoteliers, and the Vintage Car Club of Thailand organize the event.
On 10 December Constitution Day marks the foundation of the Constitutional Monarchy in Thailand. This event took place during the reign of King Rama VII (King Prajadhipok) in 1932. Before that Thailand was an Absolute Monarchy, with all power belonging to the King. Constitution Day is a day on which the Thai people express their gratitude to the King.
Hua Hin Thai Cultural Association Festival is organized annually since 2004 at the Pone King Phet public park in Hua Hin. The aim of the festival is to preserve Thai culture and customs.
There are also the traditional Western celebrations for Christmas, closely followed by New Year’s Celebrations. On 31 December from 6 p.m. around Queen’s Park Hua Hin residents gather every year for the Countdown to welcome New Year.