Blog Thailandee!com

Partager cette page :

Free sound and light shows at Sukhothai Historical Park

Every year now, the Sukhothai Historical Park offers several evenings of the year free sound and light shows. The dates of the 2019 season have been unveiled and it starts in one week (see all dates in the rest of the article).

loi krathong sukhothai
Sound and Light Show in Sukhothai Historical Park

Free mini sound and light shows in Sukhothai

On show nights, the Sukhothai Historical Park will be exceptionally open after its usual closing time to welcome spectators who can both enjoy the illuminated monuments and attend the show.

The mini sound and light will showcase the glorious past and culture of the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam with great reinforcements of extras.

It is really nice even if with the voice of narration is exclusively in Thai which makes difficult to understand the story the show explained.

Dates of free shows 2019

Here are the show nights. It will always be Saturdays, so you can also enjoy the weekly Walking Street, a night market that takes place in a street near the main entrance of the park.

  • July 27, 2019
  • August 10, 2019
  • August 24, 2019
  • September 7, 2019
  • September 21, 2019

Admission will be free. The mini sound and light show will be held at Wat Sra Si inside the central part of the historical park.

It will start from 19:30 and should last about an hour.

There will be exceptionally late local buses that will shuttle between the park and New Sukhothai, the city.

I added all the dates on the page dedicated events in Thailand on the website and will post reminders  a few days before on the english Facebook page and on Twitter.

Thailand: 4 amazing buddhist ceremonies near Kanchanaburi

If you are in Kanchanaburi province for Asanha Bucha and 3 other major Buddhist feasts of the year (Makha Bucha, Visakha Bucha and Loy Krathong), Wat Tha Khanun in Thong Pha Phum district 1h30 from Kanchanaburi will have some amazing illuminations at night (see photos).

wat tha khanun illuminations kanchanaburi

Beautiful candle lightening

Every year, for the four most important Buddhist festivals Makha Buchan, Visakha Bucha, Asanha Bucha et Loy Krathong, the Wat Tha Khanun temple วัดท่าขนุน (see map below) in Kanchanaburi province at the West of Bangkok, organizes ceremonies whose culmination point are Buddhas and Buddhist symbols drawn with candles arranged on the floor of the lower part of the temple.

The temple also has a perched part on a hill, but you have to climb 1173 steps to reach the top and have a beautiful view from above. Fortunately, no need to make such a climb for a good view because we already see very well from the old viewpoint accessible by climbing only 300 steps.

Wat Tha khanun thong pha phum thailande

Photo: Wat Tha Khanun

It looks beautiful! I have only seen it in pictures but I will defineltly go myself one day !

More than 10,000 candles are used to and the monks and volonteers put them in place from 2 pm and lit them around 5pm.

wat tha khanun temple

Placing candles (photo: Wat Tha Khanun)

Wat Tha Khanun

Wat Tha Khanun is a Buddhist temple partly built on a hill which is located in Thong Pha Phum 128 kilometers northwest of Kanchanaburi.

wat tha khanun kanchanaburi thailande

Perched part of the temple (photo: Wat Tha Khanun

From Kanchanaburi, you can go to Thong Pha Phum with local bus 8203 (3 hours drive) or by taking minivans to Sangkhlaburi (2 hours drive).

But do not expect to make the round trip from Kanchanaburi see this festival and comme back to Kanchanaburi by public transport because the last bus or van to go back will be gone long ago when it’s over. It will therefore be necessary to be transported or to sleep in Thong Pha Phum.

Traditional long boat races in Thailand

Every year towards the end of the rainy season in Thailand, many cities organize festivals with traditional long boat races. In this article, I list the dates of the main events that will take place this year 2019 in Thailand.

long boat races thailand

Long Boat Races in Nan (2018)

Traditional boat races

If it is towards the end of the rainy season that most of the races are organized, it is because it is the moment of the year when the level of the water of the rivers is the highest. Most of the festivals take place in September and October, but there are also some in November (in Phimai for example, which is coupled with a sound and light show in the Khmer temple of the city) and a few in July and August.

The traditional long wooden boat races go back more than 4 centuries ago in Thailand.

The long boats in competition can measure up to 30 meters and are made of wood finished with decorated long prows.

The races are rowing competitions with boats that must go on an average distance of 500 meters. Every rond oppose two ships. Last year I attended Phichit, Phitsanulok and Nan boat races (kaeng rua in Thai language).

traditional long boat races thailand


Where to see these boat races?

There are a lot of races organized in Thailand especially in September and October but some already take place in July and August.

Here are the dates of the main traditional long boat race festivals in Thailand in 2019.

  • Samut Prakan near bangkok): 13-14th July 2019
  • Pathum Thani: 27-28th July 2019
  • Nonthaburi (near Bangkok): August 31st and September 1st, 2019
  • Nan: 6th to 15th September 2019 but go on the 14th and 15th
  • Phichit: 7th and 8th September 2019
    On Nan River in front of Wat Tha Luang Temple
  • Bueng Khan: 14th and 15th September 2019
  • Phitsanulok: 21-22th September 2019
    On Nan River in front of Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat (Wat Yai)
  • Saraburi: 28-29th September 2019
  • Nakhon Phanom: 8-14 October 2019
  • Nong Khai: 9th and 10th October 2019
  • Surat Thani Chak Phra Festival and Boat Races: 10-18th October 2019
  • Chumphon: 10-18th October 2019
  • Buriram (in Satuk district not in Buriram city) : 2-3rd November 2019
  • Phimai Festival : 6-10 th November 2019
    On the Mun River. There are also boat races that take place on the weekend with a nice show light & sound show every night in the Khmer temple of the city.
  • Nakhon Si Thammarat: from December 30th, 2019 to January 1st, 2020

You can find all the dates of these festivals and many more in theEvents and Festivals section of the website.

Buddhist Lent Festival in Thailand

In about a month, on October 17th, it will be Khao Phansa, the festival that marks the first day of Buddhist Lent. This will be celebrated throughout Thailand but there are some more important events than others that I will list in this article and you will find in the Festival in Thailand section of the site.

khao phansa thailand

What is “Buddhist Lent”?

The domination of “Lent” is little misleading because this period of the Buddhist calendar has nothing to do with fasting like during the Christian Lent. In fact, it is about the period of 3 months of retreat of the monks who pass it in their temple in study and in meditation. This retreat is based on an edict from the Lord Buddha issued to ensure that the monks do not go to damage the crops or accidentally crush the insects, hidden in the flood waters. They are therefore under house arrest in their temple.

However, some Thais during Vassavasa (the rainy retreat) and avoid drinking alcohol, eating meat and smoking tobacco but it gets lost a lot.

On the first day, Khao Phansa, literally meaning “to enter” (khao) in this period called phansa, takes place the day after Asanha Bucha Day , the full moon day of the eighth lunar month, which celebrates, the day that Buddha delivered his first sermon to his first five disciples after attaining enlightenment.

There are many important festivals that are organized throughout Thailand, these two days in the month, the day before, Asanha Bucha and the first day of the rainy season’s retreat, Khao Phansa.

This year, Asanha Bucha will be held on July 16, 2019 and Khao Phansa on July 17, 2019.


Khao Phansa Festivals 2019


Candle Festival of Ubon Ratcthani

ubon ratchathani

Date: 16-17 July 2019
Main Location: Thung Si Mueang Park

The candle festivals and their parade of wax sculpture floats are one of the main traditions of Thailand’s North and East Thailand (Isan) of Khao Phansa .

And in these festivals, the biggest and best known is that of Ubon Ratchathani . The festival will be held on 16th and 17th July 2019 with a parade on the evening of the 16th and another on the 17th early morning near the Thung Si Mueang Park.

If you want to see the preparations and sculpture of the wax tanks that will participate in the event, it will be necessary to go there a few days before. According to the local TAT office, most of the work will be done from 10th to 12th July.

Nakhon Ratchasima Candle procession

nakhon ratchasima candle procession

Date: 16-17 July 2019
Location: Thao Suranari Monument

At the Thao Suranari monument in Mueang Korat , there will be a wax candle contest, a candle parade and merit activities. Organized every year to promote local art and culture, the festival will also feature a number of cultural activities, including the Khon Theater, a traditional masked dance performance.

There will be especially a nocturnal parade on July 16th and around the city on the 17th from 9am.


Nakhon Phanom Candle Festival

Date: July 17, 2019
Location: Wat Phra That Phanom

The Laotian-influenced culture of Nakhon Phanom gives a different twist to the Khao Phansa celebrations in the city. The festival focuses on the iconic Wat Phra That Phanom local pagoda and there is always a beautifully carved candle procession and the Miss Candle Festival.


Aquatic Phansa in Ayutthaya

Aquatic Phansa à Ayutthaya

Date: July 16, 2019 at 8:30 am
Location: Lad Chado Market, Ayutthaya

The ancient capital of Ayutthaya hosts spectacular Khao Phansa celebrations with candles being taken to local temples in more than 200 colorful boats that descend the ancient Lad Chado Canal. Visitors can also enjoy a taste of rural life, beauty pageants and local games.

This is the big ceremony closest to Bangkok.


Suphanburi Candle procession

Date: 16-17 July 201 9
Location: Wat Pa Laylai Woraviharn, Rua Yai Tambon, Mueang Suphan Buri

Students from local art colleges compete to set up the most impressive candle exhibitions. There are huge sculptures representing creatures and heroes of Thai myth and these are proudly walked in the city. Visitors can also discover exhibitions on the lifestyles of local tribal people and enjoy folk dances.

Saraburi Khao Phansa Festival

Date: 16-17 July 2019
Location: Wat Phra Putthabat Ratchaworamahaviharn, Saraburi

During Khao Phansa in Saraburi, people visit the local Buddha footprint sanctuary at Wat Phra Buddhabat Woramahaviharn where yellow and white flowers are offered to monks (Tak Bat Dok Mai) as a means of doing merit. It has become a big event and now thousands of people are joining to give alms to the monks as they climb the steep stairs of the sanctuary.


Nan Candle Festival

Date: July 17th, 2019
Location: Bunyuen Royal Temple, Wiang Sa District, Nan

Visitors can join the locals by offering food to the monks in the morning. Later in the day, they can join in the alms of candles at the temple and take part in other meritorious activities that offer insights into Thai Buddhist culture.

Su Thong Pae Bridge

I do not know if it will take place this year, because there was an accident with the collapse of a part of the bridge that contained too many people a year, but near Mae Hong Song , on the Su Thong Pae Bridge , a A charming bamboo bridge across the rice fields, there was a tradition of offering to the monks in the morning of Khao Phansa at 6am and at 6:30 pm, the bridge was lined with candles to guide people to the temple. If it still happens, the setting is beautiful and I imagine the bridge has been strengthened.

I do not have confirmation for this year but there was also a small candle parade in Pattaya from the Beach Road to the Walking Street.

I am obviously not exhaustive, I concentrated mainly on the most important festivals but there will be events and especially great ceremonies of offerings everywhere in the country. For my part, I think going to Ubon Ratchathani, since the time that I want to go see their big festival of candles!

Phi Tha Khon, the Thailand Gost festival

Every year in Dansai, Loei Province, in the north-east of the country, one of Thailand’s most amazing festivals is held: the Phi Ta Khon Festival. This celebration dedicated to the spirits is a unique traditional ceremony transmitted from generation to generation. This year, the event will be held from 5th to 7th Juy 2019. The detailed schedule oft his very unique festival in Thailand is below.

Phi Ta Khon Festival Loei

Phi Ta Khon Festival is the most famous festival in Loei province


About Phi Ta Khon Festival

Usually held in June or July at dates that change every year, the Phi Ta Khon Festival is the best known tradition in Loei Province. It is part of a major festival of merit called the Boon Luang festival that combines Bun Phra Wet and Bun Bang Fai (the rocket festival) festivals.

The origins of this Ghost Festival are traditionally attributed to a story of the Vessantara Jataka in which Lord Buddha in one of his past lives as a prince made a long journey and was presumed dead. The celebrations when he came back were so joyful that they awakened the spirits who came to join the welcome parade.

In commemoration of this moment, the young men of the community disguise themselves as Phi Ta Khon (“spirits”) dressed in long, colorful trailing costumes and all wear the typical hideous mask of Phi Ta Khon, made from a basket useb for cooking sticky rice and recognizable by its long pointed nose and wide, sharp-toothed smile. Swords ended by a phallic form sometimes complete their panoply.

In addition to the highlight of the festival, the parade through the city, there are other activities, including several traditional rituals and Buddhist ceremonies related to the festival at Wat Phon Chai temple, the epicenter of the event, such as the recitation of the thirteen sermons from Phra Vessandorn.

There are also several competitions, including Phi Ta Khon masked dances contest, special markets selling food and local handicrafts, concerts and cultural performances.


Schedule of Phi Ta khon Festival

Here is the programme of the 3 day festival.

phi ta khon festival thailande


Friday 5 July 2019

( Phra Upakut Invocation and Cultural Ceremony)

  • 04:00 a.m.- Invocation of Pra Upakut: Procession from Phon-Chai Temple to Mun and Sork River.
  • 06:00 a.m.- Food Offerings to Monks at Phon-Chai Temple.
  • 08:30 a.m.- Ba- Si (Summoning of Spirits) Ceremony at Chao Pho Kuan’s House.
  • 10:00 a.m.- Cultural Ceremony at Phon-Chai Temple by Dan Sai Sheriff. Gathering for Phi Ta Khon procession and competitions among groups marching along Kaew Asa Road.
  • 11:00 a.m.- Performances on the stage in front of Dan Sai District Office.
    – Participate the Mask Festival by painting masks with the famous artists from 4 regions at Wat Pho Chai (first day).


Saturday 6 July 2019

(Official Opening Ceremony and the Grand Phi Ta Khon Parade)

    • 10:00 a.m.- Grand opening ceremony by Loei Governor in front of Dan Sai District Office.
      .- All parades move from Dan Sai District Office to Phon-Chai Temple.
      – Participate the Mask Festival by painting masks with the famous artists from 4 regions at Wat Pho Chai (last day).
    • 01.00 p.m. – Performances on the stage in front of Dan Sai District Office.
      – Phi Ta Khon competition (Final round).
    • 03:00 p.m. – Ba- Si (Summoning of Spirits) Phra Wet at Chao Pho Kuan’s House.
    • 03:30 p.m. – Phra Wet parade led by Chao Pho Kuan and Chao-Mae Nang Tiem to Phon- Chai Temple to make merit and firing of the Bamboo rockets.
      – Phi Ta Khon mask discarding ceremony at Wang-wern pier, Phon-Chai Temple
    • 07:00 p.m. – Buddhist sermons at Phon-Chai Temple.


Sunday 7 July 2019

(Buddhist sermons- No Phi Ta Khon Dancing)

  • 04:00 a.m. – 13 consecutive Buddhist sermons at Phon-Chai Temple
    – Parading of consecutive Buddhist sermons of all villages in Dan Sai District

For tourists, it’s the 2nd day that is the most interesting, I think. This is a good opportunity to visit Loei Province and go after or before to the charming city of Chiang Khan.


How to go to Dansai ?

To come to Dan Sai from Loei, there are local buses that take you there in about 1h30. Otherwise, the bus to Phitsanulok can also drop you off in Dan Sai. To enjoy the festival, it is better to book an accommodation in Dan Sai or nearby but book in advance!



Ayutthaya Week Festival big historical festival

Ayutthaya, former capital of the Kingdom of Siam, 1h30 drive from Bangkok organizes from 22 to 26 May 2019 a big historical festival about its history and its kings. Here are more details on this event which should add another dimension to the visit of this very interesting city that I always enjoy visiting.

ayutthaya historical festival thailand


Live shows and illuminations

The festival will be held in the Ayutthaya Historical Park area, with nightly shows including historical narratives, there will be an old market, a free tram tour to see the beautifully illuminated temples at night. Trams will run from Ayutthaya City Pillar Shrine to Wat Mahathat Temple and mark a stop at the King U-Thong monument (4:30 pm – 10:00 pm).

ayutthaya temple lightening

Programme of Ayutthaya Week Festival

Program of events in front of the Ayutthaya Tourist Center office and Wat Mahathat.

khon thailand

May 22, 2019 – 5:30 pm to 9 pm

Opening of the festival
Khon theater performance
traditional music
historical show (sound and light with extras)

May 23, 2019 – 6 pm to 9 pm

various shows including children’s talent show
historical show (sound and light with extras)

May 24, 2019 – 6 pm to 9 pm

traditional dance show
lakhorn show (musical theater)
historical show (sound and light with extras)

May 25, 2019 – 6 pm to 9 pm

traditional dance show
lakhorn show (musical theater)
concert by a choir
historical show (sound and light with extras)

May 26, 2019 – 6 pm to 9 pm

traditional dance show
masked lakhorn show
Thai music concert
historical show (sound and light with extras)

“Ayutthaya Royal Procession”, a royal procession like none in Ayutthaya for 252 years, will take place on May 24 at 5 pm and will leave Wiharn Phra Mongkol Bopit next to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet to join the shrine sanctuary of the city (Ayutthaya city pillar shrine).

royal procession ayutthaya thailand

Events at Ayutthaya city pillar shrine

May 22, 2019
7:15 pm: Thai traditional music (Pleng Rua and Pleng Kiaw Khao), Thai dance (Ram Thai),
20h: Thai cooking show from 08:00

May 23, 2019
6.30 pm: Traditional Thai drama (Lakorn Chatri)
Thai local music show (Pleng Choi, Pleng E-saew)
7:30 pm: Seminar on Ayutthaya architecture by Dr.Kreangkrai Kerdsiri

May 24, 2019
17:00: “Royal Procession of Ayutthaya” (departure from WiharnPhraMongkolBopit to the shrine of the Ayutthaya pillar) (see below)
7:00 pm: Thai puppet show from KHAMNAI PUPPET GROUP
19:30: Seminar “Coronation ceremony of Ayutthaya in Rattanakosin” by Kampol Champapan and Nontapron Youmangmee

May 25, 2019
6.30 pm: Traditional music Pleng Song Kruang
7:15 pm Sound and light show “King Prasatthong”

May 26, 2019
6.30 pm traditional Thai drama (Lakorn Chatri)
7:30 pm: Thai antique fashion show

Apparently, there will still be events on May 27th and 28th from 6pm to 9pm.

And if you continue your route to Lopburi, further in the North, the city also organizes a festival from 21 to 24 May.

I also take the opportunity to remind you that you can find in the main part of the website dates and information on many other festivals in Thailand.

Amazing free light & sound show in Bangkok (22-28 May)

As you know, the coronation ceremonies for the King of Thailand, Rama X, took place at the beginning of the month. To mark the occasion, there was an exceptional drone show above Sanam Luang on the evening of the last day. In a few days, the big esplanade in front of Bangkok Grand Palace will host another night show dedicated to the King that promises to be magnificent.

free light and sound show bangkok grand palace

Sound, light and waterwalls in front of Bangkok Grand Palace

From 22th May 22 to 28th May, Sanam Luang, the royal field located in front of the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) complex in Bangkok, will offer 3 performances of a light and sound show every evening.

light and sound free bangkok

The show titled “The Glorious Grace of His Majesty” will be given as its name indicates in honor of King Rama X recently crowned.

Three times for 7 evenings, Sanam Luang will present this amzing show at 7 pm, 9.30 pm and 11 pm.

free linght soud show sanam luang bangkok

It promises to be grandiose. I warmly recommend you to go see it if you are in Bangkok on these dates.

Festivals in Thailand

And do not forget to take a look at the Events in Thailand page of the website, there are many incredible festivals that will add a real plus to your journey in the country.

Schedule of live transmissions of coronation ceremonies for the King of Thailand

Just a quick article for those who would be interested in watching the ceremonies of the coronation of the King of Thailand, Rama X, from May 4 to 6, 2019. I will indicate for each moment, a link on which you will just have to click to access a live broadcast commented on English. Schedules are mentioned in Thai local time.

thailand king coronation live boradcast schedule

Retransmissions of May 4, 2019

This is the most important day with the ritual of sacred waters.


Royal Purification, or the ceremony “Song Muratha Bhisek”

The Royal Purification, or the “Song Muratha Bhisek” Ceremony, takes place at Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence

Live broadcast from 9am commented in English here:


Official declaration of faith

The official declaration of faith, demonstrating his willingness to become the Royal Patron of Buddhism by paying homage to the Royal relics of former kings and queens.

Live broadcast from 4pm commented in English here:


Retransmissions of May 5, 2019


Royal Cypher and Royal Title

The ceremony to bestow His Majesty’s Royal Cypher and Royal Title and to grant the royal ranks to members of royalty takes place at Amarindra Vinicchaya Throne Hall.

Live broadcast from 8:30 am commented in English here:


Royal Procession

His Majesty the King rides in the Royal Palanquin in the Royal Procession on Land to encircle the city.

Live broadcast from 3 pm commented in English here:


Retransmissions of May 6, 2019


Public audience on the balcony

His Majesty the King grants a public audience on a balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall in the Grand Palace to receive the good wishes of the people.

Live broadcast from 4 pm commented in English here:


Show in honor of the King

A card stunt show with 300 drones in honour of HM the King.

Live broadcast from 7pm commented in English here:

Schedules may change depending on program modification.

I chose the lives of the ThaiPBS channel because it is the channel I watched for the funeral of King Bhumibol, Father of the current King, but there will be other channels offering retransmissions with comments in English including Facebook lives.

Note that once the lives are finished, you can watch them on demand by clicking on the same links.


Schedule of Songkran Festival 2019 in Koh Samui

This year, Koh Samui Island in the Gulf of Thailand is hosting a big 3-day, 3-night Songkran festival marking the Thai New Year. It will be held on the iconic Chaweng Beach Road. Here is the program.

songkran festival koh samui thailand


Schedule of Songkran 2019 in Samui

The Samui Water Color Songkran Festival will be held from April 12 to 14 on Chaweng Beach Road and will combine Songkran’s cultural and traditional events including a parade, morning alms offerings to monks and prayers and live DJ sets from noon to midnight.

songkran program 2019 koh samui

As you can see on the program above, there are several venues for this festival, around the Central Festival for the April 13 parades and the opening ceremony, Phru Chaweng for the morning alms offerings to the monks and prayers of the 13th in the morning, the Central Festival car park and the Solo bar that will be offering DJ sets every day from noon to midnight.

In short, it ill probably the most lively Songkran in Koh Samui for a long time !

Of course, the Buddhist temples on Koh Samui will also be se many local people coming for offerings, merits and pouring scented water  on Buddha images. I can not tell you more because, I have never been in Koh Samui for Songkran but no doubt that the staff of your hotels or guesthouses can inform you.

Alternatively, try going to Wat Khunaram, Wat Samret or Khao Hua Jook Pagoda overlooking Chaweng.

3 Thai traditional Khon performances in Sukhothai

At the end of November, Khon, a Thai traditional masked theater, was inscribed on UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage List and to celebrate it the authorities had declared that 2019 would be the year of Khon with performances in many places all around the country. There will be 3 of them until mid-March in the Sukhothai province and Kamphaeng Phet (see below).

thai khon theater

3 Khon theater performances in Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet

3 esceptionnal performances

The performances will take place in or in front of the 3 big historical parks in Thailand also listed at UNESCO: Sukhothai, the best known, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet historical parks.

schedule khon performances sukhothai

Programme of performances

The first “round” as they say, will be given on February 6, 2019 as part of the “Back to Ancient Si Stachanalai” fetival which I have already shared the dates on, so in Si Satchanalai historical park, then a second round will be performed in Sukhothai on February 24 and another one in Kamphaeng Phet on March 13, according to the following schedule:

  • Round 1: February 6, 2019 at 19.00
    At Wat Chang Lom in Si Satchanalai Historical Park
  • Round 2: February 24, 2019 at 19.30
    At Wat Chanasongkram in Sukhothai Historical Park
  • Round 3: March 13, 2019 at 19.30
    On the esplanade in front of the Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park in the city

I do not know yet if the entrance is free of charge or not but I should have the information tomorrow.

Anyway, for more information, you can contact the Sukhothai Silpakorn Office 6 at 055 697 364 or Sukhothai TAT  Office at 055 616 228.

You will find in the heading Cities & islands of the site all the practical information to visit these 3 cities and their historical parks.

Proudly powered by WordPress