When are public holidays in Thailand and what are they?
Thailand is one of the top countries for holidays in the world! Read on for our comprehensive list of all public holidays in Thailand for 2022. Can you believe there are over 27 holidays?!! This information about Thai holidays can help you plan a trip or if you live here, book a family getaway over a long weekend!
Knowing public holidays can help you plan your trip to Thailand or your trip within Thailand. It’s important to know, especially if you need to deal with any visa issues when government offices are going to be closed. Equally important. is knowing when banks will be shut. It would b frustrating to be stranded without cash on your travels within Thailand.
During public holidays in Thailand, all government offices and banks will close, however, most schools and businesses will remain open. This includes shopping malls, movie theaters, and tourist attractions.
Another thing to be aware of is that over holidays in Thailand, especially long weekends, traffic surges. Thai people return to their home towns over big holidays such as Songkran and New Year and the roads are crammed with cars. These are also the least safe times of year to be on the road. and You should just be prepared to grit your teeth through traffic as these holidays brings about increased competition for travel and accommodation from Thais who use long weekends to get away from the big city.
There are also a few festivals that occur on some Thai holidays and Buddhist celebrations as well.
Find out what will be open or closed on each public holiday in Thailand and if any bans or special rules will be in place.
This year there are an additional 8 public holidays being added. Some are national holidays while others are regional. This means that only some parts of Thailand will get regional holidays while national public holidays affect the entire nation.
General things to know about Thai public holidays
Thailand loves their holidays! As a large population of Buddhists, there are many observations of Buddhist holidays and each one is celebrated in a unique way. There are also quite a few government holidays and western influenced holidays as well.
It is common for the government to announce certain bans on certain celebratory days. The most common ban occurs on the sale of alcohol, where no establishment is supposed to sell alcohol. Rarely, although it has happened in the past, a curfew may be instated if the government feels the public’s safety is at risk.
Depending on the holiday, government offices and banks will be closed, while most other public or commercial establishments will remain open.
There are also regional holidays, national holidays, and government holidays. This can help explain why some establishments get holidays and other don’t. For example, Royal Ploughing Day and a few of the Buddhist holidays are generally only given to government workers and some government schools. The general rule is if it is deemed a national holiday, you should be given the day off, or a day off in lieu, no matter where you are in the country.