Ran along a course through the centre of this bustling city, the annual Bangkok Marathon takes participants on a route that includes many of the city's famous landmarks. Passing the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the National Museum and the Chao Phraya River, there are many scenic spots from which to watch the action. But one of the best places to watch the marathon is on Sanam Chai Road next to the famous Grand Palace which is where the race starts and finishes. In addition to the full 42km (26 miles) marathon course, there are also the shorter 10.5km (6.5 miles) quarter marathon course and the 5km (3.2 miles) course for slower runners and walkers. A great atmosphere prevails and there are numerous events after the race, including the popular pasta party.Date: 01 February 2020 - 01 February 2020
Venue: Streets of Bangkok.
This is a Buddhist holy day for purification and good deeds, that features various day and night candlelit ceremonies.Date: 09 February 2020 - 10 February 2020
Venue: Temples around the city.
Asarnha Puja Day/Khao Phansa Day
Commemorates Buddha's first sermon and the beginning of Buddhist Lent. It also traditionally marks the beginning of the monsoon season.Date: 04 July 2020 - 06 July 2020
Venue: Temples throughout the city.
Queen's Birthday Celebrations
The birthday of Queen Sirikit is celebrated throughout Thailand but nowhere more so than in the capital, and particularly along Ratchadamnoen Avenue and in the area around the Grand Palace. Here, civic buildings and the streets themselves are festooned with coloured lights and decorations. Portraits of the popular queen, decorated with flowers, adorn many private houses as well as private buildings. The day is a national holiday throughout Thailand.Date: 12 August 2020 - 12 August 2020
Venue: Various locations in Bangkok.
Public holiday in memory of Rama V, who died in 1910 but is remembered as one of the great kings of Siam. The celebrations are best seen at the Equestrian Statue in the Royal Plaza.Date: 23 October 2020 - 23 October 2020
Venue: Throughout the city.
World Film Festival of Bangkok
This film festival has been run successfully since 2003, and grows in stature and size with every passing year.Date: 04 November 2020 - 13 November 2020
Venue: Various venues.
Bangkok New Year Countdown
One of the biggest New Year parties in Thailand, Bangkok's New Year Countdown is a fabulous celebration which attracts revellers from all over the world. Highlights from the evening entertainment programme include a beer festival, crafts market and performances by some of the country's biggest and best-known singers, actors and musicians. And on the stroke of midnight, an incredible fireworks display announces the arrival of the New Year which is broadcast live on Thai television. Many of Bangkok's bigger shops and department stores also hold special sales with plenty of bargains to be found.Date: 31 December 2020 - 31 December 2020
Venue: Central World Plaza.