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Makha Puja

This is a Buddhist holy day for purification and good deeds, that features various day and night candlelit ceremonies.

Date: 19 February 2019 - 19 February 2019
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: 16 July 2019 - 16 July 2019
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 2019 - 12 August 2019
Venue: Various locations in Bangkok.

Chulalongkorn Day

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 2019 - 23 October 2019
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 2019 - 13 November 2019
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.worldfilmbkk.com

Bangkok Marathon

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: 17 November 2019 - 17 November 2019
Venue: Streets of Bangkok.
Website: http://www.bkkmarathon.com

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 2019 - 31 December 2019
Venue: Central World Plaza.

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The Dusit Thani

This is one of the most opulent hotels in Bangkok and is conveniently located off the Silom Road in the business and entertainment district overlooking Lumphini Park. The 500-plus rooms are all sumptuously decorated in Thai style and all have satellite TVs, VCRs and mini-bars.

The Oriental

One of the most famous hotels in the world, The Oriental is located by the Chao Phraya River and is the hotel of choice for royalty and celebrities past and present, such as Somerset Maugham, the Prince of Wales and Elizabeth Taylor. Although the original Author's Wing was built in 1887 and is very much colonial in style, two more modern wings tend to dominate the appearance of the hotel. However, the 393 rooms (including 35 suites) are all sumptuously decorated.

The Eugenia

A fine boutique hotel, with just 12 suites, in an elegant colonial house. The suites all have antique furniture, part of a collection belonging to the owner. There is a lounge bar and a restaurant, the D B Bradley, which serves a fusion of east and west. Facilities include an open-air swimming pool and high-speed internet access. Airport transfers can be arranged in one of their fleet of vintage cars.

Conrad Bangkok

Stylish Bangkok hotel, close to Lumphini Park, with contemporary, understated Thai design throughout. Silk and wood are used in all the rooms and suites. Superb facilities including several restaurants (Italian, Chinese and Japanese), nightclub, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, jogging track and tennis courts.

Peninsula

With commanding views of the Chao Phraya River, this hotel in Bangkok has a reputation for excellent service and hospitality. All rooms have a river view, some with balconies, terraces or outdoor Jacuzzis, and are sumptuously decorated. Rooms have marble bathrooms, executive work desk, CD/DVD player, camcorder video playback facilities and Wi-Fi. Diners are well catered for with several restaurants including Mediterranean cuisine at Jesters and Thai home-made style cooking at Thiptara. Leisure facilities include a spa, gym, tennis courts and three-tiered swimming pool.

Dream Hotel

This trendy boutique hotel, where the style is a fusion of East meets West, is now well-established on the Bangkok scene. The 200 rooms have plasma TVs, iPods, Wi-Fi and under-bed lighting. There are even pet-friendly rooms. There is one restaurant, Flava , and a cocktail lounge, spa, health club, swimming pool and business centre.