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World Film Festival of Bangkok

The objective of the World Film Festival of Bangkok is to introduce quality, non-mainstream films from all over the world. In its 9th year in 2011, film screenings combine with film-related talks and workshops to enhance the festival and to entertain its patrons.

Venue: Bangkok.

Hua Hin Jazz Festival

Thousands of visitors from all over the world travel to Hua Hin and Cha-Am to enjoy local and international artists performing in this sunny seaside setting; the standard of jazz is excellent.

Date: 2017-03-24
Venue: Hua Hin

Phuket International Cricket Sixes

The annual Phuket International Cricket Sixes is played under the glare of the floodlights, creating a really exciting atmosphere for these fast-paced games and attracting players from all over the world. In addition to the main cricket competitions that feature both men's and women's tournaments, there are plenty of other less serious distractions including beach cricket games, volleyball tournaments and social functions.

Date: 2017-04-12
Venue: Karon Stadium, Phuket.

Songkhran (Thai New Year)

The Songkran Festival lasts for several days and is a traditional celebration that welcomes in the Thai New Year. It is one of the biggest and brightest celebrations in Thailand making it a great time to visit the country. On the first day it is traditional for Thais to clean their house in preparation for the year ahead. The following day is given over to the preparation of food and special meals to be consumed over the coming days. The third day is the start of the Thai New Year and is marked by religious ceremonies which usually take place early in the morning. Come the afternoon, it's time for the water fights which rage through the streets during which everybody, including tourists, are targets. The day is celebrated all over the country with various special events and attractions. In Ayutthaya, celebrations and ceremonies take place amongst the historic ruins and temples of the ancient capital.

Date: 2017-04-13
Venue: Throughout the country.


ANZAC was the name given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, early on the morning of 25 April 1915 during World War I (1914â€-1918). The day is remembered as ANZAC Day and commemorates all the men and women who have fought not just in World War I, but in all wars fought in Australia's name. The town of Kanchanaburi marks ANZAC day in remembrance of all the allied prisoners - including many Australian and New Zealanders - that lost their lives in the forced labour camps that built the Burma-Thailand railway during World War II. There is a dawn parade and ceremony at the Allied War Cemetery in the town which is home to the famous Bridge of the River Kwai.

Date: 2017-04-25
Venue: Various locations in Kanchanaburi.

Top of the Gulf Regatta

This popular sailing event is a week-long programme of races and activities which each year attracts keen mariners from all over the sailing world. There are events for keelboats, beach cats, dinghies and others in this fun and hotly-contested event.

Date: 2017-05-04
Venue: Jomtien Beach.

Phuket International Marathon

Each year more than 7,000 runners battle a tough course and the heat during the Phuket International Marathon. Open to over 18s from all over the world, runners can compete in a full 42km (26 miles) marathon or the 21km (13 miles) half marathon; there is also a 10km (6 miles) fun run for runners aged 12 and over, a 5km (3 miles) walk and a 1km (0.6 miles) kids' run. The race attracts runners from all over the world and has great support from the local community who turn out en masse to cheer on the runners. The inaugural marathon took place in 2006 as part of Phuket's bid to recover after the devastating December 2004 tsunami disaster.

Date: 2017-06-03
Venue: Laguna Resort, Phuket.

Tak Bat Dok Mai Festival

The Tak Bat Dok Mai ceremony is a traditional Buddhist celebration during which locals make offerings to the Buddhist monks who parade through the streets. As well as the more usual offerings of food, incense and votive candles, devotees also offer the distinctive yellow and violet Dok Khao Phansa flower which comes into season during the Buddhist Lent. It is a spectacular time to be in the region to witness the devotees lining the street as hundreds of monks and novices file past accepting the offerings en route to the Shrine of the Holy Footprint. The festival is a traditional 'merit making' event where it is believed that devotees are atoned for their sins.

Date (which is to be confirmed): 2017-07-16
Venue: Wat Phra Phutthabat Ratchaworamaha Wihan.

Phuket Race Week

Experience the thrill of ocean racing during Phuket Race Week which offers a packed programme of sailing events and social functions. During the event-filled week, visitors are able to soak up the excitement of a two-day sports boat event, one day of beach cat racing and the main event - the ever popular four-day regatta. All racing should be completed by 1500 each day after which it's party time where cocktail evenings and lavish parties abound.

Date: 2017-07-19
Venue: Evason Phuket Resort, Phuket.

Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music

Bangkok's International Festival of Dance & Music is the largest annual performing arts festival in Thailand. It presents artistes and theatres from around the globe in a programme of classical concerts, operas, classical ballets, contemporary and world dances.

Date (which is to be confirmed): 2017-09-01
Venue: Thailand Cultural Centre, Ratchadapisek Road, Bangkok 10320

Mizuno River Kwai International Half Marathon

Having celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2011, this is the oldest road race in Thailand. The course is one of the most scenic in Thailand and welcomes entrants from around the world. Entries are limited to 1500.

Date: 2017-09-10
Venue: River Kwai Village Hotel, Aumphur Saiyok, Kanchanaburi Province

Chon Buri Buffalo Races

Alongside the seriously-taken buffalo races there is a family fair with food stalls and handicrafts, folk music, games and a beauty pageant, whose winner receives the glamorous title of 'Miss Buffalo'.

Date (which is to be confirmed): 2017-10-05
Venue: City Hall, Chon Buri

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

During the 10-day event, participants stick to a strict vegetarian diet which is believed to spiritually cleanse the soul of devotees. Phuket's annual Vegetarian Festival dates back to 1825 when a touring opera company were struck down with illnesses and only cured of their maladies by a vegetarian diet. The festival has taken place every year ever since beginning on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and continuing until the ninth evening. The festival is said to bring good luck to participants and the wider community.

Date: 2017-10-20
Venue: Phu Jui Tui Shrine, Phuket.

Phuket International Soccer 7s

The Phuket event has developed into one of the largest 7s tournaments in Asia, with an expected turnout of around 40 teams from at least 10 nations taking part. The games last 10 minutes each half, meaning that the pace of 7s games is usually fast and furious and spectators can expect to see some exciting match ups as teams battle it out in a bid to reach the final. Almost as important as the football games during the day, the tournament organisers ensure visiting teams have a good time with plenty of social events arranged for each evening.

Date (which is to be confirmed): 2017-11-01
Venue: British Curriculum International School, Phuket.

Loy Krathong

Also known as the 'festival of lights', Loy Krathong begins on the full moon of the 12th lunar month in the traditional Thai calendar. Celebrated throughout Thailand, ornately decorated Krathong or traditional banana leaf lanterns are floated out onto various rivers and waterways.

Date: 2017-11-03
Venue: Throughout the country.

Laguna Phuket Triathlon

Taking place at the beautiful beachfront location, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon is a tough event which sees contestants race against one another in the three classic triathlon disciplines of swimming 1,800m (2,000 yards), cycling 55km (34 miles) and finishing off with a 12km (7.5 miles) run. Taking place in the picturesque Laguna Phuket resort, there are numerous vantage points around the course from where spectators can watch all the action.

Date: 2017-11-18
Venue: Laguna Resort, Phuket.

Surin Elephant Festival

To commemorate both the importance of the Thai elephant and the local peoples' important relationship with them, the Surin Elephant Festival has been held annually since 1960. Now an internationally recognised event, the festival is fun, elephant friendly and popular with visitors and locals.

Date: 2017-11-18
Venue: Srinarong Stadium, Surin

Phuket King's Cup Regatta

One of the biggest and most popular sailing events in Asia, the annual Phuket King's Cup Regatta attracts boats and crews from all over the world. First held in 1987, the event was originally raced to honour the Thai King's 60th birthday. It's grown in popularity every year and now includes many harbourside events and entertainment in addition to the thrills and excitement of the race itself. Spectators can see a range of different boats on the water, including keel boats and multi-hulls as well as traditional sailing craft. This is a fun event that is one of the highlights in the world sailing calendar.

Date: 2017-12-02
Venue: Kata Beach, Phuket.

Phuket New Year Countdown

Phuket is one of the prettiest places in Asia to see in the New Year, a great celebration that attracts a good mix of visitors from all over the world. In the build-up during the day, visitors can while away the hours exploring the food, arts and crafts markets or watching handicraft and fruit carving demonstrations. Come the evening, the atmosphere heats up with a live music festival before the crowd counts down to the stroke of midnight when a large fireworks display kicks off the New Year.

Date: 2017-12-31
Venue: Saphan Hin Park, Phuket.

Phuket International Marine Expo (PIMEX)

One of the biggest boat shows in the region, PIMEX is a glitzy event that showcases the latest products from the boating world including a range of luxury yachts, speed boats, charter boats, marine equipment and other luxury products associated with the marine lifestyle.

Date: 2018-01-05
Venue: Phuket Boat Lagoon Resort, Phuket.

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