Thailand is on the northern side of the equator and has a tropical climate that is more or less consistent throughout the country. 

This leads to relatively hot weather in October, which marks the end of the southwestern monsoon season in Thailand

The average maximum temperature can go up to 30 ℃, while the lowest is 23 ℃ in October. 

Events and Festivals Celebrated in Thailand in October

  1. Awk Phansa
  2. King Chulalongkorn Day
  3. Vegetarian Festival
  4. Long-Boat Races
  5. Naga Fireball Festival

1. Awk Phansa

Wan Awk Phansa Dates 2023 - 28 October 2023

Awk Phansa is a national holiday in Thailand. In the northern part of Thailand, it's known as Isan.

It resembles the Buddhist lent(known as the "Vassa") period when many Buddhists abstained from Meat, drinking, and smoking.

During this time, many people gather and participate in a candlelit circumambulation in the holy temple.

Also, Illuminated boat processions are conducted on Nakhon Phanom and Nong Khai on the Mekong River and the Mun River in Ubon Ratchathani throughout the Isan.


Awk Phansa | AOJourneys


2. King Chulalongkorn Day

King Chulalongkorn Day 2023 - 23rd October 2023

Also called "Wan Piyamaharaj Day," Chulalongkorn Day is celebrated in the memorial of King Chulalongkorn's death Every 23rd of October.

It's a public holiday in Thailand. People gather around the Equestrian Statue to show respect to King Chulalongkorn ad lay wreaths at the statue in the Royal Plaza.


King Chulalongkorn Day | AOJourneys


3. Vegetarian Festival

Vegetarian Festival 2023 Dates - 13 - 22 October 2023

Often celebrated around October Vegetarian Festival, it is one of the famous festivals in Thailand celebrated by Thailand's Chinese people. Most events are held in Chinatown in Phuket and Bangkok.

Also, small events are held in Krabi, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Krabi.


Vegetarian Festival | AOJourneys


4. Long-Boat Races

In October, traditional long-boat races take place in many parts of Thailand.

Buriram, Chachoengsao, Bab Nakhon Sawan, and Nakhon Ratchasima are some of them.

In addition, local people get together to celebrate the end of the rainy season on the fourth day after the full moon.


Long-Boat Races | AOJourneys


5. Naga Fireball Festival

Naga Fireball Festival dates: October 28, 2023

As the Buddhist Lent ends in October on the night of the full moon, the town of Nong Khai celebrates very peculiarly.

This town is located on the shore of the river Mekong in North Eastern Thailand. During this celebration, you can experience queer reddish balls rising hundreds of meters into the sky from the water, giving the appearance of fireballs.

Thousands of tourists from Thailand and beyond flock to the river bank to experience this phenomenon.

This spooky celebration is a spectacle with visitors lighting fireworks before the natural orbs start appearing, dancing, eating and drinking, and celebrating joyfully.

Initially, it was a one-night gathering, but now, this sighting has become a week-long celebration with bazaars, food markets, performances, and competitions.

The government also hosts a boat parade with a great sound and light display, seeing the festival's popularity.

The best places to experience this event include Nong Khai, Phon Phisai, and Rattanawapi.

If you are considering visiting Thailand in October, be prepared to experience Thailand in a new way that will astonish you.


Naga Fireball Festival | AOJourneys

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