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Benjakitti Park in Bangkok will again welcome families and lovers wanting to float their krathongs. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Best Places to Celebrate Loy Krathong Today

Thailand’s second pandemic Loy Krathong is here and if you’re looking for a good place to celebrate, these locations may float your boat. The traditional...
Cambodia has canceled this year’s Water Festival due to the Covid-19 pandemic, upsetting expectations the country will reopen within weeks after its rapid rollout of vaccinations.

Cambodia Again Cancels Water Festival, Despite Imminent Reopening

Cambodia has canceled this year’s Water Festival due to the Covid-19 pandemic, upsetting expectations the country will reopen within weeks after its rapid rollout...
Bangkok Thailand Highways Tools Motorways Expressways

Highway Tolls Waived Sept. 4-7 Holiday

Motorists can use some tollways free of charge during the long holiday Sept 4-7. Suksomruay Wantaneekul, secretary to Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, said the free...
Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai’s Queen Sirikit Garden Goes Free for Mother’s Day

The Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden in Chiang Mai will offer entry on Aug. 12 in celebration of the birthday of HM Queen Sirikit, the...
Tourists wait to board the Koh Chang ferry on Saturday

Spurred by Discounts, Thais Flock to Resort Islands for Holiday Weekend

Spurred by big discounts, Thai tourists flocked to beaches and islands on the first holiday weekend under the government’s tourism-subsidy program, with hotels throughout...
Phuket People praying inside Thai Buddhist temple with gold accent.

Phuket Hotels Fill Up as Thai Tourists Arrive for Holiday

Tourism showed signs of life on Phuket this weekend with Thails flocking to the resort island over the long King’s Birthday weekend, according to...

Photo View: Bangkok’s Holiday Weekend Exodus

It was slow, crowded & frustrating getting out of town Friday
Thailand Budadhist Lent No Alcohol Booze Sales Banned

Bangkok Restaurants to Stop Selling for Booze 3 Months of Buddhist Lent

Dozens of small and chain eateries across 32 districts to abstain from alcohol sales until Oct. 2
Thailand Holiday Happy Beach Sunset

Thailand Adds Yet Another Holiday to July Calendar

All of Thailand’s businesses may be just reopening, but the government is rapidly filling July with holidays. Days after adding July 7 as a public...
Bangkok Thailand Expressways Highways Tollways Roads

Bangkok Tollways Go Free for July Holidays

Motorists escaping Bangkok for the upcoming weekend won’t have to pay tolls. The Chalerm Mahanakorn Expressway (First Stage Expressway), Si Rat Expressway and Udon Ratthaya...
Government stresses extended Buddhist holiday weekend is not promised Songkran 3-day break

Thailand to Celebrate End of Lockdown with July 4-7 Holiday

Government stresses extended Buddhist holiday weekend is not promised Songkran 3-day break
The government coronavirus task force put the kibosh on rumors that Songkran would be rescheduled for early July, saying the Cabinet hasn’t even considered new dates yet. Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Covid-19 Situation Administration of Thailand, said current virus-prevention measures must remain and that no dates have yet been considered for the April 13-15 holiday that was canceled due to the country’s coronavirus lockdown. Earlier this week, Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome had said he has proposed July 7-9 be the “New Normal Songkran”. If approved, that three-day holiday would fall directly after the July 4-6 Asalaha Bucha long weekend, giving Thais five days off if Friday July 7 wasn’t turned into a holiday as well. Itthiphol had said the issue would be considered at a June 5 CCSA meeting. With a possibly final stage of Thailand’s economic reopening set for July 1, the weeklong party would be either a joyous party after months of lockdown or a raucous spark to a second wave of coronavirus infections as a beleaguered Thai population people jettisons the “new” out of normal and gets back to the old ways of spreading infectious diseases and dying by the hundreds in motorcycle wrecks. Perhaps recognizing the potential for mayhem and mass infections, Itthiphol also suggested an alternate date later in the month to coincide with HM the King’s birthday.

Not So Fast: CCSA Puts Brakes on July 4-7 Rescheduled Songkran

The government coronavirus task force put the kibosh on rumors that Songkran would be rescheduled for early July, saying the Cabinet hasn’t even considered new dates yet.
Songkran Celebration Thailand water fight

Thailand eyes July 4-9 holiday for rescheduled Songkran

Having only just reopened, Thailand may close down again for a week in July to finally celebrated its postponed Songkran.
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