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Songkran (Thai new year)

Songkran Festival is Thailand's most popular festival celebrating the Thai New Year and is the most ebullient festival across the country. This festival is held over 3 consecutive days from April 13th to 15th, and marks the start of the Buddhist New Year and marks the start of the Buddhist New Year. This festival has changed gradually over the centuries from a completely religious event where Buddha images were bathed in water to purify them, into a bigger celebration of water. Prepare for the fun and get a soaking because a lot of water is splashed over everybody on the streets. Songkrans originals customs are still remained, where younger Thais pay their respects to monks and their elders by sprinkling their hands with scented water.

Full Moon Party (Koh Pha Ngan)

The Fullmoon Party is held once a month at Haad Rin Beach, Koh Pha Ngan. There are more than 10,000 people attending this unforgettable and impressive party beside the 1-kilometre sandy beach. The party starts from dusk till dawn and even onto the next day. Western and Thai DJ's play sounds to cater for all party goers tastes ranging from Hip-Hop, Trance, House, Garage and Jungle. Foreign tourists and Thais celebrate this worldwide renowned event together.

Fullmoon party dates for:

 January 6th
 February 5th
 March 6th
 April 4th
 May 3rd
 June 3rd
 July 1st
 August 2nd and 30th
 September 28th
 October 28th
 November 26th
 December 26th

Loi Krathong

The traditional Loi Krathong Festival has been celebrated for centuries throughout Thailand. This historic ceremony is believed to have its origin in the 13th Century during the Sukhothai period.

Loy Krathong Festival will be celebrated on the full moon night of November. All Thais and foreign visitors will go to rivers and waterways to float a Krathong in order to say thank you for the life-giving water and pay respect to nature.

Loy means float and Krathong is the name of a small artistic boat made from banana leaves and flowers. Thais normally cut their hair and nails and put them into each Krathong, believing that this will take away all bad luck. Each Krathong will also contains a candle and lighted incense sticks which is believed by Thais that if the candle is still burning as the Krathong floats away, this will bring you good luck in the coming year.

The Fisherman's Village Festival - Bophut

The 2nd yearly Fisherman's Village Festival will be held over 5 days from the August 22nd to 26th.

A lot of good quality live music which include rock, popular and Thai rock will be performed by local bands and artists from Bangkok. Food tents provide a good selection of more reasonable and yummy food provided by many local hotels, makes this festival 1 of the best events on the Samui calendar.

Public Holidays

1st Jan - Western New Year's Day

22nd-23rd Jan - Chinese New Year

6 th April - Chakri Day

13th-15th April - Songkran (Thai New Year)

1st May - Labour Day

5th May - Coronation Day

12th Aug - Queens Birthday

23rd Oct - Chulalongkorn Day

5th Dec - King's Birthday

10th Dec - Constitution Day

31st Dec - Western New Year's Eve