Listed below are the dates for public holidays in Thailand during 2021. More dates may be added and any changes will be added here once confirmed. Please note that government offices and immigration offices in Thailand are closed on public holidays. Keep this in mind if you need to extend your visa or require consular services. Thai embassies and consulates outside of Thailand may also be closed on these dates. Where the actual date of the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, a substitute holiday has been granted on the Monday.
Extra holidays for 2021
In an attempt to boost domestic travel and help the economy during 2021, the Thai government has approved a number of special holidays. In some cases these will be government holidays (e.g. immigration offices closed), but not nationwide public holidays. And some of the holidays will be specific to regions (e.g. the holiday in North-East Thailand for the Isaan Rocket Festival). The Thai authorities have also indicated these additional holidays are one-off additions for 2021 and won’t be carried forward for future years.
January 1 (Friday): New Year’s Day holiday
February 12 (Friday): Chinese Lunar New Year (government holiday, not public holiday)
February 26 (Friday): Makha Bucha Day
May 1 (Saturday): Labour Day
May 3 (Monday): Substitution holiday for Labour Day
May 4 (Tuesday): Coronation Day
May 26 (Wednesday): Visakha Bucha Day
June 3 (Thursday): Birthday of HM Queen Suthida
July 24 (Saturday): Asahna Bucha Day
July 25 (Sunday): Khao Phansa
July 26 (Monday): Substitution holiday for Asahna Bucha Day
July 27 (Tuesday): Additional holiday for Khao Phansa
July 28 (Wednesday): Birthday of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X)
August 12 (Thursday): Birthday of HM Queen Sirikit The Queen Mother. Also celebrated as Mother’s Day.
September 24 (Friday): Mahidol Day. Public holiday in remembrance of Prince Mahidol who is honoured as the father of modern Thai medicine and who was the grandfather of HM King Rama X.
October 13 (Wednesday): HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej Memorial Day
October 22 (Friday): Substitution holiday for Chulalongkorn Day (moved forward from October 25)
October 23 (Saturday): Chulalongkorn Day (Rama V Day)
December 5 (Sunday): King Bhumibol Birthday Commemoration Day. Also celebrated as Father’s Day and National Day.
December 6 (Monday): Substitution holiday for King Bhumibol Birthday Commemoration Day.
December 10 (Friday): Constitution Day
December 31 (Friday): New Year’s Eve
Regional government holidays for 2021
North Thailand: March 26 (Friday) for Wai Phra That
North-East Thailand: May 10 (Monday) for the Rocket Festival
South Thailand: October 6 (Wednesday) for the Sart Thai Festival
Central Thailand including Bangkok: October 21 (Thursday) for Awk Phansa
Loy Krathong and other Thai Festivals in 2021
There are various festivals in Thailand (e.g. Loy Krathong) that are celebrated nationwide but are not public holidays and government offices remain open as usual. In the deep south of Thailand, in addition to the Buddhist holidays some government offices and businesses in the provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Satun may also close for Muslim holidays such as Eid al-Fitr (marking the end of Ramadan).
Check dates for Loy Krathong and other festivals and special events in Thailand »
Restrictions on alcohol sales
For important Buddhist holidays and for some royal occasions, there may be restrictions in place on alcohol sales. How strictly the regulations are enforced can vary depending on where you are in Thailand.
Days when alcohol sales are restricted in Thailand »