Listed below are the dates for public holidays in Thailand during 2018. At the time of writing, some of these dates are awaiting official confirmation and they remain subject to change. More additions are also possible to allow for royal events. Updates will be added here once confirmed. Government offices and immigration offices in Thailand are closed on public holidays so keep that 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.
January 1-2 (Monday & Tuesday) – New Year holidays
March 1 (Thursday) – Makha Bucha Day
April 6 (Friday) – Chakri Day
April 13-15 (Friday-Sunday) – Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival
April 12 (Thursday) – substitution holiday for Songkran
April 16 (Monday) – substitution holiday for Songkran
May 1 (Tuesday) – Labour Day
May 29 (Tuesday) – Visakha Bucha Day
August 12 (Sunday) – H.M. Queen’s Birthday. Also celebrated as Mother’s Day.
August 13 (Monday) – Substitution holiday for H.M. Queen’s birthday
October 13 (Saturday) – Commemorating the passing of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)
October 15 (Monday) – substitution holiday to commemorate the passing of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej
October 23 (Tuesday) – Chulalongkorn Day (Rama V Day)
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 »
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 »