Listed below are the dates for public holidays in Thailand during 2023. 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 Friday before or Monday after.
1 January (Sunday): New Year’s Day
2 January (Monday): Substitution holiday for New Year’s Day
6 March (Monday): Makha Bucha Day
1 May (Monday): Labour Day
4 May (Thursday): Coronation Day
5 May (Friday): additional holiday
28 July (Friday): Birthday of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X)
31 July (Monday): additional holiday
1 August (Wednesday): Asahna Bucha Day
2 August (Thursday): Khao Phansa (might not be included as a public holiday)
12 August (Saturday): Birthday of HM Queen Sirikit The Queen Mother. Also celebrated as Mother’s Day.
14 August (Monday): Substitution holiday for birthday of HM Queen Sirikit
5 December (Monday): King Bhumibol Birthday Commemoration Day. Also celebrated as Father’s Day and National Day.
10 December (Sunday): Constitution Day
11 December (Monday): Substitution holiday for Constitution Day
31 December (Sunday): New Year’s Eve
Loy Krathong and other Thai Festivals in 2023
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 »