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Thailand bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 4 months of 2018, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Thailand Public Holidays in 2018 Observance*
Jan.  1 Mon New Year's Day
      2 Tue New Year Holiday
Feb. 16 Fri Chinese New Year (Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, and Satun) Regional
Mar.  1 Thu Makha Bucha Day
Apr.  6 Fri King Rama I Memorial and Chakri Day
     13 Fri Songkran (Thai New Year)
     14 Sat Songkran Holiday
     15 Sun Songkran Holiday
     16 Mon Songkran Holiday
May     Tue National Labour Day (except Government) Bnk+Pvt
        Thu Royal Ploughing Ceremony Bnk+Gov
        Tue Visakha Bucha Day (Buddha Day)
June    Fri End of Ramadan (Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, and Satun) Regional
July    Fri Asarnha Bucha Day Bnk+Gov
        Sat Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent begins) (except banks) Gov+Pvt
        Sat Birthday of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun
        Mon Khao Phansa Holiday (except banks) Gov+Pvt
        Mon King's Birthday Holiday
Aug.    Sun HM the Queen's Birthday
        Mon Holiday for HM the Queen's Birthday
Oct.    Sat Anniversary of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
        Mon King's Death Anniversary Holiday
        Tue Chulalongkorn Day (Rama V Day)
Dec.    Wed National Day / Father's Day
        Mon Constitution Day
        Tue Christmas (Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, and Satun) Regional
        Mon New Year's Eve
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

30 Jun 2017 Thailand October 26 Public Holiday Extension Ruled-Out (Thai News Agency-Bangkok) The Office of the Secretary-General of the Cabinet of Thsailand has issued a statement denying reports that the government of Thailand had extended to five days of public holidays on the occasion the Royal cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October 2017.  05 Jun 2017 Thailand 2018 Royal Ploughing Ceremony Public Holiday (Thai News Agency-Bangkok) The government of Thailand has announced the date of the 2018 Royal Ploughing Ceremony annual non-working public holiday, thus completing the list of official annual non-working public holidays in Thailand for the upcoming calendar year 2018.  24 Apr 2017 Thailand Public Holiday October 26 (Thai News Agency-Bangkok) Thailand's Cabinet has declared Thursday, October 26, 2017, as an additional one-off non-working public holiday in Thailand, on account of that day's royal cremation of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.  11 Apr 2017 Thailand 2017 Public Holidays Amended Again (Thai News Agency-Bangkok) Thailand's government spokesperson Taksada Sangkachantra has announced further changes to the list of annual public holidays of Thailand.  07 Feb 2017 Thailand Public Holidays Overhaul Update (Thai News Agency-Bangkok) Assistant government spokesman, Athisit Chainuwat, has announced that Thailand's Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, at the request of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, had signed a resolution to keep December 5th as an annual non-working public holiday in Thailand in honour of his Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.  22 Nov 2016 Thailand 2017 Public Holidays Amended (Thai News Agency-Bangkok) Thailand's Government Cabinet, through government spokesperson, Thaksada Sangkhachan, has declared Tuesday, January 3, 2017, as an additional, one-off non-working public holiday in Thailand, to create a five-day period of public holidays from December 31, 2016, until January 3, 2017, inclusively.  20 Oct 2016 Thailand 2017 Public Holidays Will Be Overhauled (Thai News Agency-Bangkok) Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister, Wissanu Krea-ngam, has announced that, following last week's passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Thai government would soon change up to 4 of the annual non-working public holidays in Thailand, effective in 2017, and therefore has asked public and private organizations to wait for the upcoming announcement of changes to Thailand's public holidays, including previously announced and completed 2017 public holidays in Thailand, before producing any 2017 calendars.  13 Oct 2016 Thailand Public Holiday October 14 (Thai News Agency-Bangkok) Thailand's Government Cabinet has declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Thailand, on Friday, October 14, 2016, to mourn King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died earlier today.  28 Sep 2016 Thailand October 10 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Thai News Agency-Bangkok) Thailand's Government Cabinet has rejected a proposal by the Foreign Ministry to declare Monday, October 10, 2016, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Thailand to coincide with the last day of the three-day Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) meeting being held in Bangkok from October 8 to October 10, 2016.  19 Aug 2016 Thailand September 24-27 Public Holidays Ruled-Out (Thai News Agency-Bangkok) Thailand Government spokesman, Maj-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, has announced that, in line with recent remarks by Thailand's Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-ocha, the recent proposal to declare September 24-27, 2016, as additional one-off non-working public holidays in Thailand to promote internal tourism, was not discussed at yesterday's cabinet meeting, and that it would not be discussed at any later cabinet meeting.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Thailand public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.

Background Information

Weekend Public Holidays: Public holidays falling on a Saturday or Sunday are observed on the Monday following.  Clubs and other places of indulgence are closed on Buddhist Holidays and Royal Holidays like the King/Queen's birthday.  Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day (usually during the 2nd week of May) is supposed to be a government holiday, however, no reliable source has been found to confirm how it may be predicted. This is an ancient Brahman ceremony, held under Royal patronage in Bangkok, which celebrates the beginning of the rice planting season. The day is selected by Brahmin Priests according to their astrological calendars.  For commercial banks in the provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Satun, an extra bank holiday is given for Eidilfitri Day (End of Ramadan Day) as announced by the Sheikhul Islam Office, if the day does not coincide with the above mentioned holidays or Saturday and Sunday.  Thailand International Codes TH and THA (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .th (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Thailand information and news: Bank of Thailand (Thailand central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Thailand maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Thailand), and Wikipedia (includes Thailand commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Thailand, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions. Aft=Afternoon, Arm=Armenian, Bah=Bahai, Bnk=Banks and most financial institutions, Bud=Buddhist, Cat=Catholic, Chr=Christian, Cop=Coptic, Eve=Evening, Gov=Government services and civil servants, Hin=Hindu, Jew=Jewish, Lin=Linguistic or ethnic groups, Mor=Morning, Mun=Municipal, Mus=Muslim, Orth=Orthodox, Othr=Miscellaneous partial observances (usually described in the Additional Information section of this page), Prt=Protestant, Reg=Regional, Rel=Other Religion, Sch=Schools and universities, Sik=Sikh.


Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Thailand that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.


Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Thailand were evaluated using the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia which is used in Saudi Arabia and in most of the Persian Gulf States. Holidays may occur a day later in countries outside the Gulf region. The sunrises, sunsets, moon phases, moonrises and moonsets used in these calculations are based on the location of Mecca (latitude 21.42N, longitude, 39.82E, GMT+3 hours, no summer time rules).


South-East Asian Calendar Public Holidays : The rules used to predict South-East Asian lunar public holidays in Thailand are based on the models described in the book "The Calendrical Systems of Mainland South-East Asia", by J.C. Eade, published as part of the "Handbuch der Orientalistik" series (with help by Pr. J.C. Eade and Dr. Burghart Hoffrichter), and on the classical 1909 book "The Burmese and Arakanese Calendars" by A.M.B. Irwin, as well as the 1997 articles in the Indian Journal of History of Science by G.K. Chatterjee.

In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2018 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Thailand, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Thailand, before planning any trip to Thailand. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.

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