Planning your trip based on the Thailand public holidays?
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Below is a list of Thai Public and National Holidays for 2013.
Not only does Thailand use the Gregorian calendar - Thailand also uses the Thai solar calendar.
This calendar is 543 years ahead.
For example - the Thai year 2556 corresponds to the Western year 2013.
So what are the holidays this year?
Thailand changed its New Year's Day in 1940 from April 13th to January 1st.
The "old" New Year is the holiday called Songkran. There are also more Pattaya festivals worth checking out.
Years are counted as the Buddhist era-B.E.
The Buddhist Era started 543 years earlier than the Christian era, therefore 2008 A.D. is the year 2551 B.E.
The Chinese Lunar New Year is the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2600BC. Most full moon days are dates for Buddhist celebrations.
The holidays in Thailand are a lot of fun to experience. Personally I've enjoyed Songkran in Pattaya and I'm sure you will too. Granted - after a while it can get old fast.
Rest easy - there are plenty of other Thai holidays you can enjoy throughout the year. I've also had the chance to observe the Majesty's birthdays. That was a new experience. This year I'm particularly fond of Chinese New year. In fact the way that Thais celebrate it is quite different than in Mainland China or even Korea.
In any case - have fun in Thailand and whatever you do keep these holidays in the back of your mind just in case.