Top Reasons Why You Should Visit Thailand in February 2020

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A floral float in the parade during the Chiang Mai Flower Festival. Photo Credit: FredTC.

Thailand Travel

February is a great time to visit Thailand. It is relatively cool and dry, with lots of sunshine and little rainfall. Events include Makha Bucha – an important domestic holiday,  flower festivals in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and local festivals in other cities.

One of the driest and coolest months of the year, February can be an excellent month to visit Thailand.

After Thai New Year, Thailand’s second most important domestic holiday, Makha Bucha, falls in February. There are also flower festivals in Bangkok and Chiang Mai and some interesting local festivals in other parts of the country – many of which are far off the well-beaten tourism track.

February Weather in Thailand

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Pattaya Bay viewed from the Executive Lounge of the Cape Dara Beachfront Resort in Pattaya, Thailand. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

February is at the end of Thailand’s so-called “cool season”. The average daily high in Bangkok is 33 Celsius, or 91 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of 23 degrees Celsius, or 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

There are similar temperatures throughout the country, although some spots are a few degrees higher, and others a few degrees lower.

Ayutthaya and Krabi, for example, have an average high of 93 degrees Fahrenheit in February, whereas Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and Udon Thani have an average high of 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

February is also the dry season, with an average of only two rainy days and about 10 millimeters of rain.

What to See and Do Thailand in February

Here’s a short-list of some of the Thai festivals and holidays that take place in Thailand in February.

Please note: some of the times have not yet been fixed for 2020. If dates for this year’s events are not listed in the title, last year’s date is noted at the end of the listing for reference. Dates will be updated as soon as possible.

Kengchakaj Concert – 1 February 2020

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Kengchakaj. Photo Credit: the Artist.

Bangkok-born, New York-based improviser, pianist, and composer Kengchakaj will perform four times during the month of January and on 1 February in the Big Mango.

At Alonetogether Bar – 29 Sukhumvit 31, Bangkok, Thailand.

Chon Concert – 7 February 2020

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Chon. Photo Credit: Jude Aotik.

California rock band Chon will perform live in the Big Mango. The group released its third studio album last June.

At Lido Connect – Rama I Road, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand.

Chiang Mai Flower Festival – 7 to 9 February 2020

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A flower-clad float in a parade during the Flower Festival in Chiang Mai. Photo Credit: FredTC.

Suan Buak Hat Park in Chiang Mai is transformed into an open-air exhibition centre with floral displays and agricultural exhibitions. There are also contests, and plants can be purchased.

A highlight of the festival is a parade of floral floats that make their way through city streets accompanied by celebrants marching in traditional Thai costumes.

At Nong Buak Haad Public Park, corner of Bumrung Buri Road and Arak Road, Phra Sing, Chiang Mai Municipality,  Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. 

Makha Bucha – 9 February 2020

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Making merit at a Buddhist temple in Phuket. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

The second most important festival of the year in Thailand, Makha Bucha (also spelled Magha Puja) celebrates a gathering that was held in Northern India between the Buddha and 1,250 of his first disciples 10 months after his enlightenment.

According to tradition …

  • All of the disciples came without being summoned.
  • All of them were enlightened.
  • All of them were ordained by the Lord Buddha himself.
  • It was the full-moon of the third lunar month.

Makha Bucha is a day during which lay people make merit by holding processions, lighting candles, and making offerings.

Candlelight processions and other activities are held at most temples.

As a Buddhist holiday, the sale of alcohol is strictly prohibited during Makha Bucha. That means you can’t buy alcohol for a period of 24 hours!

The third of February is also celebrated as Veteran’s Day in Thailand.

Celebrated nationwide.

Full Moon Party – 9 February 2020

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Full Moon Party at Haad Rin Sunris Beach on Koh Phangan, an island near Koh Samui. Photo Credit: Per Meistrup.

The Full Moon Party is held on the beach of Haad Rin every month on the night of the full moon.

DJs play a variety of musical styles including trance, dubstep, reggae, and techno. Jugglers, fire-eaters, and fireworks add drama to the all-night event.

Haad Rin is crescent shaped beach located on the island of Ko Pha Ngan. It can be reached by boat from Koh Samui, an island off the coast of Southern Thailand.

Koh Samui is 293 miles (471 kilometres) south of Bangkok. Because the drive takes nearly 10 hours, air travel is recommended,. The flight takes just over one hour.

Baan Tawai Village Woodcarving Fair – 2020 Date Pending

The fair is a focal point for wood artisans from across Chiang Mai. It also features  cultural performances, a woodcarving competition, a cooking contest, the sale of handcrafted items including silverware, lacquerware, hand-woven textile and basketry.

At Baan Tawai Woodcarving Village – 90 Moo 2 Baan-Tawa, Khun Khong, Hang Dong, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. The village is about 16 kilometres from the municipality of Chiang Mai.

Ban Chiang World Heritage Festival – 2020 Date Pending

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Artifacts on display at the Ban Chiang Museum in Udon Thani Province. Photo Credit: Kiwiodysee

The archaeological site of Ban Chiang in Udon Thani Province, and the area that surrounds it, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992.

In celebration, Udon Thani province organizes the Ban Chiang World Heritage Festival each year with an eye to highlighting the rich history of this nearly forgotten culture.

There is a trade fair of five-star OTOP products Tai Phuan activities, the ceremony of paying homage to sacred entity (Pu Khun Chiang Sawat), a cultural parade, and light and sound performances of Tai Phuan in Ban Chiang.

At the Ban Chiang Archaeological Site and National Museum, Nong Han District, Udon Thani Province, Thailand.  From 1 to 28 February 2019.

King Narai Reign Fair – 2020 Date Pending

The era of King Narai the Great is re-enacted during the nine-day King Narai Reign Fair, which celebrates King Narai the Great (1580–1655).

Highlights include a regal ceremony and a spectacular procession of floats, horses, and elephants.

There is a changing of the guards performance, a light-and-sound presentation, various cultural displays and dance performances, and a “retro” market  featuring shops offering traditional food and beverages in exchange for ‘ancient’ Thai bullet money.

At King Narai’s Palace, Lopburi, Thailand. From 8 to 17 February 2019.

Maga Puja Hae Pha Khuen That Festival – 2020 Date Pending

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A colourful cloth is paraded through the ground of the Hae Pha Khuen That Festival. Photo Credit: Kosin Sukhum.

The Hae Pha Khuen That Festival aims to promote Buddhist tourism in Thailand.

There are exhibitions, a procession, the draping of a very long piece of holy cloth around the base of a stupa that contains sacred relics and other merit-making activities

The pagoda is considered to be the representative of Lord Buddha. Local devotees believe it possess a tremendous amount of righteousness of the holy relics it contains.

The festival is held twice a year during Makha Bucha Day (the 15th full-moon night of February) and Visakha Bucha Day (the 15th full-moon night of May).

Book hotel rooms in Nakhon Si Thammarat early as this festival is very popular.

At Royal Park Si Thammarat, Soi Wat Mahathat Woramahawihan, Nai Mueang, Muang Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Thailand. From 13 to 19 February 2019.

Darin Epsilon Boat Party – 22 February 2020

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Darin Epsilon. Photo Credit: the Artist.

American music producer, DJ, radio personality, record label owner Darin Epsilon will spin the discs on an exclusive boat party.

At Sathorn Pier – Yan Nawa Station, Bangkok, Thailand.

Top Reasons Why You Sbould Visit Thailand in February is part of a series of monthly travel guides to the Land of Smiles. This post contains affiliate links. It is the second in a series of monthly travel and sightseeing guides to Thailand

 

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