Quick Guide to the Best Thailand November Events

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A cultural performance at Phimai Historical Park. Photo Credit: Manoonp.

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Is November a good time to visit The Land of Smiles? Thailand November events include a River Festival, Monkey Feast, Elephant Round Up, and other fascinating activities. As for weather, temperatures are starting to moderate, and skies are starting to clear.

Thailand November Weather

In terms of weather, November is a transition month in Thailand. November marks  the end of the humid rainy season and the beginning of the cool winter season. In other words, the temperatures are slightly cooler. In addition, there are a few more sunny days.

Winter runs from mid-November to mid-March. For many tourists, it is the best time to visit Thailand. Therefore, winter is the peak tourist season in the Land of Smiles. As a result, bargains are harder to find.

The average high in Bangkok is 33 degrees Celsius, or 91 degrees Fahrenheit. And the average low is 27 degrees Celsius, or 81 degrees Fahrenheit.

In fact, Bangkok enjoys a daily average of 11.30 hours of sunshine in November. There are about 12 rainy days. An average of 90 millimetres of rain falls during the month. As for the humidity, the average is 77%.

Thailand November Events

Check out this short list of events taking place in Thailand in November. However,  keep in mind that dates sometimes change. And sometimes events are cancelled at the last minute.

Therefore, you might want to check with tourism authorities before booking your hotel room. Better safe than sorry!

Sukothai Candle Festival – 2 to 11 November 2019

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Fireworks light up the skies over Sukothai Historical Park during the Candle Festival, one the loveliest Thailand November events. Photo Credit: Leelaryonkul.

This five-day festival is held at Sukothai Historical Park in the run-up to Loy Krathong. The popular festival falls on 11 November this year. Events include folk dance performances. In addition, there is a nightly sound and light show.

Golden Mount Temple Fair – 4 to 13 November 2019

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A giant golden stupa is located at the centre of Temple of the Golden Mount at Wat Saket in Old Bangkok. Photo Credit: Preecha MJ.

The opening ceremony of Bangkok’s longest running temple fair takes place one week before the full moon in November. The festival runs for 10 days.

First, devotees parade up the temple’s stupa. During the procession, they drape bright read cloth around the circumference.

Events include cultural shows and musical performances. Also, there are food vendors, fairground games, and rides. The festivities continue each night until midnight.

Phimai Festival and Boat Race – 6 to 10 November 2019

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The cultural performance at Phimai Historical Park in Nakhon Ratchasima province is one of the most spectacular Thailand November events. Photo Credit: Manoonp.

Boat races are held along the Chakkarat River in the Phimai District of Nakhon Ratchasima province. Teams from around Thailand participate in the competition.

In addition, there are daily sound and light shows at 6.30 pm. They tell the story of King Jayavarman VII.

Other activities include an exhibition on Phimai history, a traditional arts and crafts fair, and cultural performances.  A “Korat Cat Competition” is one of the festival’s highlights.

Foodies enjoy the cooking demonstrations and cooking classes. A  variety of interactive and do-it-yourself workshops fill out the programme.

Nakhon Pathom Phra Pathommachedi Festival – 8 to 16 November 2019

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Phra Pathommachdi in Nakhon Panthom province. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

This nine-day festival pays tribute to the Buddhist relics in the Chedi of the city’s main temple. Activities include the Fair of the Cross and an agricultural market.

Bangkok River Festival – 9 to 11 November 2019

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Entrance of Wat Arun, which overlooks the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Photo Credit: Watarunportalyaksha.

Cultural shows, live music, food stalls, and other events take place at seven locations along the shores of the Chao Praya River:

  • Wat Arun
  • Wat Po (Reclining Buddha Temple)
  • Asiatique The Riverfront
  • Yodpiman River Walk
  • Tha Maharaj
  • Wat Prayoon
  • Wat Kalayanamitra

 

Erawan Shrine Anniversary – 9 November 2019

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Traditional Thai dancers perform while a devotee prays at the Erawan Shrine in downtown Bangkok. Photo Credit: Ninara.

Devotees make offerings at Erawan Shrine, a Hindu shrine that houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Hindu god of creation.

The ceremony starts at 6.00 am. Devotees pray for good fortune. They make offerings of 12 incense sticks, four candles, four jasmine and marigold garlands, and four pieces of gold leaf.

Loy Krathong – 11 November 2019

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Loy Krathong Festival at Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui is one of the most interesing Thailand November events. Photo Credit: Per Meistrup.

Loy Krathong heralds the end of the rainy season. In addition, it pays tribute to the water spirits.

Loy Krathong is one of the most colourful and popular festivals of the year in Thailand. People throughout the country particupate in the festivities.

On the evening of Loy Krathong, celebrants flock to nearby bodies of water and float small bowl-shaped containers called Krathongs. Inside the containers they place three incense sticks, a candle, and usually a few coins.

When they set their krathong afloat, celebrants ask Mother Nature for forgiveness for polluting the rivers. But they also thank her for the water that brings them life.

In addition, they wish for good luck. And they hope that as the krathong floats away, it will also carry away their bad luck.

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Full Moon Party – 11 November 2019

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Full-Moon-Party at Paradise Bungalow, Haad Rin Sunrise Beach, at Koh Phangan, Thailand. Photo credit: Per Meistrup.

The Full Moon Party is held every month on the evening of the full moon at Haad Rin Sunrise Beach in Koh Phangan. The small island is located close to Koh Samui. Each month from 10,000 to 30,000 revelers take part.

Changing of the Robes from Rainy to Winter – 12 November 2019

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The Emerald Buddha has three golden robes for the three seasons in Thailand: Summer (right), Rainy, and Winter.

The Emerald Buddha is the most important image of Buddha in Thailand. It has three robes, one for each of the country’s three seasons: summer, rainy, and winter.

The King of Thailand changes the robes three times a year to mark the changing of the seasons. While the exact dates vary from year to year, they are usually held in the months of March, August, and November on the Gregorian Calendar.

The robes are changed from rainy to winter on 12 November in 2019.

Surin Elephant Round-Up – 15 to 17 November 2019

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Elephant Round-Up at Surin is one of the most colourful Thailand November events. Photo Credit: Luc Ockers.

Elephants parade through the streets of Surin on the first day of the Elephant Round-Up. They are also served an “elephant breakfast”.

Other activities include elephant talent competitions and demonstrations of elephant capturing, training, and warfare techniques.

Wat Rong Khun Light Festival – 22 November to 22 December 2019

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The White Temple in Chiang Rai serves as a perfect backdrop for a multimedia light show. Photo Credit: Jakub-Halun.

A spectacular multimedia light show is held at the White Temple in Chiang Rai on the evening of the “Wat Rong Khun Light Festival

Location: White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand.

River Kwai Bridge Week – 23 November to 2 December 2019

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Train crossing the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Photo Credit: Krzyzlof Golik.

This event takes you back in time to World War II through the River Kwai Bridge build by Allied prisoners-of-war. Kanchanaburi Bridge was the part of the Death Railway that spanned the River Kwai.

The annual River Kwai Bridge Week and Kanchanaburi Red Cross Fair features two nightly light-and-sound shows tellings the stories of World War II. It honours the prisoners of war and Asian labourers who built the infamous Death Railway, the Bridge on the River Kwai, and the Hellfire Pass.

The event is held at the same time as the Kanchanaburi Red Cross Fair. There is shopping, entertainment, exhibitions of local products, and a  mini motor show.

Monkey Buffet Festival – 24 November 2019

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Hundreds of long-tail monkeys inhabit the ruins of the Sam Phra Karn Shrine in Lopburi, Thailand. Photo Credit-Christian Rebernik.

The Monkey Buffet Festival is one of the most popular festivals of the year in central Thailand.

The festival is held at an ancient Khmer temple in the town on Lopburi, which is home to hundreds of long-tail monkeys.

During the festival, monkeys are served an all-they-can-eat buffet four or five times during the day. Long tables are piled high with bananas, watermelons, pineapples, cucumbers, sweets, and soft drinks.

Music and dance performances complete the programme.

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