Is December a good time to visit The Land of Smiles? Thailand December events include a rare procession of barges down Bangkok’s majestic Chao Phraya River. Plus: a sailing regatta, a night marathon, and more. As for weather, temperatures are mild and skies are clear.
Thailand December Weather
In terms of weather, December is the coolest month of the in Thailand. But keep in mind that this is the tropics, and what is considered “cool” in Thailand would still be considered “hot” in more temperate climates.
While the average high in Bangkok in December is 31 degrees Celsius, or 88 degrees Fahrenheit, the average low is 21 degrees Celsius, or 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
In fact, Bangkok enjoys a daily average of nine hours of sunshine in December. Usually, there are about two rainy days. Expect an average of 10 millimetres of rain falls during the month.
As for the humidity, the average is a relatively comfortable 62%. And the average sea temperature is 28 degrees Celsius, or 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
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, hotel room bargains are harder to find.
Opening in December in Thailand
Aimed at health-conscious travelers, the Kapuhala Koh Samui Tropical Farm and Training Retreat is set to open in December 2019.
Located on the Southern Thai island of Koh Samui, the retreat has five tented villas and four private rooms. Facilities include a 100% plant-based restaurant, a plant-based mixology lounge, and a 25-metre swimming pool.
In addition, the retreat offers yoga at sunrise and sunset as well as resistance, endurance, and functioning group training classes.
Finally, dishes and drinks served at the food and beverage outlets is made from produce grown on site at a tropical farm.
Best Thailand December Events
A rare Procession of Royal Barges will be held this month in Bangkok. It only takes places to celebrate special events, such as the coronation of a king.
In fact, the last time it was held was in 2012 to celebrate the late King Bhumibol the Great‘s 70th anniversary on the throne.
Other events taking place in Thailand in December include a flower festival, a jet ski competition, an outdoor rock concert, a marathon – the list goes on.
However, keep in mind that dates in Thailand often 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!
More events will be added during the month as new information becomes available.
World of Happiness – Through 6 January 2020
The World of Happiness Christmas display at CentralWorld Shopping Complex in Bangkok, Thailand, will be on display from 22 November 2019 to 6 January 2020.
Covering 4,000 square metres, the display has a theme of “The Santa Kingdom and the Quest of the Star”.
The festive display features Christmas decorations and cartoon characters. Highlights this year include a 35-metre-tall Christmas tree decorated with more than two million lights.
here will also be a five-metre-tall sculpture of Santa Claus and a 10-metre Pandora Magical Fountain decorated with white and blue crystal lights.
The light and sound show is held every 30 minutes from 6 pm to 11 pm. A Christmas carol singing contest rounds out the programme.
- Location: CentralOne Shopping Complex, Bangkok, Thailand.
Suan Luang Rama IX Flowers Festival – 1 to 10 December 2019
The Suan Luang Rama IX Flowers Festival is one of the largest and most beautiful flower festivals in Thailand. Many different kinds of plants will be on display.
But there is more for visitors than a chance to view beautiful blooms. You will also be also to purchase flowers, other kinds of plants, and gardening tools.
There will be cultural performances from the four regions of Thailand, and ornamental plants contests will be held. Also, food, beverages, arts and crafts, and souvenirs will be on sale at a floating market.
- Location: Suan Luang Rama IX Park, Bangkok, Thailand.
Rak Ao Luk Cultural Festival – 3 to 5 December 2019
The Rak Ao Luk Cultural Festival is a celebration of the cultural diversity of this fascinating district in Southern Thailand.
Each day during the five day festival will have a different theme.
Buddhists, Chinese, Muslims, and others will wear traditional garb. There will be exhibitions and cultural performances. Stalls will sell local foods and ethnic crafts.
- Location: Rak Ao Luk, Krabi, Thailand.
King’s Birthday – 5 December 2019
In most countries Father Day falls in June. One of the exceptions is Thailand, where Father’s Day falls in December.
In addition, Thailand is the only country in the world where Father’s Day is an official holiday.
That is because Father’s Day in Thailand falls on the birthday of Bhumibol Adulyadej (5 December 1927 – 13 October 2016), who was conferred with the title King Bhumibol the Great in 1987.
For this reason, Father’s Day is also called King’s Birthday.
- Location: Nationwide.
Jet Ski World Cup Championship – 5 to 8 December 2019
Jet ski riders from more than 40 countries will compete in the Jet Ski World Cup.
- Location: Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand.
Overcoat Music Festival – 7 December 2019
Nont Tanont, Two Poetorn, Slot Machine, Jetset’er, Mild Boy Peacemaker, Lomosonic, Aof Pongsak, Pop Pongkool, Actart, Da Endorphine, the Toys, Zeal, Boom Boom Bash x Paam will beform at this year’s Overcoat Music Festival.
- Location: Jolly Land Starlight Ampitheatr – Khaem Son, Khao Kho, Petchaburi, Thailand.
Constitution Day – 10 December 2019
On this day, Thailand transitioned from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. Therefore, Thai’s express their gratitude to the king, who gave them the chance to take part in the governance of the country.
- Location: Nationwide.
Full Moon Party – 11 December 2019
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.
- Location: Haad Rin Beach in Koh Phangan, Thailand.
- Check Koh Phangan hotel rates and availability.
Royal Barge Procession – 12 December 2019
Following a seven-year hiatus, 2,200 oarsmen dressed in traditional garb will row 55 beautifully crafted royal barges down the Chao Phraya River in a grand procession.
The 50 minute event will mark the conclusion of the year-long celebrations of the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, a.k.a. King Rama X.
The tradition dates back 700 years. It only takes place during rare occasions, such as the coronation of a new king.
It was last held in 2012 to celebrate King Bhumibol the Great‘s 70th anniversary on the throne.
- Location: Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand.
Chiang Mai Marathon – 22 December 2019
The 14th annual Chiang Mai Marathon will take running enthusiasts along a scenic route full of natural spots, historic sites, traditional art, cultural relics, local customs, and colourful festivals.
The full marathon will follow a 42,199 kilometre course and begin at 3 am. The cut-off time is 10 am.
However, shorter events will commence at 4 am and 5 am. A 3 kilometre “smile and kids” run stats at 5.20 am.
Not only that, the route is flat, and the temperature is expected to range between 12 and 20 degrees Celsius.
- Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Christmas – 25 December 2019
As a predominately Buddhist country, Thailand does not celebrate Christmas as an official holiday. However, unofficially, Christmas has become increasingly popular in recent years.
Nowhere is this more apparent than at the country’s upscale shopping malls and five star hotels. Expect lavish decorations and special menus.
- Location: Nationwide.
Full Moon Party – 25 and 31 December 2019
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.
Chiang Mai Red Cross and Winter Fair – 28 December 2019 to 13 January 2020
Raising money for the Red Cross, the Winter Fair will have a Ferris wheel, giant inflatable slides, a miniature railway ride, arcade games, an outdoor cinema and a shooting gallery.
There will be food stalls selling delicious authentic Thai foods and handcrafted items.
Entertainment will range from live music and dance performances to traditional cultural show sand hill tribe presentations.
One of the most popular attractions will be the Miss Chiang Mai Beauty Pageant. Competitions will be held throughout the event. The winner will be announced on the final day.
Location: Behind the Chiang Mai Provincial Government Center, Canal Road, Chang Pheak, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Danny Avila Concerts – 30 and 31 December 2019
One of the world’s hottest Acts, Spain’s Danny Avila will close out the year with high-voltage live concerts in Bangkok and Phuket.
What a way to celebrate the dawn of a new decade!
Locations: BarBarBar, Arena 10, Thonglor Soi 10, Bangkok, Thailand (30 December); and Paradise Beach Club, Muen Ngern Road, Tambon Patong, Phuket (31 December).
Neon Countdown Meta Music Festival – 30 and 31 December 2019
Valentino Khan, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, will headline the Neon Countdown Music Festival, which will feature a host of domestic and international DJs.
Location: Show DC Arena, Bangkok, Thailand.
New Year’s – 30 December 2019 to 1 January 2020
Phatthalung province is one of the many spots around Thailand that will celebrate the New Year with a spectacular countdown party.
About 6,000 VIPs are expected to attend the Amazing Thailand Countdown at the Coliseum Intersection in Phatthalung province on 30 and 31 December. It will begin both days at 4 pm and continue until midnight.
There will be laser projections of provincial landmarks, illumination tunnels, and fireworks displays.
Other festival highlights will include concerts, traditional ‘golden mortar’ circle dance activities, lucky draws , games, and cooking demonstrations of local delicacies.
There will also be a fair with 30 shops and stalls selling local handicrafts and Thai cuisine dishes.
Similar celebrations will be held in Sukhothai, Kalasin, Lop Buri, Ratchaburi, and Sa Kaeo.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are generally official holiday in Thailand. However, this year, the day before New Year’s Eve will also a public holiday. Therefore, Thais will have a rare five-day weekend.
December 30 was not a public holiday last year, and it will not be a public holiday next year.
- Location: Nationwide.
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