Why You Should Visit Thailand in February [2023]

Thailand in February – a good time to visit the Land of Smiles? In fact,  February in Thailand  is relatively cool and dry. And there is lots of sunshine and little rainfall. Plus, it is the coolest month of the year. Not only that, there are some interesting activities in Thailand in February. And that includes the Elephant Boat Races and and River Festival in Bangkok.

Elephant Boats at the 2019 Elephant Boat Races in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels & Resorts.



Why Visiting Thailand in February Makes Sense

As one of the driest and coolest months of the year, February in Thailand can be an excellent month to visit the Land of Smiles.

There are flower festivals in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, In addition, some interesting local festivals take place in other parts of the country, And many of of them are far off the well-beaten tourism track.

Most importantly, the Elephant Boat Races take place in Bangkok in February. And they are among the most exciting events of the year for tourists, expats, and Thais alike.

Thailand February Weather

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

So how is the weather of Thailand in February? In fact, the weather in Thailand in February is at the end of Thailand’s so-called “cool season”.

To clarify, 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. While that might sound hot, if you live in a temperate climate. By Thai standards, that is considered cool.

There are similar temperatures throughout the country. However,  some spots are a few degrees higher. Another other places are a few degrees lower.

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

Finally, February iin Thailand is also the dry season. And there is an average of only two rainy days and about 10 millimeters of rain.

What to See and Do in Thailand in February

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

Please note: some of the  dates have not yet been fixed. And some of them may have been cancelled. Therefore, they have been listed last. And dates will be updated as soon as possible.

Elephant Boat Races – 3 to 5 February 2023 

Thai dancers  performed at the opening ceremony of the first ever King’s Cup Elephant Boat Race & Riverside Festival, which will be held in Bangkok in February of 2019. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.

The annual  Bangkok Riverside Fest  will be held along the banks of the Chao Praya River in Bangkok, Thailand, in February.

Traditional Thai dancers, Buddhist monks, Hindu Brahmins, and brass bands will kick off the event.

Elephant boat teams will compete alongside the Thai Navy Seals, paddling elephant-themed dragon boats on the Chao Phraya River.

After the sun sets, there will be mini concerts. live music, DJs spinning the discs, and fireworks.

Photos of 2020 Elephant Boat Races Final Day

Saturday night fireworks. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
musical-group-paradox-entertaining -crowds
Musical group Paradox entertaining the crowd. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
Final day of the Elephant Boat Races in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
Royal Thai Navy wins Elephant Boat Races in 2020. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
Kids enjoying the festival. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.

Photos of 2020 Elephant Boat Races Day One

Team Anantara at the Elephant Boat Race
Team Anantara at the Elephant Boat Race 2020, day one. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
Elephant Boat Race 2020, day one. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
Photos of 2019 Elephant Boat Races Day One
Thai dancers perform at King’s Cup Opening Ceremony. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
Kathy Heinecke at the King’s Cup opening ceremony. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
Fashioned after dragon boats, the bows of the boats are shaped like elephant heads. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
The rowers of Castillero del Diablo. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
The rowers of Chang beer. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
Chang rowers neck and neck with CitiBank rowers. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
Chang rowers take the lead! Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
And the winners are … Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.

The first-ever King’s Cup Elephant Boat Race and River Festival got underway on 29 March 2019 on the shores of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand.

The opening ceremony began with a spiritual blessing, which was followed by Thai dancing and traditional drumming.

Twelve teams took to the waves to compete for the coveted King’s Cup. Included were the Royal Thai Navy Seals and both domestic and international teams.

The bows of the boats were fashioned after elephant heads. And the sterns were fashioned after Thai fish tails.

Elephant Boat Races 2019 Event Highlights
International teams will compete, rowing elephant themed dragon boats in the waters of the Chao Praya River in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
Celebrity chefs from some of Bangkok’s top tables will be serving up yummy Thai fare at the Foodie Village.  Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
Popular Thai Singer Singto Numchok will be one of several live acts performing at the Riverside Festival. Photo Credit: Anantara Hote

Chiang Mai Flower Festival – 3 to 5 February 2023

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, agricultural exhibitions, and  contests. In addition, 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.

Full Moon Party – 5 February 2023

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.


National Muay Thai Day – 6 February 2023

Muay Thai kickboxers in neighboring Cambodia. Photo Credit: Pablo Rebolledo.

Also known as Nai Khanomtom Day, National Muay Thai Day is a celebration of Thailand’s national sport, muay Thai, a.k.a. Thai boxing or kickboxing.

Events are held throughout the kingdom, including many championship competitions at both the amateur and professional level.

Nai Lert Art & Floral Popup – 2023 Date Pending

A magnificent floral display on the grounds of Nai Lert Park during the Nai Lert Festival. Photo Credit Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The Nai Lert Art & Floral Popup will  feature flower installation at the  Ma Maison and Lady L Garden Bistro restaurants as well as a flower painting art exhibition and a photo exhibition inside Nai Lert Park Heritage Home in Bangkok.

Baan Tawai Village Woodcarving Fair – 2023  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 textiles, 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 – 2023 Date Pending

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.

Events include a trade fair, a ceremony of paying homage to a sacred deity, a cultural parade, and light and sound performances .

At the Ban Chiang Archaeological Site and National Museum, Nong Han District, Udon Thani Province, Thailand.  .

King Narai Reign Fair – 2023 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. In addition, there is  a “retro” market  featuring shops offering traditional food and beverages in exchange for ‘ancient’ Thai bullet money.

At King Narai’s Palace, Lopburi, Thailand. 

Maga Puja Hae Pha Khuen That Festival – 2023  Date Pending

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. 

Phuket Food Festival – 2023 Date Pending

More than 100 food vendors will be serving up seafood, local favourites, and fusion dishes from 4 pm to 10 pm at Saphan Hin Park in Phuket Town, Phuket.

One of the biggest food events in Southern Thailand, the Phuket Food Festival also features music and live entertainment.

Saphan Hin Park, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand. 

Krabi Naga Fest – 2023 Date Pending

Krabi Naga Fest on Khlong Muang Beach in Krabi’sMueang District.

An outdoor music festival, the Krabi Naga Music Fest will be held across three days on a beach in southern Thailand.

There will be performances by well-known pop-jazz musicians and singers. In addition, there will be cultural shows, street shows, and a local products fair.

Fresh seafood and other delicacies will be on sale from the kitchens of nearby four- and five-star hotels and resorts.

Khlong Muang Beach, Mueang District, Krabi, Thailand. 

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