Things to Do in Thailand in October

Thailand in October  marks the end of the Buddhist Lent. Photo Credit: John Thomas.


Thailand in October – a good time to visit the Land of Smiles? There is an illuminated boat procession,  boat races, a domestic travel fair, a bikini beach race, national holidays – the list goes on. And because Buddhist Lent ends in mid-October, some important religious ceremonies take place.  As for the weather of Thailand in October, it’s still rainy. But  since it’s off season, you might score discounts on hotel rooms.


Weather in Thailand in October

Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo Credit: Sodacan.

What is the weather like in Thailand in October? Because Thailand is located near the Equator, it is hot all year. And it really has only two seasons: wet and dry. As for October, it is a transitional month, when the country transitions from the wet season to the dry season.

Generally speaking, Thailand October weather will be rainy and humid in most parts of the country. But it becomes  sunnier and drier towards the end of the month.

If you’re after cooler temperatures, head for the north  For example, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai  are usually cooler than other parts of Thailand.

Thailand October Events

Buddhist monks praying. Photo Credit: Evan Krause.

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

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

Nakhon Phanon Illuminated Boat Procession – 1 to 11 October 2022

The  Nakhon Phanon Illuminated Boat Procession marks the end of the three-month Buddhist Lent. Other activities include cultural performances and streets processions. 

Nakhon Phanom province – 440 miles (707 kilometers) Northeast of Bangkok.

Rap Bua Lotus Receiving Festival – 9 October 2022

The Rap Bua Festival, a.k.a. Yon Bua Festival, is held on the 13th day of the waxing moon of the 11th lunar month. And it is held early the next morning. Devotees pick lotus blossoms and offer them to the image of Buddha on boats. 

Samut Prakan province – 12 miles (20  kilometers) Southeast of Bangkok.

Ok Phansa – 10 October 2022

Ok Phansa marks the end of the Buddhist Lent, which runs for three months during the rainy season. During this period, monks remain at a specific temple. On this day, they can leave the temple. 

Throughout Thailand

Tak Bat Thevo Festival  – 10 and 11 October 2022

The Tak Bat Thevo Festival  falls the day following Ok Phansa. On this day, offerings are made to the monks descending the 449 steps down the hillside from the Sangkat Rattana Khiri Temple. Following this ceremony, there is a parade from the bus station. 

Sangkat Rattana Khiri Temple – Uthai Than province is 158bmiles (254 kilometers) north of Bangkok.

Full Moon Party – 11 October 2022

Full Moon Party at Haad Rin Sunris Beach on Koh Phangan, and 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 kilometers) south of Bangkok. Because the drive takes nearly 10 hours, air travel is recommended,. The flight takes just over one hour.


TAT Domestic Travel Fair – 12 to 16 October 2022

Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Get the inside scoop on domestic  tour package, hotels and accommodations, food products, farm produce, and government supported One Tambon One Product (OTOP) products from all five regions of Thailand at the Tourism Authority of Thailand’ Domestic Travel Fair. There will be  50 booths promoting the best Thailand has to offer.

ICONSIAM – 299 Charoen Nakhon Road, Klong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok, Thailand.

Samut Prakan Temple Fair – 12 to 26 October 2022

Phra Samut Temple is the most significant Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan province. Photo Credit: Preecha MJ.

The Samut Prakan Temple Fair is a huge night market with games stalls and food. Held of two sides of the river, it is one of the largest and longest running temple fairs in Thailand

Samut Prakan Temple – Samut Prakan province is 12 miles (19 kilometers) Southwest of Bangkok.

Anniversary of the Death of King Bhumibol – 13 and 14 October 2022

Flag of King Bhumibol. Photo Credit: Xiengyod.

The death of Thailand’s much beloved King Bhumibol, Rama IX, is observed as a national holiday in Thailand. Because It falls on Thursday in 2022, the following day is a holiday, as well, to give Thais a four-day weekend. In fact, schools and most businesses are closed. It is also known as Father’s Day in the kingdom.

Throughout Thailand

  • 2023 – Friday 13 October 2023
  • 2024 – Sunday 13 and   Monday 14 October 2024
  • 2025 – Monday 13 October 2025
  • 2026 – Tuesday 13 October 2025
  • 2027 – Wednesday 13 October 2027


Nan Boat Racing Festival – 21 to 23 October 2022

Traditional Thai long boats. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Nan Boat Racing Festival takes place twice year during the rainy season when the Nan River is at its fullest.

Nan River at Phrathat Chang Kham Worawihan Temple – Phra Aram Luang.

Chulalongkorn Day – 23 and 24 October 2022

King Chulalongkorn

Chulalongkorn Day  celebrates the life and accomplishments of King Chulalongkorn, who modernized Thailand.

Because Chulalongkorn Day falls on a Saturday in 2022, Monday  the 23rd is also a holiday to give Thais a three-day weekend 

And schools and most businesses throughout Thailand are closed.

  • 2023 – celebrated on Monday 23 October 
  • 2024 – celebrated on Wednesday 24 October
  • 2025 – celebrated on Thursday 23 October
  • 2026 celebrated on Friday 23 October
  •  2027 – celebrated on Saturday 23 October. Monday 25 October is also a holiday.


Pattaya Bikini Beach Race – 29 October 2022

Pattaya International Bikini Race.

Hundreds of bikini glad running enthusiasts will race along a five-kilometer track along Pattaya Beach from 10 am to 10 pm. The race begins in front of the Central Pattaya Shopping Center. It ends with a concert by Songkran artists. 

Central Pattaya  – Pattaya is 930 miles (150 kilometers) from Bangkok.

Halloween – 31 October 2022

While Halloween is not an official holiday in Thailand, many shopping malls put up decorations. In addition, some restaurants and clubs stage special events. 

Throughout Thailand

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