This multi-day festival in the Northeastern province of Surin celebrates the country’s national symbol: the elephant. The event showcases the raw strength and intelligence of these majestic animals, with spectacles such as elephant tug-of-war and ball games, as well as a huge procession through the streets of this otherwise sleepy town.
If anybody has ever visited or traveled through Lopburi, just north Bangkok, they’ll have noticed one rather peculiar thing about this town: its abundance of monkeys! As an act of appreciation, one day in November sees over 6,600 pounds of fruit, veg and sweets being donated for the primates to well and truly gorge themselves on.
Loy Kratong (floating decoration) is undoubtedly the prettiest festival in the Thai calendar. On the full moon of the 12th lunar month, locals flock to the river to release their homemade floats, containing flowers and candles. Over the surrounding three or four days, the night skies are brilliantly lit by lanterns and fireworks.