New Year's Eve fireworks on the Chao Phraya river - photo by Prachanart Viriyaraks

Expique’s Guide to the New Year in Bangkok (Updated for 2017/18)

More updates for 2017/18 coming soon.  While Thailand’s most well known festival is the Thai new year Songkran, with its massive country-wide water fights, the western new year is – much like Christmas – still celebrated on a large scale in Bangkok and elsewhere. In fact, together with Chinese New Year, Thais get in on […]

Talay Bua Daeng Red Lotus Sea in Udon Thani, Thailand - photo by Susornpol Joe Watanachote

Where to go in northeastern Thailand (Isaan)

Relatively few tourists venture to northeastern Thailand, the region known as Isaan that is the country’s rice bowl. That’s a shame, because provinces in Isaan have plenty to see, the region’s cuisine is one of Thailand’s most exciting (it’s the home of somtum papaya salad, after all!), and the overriding lack of tourists means you’re […]

Songkran new year water festival in Thailand - photo by John Shedrick

Songkran 2017: What to expect and how to celebrate in Bangkok

There are three consecutive public holidays over the Songkran festival, which in 2017 fall on Thursday 13, Friday 14 and Saturday 15 April. Each of these days has particular significance in the traditional Thai new year celebrations, though across the country – and certainly in Bangkok – you’ll see water-based frolics and celebrations throughout this period. Make the […]

Chinese New Year in Yaowarat, Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Aleksandr Zykof

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Bangkok

Chinese New Year is just around the corner and, with a huge community of Chinese descent and one of the world’s largest and liveliest Chinatown neighbourhoods, it’s no real wonder that Bangkok comes alive for this annual celebration. Here’s what you need to know about celebrating Chinese New Year in Bangkok in 2017. In 2017, […]

Portraits of Queen Sirikit of Thailand - photo by Nick Hubbard

August 12: Mother’s Day and the Queen’s Birthday in Thailand

Just as the Thai king’s birthday is celebrated as father’s day on 05 December since he is thought of as the father of the nation, so his wife Queen Sirikit is considered the mother of the nation and so her birthday on 12 August is celebrated as national mother’s day. Queen Sirikit was born on 12 […]

Thai temple - photo by Diriye Amey

Asanha Bucha and Khao Phansa in Thailand

Asanha Bucha Day is a significant Buddhist event and public holiday on the Thai calendar. The day, which usually falls in July or August and in 2016 takes place on 19 July, marks the anniversary of the Buddha’s first sermon over two and a half millennia ago. The sermon, which would later go on to […]

Royal Ploughing Ceremony - photo via Wikimedia

Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Thailand

Mid-May sees an additional public holiday in Bangkok, though it is one that is only taken by government officials, and not by private businesses or banks. The holiday is on the occasion of the Royal Ploughing Ceremony, which takes place at the royal ceremonial ground of Sanam Luang – in the Banglamphu area of Bangkok and close […]

Expique's best blog posts of 2015

Our favourite blog posts of 2015

Expique has brought you regular blog posts throughout 2015, with regular updates on all that’s going on in Bangkok, as well as insights into Thailand’s culture and the best places to eat, drink and discover unique experiences in our home city and beyond. We hope you’ve enjoyed exploring with us – as 2015 comes to end, […]

Chinese New Year in Yaowarat, Bangkok - photo by Aleksandr Zykov

A Guide to Thai Holidays and Festivals in Bangkok

The Thai calendar is packed with festivals, public holidays and other celebrations – aside from three (yes, three!) different sets of new year festivities, there is always an excuse for a party in Bangkok. Whether you’re living in, holidaying in or just passing through the Thai capital, take a look at this calendar of festivals […]