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Thailand: events not to miss in November

November is rich in events. Ask for the program: from the beer festival to the literature festival, to Loy Krathong, one of the most beautiful events that Thailand can offer … 


From Friday, November 8 to 9 – Beer Festival / Thailand Brew Fest

250 beers and many ciders with 50 craft breweries. Where: The Link Asoke-Makkasan · Bangkok

Entry fee 499 baht in presale. Several combos possible see the site here

From Saturday, November 16th to 17th – Literature Festival: Neilson Hays Library

A panel of international authors will be present to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the library. The program: discussions around contemporary themes and not forgetting the relationship to writing and literature. See the program here.

From 09:00 to 22:00 Entrance fee 600 baht – buy in presale here

 Traditional Festival

November 9 to 12 – Yi Peng Lantern Festival / Festival of Lights – Chiang Mai

As every year, the festival of lights is held in Chaing Mai: Yi Peng Lantern Festival. Several places are dedicated to launch the famous Khomloy. These are small lanterns made from rice paper on a bamboo frame.

Many residents illuminate their homes with Khom Fai or Khom Thue, lanterns hung on sticks. The temples also light a lot of candles and also add khom Khwaen (lantern attached to a stick but which turns under the effect of heat).

Attention: the launching places are more and more restricted and are often paying. See here.

Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th November – Elephant Festival – Surin

Surin Elephant Round-Up or Elephant Festival for 3 days, this small town of Isan honors elephants. A festival that for 50 years allows to honor an animal often not considered. There is the big moment of the elephant lunch, then the demonstrations … the capture, the training (we do not show here the abuse and the famous ritual of phajaan), the attack techniques during the ancient battles, etc. We do not like much of this kind of festival … it’s up to you.

Samedi 30 novembre –  Monkey Buffet festival – Lopburi

A big buffet to thank the monkeys is organized every year in Lopburi. Beyond the affiliation between the monkeys and the God Hanuman, this festival is held to honor the primates that attract tourists. They are the No. 1 attraction of the city. They involuntarily gave a strong identity to the city. To thank them, the residents therefore offer a good big buffet full of fruit.


Monday November 11 – Loy Krathong – Everywhere in Thailand

This is not a holiday, but it is an extremely important day for the Thai people. Loy Krathong is the day of homage and thanks to the goddess of water Phra Mae Khongkha. Water is therefore at the center of this ceremony. All streams, ponds, rivers, lakes, beachside and even fountains will receive small floating constructions (wood, coconut, bread, cake, leaves, etc.) on which will be placed candles , flowers and incense sticks. The night of Monday, November 11 will flicker, all streams will light up, it’s beautiful and it’s to see.

Achat – Shopping 

Vendredi 22 – 24 NovembreFlea Market – Vintage Weekend !

Bangkok Flea Market

Flea Market or how to shop in the vintage and see horse racing. More than 80 stands of clothing and other objects will be present for this long weekend. On the program music (jazz and others), food trucks, horse racing, shopping.

The event will link to the Royal Horse Guard Bangkok Riding Club (see map here). To get there, go to BTS and Sanam Pao station. Then a little walk.

Official site is here.


Wednesdays 6, 13, 20 November – Jazz In the Sky – Bangkok

On the 26th floor of the Rembrandt Hotel – Rooftop – jazz concerts every Wednesday of November. On Sukhumvit Road soi 18.


Wednesday, November 27 – Tasting of the great wines of Italy – Bangkok

Great tasting of more than 190 Italian wines, representing a hundred producers – from Amarones to Chianti – Italy will be in the spotlight. Italian specialties will also accompany the tasting. The event will take place at the Grand Hyatt Erawan in Bangkok from 5pm to 8pm. Entry fee 1200 baht before 9 November

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