Want to add an extra cultural element to your cycling adventure? Take a look at the schedule of Thai holidays and our tour recommendations.
Loi Kratong is a Thai festival coinciding with the Northern Thai festival of Yi Peng during the full moon in the 12th lunar month of the Siamese calendar, which falls in the month of November. This holiday is a beautiful celebration characterized by lanterns floating in the waterways for Loi Kratong and sky lanterns for the celebration of Yi Peng.
Our Cycle Bangkok to Chiang Mai tour will take you to the sites of the ancient kingdoms of Si Satchanlai and Sukothai where you will see the festival preparations. The tour will finish on the last day of the festival in Chiang Mai with a special dinner on the banks of the Ping River where you will be able to observe the floating of the Kratongs as well as the release of the sky lanterns above the city.
Chinese or Lunar New Year
While not really an official holiday in Thailand, it is still an important one for the region and for Thais with Chinese ancestry. Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, follows the lunar cycle and starts on the day of the new moon falling between 21 January and 20 February each year.
For this holiday we recommend our Cruising the Coast to Samui tour. This tour has little to do with the theme of the Chinese New Year, but if you are looking for an escape into nature away from the Lunar New Year crowds, this tour offers a lovely ride down the scenic gulf coast of Thailand at the time of year when the temperatures are mild. If you are traveling as a family, you might also find our Southern Thailand Adventure to be just the tour you are looking for.
While not actually a Thai holiday, ANZAC Day commemorates the struggles of the World War II POWs who built the death railway from Bangkok to Burma. The Australian and New Zealand governments hold a special sunrise service at the Hell Fire Pass Memorial on the 25th of April each year to remember the many Australian and New Zealand POWs who perished building this railway line.
Grasshopper Adventures runs a special itinerary of our Bridge Over the River Kwai tour for you to learn about the history of the building of the death railway and to participate in ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Hell Fire Pass.