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Koh Phangan Full Moon Party

The Koh Phangan Full Moon Party is one of the most popular events for Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Many visitors come from all across the globe just for these...

Koh Phangan Full Moon Party

Koh Samui Events

Koh Samui is a well-known beach destination where travellers from all over the world come to swim, surf and snorkel in the crystal clear waters around the island.

But Koh Samui is so much more than just a beach paradise. Travellers should be aware of some of the many cultural events and public holidays that are celebrated throughout the year.

2017 Koh Samui Upcoming Event Calendar


Koh Samui is probably best known for the Full Moon parties held on Koh Phangan each month. Thousands of party-goers travel to Koh Phangan, which is just off the coast of Koh Samui, to party the night away the night before, during and after the full moon. The party starts after dusk and lasts until dawn. Many bars on Sunrise beach stay open, with food and drink being served and loud music being played until the early hours of the morning.

Koh Samui also takes part in Songkran (water festival) where locals celebrate the new year by throwing water on each other, which symbolises getting rid of any bad luck as the new year begins. Visitors to Koh Samui during this festival should not expect to be left out of these festivities as the as the locals will take no mercy on those who don’t want to get wet. So visitors are advised to leave their valuables in their rooms or carry their belongings in a waterproof bag.

There are also many cultural events held on Koh Samui including celebrations of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queens birthdays (5th of December and 12th of August respectively – both public holidays), Loy Krathong (festival of lights), Makha Bucha (Buddhist celebration) and Chakri Memorial Day (which celebrates the founding of the Chakri dynasty).

In addition to the cultural events, Koh Samui also plays host to golfing tournaments, fun runs, sailing regattas and triathlons, just to name a few. There is truly a myriad of events hosted on Koh Samui all throughout the year so make sure you check out some of the great events held on Koh Samui during your stay.


Koh Phangan Full Moon Party

Koh Phangan Full Moon Party

Various Beach Resorts, Haad Rin, Koh Phangan
10 July 2017

The Koh Phangan Full Moon Party is one of the most popular events for Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Many visitors come from all across the globe just for these parties. Hundreds of tourists join the party and spend the...

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Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday

Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday

All Over Thailand,
12 August 2017

Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday is a Thai national holiday celebrated on 12th August yearly, and is sometimes referred to as National Mother’s Day. Just as the name suggests, the holiday is celebrated to mark the...

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Wan Awk Phansa

All over Thailand,
05 October 2017

Wan Awk Phansa is an important festival for devout Thais as it marks the end of lent as well as the start of a new season following the end of heavy rains. The holiday is recognised as a public holiday in Thailand and...

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Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

All Over Thailand,
23 October 2017

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day, one of the most significant holidays in Thailand is celebrated on the 23rd of October yearly to pay tribute to King Chulalongkorn. People from all corners of Thailand head to Royal Plaza in...

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Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong

Various Locations in Koh Samui,
04 November 2017

Loy Krathong is a traditional festival native to Thailand and is a major tourist attraction on the island. It is celebrated annually and is marked as the ‘festival of lights’. The name of the event can be...

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His Majesty the King’s Birthday

His Majesty the King’s Birthday

All Over Thailand,
05 December 2017

The 5th of December every year marks the celebration of the late King’s Birthday, as this is the day that His Majesty King Bhumbibol Adulyadej, was born. The monarchy in Thailand is esteemed as a solid institution that...

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Visakha Bucha Day

All over Thailand,
06 December 2017

Visakha Bucha Day is an important Thai festival marked on the full moon day of every sixth lunar month. The day marks three key events in Buddha’s life: the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Visakha Bucha Day...

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Makha Bhucha Day

Makha Bucha Day

All Over Thailand,
01 March 2018

Makha Bucha Day is a fundamental festival in Thailand, and is held on the full moon day. The festival hinges on two important events linked to Buddhism. While the events are not related chronologically, they are a key...

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Koh Samui Midnight Run

Koh Samui Midnight Run

Reggae Pub,
24 March 2018

Contrary to popular belief, Koh Samui is not all about sun, sand and seaside partying. The Koh Samui Midnight Run is a perfect example of this. The Koh Samui Midnight Run has been put together by the Thai Hotels...

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Chakri-Memorial-Day

Chakri Memorial Day

All Over Thailand,
06 April 2017

One of the key national holidays in Thailand, Chakri Memorial Holiday, is held on 6th of April annually in commemoration of the founding of the Chakri Dynasty. The history of the day can be traced back to the late 18th...

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Songkran

Songkran

All Over Thailand,
TBA - April 2018

The Songkran Festival heralds in the Thai New Year with a mass of religious ceremonies held over 3 days to mark the beginning of the solar year. For foreigners, Songkran is best known for being the biggest water fight...

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Koh Samui Regatta

Koh Samui Regatta

Chaweng Beach, Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
26 May 2018 to 02 June 2018

Koh Samui Regatta is the ultimate sailing experience to sample the island’s finest features; think sun, sea and sailing for the perfect getaway. Hosted by Centara Grand Beach Resort in Samui, the event is the...

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