Thai Muang Turtle Festival
When: Early March
What: The Thai Muang Turtle Festival celebrates turtle conservation, as the beaches of Thai Muang in Khao Lak have essential nesting sites for turtles. During the festival, turtles raised in the local sanctuary are released into the sea by participants. Plus, plenty of delicious food is on offer that you can enjoy while looking at the turtles.
Where: The beaches of Thai Muang
When: 13-17 April
What: The Songkran Festival is the Thai New Year festival that celebrates the traditional way: with water. The actual purpose of the water has changed quite a bit in recent times, however, as it's no longer solely used to make offerings and appointments. These days, this celebration features people dousing each other with water from buckets or water pistols in the street, and you're free to join in as you like for family-friendly fun.
Where: Throughout the region
Loy Krathong Festival
What: The Loy Krathong Festival is celebrated across the country and features floating vessels or lamps that are released into the water. Throughout the festival, small lights illuminate the river or sea after nightfall. Visitors are welcome to participate, and plenty of these floating vessels are available from local stalls.
Where: By shores and riverbanks throughout the region