The Koh Phangan Half Moon Festival is one of the island’s most epic and unique parties. This outdoor dance event is smaller than the famous Full Moon Party held at Haad Rin Beach, but it’s still one of the...
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.
2023/2024 Koh Samui Upcoming Event & Festival 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 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 Half Moon FestivalHalf Moon Festival Venue, Baan Tai, Koh Phangan
29 January 2023 to 30 January 2023
Koh Phangan Full Moon PartyVarious Beach Resorts, Haad Rin, Koh Phangan
05 February 2023 to 06 February 2023
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...
Makha Bucha DayAll Over Thailand, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
06 March 2023
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...
Koh Samui Midnight RunReggae Pub, Chaweng, Koh Samui
TBA- March 2023
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...
Chakri Memorial DayAll Over Thailand, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
06 April 2023
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...
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...
Koh Samui RegattaChaweng Beach, Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
20 May 2023 to 27 May 2023
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...
Visakha Bucha DayAll over Thailand, Koh Samui, Thailand
05 June 2023
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...
Her Majesty the Queens BirthdayAll Over Thailand, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
12 June 2023
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...
Jungle Experience Koh PhanganJungle Experience Venue, Baan Tai, Koh Phangan
TBA - Late 2022
Jungle Experience Koh Phangan (also known as the Koh Phangan Jungle Party) is a unique nightlife experience that involves a lot of dancing, art, and incredible performances. This is the perfect opportunity to get as...
Chulalongkorn Memorial DayAll Over Thailand, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
23 October 2023 to 24 October 2023
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...
Wan Awk PhansaAll over Thailand, Koh Samui, Thailand
28 October 2023
Wan Awk Phansa is an important festival for devout Thais as it marks the end of lent and the start of a new season following the end of heavy rains. The holiday is recognised as a public holiday in Thailand and is...
Loy KrathongVarious Locations in Koh Samui, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
28 November 2023
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 event’s name can be...
His Majesty the Late King’s BirthdayAll Over Thailand, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
05 December 2023
The 5th of December every year marks the celebration of the late King’s Birthday, as this is the day that His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, was born. The monarchy in Thailand is esteemed as a solid institution...
Koh Phangan New Years EveHaad Rin Beach, Haad Rin, Koh Phangan
31 December 2023 to 01 January 2024
Koh Phangan New Year’s Eve parties are an epic way to welcome the new year. After all, the island is known for having some of the most legendary parties in Asia, and new years is no exception. Aside from the Full...
- Loy Krathong
- Koh Phangan Full Moon Party
- Koh Phangan Waterfall Party
- Jungle Experience Koh Phangan
- Haad Rin Beach
- Chaweng Beach
- Central Festival Samui
- Chaweng Stadium
- Koh Samui International Muay Thai Stadium