The Kings Birthday- Fathers Day in Thailand

5 December is His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday,  วันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษา พระบาทสมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัว in the Thai language. The King is the father of all Thai people, 5 December is also Father’s Day (“WAN PHO HENG CHAT” – วันพ่อแห่งชาติ).

Massive festivities are planned throughout Thailand, centering along the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok were 587 boats will sail down the river with over 8,000 floating lanterns and 30,000 people taking part in the procession.

Thai businesses and people pay tribute to the King and his birthday throughout the week leading up to 5 December. Pictures of the King surrounded by the Thai flag, the Royal flag and flowers are put up in front of businesses, inside small stores and in hotels and restaurants. An example:

Information about the festivities in Bangkok can be found here:

About faranginbangkok

I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally, I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region. I moved to Singapore in 2016...fallen behind on this blog since.
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1 Response to The Kings Birthday- Fathers Day in Thailand

  1. zenaida ng says:

    We will be visiting thailand and i would like to know where the King of Thailand resides or his home address in case we have the chance to pass by that place?

    thank you

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