December 5, 10
There are two official national holidays in Thailand this month, the first of which honours the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. On December 5th—the day His Majesty was born back in 1927—Thai people celebrate Father’s Day, as the late monarch is regarded as “father” by the citizens of the nation. The other holiday is Constitution Day which commemorates Thailand’s adoption of a constitutional monarchy in 1932. This year it falls on Sunday the 10th, but it’s given to workers as a holiday on Monday the 11th, making for a nice long weekend.
December 25, 31
Although Christmas Day is not “officially” celebrated in the Buddhist nation of Thailand, the colourful Xmas spirit does tend to take over this country during December and you’ll find no shortage of festive decorations at downtown malls. Restaurants will also be offering lots of festive meal deals during this time (see pg. 86). The other big event is New Year’s Eve, and in Bangkok expect lots of parties in the city’s nightclubs, bars, and hotels, as we get ready to embrace the year 2018.
December’s Hottest Tickets
British indie band Prep return to Bangkok for the 2nd time this year, performing at Voice Space (197 BBD Building, Viphavadi Rangsit Rd). Blending modern soul with delicate pop sensibilities, the combo consists of a house DJ, a hip-hop producer, a classical music composer, and an accomplished songwriter. Also on the bill are Telex Telex, Temp, and Pla Nin Tem Barn. Tickets are B1,200 (B1,500 at the door), and doors open at 7pm.
The amusingly named Japanese Breakfast is the solo indie rock project from Michelle Zauner, whose latest album is entitled Soft Sounds From Another Planet. The songs are about human resilience and the strength it takes to claw out of the darkest of spaces. Sound interesting? See for yourself at Rockademy Thailand (A-Square, 120/8, Sukhumvit Soi 26). Tickets are B1,100 and doors open at 7:30pm.
Brazilian heavy metal icons Sepultura—named after the Portuguese word for “grave”—are headlining the OD Rock music festival, which takes place at the Fortune Sky Arena (10F, Fortune Town, Ratchadapisek Rd). Several Thai metal bands are in the line-up as well, including Carnivola, Ebola, Dezember, Retrospect, Dose, and Hopeless. Get set for a day of grinding guitars and bombastic beats, starting at 4pm and going till late. Tickets are B1,500 in advance, and B1,900 at the door.
Canadian pop superstar Shawn Mendes brings his Illuminate World Tour to Bangkok for one night only at Impact Arena (Muang Thong Thani). This young talent first began to attract a following in 2013, when he started posting covers of songs online. Three years later his 2016 sophomore album Illuminate debuted at the top of the US Billboard charts. Tickets for the show range in price from B2,000 to B5,000.
Italian Festival in Thailand
The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (939 Rama 1 Rd) presents 6 Pinocchios. In this theatre piece Maurizio Mistretta melds The Adventures of Pinocchio, by Carlo Collodi, and Six Characters in Search of an Author, by Luigi Pirandello. Start time is 7pm and admission is free.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Luca Seta, whose songs evoke moments of life like vivid snapshots, performs with the Gabriele Buonasorte Quintet in an evening of music entitled ‘In Viaggio con Kerouac’. The venue is the Chulalongkorn University Music Hall (254 Phaya Thai Rd), start time is 7pm, and admission is free.
For more information about upcoming Italian Festival in Thailand 2017 events, visit the official Facebook page.
EDM fans looking for a wild weekend should head to Pattaya for the Maya Music Festival, where the celebrated DJ line-up includes Flume, Robin Schulz, R3hab, and Dubvision. The festival takes place this year at Horseshoe Point (Soi Pornprapanimit), and general admission tickets are B4,000. The gates open at noon, and you must be 18 or over to attend.
Now in its 4th edition, Wonderfruit is a four-day eco-friendly music, art, food, and wellness extravaganza that takes over The Fields at Siam Country Club (East Pattaya). International music acts appearing at this family-friendly—and dog-friendly—event include Canadian DJ Richie Hawtin, English rapper Roots Manuva, Jamaican reggae artist Chronixx, and English singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu. Many local Thai acts will also be appearing, including Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band. A full 4-day pass is priced at B6,000 (B6,300 at the door) for adults aged 22 and older, while a 4-day youth pass, for those aged 12 to 21, is B5,500 (B5,800 at the door). Weekend and single day passes are also available, and you can even opt for the discounted ‘Party Pass’, which provides 4-day access for eight adults for just B42,800. For more detailed ticket info about prices and accommodations, and a full list of this year’s performances, visit the festival website.
December 1, 2, 8, 9
The Bangkok Community Theatre brings a dose of “holiday spirit” to the Creative Industries, M Theatre (2884/2 New Petchburi Rd) with their presentation of A Christmas Carol, the yuletide classic by Charles Dickens. The talented cast of five here take on multiple roles as they recount the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his meetings with the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Tickets are B800 each—available via the company’s website—and evening performances are at 7:30pm, while Saturday matinee performances (Dec. 2nd and 9th) begin at 2pm.
Join the Run 4 Rights 2017 event which takes place at Lumphini Park. The event is limited to 3,000 runners, entry fee is B400, and proceeds will be donated to Thailand’s Association of the Disabilities and the Ramathibodi Foundation. Choose either the 10.5km Mini-Marathon (starting 6am), or the 5km Fun Run (starting at 6:15am).
Runners are invited to join in on the Thailand International Half Marathon 2017, which start and finishes at the Rama VIII Bridge. Entry into the 21.1km Half-Marathon (starting at 4am) is B800, while entry into either the 10.5 Km Mini-Marathon, or the 5km Fun Run, is just B400 (with both races starting at 4:45am).