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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Thailand. Please scroll down to view.

In Thailand, public holidays are referred to as “traditional” holidays. The country officially observes 23 national holidays and several religious observances. Buddhism is the predominant religion, practiced by over 98 percent of Thai citizens. The majority of traditional holidays are based on Buddhist culture and beliefs.

The Thai Labour Code states that all employees are entitled to at least 13 paid holidays per year. The most significant traditional holiday in Thailand, observed throughout the country, is National Labour Day. Employees are paid normal wages for all traditional holidays. If an employee is required to work on a holiday that occurs during a regular work schedule, compensation is paid at a rate equal to twice the daily wage, known as double-time.

Weekly Holidays

Thailand’s Labour Protection Act and Labour Relations Act govern the country’s labour laws. According to the Labour Code, every Thai employee is entitled to one day off per week, known as a weekly holiday as opposed to a traditional holiday. The weekly holiday must be taken after six consecutive working days. Each employee receives basic wages on a weekly holiday. Employment contracts specify which day of the work week is designated as a weekly holiday. The mandatory weekly holiday is discretionary, based on an understanding between employers and employees. Most employees choose to take the weekly holiday on Buddhist religious days, which vary among regions and territories. If a traditional holiday falls on a weekly holiday, employees are provided an additional paid holiday on the following scheduled work day.

Wages, Overtime and Annual Leave

According to Thai labour laws, normal working hours may not exceed eight hours per day unless an employment contract or union bargaining agreement outlines alternative provisions. Working hours cannot exceed 48 hours per week. If an employee works in a dangerous or toxic industry, work is limited to seven hours per day or 42 hours per week.

Overtime pay is generally compensated at a rate of not less than one-and-one-half times the normal salary, known as time-and-one-half. If an employee is required to work overtime on a traditional holiday, compensation is not less than three times the normal wage.

After one year of continuous employment, employees are entitled to not less than six days of paid leave or vacation per year. Employees receive basic wages for annual leave. If an employee has worked for less than one year, most employers will prorate vacation days.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
3 JanTueNew Year Holiday
28 JanSatChinese New Year
(Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Satun)
11 FebSatMagha Puja Day
13 FebMonMagha Puja Holiday
6 AprThuChakri Memorial Day
13 AprThuSongkran Festival
14 AprFriSongkran Festival
15 AprSatSongkran Festival
17 AprMonSongkran Festival
1 MayMonNational Labour Day
5 MayFriCoronation Day
10 MayWedVisakha Bucha Day
25 JunSunEnd of Ramadan
(Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Satun)
9 JulSunKhao Phansa Day
10 JulMonKhao Phansa Holiday
12 AugSatHer Majesty the Queen's Birthday
14 AugMonHer Majesty the Queen's Birthday
23 OctMonChulalongkorn Memorial Day
5 DecTueHis Majesty the Late King's Birthday
10 DecSunConstitution Day
11 DecMonConstitution Day
25 DecMonChristmas
(Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Satun)
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve