While everybody knows about Thailand’s famous Full Moon Parties, many are not aware that Thailand is also up-and-coming in the music festival scene. Thailand now hosts some epic festivals that are well worth a visit, especially if you love dance music, techno, and trance. World-class DJs grace the stages of some of Thailand’s hottest festivals and the food, fiesta and fireworks certainly live up to the expectations of seasoned festivalgoers! With both local Thai artists and international musicians, Thailand’s festivals are eclectic, energetic and fun for everyone. Read on to find out about some of Thailand’s music festivals:

Wonderfruit

Now in its fifth year, Wonderfruit is definitely one of the biggest and best music festivals in Thailand. This classic camping festival offers so much more than just music, with a perfect combination of art, culture, food, wellness, workshops and family fun so there is something for everybody to enjoy. Held every December in the Siam Country Club in Pattaya, Wonderfruit brings together the best in the business of music, food and festival creation. World-renowned chefs whip up awesome feasts and street food snacks to keep you partying throughout the whole weekend!

When: December 13-16th 2018

Where: Siam Country Club, Pattaya

Big Mountain Music Festival

One of Thailand’s longest running music festivals, Big Mountain is set, you guessed it: surrounded by mountains! The stunning location combines with top Thai musicians and featured international artists to create an authentic yet varied event. The festival boasts eight or nine stages and with everything from pop and rock to folk, country, and electronica, Big Mountain has music for everyone’s ears. Thanks to the success of Big Mountain, the festival curators are looking to create another separate festival so they can host even more international names. Watch this space!

When: December 7-10th 2018

Where: The Ocean Khao Yai Hotel

Maya Music Festival

Maya Music Festival prides itself on including both rich Thai heritage and modern-day international artists. With ancient Thai arts being performed throughout the weekend alongside world-class names such as Alesso and Major Lazer, the festival celebrates both old and new cultures alike. The stage curation at Maya Music Festival has got bigger and better each year, with 2017 featuring a huge Thai mask face as the focal point of the main stage! Who knows what 2018 will bring…

When: December 8-9th 2018

Where: Show DC Complex, Bangkok

Warp Music Festival

If you want to party in the sand, look no further than Warp Music Festival. Held on the beaches of Pattaya, Warp plays host to a long list of EDM names such as Marshmello and Downlink. These dance DJs will keep the tunes pumping all weekend as you dance your heart out to some top tunes. As with any good festival, the pre and after-parties are well worth enjoying too! Warp often has a space theme so find your finest metallic attire and head out of this world!

When: November 2nd-3rd 2018

Where: Pattaya Beach

Bonus: Songkran

While Thailand’s crazy New Year’s celebrations don’t strictly come under the bracket of ‘music festival’, it would be amiss not to mention Songkran in any Thai festival list. And Songkran, aka “The World’s Biggest Water Fight”, definitely has its fair share of music!

Thailand celebrates the Lunar New Year each April with the whole country coming out to splash each other as a sign of good fortune. Over the years this has descended into a huge water festival that runs for almost a week. Expect to be completely soaked for days on end! Bangkok also hosts the s2o festival during Songkran with the Pepsi Main Stage featuring local and international musicians.

When:  April 13-15th 2019

Where: Countrywide although Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket are best!

Cover photo: Image belongs to Everfest/Ian Young.