Where to Head for Best Celebrations of Chinese New Year in Thailand?

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Where to Head for Best Celebrations of Chinese New Year in Thailand?

Thailand is getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2020. With up to 14 percent of the population of Thailand being of Thai-Chinese origin, no wonder that the Chinese New Year is widely celebrated across the whole country. Here are some of the best places to head for the best festival.

This time, the Lunar New Year falls of January, 25. In most locations it is the main date of the festival.

Three main celebrations are planned in Bangkok's Siam Square and Yaowarat Road, Maya Shopping mall in Chiang Mai and Central Phuket Floresta. But for the real taste of the festival it pays to head to less known tourist locations.

Nakhon Ratchasima celebrates the Lunar New Year with dragon parades and lion dances. The Monument of Thao Suranaree (Yamo) and Mueang Thong Garden will be decorated with festive red lamps.

Ratchaburi's main address for the Chinese New Year celebrations is the Ratchaburi National Museum. There will be cultural performances and multimedia shows.

Trang boasts a huge Chinese community. It will organise a fair with some of the most famous local dishes on offer as well as folk and cultural performances at the Clock Tower Plaza.

Suphanburi (January, 25–26) will held 'A miracle of 12 years of the heavenly dragon' celebration at the Dragon Descendants Museum near the City Pillar Shrine. The highlight of the event is a creation of the Suphanburi colourful light garden.

The epicenter of the festivities in Hat Yai is at the Sri Nakhon Foundation School. Expect  spectacular dragon parades and lion dances.

In Ayutthaya, the Chinese New Year celebrations are held at the Chao Phrom Market with cultural performances from China.

And arguably our favourite destination for celebrating the Chinese New Year in Thailand is Nakhon Sawan where a spectacular procession of Chao Pho-Chao Mae Paknam Pho and Chao Mae Kuan-im will take place on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the area of Paknam Pho Market.

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