Welcome to the rainy season! As Thailand transitions from the hot and dry season, there is a sense of renewal and growth. The rainy season, which typically begins in May, brings much-needed relief from the scorching heat and rejuvenates the flora and fauna of the region. It is a time when the countryside comes alive with lush greenery and the scent of fresh rain.
May 4th is a special day in Thailand, as it marks the anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known as King Rama X. The coronation ceremony took place on May 4th, 2019, and was a grand and elaborate affair, steeped in centuries of tradition and history. Coronation Day is a national holiday in Thailand. Various ceremonies and events celebrate this occasion throughout the country.
Another upcoming significant festivity is the Royal Ploughing Ceremony on May 17th. This ancient ceremony, held annually at Sanam Luang in Bangkok, marks the beginning of the planting season and is a time of great importance for Thai farmers. The ceremony involves the symbolic ploughing of a field by sacred oxen. The animals receive a selection of food. The oxen's food choice is said to be an omen for the upcoming harvest season.
May is also a time when the country can breathe a little easier. The air pollution caused by forest fires, and burning agricultural biomass, often plagues Thailand from February to mid-May. However, with the onset of the rainy season, the air quality significantly improves, and the skies become clear again. It is an ideal time to explore the outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of Thailand.