Chinese New Year in Bangkok

Watch Lion Dances and Firecrackers in Chinatown Bangkok

Chinese New Year in Bangkok brings one of the most exhilarating celebrations to Yaowaraj, the Chinatown of Bangkok. The entire street comes to life with crowds of worshippers, exploding firecrackers, and dragon dancers. This time of year, families of Chinese descent gather to partake in the street fanfare and enjoy banquets.

In other parts of Bangkok, Chinese restaurants and shopping malls roll out special Chinese New Year celebrations, which range from sales to free cultural performances. This annual event usually takes place around January or February, with exact dates calculated from the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

Read More

Chinese New Year traditions

While Chinese New Year isn’t a public holiday in Thailand, Bangkok’s Chinese communities usually take at least 1 day off from work to enjoy time with family and friends. The eve of Chinese New Year is the time to pray and pay respect to the ancestors. This is also when families enjoy dinner together at home.

On New Year’s Day, parents will hand red envelopes called ang pao (containing money) to their unmarried children. Most people start visiting their extended families and relatives to exchange a few oranges and ang pao, as well as wishing them a Happy Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year is one of the most exhilarating times of the year, with dynamic sights and sounds. Shopowners of Chinese descent decorate their places with red paper lanterns, Chinese calligraphy banners, and posters.

Where to enjoy Chinese New Year in Bangkok?

Bangkok Chinatown hosts street fanfares and cultural festivities, including dragon parades, acrobatic dances, and firecrackers. On Chinese New Year’s Day, Lengnoeiyi Temple on Charoen Krung Street is packed with locals praying to deities. Try your hand at siem see (Chinese fortune sticks), which is a way to ask the gods for guidance on how to solve a personal problem or for advice in general. So, do have a question in mind before you start shaking the bamboo container!

Good to know about Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is a festival for all. Get into the spirit by dressing up in red. If you’re prepared to go all the way to observe the event, it’s a good idea to know about some unspoken rules of Chinese New Year’s Day.

It’s not advisable to wear black or dark clothes, use sharp objects (including knives, scissors, nail cutters), argue with or curse at anyone, clean your house, speak of sickness and the dead, wash your hair, and break or trip on any object. Locals believe that your fortunes in the coming year may turn into misfortunes.

Chinese New Year in Bangkok

  • Opening Hours: 1st day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar (January or February)
  • Location: Yaowarat Road, Chakkrawat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, Thailand
Rate This Place: ( votes)

Tours You May Like

Related Pages

  • Vegetarian Festival in Bangkok

    Bangkok Vegetarian Festival

    October - One of the most anticipated events in Bangkok, restaurants and street stalls across the city put up yellow Read More»

  • Chinatown Area Guide

    Chinatown Area Guide

    Chinatown is a colourful, exotic and busy area, packed with market stalls and probably the greatest concentration of Read More»

  • Bangkok Events Calendar

    Bangkok Events Calendar

    A city that never sleeps, Bangkok is one of the best places to savour life – be it shopping, dining, drinking or Read More»

  • Wanfah Dinner Cruise

    Taking a dinner cruise along the romantic Chao Phraya River usually figures high up on most Bangkok visitors’ Read More»

  • BTS Ratchadamri

    BTS Ratchadamri

    Set in one of Bangkok’s most luxurious neighbourhoods, this station provides access to some of the city’s most Read More»

  • 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Silom

    The best luxury hotels in Silom are far more than just a room with a bed. Here you will find fantastic design hotels Read More»

We try to provide free information that is as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, if you are planning to travel it's a good idea to double check specific dates and information to avoid surprises.