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Many of us expats know roughly when the national holidays are set back home.

 

However, when I first came to live in SE Asia, I remember being unprepared for empty streets in Bangkok when everyone went home or on holiday to the resorts.

 

By then it was just too late to even book a decent hotel at the last minute!

 

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Songkran (file photo)

 

Certainly I now know that it is worth going away to avoid the Songkran festivals around the region, unless you like getting soaked.

 

It is interesting to note that whereas Vietnam lists only eight official national holidays, the Philippines have fourteen holidays, while Thailand a mouthwatering 23 days off work.

 

Cambodia has the most public holidays in the world, celebrating twenty-nine back in 2019, and in 2021 they still have 26 holidays listed. 

 

That is followed by Sri Lanka which has twenty-six public holidays in 2019. 

 

Compare this to the UK which has one of the lowest number listings just eight national holidays.

 

The USA with nine, while Russia with fourteen if you include their six days off for the Russian New Year.

 

Therefore, Cambodia and Thailand must be the places to hang out.

 

Here is a list of current national holidays which are shown online for SE Asia.

 

Vietnam/Public holidays (2021) 8 HOLIDAYS

 

New Year's Day

Fri, Jan 1

Vietnamese New Year's Eve

Thu, Feb 11,

 

Lunar New Year

Fri, Feb 12,

Tết

Fri, Feb 12,

 

Hùng Kings' Festival

Wed, Apr 21,

Reunification Day

Fri, Apr 30,

 

Labour Day

Mon, May 3,

Independence Day of Vietnam

Thu, Sep 2,

 

Individual states/territories have additional holidays

 

Philippines/Public holidays (2021)  14 HOILDAYS

 

New Year’s Day

Fri, Jan 1,

Lunar New Year

Fri, Feb 12,

 

Maundy Thursday

Thu, Apr 1,

Good Friday

Fri, Apr 2

 

Bataan Day

Fri, Apr 9,

Labour Day

Sat, May 1,

 

Eid al-Fitr

Thu, May 13

Philippines Independence Day

Sat, Jun 12,

 

Eid al-Adha

Tue, Jul 20,

National Heroes’ Day (in Philippines)

Mon, Aug 30,

 

Bonifacio Day

Tue, Nov 30,

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Wed, Dec 8,

 

Christmas Day

Sat, Dec 25,

Rizal Day

Thu, Dec 30,

 

Thailand/Public holidays (2021) 23 HOLIDAYS

 

New Year's Day

Fri, Jan 1,

Maga Pūjā

Fri, Feb 26,

 

Chakri Memorial Day

Tue, Apr 6,

Songkran

Apr 12 – 15,

 

Labouré Day

Mon, May 3,

Coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn

Tue, May 4,

 

Coronation Day

Wed, May 5,

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Mon, May 10,

 

Vesak

Wed, May 26,

H.M Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana's Birthday

Thu, Jun 3,

 

Asalha Puja

Sat, Jul 24,

Beginning of Vassa

Tue, Jul 27,

 

H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua’s Birthday

Wed, Jul 28,

H.M. Queen Sirikit The Queen Mother’s Birthday

Thu, Aug 12,

 

H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great Memorial Day

Wed, Oct 13,

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

Fri, Oct 22,

 

Father's Day

Mon, Dec 6,

H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great’s Birthday

Mon, Dec 6,

 

Constitution Day

Fri, Dec 10,

 

New Year's Eve       

Fri Dec31

 

Cambodia/Public holidays (2021) 26  Holidays 

 

New Year's Day

Fri, Jan 1,

Victory over Genocide Day

Thu, Jan 7,

 

International Women's Day

Mon, Mar 8,

Cambodian New Year

Apr 14 – 16,

 

Vesak       

Mon, Apr 26,

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Fri, Apr 30,

 

Labour Day

Mon, May 3,

King Sihamoni's Birthday

Fri, May 14,

 

National Day of Remembrance

Thu, May 20,

Children's Day

Tue, Jun 1,

 

Queen Mother's Birthday

Fri, Jun 18,

Constitution Day

Fri, Sep 24,

 

Pchum Ben Day

Oct 5 – 7,

Commemoration Day of King Father, Norodom Sihanouk

Fri, Oct 15,

 

Paris Peace Agreements Day

Mon, Oct 25,

King Norodom Sihamoni’s Coronation Day

Fri, Oct 29,

 

Independence Day

Tue, Nov 9,

Independence Day of Cambodia

Tue, Nov 9,

 

Bon Om Touk

Nov 18 – 20,

 

Please note that some of the holidays listed may change, but at least you can now plan ahead.

 

 

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I am beginning to develop a severe case of anti-buddhasism.

Every time i try to by beer a macro it  is either to early or too late or some sort of Buddha day. 

I am beginning to suspect my wife is making up the whole thing. 

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2 minutes ago, sirineou said:

I am beginning to develop a severe case of anti-buddhasism.

Every time i try to by beer a macro it  is either to early or too late or some sort of Buddha day. 

I am beginning to suspect my wife is making up the whole thing. 

Wiser folks know what holiday is what and stock up accordingly. 

Or.....are lesser dependent on the Western-style supermarket to attain their precious goods. 

 

 

And many shouldn't be here at all, as they've never acquired the skill of natural acclimation or fitting in.......continuing on in their very ignorant and foreign manner. 

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1 minute ago, zzaa09 said:

Wiser folks know what holiday is what and stock up accordingly. 

Or.....are lesser dependent on the Western-style supermarket to attain their precious goods. 

 

 

And many shouldn't be here at all, as they've never acquired the skill of natural acclimation or fitting in.......continuing on in their very ignorant and foreign manner. 

That would be me!!????

 but it has only been 15 years, give me time. 

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18 minutes ago, sirineou said:

That would be me!!????

 but it has only been 15 years, give me time. 

More akin to six months, isn't it? ????

Some might prefer to live in a fanciful manner, pretending to be more than they really are.????

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33 minutes ago, zzaa09 said:

More akin to six months, isn't it? ????

Some might prefer to live in a fanciful manner, pretending to be more than they really are.????

If you would look at my profile you will see that I joined this forum over 14 years ago.

I would say that's a hell of a long preparation for someone who just came here 6 months ago, 

What do you think?

Personally I think you should do your homework before you start  making accusations. 

 

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7 hours ago, digbeth said:

For Thailand the legal minimum holidays for business is 13 days and many business observes only that

Correct. I work for a large public company listed in SET-50 and in the last 2 decades, it has never been more than 14 days in a calendar year.

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On 11/1/2021 at 11:10 AM, Capella said:

Sounds nice, but Thais only get 6 days annual leave. 

That is in addition to the 13 'national holidays' any less and the business is breaking the law. some industry would rather pay overtimes (double) for them to come in on Holidays.

 

In practice, the 6 days annual leave is bare minimum, longer tenured workers gets more annual leave, otherwise there won't be many takers for the job 

 

Factory workers are expected to have extended Songkran holidays and New Years and many has leave for rice harvest at the beginning of the dry season that works out to excess of the 13+6 national minimum 

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