Although it’s never been an official holiday in Thailand, Chinese New Year is celebrated throughout the country and not just by those who can claim Chinese heritage. Some restaurants and businesses in certain areas (such as Bangkok’s Chinatown) may close, but elsewhere it will be business as usual. Visitors to Thailand during Chinese New Year can expect to hear plenty of firecrackers going off. You will also notice that many Thai people wear red and hand out ang pao (red money packets).
Chinese New Year parades and street festivals take place in number of areas of Thailand. Some of the most colourful events take place in Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Sawan, Phuket, Trang and Udon Thani.