Be a part of the festivities at Chonburi’s yearly Buffalo Racing Festival. Enjoy races, parades, and other festivities that honour the valuable contributions of these docile creatures. The Water Buffalo Racing Festival takes place from 20-28 October 2023 in Pattaya, Thailand.

See How Chonburi Celebrates the Water Buffalo

The water buffalo has been an integral part of Thai agricultural life. Throughout the year, farmers throughout Thailand rely on these animals in every aspect of their lives. Just one hour north of Pattaya, Chonburi has celebrated the end of Ok Phansa, or Buddhist Lent, for over 150 years. This buffalo festival celebration features races as well as pageants. These shows feature decorated buffalos pulling ornate floats.

Buffalos competing in the Pattaya Buffalo Races. Thailand Event Guide

Modern Life Does Not Stop the Buffalo Racing Festival in Chonburi

Even though farmers use more advanced technologies, they still appreciate their working companions. The festival is a good chance to show appreciation. It is also an excellent opportunity for these hard workers to get out for some exercise. In addition to the races, there will be pageants for people and buffalo.

Come find out the winners of the Healthiest Animal, the Fashion Show, and the beauty competition. Daily events will include music, parades, food, and fun.

How to travel to Chonburi

Travelling to the festival is not tricky. Roads in Thailand are excellent and connect all the major cities. You can travel by bus, minivan or taxi from Bangkok or surrounding towns. Buses to Chonburi depart from Ekamai bus station. You can reach the Ekamai bus station with the BTS/Skytrain. The bus station is on street level and next to the BTS.

Thailand celebrates lots of different festivals throughout the year. Read more about other festivals in Thailand.

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