The Thai government has announced a second four-day holiday during July, adding a substitute holiday on July 27th in place of the postponed Songkran festival.
The extra day will create the second four-day weekend this month, with an additional two days’ holiday already announced for the first weekend in July.
Those two days are in lieu of Asrnha Bucha and Buddhist Lent and will run from July 4th until July 7th.
The new announcement creates a long weekend at the end of July, from the 25th until the 28th of this month.
Tuesday, July 28th, is already a holiday for His Majesty the King’s Birthday. The government saw fit to replace one of the three postponed Songkran holiday days on Monday to create a four-day holiday period.
The government plans to substitute other outstanding public holidays over the next few weeks in an effort to boost domestic tourism and encourage people to travel.
However, they have not yet assigned the remaining two outstanding Songkran dates.
The Labour Ministry and Bank of Thailand will consider suitability for their organizations and set the holiday if they see fit following the government’s announcement.
This includes stock markets, banks, and financial institutions, which would typically use the calendar announced by the Bank of Thailand.
Private sector businesses may designate the additional holidays on an individual basis.