Phi Ta Khon

Dan Sai, Thailand

(Northern Taiwan)

3 days between March-July
Great For
• Culture Vultures
• Photographers
• Parade Lovers
Free! No tickets required!


Snap a selfie with some friendly ghouls

Phi Ta Khon, also known as Ghost Festival, is a vibrant festival that brings thousands to the otherwise sleepy village of Dan Sai in Loei Province. Visitors to the festival are swept into a netherworld roamed by goblins, demons, and other dark creatures. But don’t worry! There’s also plenty of delicious food, fun carnival games, live music, and free activities for those of all ages.

The celebration takes place over 3 days and includes parades, musical performances, dancing, create-your-own-mask booths, and much more. The first day is the most famous and features parades with the iconic masks. Subsequent days bring in everything from homemade rockets to Buddhist rituals.

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• There are very few hotels in Dan Sai, so we strongly suggest you book early

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The nearest international airport is in Chiang Mai (CNX) and nearest domestic airport is in Loei (LOE).

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  • There is no public transport or taxi service in the village, so you should rent a car from the airport.
  • If you are unable to drive, you should take a taxi from the airport and stay in the town center, where distances are walkable.


Book Early
Book accommodation early – hotels are limited
Rent a car (no public transport or taxi)
Visit the Phi Ta Khon museum – open year round!
Free Souvenir
Make your own Phi Ta Khon mask (for free!)

Additional Info

Those who are bold and adventurous enough to venture off the beaten path and make their way to Dan Sai are handsomely rewarded with a rich and entertaining celebration that combines ancient Buddhist traditions with local lore and plenty of fun. Also known as Ghost Festival, Phi Ta Khon is part of the local celebration of a Buddhist merit-making festival (known as Bun Phawet).

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