Its official and it is back! The 2018 Pattaya International Fireworks Festival returns to the seaside town on the 8th & 9th June. Pattaya Events highlights the best possible events that come to our great city, and the International Firework festival is one of the very best.

This highly acclaimed festival is one of the biggest and best in Asia and is held over two days, and the best thing is that it is completely free. The festival first came into existence to celebrate the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday.

As one of the most loved monarchs that has ever been king in Thailand, the need for a special occasion to celebrate his birthday became apparent. And the good people of Pattaya thought of a firework festival.

The Competition

The Fireworks Festival is actually a serious competition, in which four teams arrive from different nations to show their expertise in the skill of pyrotechnics. The two day event is over two days, on the first day each nation produces a twenty minute sample of their display and then return a day later to set light to the skies in a full forty five minute performance.

Festivities on both days start around 5pm, but it is not till about 8pm that the real explosions and colour hit the sky. The lengthy firework performances are synchronised and if you are close to Beach Road you can also hear the accompanying soundtrack.

The Best Vantage Points

Most of the festivities will take place along the main Beach Road in Pattaya, authorities close the road to traffic and there will be a plethora of street vendors that will hit streets offering food, drinks and mementos of the occasion.

A great way to spend the evening is to get to a bar or restaurant and set your stall out. Many of these establishments will be happy to let you sit outside their premises if you continue to purchase food and drinks.

That way you will not have to jostle with the crowd for a vantage point, and que for toilets etc. Another option is to try elevated places to see all the fun, Pratumnak Hill is a great place to view the fireworks. Just take a picnic along and a blanket to sit on, and then join everybody else to view the totally free extravaganza.

The Fireworks

Most of the fireworks are set off close to Bali Hai pier, and on platforms in the sea. And there is only really one word that can possibly describe the evening’s proceedings, and that is spectacular!

The displays are synchronised so that the world class production illuminates Pattaya Bay in a rainbow of colour and sound. The only way to fully appreciate just how good this event is, go and see for yourself.