Bangkok hosts an ever-more-eclectic mix of festivals, from Buddhist celebrations to celebrations of hefty women. Dates and venues often vary from year to year, either because the festival adheres to the lunar calendar or local authorities change festival days. Either way, pinning down exact dates is difficult. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (www .tourismthailand.org) features some festivals, but many others have no or long out-of-date websites. Good luck. On Buddhist holidays it's illegal to sell alcohol so bars stay closed. For a list of public holidays, see p260. For a lunar calendar, see http://kalender-365.de/lunar -calendar.php.

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