Rocket Festival Yasothon
Rocket Festival Yasothon
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Bun Bang Fai is a rocket festival that takes place in the northeast of Thailand (known as Isan) and in Laos. Yasothon has the biggest event, with some rockets up to 9 metres in length, weighing over 100 kg. Entrants aim to impress judges by setting off beautiful rockets that go higher and farther than their competitors. It takes place during the May full moon, and is a way of making merit and an offering to bring a successful rainy season. It is a dangerous, exciting and extremely fun Thai version of a rain dance, with lots of music, dancing and a wonderful party atmosphere, set in the sleepy rural town of Yasothon.
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William H
Yasothon, Thailand841 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
The Yasothon weekend rocket festival will be a new Isaan cultural experience if it’s your first time attending. It’s important to book your hotel 1 or 2 months earlier since there are only 5 hotels ( 2-3 stars) in the city. On Friday night about 2 kilometers of Main Street ( hwy 23) is turned into a “Walking Street” with over 15 stages of a variety of bands ( rap, traditional Isaan music, temporary Thai Rock, and Western) A couple Isaan folk dance presentations also and a stage with DJ’s blasting away dance music. It sounds like fun but unfortunately the idiotic planners have these stages too close to one another— each with their mega speakers blaring away louder than a jet fighter taking off; thus, the various stage music is inaudible. Plenty of food and beverage stalls . There is also a beauty pageant held that night. Saturday morning is the colorful parade with floats, various groups dressed in traditional costumes, and music. It is definitely a photographer’s delight. All groups perform at the public seating area ( portable benches) but the seating is limited. Hot and crowded so bring plenty of water.
Written May 19, 2023
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Kellymon
Marina del Rey, CA36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Three day event with first day full of street parties and bands everywhere, very loud and lots of booze lol. Day 2 is the parade and judging of the floats, band and traditional dancers. Very enjoyable and goes for most of the day. There is also the street food fair with tons of food and merchandise for sale.
Day 3 is rocket launch day and just great to wonder around and check out the culture of the whole things, more bands and music too.
Written May 18, 2022
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ThaiHops
Victoria, Australia400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
This is one of the best kept secrets in Thailand...I have been twice (2015 & 2016) and am hooked. I will return 2017 and probably every year from now. Beware the dates advertised on this site....they were wrong in 2016, out by a week. It is always the second weekend in May....that is, the second FULL WEEKEND in May....so if May 1 is Sunday, it wont be May 8/9, it will be May15/16!
Anyway, a fantastic crazy fun 3 days of complete madness, and oh I nearly forgot....there are these amazing locally built gunpowder charged rockets.
VERY BIG ROCKETS.
(This festival in Yasothon is just the most well known...there are many other smaller more local events)
Written December 22, 2016
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Andrew S
Sydney, Australia251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Recommend to anyone looking for a touch of crazy!
Tourism in Yasothon is not so big, so when the festivals on expect the nicest of people. expect to look for suitable restaurants.
We flew in to Roi Et from Bkk then arranged taxi to yasothon. Hotels in town are cheap. STAY THE THREE DAYS its a hoot.
Friday night watch the town anger the gods, see music from dozens of stages next to each other watch out you can feel the vibration from the noise, see bar girls dancing on cars or old ladies walking 5ft D.cks around on wheels and leads.
Join the locals drinking eating parting, comply with requests and rub a strangers rocket.
Saturday sees a day of parades traditions and again more late night parting, fireworks beer and more. Buy small rockets yourself or sit back with a coffee and watch as young children bounce small rockets off the petrol bowsers

Sunday WOW up they go and DOWN they come, its fun however its NOT the safest festival I've been to... Its HOT, its Dusty and not all rockets go in the desired direction. Locals do enjoy consuming a bottle or two or scotch before playing with rockets!
This year was amazing, however our first visit in 2015 was ballistic IT RAINED wow the entire population began rolling in mud showing us a three day affair had only just started. Will I end up here again... Hell Yer!
Note...
country thai people are delightful, they don't really speak English! and yes the food can be a little different! OH&S is nothing but 4 English letters they don't understand. Grandstands are not overly stable some flex well when crowed, in 2015 they blew up their own fireworks display only minutes in to the show, so be warned.
Lastly should you pass out drunk after the fireworks the thai police will tie you on the scooter and take you home [or so I heard ha ha]
Really one of the best crazy things to do and remember nothing satisfies a thirst fast then a beer, so travel well or a least behave.
Written June 21, 2018
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Perry C Lee
Pattaya17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
I have lived in Thailand for the past seven years and have been to many cities but I have never been to Issan. A friend of mine shared with me some videos taken last year of a rocket festival that he attended. Apparently it occurs in many cities throughout Issan as it is the festival to encourage the Gods for rain and a successful Harvest season. So I did some research and it was by general consensus that the Rocket Festival (Bun Bang Fai) in Yasothon is the largest in Issan. It takes place on the second full weekend of April each year. It is a three day festival from Friday night to late Sunday afternoon when the main street is closed to traffic and turned into a "Walking" street. This is the schedule. Friday night, there are bands, dancers, food vendors, and partiers along the main road and they play late into the evening. Saturday, the parade begins at 8am-4pm along the main street. It is very quiet on Saturday night surprisingly but due to the heavy alcohol consumption from Friday night through late Saturday afternoon, most people were either passed out or partied out .. hahaha. On Sunday, down by the main park began the rocket launching which goes on from 9am to 4pm. We were lucky as the forecast for those days were to be 50% precipitation but it did not rain at all while we were there. One recommendation: Bring earplugs. If you don't have any, walk into any of the local pharmacies and purchase some. You will need them for the loud bands, massive speakers and for the rocket launches if you are observing them within the 150m Danger Zone area. People are friendly, festive and happy. It was a great event to try at least once. I met an American from San Diego who's been there the last four years.
Written May 17, 2018
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jajavalB
Lampang, Thailand3,802 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
This festival is unique for 5th thai lunar month merit making for requesting the angels for raining in the preparation of cultivating season. There are a lot of fun activities from pageants of thai Esarn rockets with local costumes procession in the main road to public park, Paya Thaen park in the city. Highlight is the last day of the festival , usually sunday , when the rockets are ignited to compete for which one soars to the highest altitude. Books and stays in the hotel near the public park, near yasothorn bus terminal , it's the best spot to watch the procession.
Written May 13, 2017
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AOI2014
Canberra, Australia65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Long story Rocket Festival in Thailand that you can't miss. Local food and traditional dress and fun. The day before Shoot rocket they have parade with all different local dancing from different district great to watch and enjoy real local people.
Written February 2, 2016
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NawtyStupot
Brisbane, Australia558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We attended the 2019 Bun Bang Fai - Rocket Festival every day, we witnessed the opening ceremony, the beautiful Thai dancind (I don't know how they danced for hours in the heat) we were sweating just sitting in the grandstands. The firing of the rockets is just something special & to see the local people from mant surrounding villages having such a good time was really awsome. We were treated really, really well & invited into peoples parties & offered their their food & drinks whilst at the event, everyone was just so kind & having a great time. The parties in the main street go on into the early hours & the music is soooooo loud!
Fantastic festival & I'm so happy I finally got to attend it.
Written May 14, 2019
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Denis B
Hua Hin, Thailand287 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The festival came just after the rains, and it left the site in disarray. The rockets were great fun.
Written May 12, 2019
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kevin
Thailand4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
The whole town gets pissed starting Friday night thru to Sunday loud music thru town hot girls dancing on various stages . Parade saturday morning lots of colour culminating with rocket competion sunday man made rockets fly into the sky with prizes for longest distance ..
Written October 2, 2017
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