420 Forever: Thailand’s 2 Cannabis Festivals Roll Out This Week

Screengrab from “Highland,” Coconuts TV’s documentary mini-series on Netflix.
Screengrab from “Highland,” Coconuts TV’s documentary mini-series on Netflix.

There are not one but two festivals dedicated to cannabis culture happening this year in Thailand — one in Bangkok and another in the northeastern province of Buriram.

Medical marijuana is now legal in Thailand, and people with valid medical conditions can even obtain amnesty to make their stashes legal. That said, keep in mind that possession is still otherwise illegal, and weed is not on the menu at these festivals.


For the fifth time, advocacy group Highland will throw its annual celebration of cannabis. The 5th Thailand 420: 5 Year Ganchachon will feature panel discussions, exhibitions, music performances and workshops. Visitors can wander among stalls at the “lifestyle market” and shop for cannabis-inspired items.

Entry is free but requires online registration. The event is only open to people above 20 years old.

The festival starts at 2pm on April 20 and will run until late at the Runway 3119 night market near Suvarnabhumi International Airport. It is located on Rom Klao Road between sois Rom Klao 25/2 and Rom Klao 25/3.


For the first time in the northeastern region, Buriram will host a three-day festival, Pan Ram (shortened from “Buriram Species”), to recognize the country’s cannabis culture.

The event will see art installations, vendor stalls, panel discussions, workshops and live concerts. There will also be performances by well-known music acts such as rapper Twopee, hip-hop group Thaitanium and ska-rockers Skalaxy taking place across three stages.

Pan Ram will run April 19 through April 21 at the Chang International Circuit, Formula 1 track in Buriram city, which is located about 400 kilometers from Bangkok. Tickets are THB420 (naturally), or THB1,000 for all three days. They can be purchased online.

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