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Thailand Leave Laws & Holidays

Paid Time Off, Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty Leave, Military Leave, and Voting Leave

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Last updated on January 18, 2024.

Public Holidays in Thailand for 2024

Date Holiday
January 1 & 2 New Year
February 10 Chinese New Year
February 24 Makha Bucha Day
February 26 Makha Bucha Holiday
April 6 Chakri Day
April 8 Chakri Day Holiday
April 10 End of Ramadan
April 13 to April 16 Songkran Festival
May 1 Worker’s Day
May 4 Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn
May 6 Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn Holiday
May 13 Royal Ploughing Ceremony
May 22 Visakha Bucha Day
Jun 3 Queen Suthida’s Birthday
Jul 20 Asahna Bucha Day
Jul 21 Khao Phansa Day
Jul 22 Asahna Bucha Day Holiday
Jul 23 Khao Phansa Holiday
Jul 28 & 29 King Vajiralongkorn’s Birthday
August 12 Her Majesty the Queen Mother’s Birthday
October 13 & 14 Passing of His Majesty the Late King
October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
December 5 His Majesty the Late King’s Birthday
December 10 Constitution Day
December 25 Christmas
December 31 New Year’s Eve

Paid Time Off

PTO (Paid Time Off)

  • Vacation/Annual Paid Leave

Employees are entitled to at least 6 days of paid annual leave per year, after they have completed one full year of consecutive work. For employees who have not completed one year of service, the employer may provide an annual leave on a pro-rate basis.

  • Rollovers and payout of unused hours

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy 

If a public holiday falls on Saturday, 1 day will be credited to employee’s annual leave immediately after the public holiday.  This substitute leave must be taken within the same year and it cannot be carried forward to the following year.

  • PTO payout at the termination

An employee can be terminated without a specific cause and subject to all payments including severance pay, unused annual leave, overtime pay, and other payments due under the employment agreement within 3 days from the termination of employment.

Maternity Leave, Child Raising Leave, Parental Leave

Maternity Leave

A female employee is entitled to maternity leave for a period of 90 days including holidays, but the number of days paid leave shall not exceed 45 days.

Sick Leave

Sick Leave

All employees are entitled to unlimited sick leave, but the number of days paid sick leave shall not exceed 30 regular workdays a year. The employer may require an employee to produce a certificate from a qualified doctor for a sick leave of three days or more.

Jury Duty Leave, and Voting Leave

Not specified by law.

Bereavement Leave

Bereavement leave is up to an agreement between the employer and the employee, and depends on a company policy.

Military Leave

An employer is required to pay wages to an employee for military service leave, but not exceeding sixty days per year.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Thailand Leave Laws.

To learn more about laws in various countries, check out our Leave Laws page.

All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit you to learn more about this region's leave laws. The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, and may not be current. Please contact your local legal counsel to learn more about the leave laws in your country.

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