April 13-19, 2017. The traditional Thai New Year, Songkran in most of Thailand, Wan Lai in Pattaya has a slightly later finale on the 19th. Sprinkling water on Buddha + giving and getting dousings from buckets or water guns aimed at anyone within range. On the big day 3 miles of beach and adjacent roads close to traffic to make way for thousands of celebrating people at play.
November 4, 2017, annual events at Bali Hai Pier, Pattaya. On the full moon of the 12th month (traditional Thai lunar calendar), people float small candle-lit rafts (Krathong) on rivers, canals, lakes or sea, honoring the Goddess of Water. Fireworks & beauty contests are a big part of the festivities.