Nong Khai Ok Phansa and Naga Fireball Festival in Thailand

October 23, 2010 - October 24, 2010

-->Be excited with the world’s only phenomenon of shooting fireballs from the Mekong River. Join in paying homage to the Chedi in the river, Theworohana alms offering ceremony, light and sound presentation “Opening the Legend of the Naga Rockets”, sales of food and local products, competition of the float to worship the Naga, wax castle contest of communities around Wat Hai Sok in which the offerings are then presented to the Goddess Song Nang. Enjoy viewing the Royal Trophy procession, giant Krathong contest in front of Wat Siri Maha Katchai, end of Buddhist Lent traditional long boat races, cheer squad competition, and ancient traditional long boat races.

Tel 0 4246 7164

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Trang Vegetarian Festival in Thailand

October 7, 2010 - October 16, 2010

This vegetarian festival is a ritual to propitiate Lord Siva and another 9 gods as well as all holy Buddhist souls. Mediums would manifest themselves by walking on fire or piercing their bodies for the salvation of humans. Vegetarian food is eaten to cleanse the body and mind. Other activities include letting off fireworks, dragon dances, and sales of vegetarian food at low prices.

Sakon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival in Thailand

October 17, 2010 - October 24, 2010

One of the biggest events to commemorate Ok Phansa Day (the end of Buddhist Lent), the Sakhon Nakhon Wax Palace festival is one of Thailand’s many inspirational Buddhist holidays. Using beeswax, the local people create molded Buddhist temples, shrines, and other wonderful wax castles. The most artistic talents from around the province bring their wax castles to be shown off in a procession for all to see. In addition to the procession, there are boat races and other cultural performances that showcase rural cultural and the spirit of the local inhabitants. Experience the magnificent Wax Castle Procession and feast your eyes on the wonderful tradition of the people of Sakon Nakhon.
By BusBangkok-Sakon Nakhon buses depart from Bangkoks Mochit 2 Bus Terminal every day. Contact Transport Co.Ltd at Tel: 0 2936 2852-66 or visit www.transport.co.th for more information
By TrainThere is no direct train from Bangkok to Sakon Nakhon. Visitors can take a train to Udon Thani and continue the journey by bus to Udon Thani. Call 1690, 0 2223 7010-20 for more information.
By OtherCar,From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 to Saraburi and Highway No. 2 to Ban Phai which connects Highway No. 23 to Maha Sarakham, then continue the journey along Highway 213 via Kalasin to Sakon Nakhon, a total distance of 647 kilometres.

Buffalo Racing in Thailand

October 22, 2010 - October 22, 2010

You could be forgiven for thinking that a domesticated buffalo is not built for sprinting, but in Chonburi town, the gateway to resorts along the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, farmers have managed to tweak a turn of speed from these working animals that is nothing short of amazing.The annual Buffalo Race, held around the 11th lunar month -normally in October, is a hotly contested series of sprints across on an open space in front of the town’s municipal offices. Clouds of dust rise as these hefty animals pound down the short course at an alarming speed, reminiscent of a stampede. The crowd roars in support of the favorites and the atmosphere is as enthralling as watching thoroughbred race horses; admittedly, a bit slower than race horses, the buffaloes are no slouches when it comes to making a short dash for glory.Both town residents and tourists turn out for the amazing Buffalo racing that have even been featured in the past on CNN and the BBC as a must-see event.The Buffalo racing is taken very seriously by the owners of the buffaloes. Prizes for the first nose past the finish line guarantee owners go to considerable lengths to ensure their buffaloes are in tip-top condition.Although this day of fun and competition would succeed with just the buffaloes as the celebrities, there are other activities to make it a worthwhile outing for families.A fair with food stalls and handicrafts appeals to visitors who love authentic Thai food, snacks and sweets. Then there are the rides for children, concerts of folk music and, of course, a beauty contest where the prize is the honor of being declared Miss Buffalo. Not exactly the most adhering of titles for an aspiring beauty queen, but it does not seem to deter contestants from seeking the limelight of the catwalk.The Chonburi Buffalo Race is a festival that provides amazing photo opportunities to capture an unusual adaptation of the 100-metre dash. Well worth seeing, is always the highlight of those who make the effort to travel to Chonburi.
By BusThe 1.5-hour journey from Bangkok can be made on regular buses originating from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai). Air-conditioned buses leave Ekkamai every 40 minutes from 5.30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tel: 0 2391 9829. Non air-conditioned buses leave Ekkamai every 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tel: 0 2391 2504.,There are also air-conditioned buses leaving the Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Bus Terminal) on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road from 6.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Call: 0 2936 2852-66 for more information. In addition, Si Racha Tour, Tel: 0 2936 4029 operates air-conditioned bus services to Chon Buri and Bang Saen.
By OtherChon Buri is a one-hour drive from Bangkok along Highway No. 34 (Bang Na-Trat). Alternatively, taking the Motor Way (new Bangkok-Chon Buri Route) will reduce travel time.

Bathing Buddha Ceremony

October 6, 2010 - October 10, 2010

-->A Bathing Buddha or Um Phra Dam Nam ceremony is held each September in Phetchabun Province in honor of a Buddha statue called Phra Buddha Mahadhamaracha.The statue, cast in the ornamental Lop Buri style, was found in the Pasak River by a group of farmers around four hundred years ago and was taken to be housed in Wat Trai Phum. According to local legend, the Buddha statue has twice disappeared from the temple only to be discovered again in the water. Consequently, a water oriented Buddhist holiday pays homage to the mystical image of the Buddha.The ceremony starts at 1 p.m. when the Buddha statue is carried around town and put under a tent in Wat Trai Phum, where Buddhists can pay respect to the image and stick gold leaf to the body of the Buddha statue. In the evening, prayers are chanted and there are various kinds of entertainment. The next morning, people make merit by donating food and other necessities to the temple’s resident monks. The Buddha statue is then taken to be immersed in the Pasak River by the local governor of Phetchabun in the belief that this act brings happiness and fertility to the province. Traditional dances are then performed to show respect to the Buddha statue.After the ceremony, the water in the river is regarded as sacred. As a result, people swim in it or take the water to drink before a festive boat racing begins.
By BusTransport Co. Ltd. operates both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned bus services along the Bangkok-Phetchabun-Lom Sak route. Buses depart from Bangkok's Mochit 2 Bus Terminal daily. Call 0 2936 2852-66 or visit www.transport.co.th for more information. Private bus companies are such as Phet Tour, Tel: 0 2936 3230 and Thin Siam Tour, Tel: 0 2936 0500.
By OtherFrom Bangkok, drive along Highway No. 1 passing Saraburi to Phu Khae (Km. 125), turn right into Highway No. 21 and proceed to Phetchabun via Chai Badan, Si Thep and Wichian Buri, a total distance of 346 kilometres.

Mooncake Festival

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-->Contest of the decoration of the Moon worshipping altars, Miss Moon Beauty Contest, and Moon worshipping tradition procession.

Centenary Memorial Day of Ko Si Chang

September 19, 2010 - September 20, 2010
Viewing the light and sound performance as well as paying respect to King Rama V.
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The 10th Lunar Month Making Merit

September 23, 2010 - September 23, 2010

Where: Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan and Suan Somdej Phra Sinagarindra 84 (Thung Tha Lat Park), Amphoe Mueang, Nakhon Si ThammaratContact: TAT Nakhon Si Thammarat Office: Tel. 66 (0) 7534 6515-6 This Merit Making ceremony is a large and splendid event in Nakhon Si Thammarat, featuring a spectacular procession from Sanam Na Mueang to Wat Phra Mahathat Woramaha Wihan. Visitors can purchase various local products and enjoy a variety of local entertainment while taking part in one of Thailand’s many important Buddhist holidays.
By BusRegular and air-conditioned buses of the Transport Co. and private companies depart from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal. The trip takes about 12 hours. Air-conditioned buses, varying in 3 types, leave Bangkok at the following times:,VIP Bus: 5.15 p.m. and 7 p.m.,Standard 1 Bus: 9 a.m., 6 p.m. and 8.30 p.m.,Standard 2 Bus: 6.40 a.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.,For more information, contact tel. 0 2435 1199-200 (air-conditioned buses). Nakhon Si Thammarat Bus Staiton tel: 0 7534 1125.,Travel within the province is easy with mini-bus service around the city. Transport to nearby provinces includes vans, taxis, buses, and trains.,
By TrainThere are rapid and express trains departing from Bangkok Railway Station to Nakhon Si Thammarat at 5.35 p.m. and 7.15 p.m. respectively. For more information, contact tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or call Nakhon Si Thammarat train station at tel. 0 7535 6364, 0 7534 6129.
By OtherCar,Take Highway No. 4 on the Bangkok-Prachuap Khiri Khan-Chumphon route and then Highway No. 41 past Surat Thani-Thung Song until arriving in Nakhon Si Thammarat or Amphoe Phun Phin in Surat Thani, then take Highway No. 401 along the coast to Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Golf Tournaments The 9th Hua Hin/Cha-am Golf Festival 2010

August 1, 2010 - September 30, 2010

The Tourism Authority of Thailand Phetchaburi Office, together with the Phetchaburi- Prachuap Khiri Khan Golf Course Association, invites all golf lovers to join in the fun during the Hua Hin/Cha-am Golf Festival throughout August and September 2010. Promotional offers include:An offer to play golf at a participating golf course in Hua Hin or Cha-am for only 800 baht* — the lowest green fees of the year (The 800-baht fee excludes caddy fees and rental of golf cart.)Invitations to apply to compete in organised tournaments every Sunday for just Baht 1,400 (Fees include caddy and dinner), with a chance to win lucky draw prizes.Prizes presented for the 'longest drive' contestsSpecial offers on accommodation ranging from 990 – 1,990 baht from over 40 participating hotels and resortsFor further details, please contact the TAT Phetchaburi office on +66 (0) 3247 1005-6 during office hours or from any of the following participating golf courses. More Detail

Tel +66 3247 1005-6, +66 3251 3885

Uttaradit Sweet Langsat and Souvenir Fair

Exhibition of products of each district, tourism exhibition, sales of souvenirs and agricultural products, as well as sales of OTOP products, agricultural innovative inventions, langsat and other fruit, fruit procession contest, Miss Langsat Beauty Contest, agro tours e.g. one-day tour to langsat orchards and overnight homestay, cultural and local entertainment performances, local games competitions, trayed vegetable garden arrangement contest, hanging garden arrangement, and fruit basket arrangement contest.

September 6, 2010 - September 15, 2010(10.00 - 10.00)

Phitsanulok Traditional Long Boat Races

September 18, 2010 - September 19, 2010

-->Enjoy the excitement of these traditional long boat races of different categories, boat decoration, and processions of various kinds of boats.


Thailand International Swan Boat Races Date : 17 - 19 Sep, 2010

Thailand International Swan Boat Races

Date : 17 - 19 Sep, 2010

Visitors and locals alike can enjoy the swan boat races and associated activities in person or via live broadcast at www.tourismthailand.org. Races will be held in two categories, the International Swan Boat Race (22 paddlers) and the Traditional Thai Long Boat Races (30 and 55 paddlers).

The Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre is one of the finest places in the entire kingdom to purchase Thai handicrafts and souvenirs, watch unique cultural presentations, and witness a fun event that has made a big splash with tourists and visitors alike.

Akha Swinging Tradition

Akha Swinging Tradition

Date: Aug 1 - Sep 1, 2010

The swinging ceremony is conducted for the mature crops waiting to be harvested. It is also for commemorating and honoring women. The ceremony is observed for 4 days.

Day 1 – ancestral worshipping ceremony.
Day 2 – setting up of the large swing and starting of the swinging ceremony
Day 3 – worshipping ancestors, celebrating and dancing
Day 4 – swinging and closing ceremony

Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival Jun 1, 2010 - Aug 31, 2010

Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival

Jun 1, 2010 - Aug 31, 2010

See Blooming white green and pink Krachiao across the national parks, a parade, musical performance, walking competition and rock climbing rally at “Pha Kor - Rak”. Walk in the million – year stone garden that changed by the force of nature. Admire the natural beauty of nearby tourist attractions such as Sai Thong waterfall and Pha Ham Hod viewpoint in Sai Thong National Park including the display and sales of famous local product.

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Bhumibol Dam Invitation International Mountain Bike Championship 2010

Bhumibol Dam Invitation International Mountain Bike Championship 2010

Aug 28, 2010 - Aug 29, 2010

Each year, mountain bikers gather at one of Thailand’s most scenic dams for a series of mountain bike races and other fun activities.

For more than five years, this Thailand mountain biking event has attracted both locals and overseas visitors to test their biking skills and enjoy a healthy pastime.

Backing the event are the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Sports Authority of Thailand. Created to promote an interest in outdoor sports and also encourage ecotourism at both national and international levels, these Thailand mountain biking races underscore the beauty of Tak province, particularly the attractive scenery that surrounds one of the country’s largest dams.

Amazing Thailand Grand Sale June – August 2010

Amazing Thailand Grand Sale

June – August 2010

Department Stores, Hotels, Restaurants, and Tourist Attraction Sites Nationwide

The fair offers biggest product and service discounts of the year, up to 80 per cent off, in all regions. This includes the traveling packages by hotels, resorts, airlines and tourism agencies including consumer products as well as those of famous brand names at affordable prices for shoppers.

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Tourism Authority of Thailand, Bangkok Office, Phone: 0 2250 5500 ext 2991 – 5