Rainy season festivals and events

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 26 June 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand is grouping events and activities into four categories to open up travel to secondary destinations and improve travel options during the rainy season.

TAT said it will concentrate on promoting food & music festivals; cultural & art festivals; creative events and recreation & sports events.

This July, activities start with the Kaeng Song Coffee Sipping and Khek River Rafting Festival to be held 1 July to 31 October at the Khek River. Read more

Race for flood hit farmers

June 8, 2017 by  
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PHATTHALUNG, 8 June 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports joins hands with Phatthalung province to organise the Thale-Noi Roi Run marathon 23 July in Phatthalung  to promote sports tourism.

The activity is expected to draw around 2,000 participants, who will run along the country’s longest bridge connecting Khuan Khanun district in Phatthalung to Ranot district in Songkhla province.

The campaign is part of a project aimed at developing sports and food tourism, as well as generating income for flood-hit farmers and residents. Read more

Nha Trang hosts colourful festival

June 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, Vietnam

KHANH HOA, 1 June 2017: The 2017 Nha Trang Sea Festival will be held in the central province of Khanh Hoa, Vietnam, from 10 to 13 June, with 50 arts, cultural and sporting activities.

Themed ‘Extending the Circle of Friendship’, the event will include a street festival, lion and dragon dances, a fishing competition, and cooking contests.

Chefs from Nha Trang Tourism College will also attempt to make the largest ever seafood hotpot in Vietnam. Read more

Hong Kong hosts boat races

May 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 30 May 2017: Hong Kong’s annual Dragon Boat Festival gets underway 2 June for three days of boat races on the famous harbour as well as carnival celebrations along the Central Habourfront.

Traditionally known as Tuen Ng Festival, it pays tribute to Qu Yuan, a great poet in the Zhou Dynasty on the 5th day of the fifth month on Lunar calendar. Read more

TAT promotes festivals

May 12, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 12 May 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand gives the heads up on popular festivals that will attract local and international tourists.

The government agency’s advance list of festivals will encourage visitors to extend their stay and enjoy the country’s way of life during June to July this year. Read more

Visakha Bucha Day 10 May

May 9, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 9 May 2017: Visakha Bucha Day, 10 May, is an important religious festival in the Buddhist calendar, falling usually in May on the full moon day of the sixth lunar month.

When a year has an extra eighth lunar month –Adhikamasa (13 full moons in the year) – Visakha Bucha Day falls on the full moon day of the seventh lunar month (June).

This year, the religious holiday will be celebrated Wednesday, 10 May. Buddhists in many ASEAN countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Singapore) observe the holiday even if it is not officially a national holiday. Read more

Songkran lives up to deadly image

April 19, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 19 April 2017: Thailand’s highway carnage over the seven deadly days of Songkran, 11 to 17 April, reached 390 fatalities, a decline of 11.76%, or 52 deaths, when compared to the identical seven days during the 2016 festival.

The Road Safety Directing Centre said it averages out at 56 deaths per day over the seven-day travel period, a statistic that resembles war zone casualties.

However, to put the death toll during the festival in perspective, the World Health Organisation’s 2015 statistics puts Thailand’s annual death toll from road accidents at 24,237, or on average 66 deaths a day. Read more

Kite flying festival in Vietnam

April 19, 2017 by  
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QUANG NAM, 19 April 2017: Vietnam’s Quang Nam province will host the International Kite Festival in Tam Thanh Commune 5 to 9 June.

Local media reported more than a 100 craftsmen from Canada, the United States, Germany, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, China and Vietnam will take part in the event.

The Tam Thanh People’s Committee vice chairman, Le Ngoc Ty, was quoted saying the craftsmen will bring their handmade kites and demonstrate the traditional craft on beaches of Quang Nam province. Read more

Time out for a Thai Songkran

April 12, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 12 April 2017: Thailand will celebrate the annual Songkran Festival, Thursday 13 April through to 15 April, plus a substitution holiday for workers, Monday 17 April, due to the final day of the Songkran festival falling on a Saturday.

The festive celebration will start with families paying respects to their elders by sprinkling water on their hands Thursday morning.

However, thousands of tourists are visiting Thailand to enjoy the water battles that follow on the remaining days. Festivities take place in every village and town once the traditional ceremonies are over. Read more

Risk life and limb it’s Songkran

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 10 April 2017: Thailand’s Royal Thai Police has postponed some of the safety regulations that were supposed to be introduced at Songkran festival to cut road accidents.

The decision to postpone some regulations was a response to a public outcry mainly from Thai citizens using social media, who believed having fun was worth the risk of incurring fatal accidents.

According to the authorities, the main backlash, was against a passenger ban in the cargo well of pickup trucks, or in non-seat, rear sections of two-door trucks.  It’s a popular practice to pile passengers into the cargo well of pick-up trucks with fatal consequences when trucks are involved in road accidents, or swerve off the road to miss on-coming traffic. Read more

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