Koh Lipe Southern Thailand

Koh Lipe is an Island in Southern Thailand

Koh Lipe Southern Thailand

Koh Lipe Southern Thailand

Koh Lipe Southern Thailand. Ko Lipe (sometimes spelled Koh Lipe) is outside of the jurisdiction of Tarutao National Park, and as such is exempt from certain laws prohibiting development. It is surrounded by uninhabited islands of the Butong Archipelago.

The island is home to about 500 Chao Ley, or Sea Gypsies, who were given a grant to half of the island and live in small villages, predominantly around the far east side of the island near Sunrise Beach. The name “Ko Lipe” means “Paper Island” in the local Chao Ley language.

The huge tourism business of Ko Lipe results in water shortages, waste disposal issues, and other environmental problems. It is common to see garbage being burnt since there are not many reliable options for waste disposal.

 Ko Lipe (Thai: เกาะหลีเป๊ะ) is an island on the Andaman Coast of Southern Thailand.
Koh Lipe Southern Thailand

Understand

Ko Lipe (sometimes spelled Koh Lipe) is outside of the jurisdiction of Tarutao National Park, and as such is exempt from certain laws prohibiting development. It is surrounded by uninhabited islands of the Butong Archipelago.

The island is home to about 500 Chao Ley, or Sea Gypsies, who were given a grant to half of the island and live in small villages, predominantly around the far east side of the island near Sunrise Beach. The name “Ko Lipe” means “Paper Island” in the local Chao Ley language.

The huge tourism business of Ko Lipe results in water shortages, waste disposal issues, and other environmental problems. It is common to see garbage being burnt since there are not many reliable options for waste disposal.

Koh Lipe Southern Thailand

Sunset, Pattaya Beach at Koh Lipe

Get in

By plane

Nok Air offers two-daily flight+ferry services from Bangkok to Ko Lipe v.v. by flying with Nok Air to Trang and transferred on a ferry to Ko Lipe. This can be booked directly from their website.

Air Asia offers an island transfer package that includes a flight from Bangkok to Hat Yai, a bus to Pak Bara, and a ferry to Ko Lipe.

By boat

The following companies operate boats in the high season (November to May):

  • Adang Sea Tours [1] operates three daily speedboats from 1 November to 15 May, leaving Pak Bara at 11:30, 12:30, and 14:30. The speedboats stop at Ko Tarutao or Ko Bulone. The journey from Pak Baratakes 90 minutes and costs 650 baht one-way, 1,200 baht round trip. If you book directly in Pak Bara pier, then it will cost 500 baht plus 20 baht entrance fee. Note: the boats stops in open water pier at Pattaya beach and 70 baht must be paid for water taxi to reach the coast. The boats leave Ko Lipe at 09:00, 10:00, and 13:30 for the return trip.
  • Bundaya Resorts [2] and Lipe Speedboat Company also operates speedboats from Pak Bara and Langkawi, leaving at similar times and costing the same as above.
  • Forra Speedboats [3] operates two daily speedboats from 1 November to 15 May, leaving Pak Bara at 11:30 and 13:30. The speedboats stop at Ko Tarutao. The journey from Pak Bara takes 90 minutes and costs 650 baht one-way, 1,200 baht round trip. The boats leave Ko Lipe at 09:00 and 10:00 for the return trip.
  • Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club [4] operates a daily boat from Ko Lanta, leaving at 13:00 and stopping at Ko Ngai, Ko Muk, Ko Bulone, before reaching Ko Lipe at 16:00. The boat leaves Ko Lipe at 09:00 for the return trip. The company offers transfers to this boat from Phuket. The company also operates two daily speedboats from Telaga Terminal @ Telaga Harbour Marina in Langkawi, Malaysia, 42 km from Ko Lipe. These boats dock at the south end of Pattaya Beach. The boats leave Langkawi at 09:30 and 14:30 for the 60 minute journey, costing approximately 120 ringgit. The boats leave Ko Lipe for the return journey at 10:30 and 16:30.
  • Tigerline Ferries [5] operates a daily speedboat to/from Hat Yao Pier in Trang, leaving Ko Lipe at 10:00 and arriving in Trang at 12:30. The trip costs 750 baht. The company offers continuing boat service to Ko Lanta (1,500 baht total, arrives 15:30), and Phi Phi (1,800 baht total, arrives 17:00). For the journey to Ko Lipe, the boats leave Phi Phi at 08:00 and arrive in Ko Lipe at 15:30.
  • Tropical Charters [6] operates ferries from Koh Lipe to Langkawi (Kuah jetty) twice per day during the high season (until 19th of April 2015) at 11am and 4pm from Koh Lipe and 9.30am and 2.30pm from Langkawi. During the low season, from April 20th 2015 to the 19th of May 2015, the company only has morning trips. After the 19th of May 2015, the ferry stops running until October 2015. Price is RM118 one way (RM100 if you book online), including the longtail boat transfer and Thai custom fee. Registration 90 minutes before departure at the Bundhaya Speed Boat office located at bundhaya Resort. The trip takes 90 minutes. Arrival in Langkawi is at Jetty Point in Kuah.

In the low season, there is one boat per day from Pak Bara leaving at 11:30.

Ferries are met by long-tail boats offering transfers to anywhere on Ko Lipe for an additional 50 baht/person (non-negotiable).

Health and Safety tip: Speedboats can often bounce off the waves at very high speeds and passengers can get quite strong jolts into the non-sprung seats, so persons with back or neck problems should not travel on the speedboats, but on the ferry. There have been reports of serious back injuries happening on the speedboats.

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Thailand Festivals January 2016

A List Of Thailand Festivals January 2016

Thailand Festivals January 2016. The date and time of the following festivals in some provinces may be changed as a result of the weather or the postponement by the organising host of the events. Please check the date and time again before travelling. Tourism Authority of Thailand provides tourist information centre at call centre 1672 or 0 2250 5500.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Flora Park Festival

When: 1 November 2015 – 31 March 2016

Where: Wang Nam Keaw District, Nakhon Ratchasima

The festival will showcase more than 100,000 flowers of over 20 different species, on a 360 degree angle viewpoint with the spectacular vertical garden. Over 5,000 English roses of 400 species will be arranged beautifully across the landscape. Event will be held on an area of over 50 rai at Khao Phaeng Ma, Wang Nam Keaw district, Nakhon Ratchasima province.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Lop Buri Sunflower Blooming Festival

When: 1 November 2015 – 31 January 2016

Where: Lopburi

Festival open around November till December of every year because it is the period when the sunflowers are in full bloom. The festival highlights include photography, scenic, train / bicycle in the sunflower field, the distribution of OTOP products, such as tours of soldiers living in the wild for recreational boating, tires, etc.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Phu Ruea Flower Festival

When: 1 December 2015 – 31 January 2016

Where: Phu Ruea District, Loei

Sea of Fog and Beautiful Flower Blossom on Phu Ruea is held on the ground in front of Phu Ruea District Office during the New Year Festival, around December – January every year. Activities in the festival comprise of a temperate plant fair, floral float parade, temperate flowers and decorative plants contests, Mae Khaning evening party, dances in the winter breeze, and Phu Ruea agricultural produce for sale.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Sing Buri Fish-Eating and Red Cross Fair

When: 15 December 2015 – 3 January 2016

Where: Singburi

Being close to many natural water ways, Sing Buri is well known for abundant fish particularly the Mae La catfish. The province is also where the Khrua Hua Pa recipe originated. The fair features some of Song Buris best culinary creation, usually held in late December each year.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Chiang Rai Flower Festival

When: 24 December 2015 – 31 January 2016

Where: Tung and Khom Park, Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai Flower Festival has flower exhibition, the Miss Thinn Thai Ngarm competition, agricultural exhibition and music shows. In additional there are the contest decorative plants and flower and local products fair.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Sakura Blossom Festival at Doi Mae Salong

When: 28 December 2015 – 2 January 2016

Where: Doi Mae Salong, Chiang Rai

Enjoy drinking with tea from Doi Mae Salong and enjoy watching Nang Phaya Sua Krong is the same as Sakura Blossoming extend through Doi Maesalong and along on the side road.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Blossom flowers at Mo Hin Khao

When: 30 December 2015 – 1 January 2016

Where: Mo Hin Khao, Mueang District, Chaiyaphum

The event features mini-marathon activity, mountain bike race, riding horse to visit the rock park, planting a tree in honor for H.M.the King, drawing and photographing, concert, New Year party and offering color sticky rice to monks in the morning.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Red Cross and Winter Festival

When: 30 December 2015 – 12 January 2016

Where: Chiangmai

Red Cross Fair and Winter festival is the premier event are held at the end of the local harvest season. It is an exhibition agriculture fair from farmers & locals. Besides agricultural fair, visitor will enjoy the beauty queen contest, music, and shop for low-priced goods from factories. Furthermore, appreciate the invaluable arts in the local shows and concerts.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Count Down @ Central world Bangkok

When: 31 December 2015 – 1 January 2016

Where: Central World, Bangkok

Central World, Ratchaprasong Road, Bangkok, The biggest and most famous countdown festival in Bangkok happens at Central World. The participants can experience spectacular light and sound shows and live on-stage performances by popular local artists in front of Central World Square. Also, they can enjoy the beer garden, lucky draws and countdown with other countries around the world on large-screen projections.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Cross Year Prayer for New Year

When: 31 December 2015 – 1 January 2016

Where: Participated temples in Bangkok

Let’s sending away the old year in Thai style and welcome the new year in Buddhist way with praying and maditation together with listening to sermon. And you can join the clap the Gong for welcoming the New Year in Bangkok. There are more than 50 temples participate the activity such as Wat Thep Lila from Bang Kapi district, Wat Phra Sri Mahathat from Bang Khean district, Wat Sraket Ratcha Woramahawihan from Pom Prab Satru Pai district, Wat Rachatiwat Ratcha Worawihan from Dusit district, at Phra Chetupol Wimol Mangkalaram Ratcha Woramahawihan from Phra Nakhon district, Wat Mahathat Yuwaratcharangsarit from Phra Nakhon district, Wat Tri Mitre Wittayaram Worawihan from Samphanthawong district and Wat Yannawa from Sathon district etc.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Pattaya New Year Countdown Celebrations

When: 31 December 2015 – 1 January 2016

Where: Bali Hai Pier, Pattaya

Pattaya Countdown is taken place at Bali Hai Pier with the longest New Years celebrations in Thailand. The long festivities will begin on Christmas day with Christmas tree decorating followed by fireworks over the bay. There are a fair all week long with merchants selling delicious foods from all regions of Thailand as well as souvenirs and craft which is set up all along beach road. There are also many concerts from famous Thai artists and celebrities.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Thailand Countdown 2015

When: 31 December 2015 – 1 January 2016

Where: Throughout Thailand

Help ring in the New Year and have a great time with traditional Thai activities by making New Year wishes in Bangkok or elsewhere throughout the kingdom with a roster full of entertainment and activities; such as, cultural performances, laser shows, and fireworks – free!! Then on 1 January, the Thai people will make merit at the temple, which is a tradition of requesting for a prosperous year ahead.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Watching the First Sun Rise in Siam

When: 31 December 2015 – 1 January 2016

Where: Pha Chana Dai, Ubon Ratchathani

Send off the sun into the sky and welcome the New Year before anyone else in the country, agro and ecotourism, cruise along the Mekong River, countdown, local folk and cavemen’s lifestyle performances, making merit to welcome the New Year.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Pai Reggae & Ska Music Festival

When: 7 – 9 January 2016

Where: View Point, Pai District, Mae Hong Son

Pai Reggae & Ska Music Festival s Celebrate 10th Anniversary. Visitor will meet with many activities inside the Festivals such as Roots, Rasta, Reggae, Riddim, Ska Club, Dub Academy, Roots Yard, Dance Hall, Drum Circle, Fire Dance, Tipi Camp, Bonfire, Indy Market, Gypsy Music, Art Symposium, Balloon, Vegon Food, Living Energy, Food & Drinks and more !!

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Bor Sang Umbrella Festival

When: 15 – 17 January 2016

Where: Bor Sang Village, Chiang Mai

This annual event celebrates Bor Sang village’s reputation as the community that creates Thailand’s most famous umbrellas made from Saa paper. During the three-day festival, streets are illuminated by lanterns, while hundreds of umbrellas are hung from the rafters and beams of houses and shops. Bands play, while villagers compete to design the year’s most attractive umbrella. Concerts, a food festival and beauty contest all compete for the attention of the audience, a mix of both tourists and residents, who gather to celebrate Bor Sang’s innovative handicraft skills.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Phor Khun Ramkhamhaeng’s Day Festival

When: 17 January 2016

Where: Sukhothai

Phor Khun Ramkhamhaeng’s Day Festival, annually held on January. It honors of the Great King of Sukhothai Kingdom. People will visit to the Monument of Phor Khun Ramkamhaeng the Great for praising Phor Khun Ramkhamhaeng. People will make merit and present food to a Buddhist priest. At the night, there are merry making and many shows that all people can enjoy. There are fireworks too.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Khon Kaen International Marathon

When: 24 January 2016

Where: Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen

The 11th Khon Kaen International Marathon is open to everyone from professionals to fun runners under a range of race and age categories. It will feature a 42.195 km (26 mile) full marathon for participants of 18 years or above, a 21.1 km (13.1 mile) half marathon for participants of 16 years or above, an 11.55 km (7.17 mile) mini marathon for participants of 12 years or above, and a 4.5 km (2.79 mile) fun run.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

King Mengrai Annual Festival

When: 26 January – 4 February 2016

Where: Provincial Stadium, Chiang Rai

The King Mengrai Annual Festival is held on Early-February at the provincial stadium in Chiang Rai’s Muang district. It features a variety of products for sale including many local handicrafts. Other entertainment on offer includes beauty contests and various games for everyone to enjoy.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

The North Face 100 Thailand

When: 30 January 2016

Where: Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima

The North Face 100 Thailand is part of eight Asia – Pacific countries challenging runners to the 100km ultra distance. The competition offers a distance for everyone including; 100km solo, 100km duo which is run in pairs, 50km each, 50km solo, 25km run, and a 10km run.

Thailand Festivals January 2016

Siam tulips in Suphan Buri

When: December 2015 – January 2016

Where: Agricultural Occupation Promotion and Development Centre, Suphan Buri

Fifteen strains of Siam tulip, or krajiao, are in full bloom this time of the year. Apart from enjoying the beauty of Siam tulips and posing for pictures in the centre’s big field, visitors can buy various…

Thailand Festivals January 2016

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Pattaya KFC girl feeds disabled man

Pattaya KFC girl feeds disabled man at her restaurant in Central Pattaya last week.

Pattaya KFC girl feeds disabled man

 

Pattaya KFC girl feeds disabled man. On Monday we met the KFC Worker who was photographed helping a disabled foreigner to eat at her restaurant in Central Pattaya last week.
The picture of her assisting the foreign man went viral on Facebook and even made the national news on various Thai TV channels. We met with the 18-year-old Fast Food Restaurant worker on Monday to find out more.

Khun Rasadree works at the KFC located on the Ground Floor of Central Festival Pattaya Beach and confirmed the picture of her feeding the foreigner was taken on 26th December, although she revealed he had been at the restaurant on 25th December and was fed by another of her colleagues but no one took a photo of that encounter.

The foreign wheelchair-bound man, whose name and nationality is unknown, had ordered a Chicken Meal worth 199 Baht, but he only had 100 Baht in his pocket. The team at KFC clubbed together and paid the extra 99 Baht.

Khun Rasadree noticed the man was struggling to eat the food due to his disabilities and left her station to assist the man in consuming his food.

Khun Wandee aged 36, the Store Manager, praised her kind-hearted staff for helping the man and we understand Khun Rasadree has been nominated for a National appreciation award.

This really is a heart rendering story of a very kind girl that too the time to help a foreign tourist when she saw him struggling to eat his food. She thoroughly deserves the award that she has been nominated for.

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Suvarnabhumi introduces automatic check-in machines

Suvarnabhumi introduces automatic check-in machines

Suvarnabhumi introduces automatic check-in machines

 BANGKOK: –Suvarnabhumi introduces automatic check-in machines. The Suvarnabhumi airport on Monday launched a campaign for air passengers to use its automatic check-in kiosks in a bid to reduce congestion during the New Year Festival.

Sirote Duangratana, director of Suvarnabhumi airport of the Airports of Thailand Plc, said the campaign is intended for passengers to turn to use the airport’s “x-press check-in kiosks” to reduce the check-in time.

With the machine, each passenger requires only two to five minutes to complete the check-in and get a boarding pass, he said.

Mr Sirote said the airport has installed 16 automatic check-in machines at the departure lounge on the fourth floor.

The machines are being used by 14 airlines including Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa and British Airways.

During the trial period, the machines will be in use until Feb 29, 2016.

The “x-press check-in kiosks” will be manned around the clock by the airport’s staff to advise passengers how to use them.

Upon arrival at the airport.

Arrivals:  Getting through Bangkok airports immigration queues

  • Fill out your arrival papers on the plane once they are handed out – at the same time try to fill out your departure card to save time later
  • Upon departure from the plane you’ll be in an internal tunnel linking to the main airport tunnel.
  • As Bangkok airport is quite large there’s a high probability immigration control is quite far from your terminal.
  • There are moving walkways bringing you to immigration but walking is often faster. There are plenty of toilets en route but nothing in the way of food etc.
  • Take note of the queues at immigration as there are Thai national queues and foreign queues all ahead of a long snaking rope line system.
  • If you are lucky there won’t be a lot of people. However the chances of that are slim. Be prepared to wait. The good news is that the queues do move quite quickly so don’t despair too much.
  • At immigration do take note of the marks on the ground. Don’t cross them until the immigration official says you can otherwise you’ll be ushered back and everything will be delayed.
  • Once the immigration official motions for you to come forward do so by handing in your passport then stepping back to your floor marks a step or two back from the counter.
  • The immigration official will then flick through your passport and take your photo with the small web cam in front of you.
  • If all goes well they will then start stamping your passport and arrival card before handing your passport back.
  • There are few smiles here, but do try yourself.
  • Now quickly walk on and get to your baggage ASAP!
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Muay Thai evolution Thailand

Muay Thai evolution Thailand

Author: Terry Bouris

Island info Koh Samui

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 Muay Thai evolution Thailand. The evolution of Muay Thai is interwoven within the history of  Thailand and has become an important element of Thai tradition and culture.

The Thai’s are a gentle peace-loving people, however, for centuries they had to defend themselves and their land from aggressive neighbours. To do this, they created a form of close, hand-to-hand combat using fists, feet, knees, elbows and weapons that is best suited for the kind of rough-terrain and jungle battles they were fighting. Over time it became a rite of passage for Thai men to take up training in this martial art called, Muay Thai.

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Children and Muay Thai

The fact that children as young as five and six years old begin their careers in such a violent sport has obviously been a source of controversy. Children make their way to Muay Thai gyms for a variety of reasons. And though it sparks a serious human rights debate, Muay Thai“ is a two-sided coin in Thai society.
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For these kids, it could mean an opportunity to flip their life’s crisis into a chance,” says Chira Wichaisuthikul, a Thai film-maker whose documentary, Lumpinee, explores the world and significance of Muay Thai in a group of children’s lives.

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Some children come to the camps to escape a life of homelessness, drug addiction, and drifting. Others commit early purely for the love of the sport. As a result, boxing camps function as large family units in which coaches often fill the roles of absent fathers and daily activities are executed communally.

Lumpinee Documentary Film – Official Trailer

 

Muay Thai Today


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Susumu Nagao's Photograph

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Currently one of the best Muay Thai fighters, Petboonchu. 

 

Some of the best Muay Thai photos available.

Famous fighter Aikpracha (second from left) hanging out with the kids.

Muay Thai evolution Thailand There are 2 main Muay Thai Stadiums in Koh Samui

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February Festivals Across Thailand

February Festivals Across Thailand

Author: Josh at Asiabackpackers

Travel Thailand and Discover Thailand

 

Thailand's Festivals in February 2016

February Festivals Across Thailand While a lot of us are aware that February is the month we celebrate the Chinese New Year, that’s not all we have to look forward to here in Thailand, the fact is the month is brimming over with all manner of annual events listed here are the biggest and best (in my humble opinion) the Kingdom has to offer.

The exact dates of these events are never easy to get to the bottom of, for all manner of reasons see my post detailing how these annual events are scheduled.

Makha Bucha Day

Makha Bucha Day

When: 22nd February 2016 (11th Feb 2017)

Where: Across Thailand

Maka Bucha (also known as Magha Puj or the Full Moon of Tabodwe) is a national, annual Public Holiday in Thailand. The date is dependent on the Thai Lunar calendar and is celebrated across the Kingdom on the full moon of the third lunar month. For those that can’t do without their booze the bad news is; In Thailand the sale of alcohol is banned on religious holidays.

For more on the event its history and how it is celebrated in Thailand click here

 

Chinese New Year:  2016 is the year of the ‘Monkey’

Chinese New Year: 2016 is the year of the ‘Monkey’ Thailand

When: 8 February 2016

Where: Throughout Thailand

While 14% of its population is officially Chinese, many more Thais can trace their ancestral roots to China and so the Chinese New Year is a big thing in the Kingdom, not that the people of Thailand need a reason to party. Legend has it that Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality

This festival always takes place on the first day of the first lunar month so changes every year according to the Western Calendar. For a more detailed explanation of the festival its roots, history and taboos, along with details on what a person born in the year of the monkey is like click here, for details on the major venues in Thailand celebrating the festival click here

 

 

Bun Khao Chi and Pho Chai Products Festival

Bun Khao Chi and Pho Chai Products FestivalWhen: February (dates to be confirmed)

Where: Pho Chai District Office, Roi Et Province North East Thailand

There are a number of these annual; festivals right across Isaan in late January-mid February, to coincide with the end of the harvest, when the farmers have new rice in their barns and the cold winds start to bite.

A picture of people encircling a charcoal stove or open fire to grill sticky rice resonates with the Isaan people and their Buddhist beliefs and they believe that by making merit with khao chi or grilled sticky rice, they will gain merit.

At this festival you can watch the parade of the giant Khao Chi (grilled sticky rice), plus witness the Khao Chi contest, the Bun Khao Chi Beauty Contest, the tasty Som Tam – Khao Chi contest and explore the many other local dishes that will be amassed to assault your taste buds.

The origins of making merit with Khao Chi

There was once a woman named Punna Thasi, a servant who offered Khanom Paeng Chi, a dessert to Lord Buddha  even though she thought Lord Buddha would not eat because it was not good enough for him; however, he ate that dessert right in front of her and preached to her until she reached Sotapattiphala (the first stage of enlightenment).

Isaan people believe in the virtue of giving and have practised Khao Chi merit making as a tradition for centuries.

Contact: Pho Chai District Office Tel. 0 4356 70770

 

Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival Thailand

When: February 22nd 2016 (Feb 11th 2017)

Where: Across Thailand

 

This traditionally Chinese festival is held annually on the 15th day of 1st lunar month, which coincides with the last day of Chinese New Year, it is on this day if you are lucky you will witness lantern parades and lion dances. On the same day it is also traditional to eat ‘Yuanxiao’ (a rice ball stuffed with different fillings) and so it is also called the Yuan Xiao Festival. The celebration is part of the Chinese New Year.

To see more on this traditional festival including its history, what Folk Dances are performed; Lion Dance, and Walking on Stilts, plus the other traditional things that happen on this date including ‘Guessing Lantern Riddles click here

 

Kalasin Pong Lang, Phrae Wa and Red Cross Fair

Kalasin Pong Lang, Phrae Wa and Red Cross FairWhen: 26 February – 7 March (dates to be confirmed)

Where: Kalasin City Hall, Amphoe Mueang, Kalasin Province North East Thailand

The festival is organised around a number of colourful parades, featuring floats from each district of the province, which in turn are decorated with a gigantic-sized “pong lang”, (a folk vertical xylophone), flowers and mystical animals. The parade is joined by people beautifully dressed in traditional clothes.

There are also cultural competitions, a beauty pageant. A Pong Lang bands’ contest, the pong lang  is a log xylophone, which has 12-15 wooden bars that are tied together with a length of rope, the instrument is generally played by two players, who each use two hardwood sticks. The lower pitch end is attached to a post or tree and other is hooked to the player’s toe. The two performers sit on either side, one playing the melody, the other playingdrone accompaniment.

The music does not stop there it continues with live music and entertainment shows, North-Eastern style Mo Lam singers and the demonstrations and sales of local handicrafts and food products. Plus the Phrae Wa Silk exhibition

Nearby tourist attractions: Wat Si Bun Rueang, A Black Buddha image (Wat Klang), Phutthasathan Phu Po. Contact: Kalasin province Tel. 0 4381 1695, 0 4381 1213

 

Straw Bird Fair

Straw Bird Fair 2016

When: Annually in February (2016 dates not yet released)

Where: Chai Nat Bird Park & Chai Nat City Hall. Chai Nat Province Central Thailand

The events full name is Straw Bird Fair, Chai Nat Product Fair & Red Cross Fair. This relatively new fair was first held in February 1986; it is still going strong some 30 years later, it was formed to promote both the Chai Nat Bird Park and the local people’s desire to preserve their culture and history. It has now become one of the major festivals for the province.

These at times huge, but always intricate and brightly coloured life like straw birds, are show cased both within the confines of the Bird Park and in front of Chai Nat City Hall. Later they are perched onto equally elaborately decorated floats and then paraded around the city accompanied by musicians and people in traditional Thai dress, all to the huge delight of the onlookers.

Through-out the festivities there are numerous live performances and exhibitions displaying the diversity and cultural history of the province, along with stalls selling both local produce and handcrafts and of course as you would expect here in Thailand there are a vast array of vendors selling a myriad of delicious Thai food dishes to savour.

To see more on the event including; its history, Chai Nat Bird Park and the spiritual side of the festivities, click here

 

Pattaya Bike Week

Pattaya bike week 2016

When: Annually typically mid February 13-14th February 2016

Where: National Indoor Sports Stadium on Soi Chaiyapreuk 2 in East Pattaya Central Thailand

Known as the Burapha Bike Week, this is undoubtedly Thailand’s largest motor bike festival and raises a huge amount of money each year for charity. The event is not just for bikers and attracts all manner of people from all over Thailand and further afield.

The two day event runs well into the evenings with live local and international music bands playing through-out the event.

This is your chance to see some of the biggest, smallest, best and most bizarre bikes out there. You can also witness formal demonstrations of stunt riding (along with a few impromptu rides) As you would expect there will be a huge array of stalls selling a mass of bike paraphernalia plus and equal number selling food and drinks, unlike most Thai festivals there will also be lots of booze stalls (only to help counter the issue of the sun of course!).

 

King Mengrai Annual Festival

King Mengrai Annual Festival 2016When: 26 January – 4 February 2016

Where: Provincial Stadium, Chiang Rai

 

King Meng Rai is specific festival of Chaing Rai where it is celebrated all over the city. During the 9 days of celebrations there will be a number of colourful parades and a host of cultural performances and competitions, along with various beauty contests and games, celebrating the founder of Chiang Rai and the ancient Kingdom of Lanna. Of course this would not be Thailand if the event did not provide a vast army of street vendors and shops offering a mass of local handicrafts and food.

 

Flora Park Mist Festival

Flora Park Mist Festival 2016

When: 1 November 2015 – 31 March 2016

Where: Wang Nam Khiawo District, Nakhon Ratchasima Northeast Thailand with its widely known motto “Cool-climate town, abound with mountain s, plenty waterfalls, several fruit orchards, vast paradise of fog”

Known as the Switzerland of Isaan the districts motto is ‘Cool climate town.’ At this time of year it is a mass of colour and in the early morning a sea of fog. The festival is held on an area of over 50 rai at Khao Phaeng Ma and you can expect to witness a carpet of blooms from more than 100,000 flowers of over 20 different species, along with the spectacular vertical garden. There will also be over 5,000 English roses of 400 species arranged beautifully across the landscape.

 

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

 

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2016

When: 5-7th February 2016

Where: The city of Chiang Mai Chiang Mai Province Northern Thailand

This annual 3 day festival is normally held on the first weekend in February and is possibly Thailand’s biggest floral event, now in its 39th year the event highlights the regions creative heart, Chiang Mai is known as the ‘Rose of the North’ and during the event the city’s streets literally come alive with flowers that are just about everywhere. The region is also considered one of the most scenic provinces in the country due to its mountain ranges, valleys, flora, and fauna.

The event includes a parade of fabulous floats, decorated in a myriad of beautiful flowers, all escorted by the many local hill tribes that inhabit the province dressed in their traditional clothing. It also features Miss Flower & Miss International Flower Blooming Beauty Contests, an agricultural and local food fair, plus live music concerts.

For more about the festival, the history of Chiang Mai and the Lanna Kingdom click here.

 

Trang Underwater Wedding Festival 

Trang Underwater Wedding Festival When: 12 – 14 February 2016

Where: Kantang, Trang Southern Thailand

This is the 20th year of the festival and while its name implies it is only for those seeking to get married it is open to all those that wish to express their love for their partner no matter your age or ability. The Buddhist ceremony follows the same rituals one would find on land including the pouring of lustre water into the palms of the bride and groom. The 3 days and nights are filled with lavish processions and beach parties

 

ASEAN Lantern Festival

ASEAN Lantern Festival
When: 19 November, 2015 to 22 February, 2016
Where: Siam Park City, Bangkok

Siam Park City, an amusement and water park located in the outskirt of Bangkok, it is holding in cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) the ASEAN Lantern Festival will feature huge decorated lanterns featuring famous landmarks of each ASEAN member country, such as Merlion of Singapore, Petronas Twin Towers of Malaysia, and Angkor Wat of Cambodia.

The special “Jewel of ASEAN” presenting cultural performance from each member country and ASEAN puppet lantern parade will be on show at the 2,500-seat amphitheatre every Friday night at 19:00 hrs, and on weekends and public holidays at 15:30 hrs and 19:00 hrs.

A special Likay folk theatre performance from Myanmar will take place from 31 December to 3 January 2016.

While Thailand will hold an ASEAN Festival called “Welcome to the ASEAN Community” from 23 to 26 December at the theme park to offer more ASEAN information related to the start of the ASEAN Economic Community (in 2016).

Visitors can also enjoy the ASEAN Shopping and entertainment zone throughout the three -month festival. Open daily from 10.00 – 22.00 hrs. Entrance to the event on weekdays costs 500 Baht for daytime. A Siam Lantern Pass costs 350 Baht and valid from 17:00 to 22:00 hrs.

 

King Narai Reign Fair

King Narai Reign FairWhen: 13-21 February 2016

Where: King Narai Palace, Lopburi Central Thailand

This nine day event is about paying respect to King Narai the Great who was the king of Ayutthaya from 1656 to 1688 and arguably the most famous Ayutthaya Monarch. His reign saw the kingdoms greatest commercial and diplomatic success, all around the then known world.

The event includes a beautiful re-enactment of a regal ceremony that would have graced the Kings palace during his reign, along with a spectacular procession of colourful floats, horses and majestic elephants. That’s far from the finish of this mass of noise and colour, there is also the specially arranged ‘changing of the guards’ ceremony, a light-and-sound presentation as well as a host of cultural displays and dancers.

For more on the event including the use of the ancient ‘Bullet’ money, the city of Lopburi and the Kings Palace click here

 

Chao Mae Lim Ko Niao Fair

 Chao Mae Lim Ko Niao Fair 2016

When: Normally 2 weeks after the Chinese New Year

Where: Pattani Town

Lim Ko Niau (ลิ้มกอเหนี่ยว) Thai-Chinese. Name of the sister of Lim To Khieng, a Chinese immigrant who married the daughter of the Pattani governor and converted to Islam. Lim Ko Niau however sailed from China to try and sway her brother to forsake Islam and return to his homeland.

He declined and to demonstrate his faith in 1578 started the construction of the Masayid Kreu Se mosque. His sister then put a curse on the mosque, saying it would never be completed. After a final failed attempt to persuade her brother she eventually hanged herself from a nearby cashew nut tree, in his grief he was unable to finish the mosque which to this day remains uncompleted. The Pattani people later built a shrine in her memory and carved her statue from the wood of the same cashew nut tree.  On the first day of the third lunar month every year, a colourful procession winds through the town carrying the statue of the Lim Ko Niao to the shrine. The event includes fire-walking in front of the shrine, light and sound presentations, dragon and lion dancing and swimming across the river at nearby Dechanuchit Bridge.

The shrine is located on A No Ru Road in Pattani town and is also known as the Leng Chu Kiang Shrine, Open daily 8.00 am-5.00 pm. More information about the shrine and the procession call 0 7352 2411.

 

Dok Siew Blooming Festival

 

Dok Siew Blooming Festival

When: 13 – 15 February 2016

Where: Phu Chi Fah, Terng district Chiang Rai Province Northern Thailand

This wonderful and natual explosion of colour happens once a year in the national forest park of Phu Chi Fah. February is traditionally when the mountains spring to life with a blaze of colour from the Chongko or Dok Siew flowers at the same time at dawn when this Northern most province feels the full force of the Thai winter, a sea of fog blankets the park, the combination of mist and bloom is breathtakingly specatular. If that were not enough the event also includes a wide range of spectacular art and cultural performances from northern tribe people as well as thrilling sport competitions.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiangrai office +66 5371 7433, +66 5374 4674-5

 

City Pillar Worship Ceremony

 City Pillar Worship Ceremony

When: February
Where: Lampang Provincial Hall, Amphoe Mueang Lampang Northern Thailand
Also known as city pillar and sib chatah festival, the event is centered on the ‘City Pillar’. This is an annual celebration of the people of Lampang to commemorate and make Merit for the city, its Pillar and the ‘Spirits’. (City Pillars are normally found in or near the geographical centre of a provincial city, that is, near the centre of the rectangle formed by the old city walls)

The belief in spirits plays an important part in the Lanna people of Northern Thailand, who believe that spirits can bring fertility and peace to everyday life and will ask for the spirits, especially from their own ancestors – called “Pee Mod Pee Meng”, to help protect their family. After the people receive help from spirits, they hold a second ceremony to return the favors called “Fon Pee” (Spirit Dance)

The festival features both Buddhist and Brahmin rituals and demonstrations of the “Fon pee mod pee meng” a local dance performance, believed to be a ritual to revere ancestor spirits in order to bring good luck to the city.

Photographer: Sakkarin Suttisarn

 

Bang Rachan Heroes Memorial Fair

 

Bang Rachan Heroes Memorial Fair

When: Annually 4-6 February

Where: Khai Bang Rachan Park in Tambon Bang Rachan, Sing Buri Province

 According to Thai folk law the villagers of the small town of Bang Rachin in 1765, held up the might of the advancing armies of Burma for 5 months after it had ransacked the capital city of Ayutthaya, the story of a rag bag unit of simple villagers is at times likened to the tale of the “Battle of the Alamo”.

Many roads in Sing Buri are named after the heroes of the battle and the fair includes ceremonies which pay homage to the image of Phra Achan Thammachot (the Buddhist monk who played a major role in the defense of Bang Rachan his name was later given to the mountain top Wat that lies 51 kms away) and includes the laying a wreath before the Heroes of Khai Bang Rachan Monument.

The festival also features a spectacular sound and light show depicting the selfless acts of the heroes of Khai Bang Rachan, plus various other stage entertainment including traditional folk plays, dance and music and numerous exhibitions.

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Satun International Kite Festival 2016

Satun International Kite Festival 2016

When: Late February/Early March 2016
Where: Satun Air Base, Muang District. Satun Province Southern Thailand

This is the 36th annual kite festival with teams from over 30 countries expected, including 100 teams from Thailand participating in this colourful extravaganza, with competitions in eight different categories, including Beauty, Creativity, High Flying, Sound, Marathon, native Kites, Giant and Student’s Kites.

The event also boasts a number of kite demonstrations and exhibitions along with a Miss Satun beauty contest, cultural performances featuring the diversity of the region’s population and live music concert from famous singers every night.

 

Cotton Blossom (Dok Fai Ban)

Dok fai Ban Cotton Blossom

 

When: Annually during Chinese New Year

Where: In front of the provincial hall & Kut Pong Park. Loei Province Northeast Thailand
The fair’s full name is Dok Fai Ban Makham Wan Mueang Loei Red Cross Fair (Cotton blossom and Sweet Tamarin) (งานกาชาดดอกฝ้ายบาน มะขามหวานเมืองเลย).

The fair kicks off with a colourful and at times noisy procession featuring each district of the province carrying and wearing their famous cotton products and graced by the beauty queen on her float surrounded by more of the locally produced cotton products. There is also a mini Phi Ta Khon Ghost procession during the normally 7 day of festivities, along with exhibitions and cultural performances

 

Khantok Chang Fair – งานขันโตกช้าง หรือ สะโตกช้าง

 

Khantok Chang FairWhen: Annually on first Friday and Saturday in February

Where: Thai Elephant Conservation Centre Hat Chat. Lampang Northern Thailand

 

Khantok Chang FairThe elephant centre has a well earned reputation in its efforts to rehabilitate domesticated elephants and for its elephant hospital, once a year it puts on an event to showcase these former work horses of the forest. The daily show features these majestic animals displaying their traditional logging techniques plus painting pictures, making music, demonstrating agility and much more.

For all this hard work the pachyderms are treated to their favorite food which is presented to them Lanna style (khantoke (ขันโตก)) on traditional round floor tables called Toke (or Tok) and hence the name of the fair. Also open every day is the Dung Paper factory where you can witness the process of making paper from the animal’s dung.

If you are lucky to be in the former Kingdom of Lanna do try dining Khantoke style, where you will be treated to a rich assortment of traditional Thai Northern food. Diners sit on the floor around these small, low tables and share a number of dishes served in small bowls (khan) the meal is normally accompanied by live traditional music.

 

Phra Nakhon Khiri Festival – งานพระนครคีรี

Phra Nakhon Khiri Festival

When: Annually around the end of February

Where: Khao Wang and Around the City Limit of Phetchaburi Central Thailand

The event is also known as Khao Wang, taking its name from the hill the Kings palace was built upon, during the reign of King Rama IV. This annual event is in its 156th year and is about celebrating Phetchaburi’s long and colourful, cultural heritage. The event includes ceremonies to worship both the ancestral Kings and the city pillar/shrine.

Also during the normal 5 days of festivities you can witness parades featuring the procession of monarchs who ruled Phetchaburi during the Dvaravati and Srivijaya Periods, along with numerous exhibitions on Phetchaburi’s history, including many archaeological objects found within the province. This is all with the back drop of over 1200 temple trees that are normally in bloom during the event.

Running along-side this mass of cultural activities and natural colour will be; Cooking demonstrations of the province’s famous dishes and sweetmeats, a beauty contest, an ox chariot race plus all manner of contests and a traditional Thai fair ground.

To top it all off and running every night is a light and sound spectacular with lanterns and fireworks

 

Sweet Plum Mango and Nakhon Nayok Products Fair – งานวันมะปรางหวานและของดีนครนายก

Sweet Plum Mango and Nakhon Nayok Products FairWhen: Annually Feb – March

Where: In front of the City Hall. Nakhon Nayok Province. Central Thailand

The event is held to promote the locally grown agricultural products that thrive in this fertile region, along with a myriad of local handicrafts. This is the time of the year is when the Maprang (sweet plum mangoes) are ripe for harvesting, and they can be found on sale and display in all manner of succulent food and refreshing drinks.

The fair includes a parade of colourful floats, featuring the local agricultural products, along with numerous contests, exhibitions, cultural performances and each night there is live music

Maprang (มะปราง)  is a plum-like tropical fruit tree native to Southeast Asia The tree is related to the mango and is hence sometimes referred to as Plum Mango the young leaves of the tree can be eaten and are used in salads, the seed is also edible if a little bitter.

 

Boon Khao Chee Festivals

Boon Khao Chee Festivals

When: Annually during the 13-15th days of the waxing moon in February

Where: Wat Tham Suwan Kuha, Ban Kuha Pattana, Amphoe Suwan Kuha. Nong Bua Lamphu Province. Northeast Thailand

The event is closely aligned to one of the most important festivals in Laos when in the same month devotees celebrate Boun Khao Chi (Makhaboucha) or the Festival of Joy. The Lao religious celebration commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered spontaneously without prior knowledge to listen to the Dharma of Lord. In Thailand this same auspicious occasion is celebrated as Makha Bucha Day.

The annual celebration and merit making at Wat Than Suwan Kuha features a gigantic khao chee, a local dish (originally from Lao – Lao people eat more sticky rice than anyone else on the planet) made from roasted sticky rice dipped in egg and sugar cane juice.

It is not a surprise to see this Lao festivals celebrated in this part of Thailand especially when you consider that There are approximately six times more ethnic Lao in the Isan region of northeastern Thailand than in Laos itself.

 

King Rama II Memorial Fair

King Rama II Memorial Fair

When: Usually the first weekend in February
Where:  King Rama II Memorial Park, Samut Songkhram Province

While this maybe the Kingdoms smallest province by land mass, it puts on this annual event with great enthusiasm and is a celebration of King Rama II, (Phra Phutthaloetla Naphalai or Rama II, the second monarch of Siam under the House of Chakri, ruling from 1809 to 1824). The King was known as “Ek Akkharakhattiyasinlapin,” or the Great Artist, his reign was known as the “Golden Age of Rattanakosin and is widely recognised as a ruler who contributed much to his country through his patronage of the arts, his own ability as a poet and was instrumental in the reconstruction of Siamese culture and royal traditions

The people of a grateful country pay homage to their past King with visual displays on how the Thai way of life was during his reign, including khon mask performances, (Khon (Thai: โขน) is a genre of dance drama from Thailand. It is traditionally performed solely in the royal court, by men in masks accompanied by narrators and a traditional piphat ensemble-Wikipedia) Hun Krabok puppet shows, (Bamboo puppets operated from below by puppeteers and first found in Thailand over 300 ago) Along with cooking demonstrations on making Thai food, sweets and desserts, there are also an agricultural fair featuring a number of competitions and of course a huge range of souvenirs and local products for sale..

February Festivals Across Thailand

Across Thailand, Annual Events in Thailand, February

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Bun Boek Fa Fair and Red Cross Fair

Bun Boek Fa Fair and Red Cross Fair

Bun Boek Fa Fair and Red Cross Fair two different annual celebrations for the price of one

Bun Boek Fa Fair and Red Cross FairWhen: 3rd Feb 2016

Where: Maha Sarakham City Near the provincial administration building

 

About Maha Sarakham

Maha Sarakham (มหาสารคาม; also spelt Mahasarakham) is ranked the 42nd largest province of the Kingdom, located in the heart of the Northeast region of (Isan) Thailand. The capital city of the same name with its abundance of educational facilities has the nickname ‘Taxila of Isan’ (Taxilawas considered to be amongst the earliest universities in the world and was founded in India) (now the Punjab province in Pakistan). The Thai province is also known as the spiritual heart of Isan with many Buddhist artefact’s having been unearthed in the area. It is home to most of the important Buddhist festival in the region and has a good number of thought provoking shrines and parks.

 

 

330px-Thailand_Maha_Sarakham_locator_map.svgHow to get to Maha Sarakham

By road: From Bangkok to Maha Sarakham, the route is approx. 475 kilometres. By bus: State-owned Transport Co, operates many buses and air-conditioning coaches between Bangkok and Maha Sarakham. For more information, call North Eastern Bus Terminal: 0-2936-2852-66.

Train or plane: Travel to Khon Kaen then take local buses to Maha Sarakham, 72 kilometres away.

 

Bun Boek Fa Fair and Red Cross Fair

 

Bun Boek Fa Fair and Red Cross Fair (งานบุญเบิกฟ้าและกาชาด)

Is held annually on the third lunar day of February (3rd February 2016) to celebrate the end of the harvest season, the fair is a vibrant, fun filled event, designed to show-case and conserve the unique cultural heritage of Isan. During the festivities there is a large and colourful parade to honour the goddess of rice Mae Pho sop with a mass of decorated floats and people wearing many different Isan traditional dress.
There are also a number of ceremonial events including the spiritual ‘Baisee’ ceremony. (It is believed the observance of Baisee was prevalent in Thailand even before Buddhism) and the equally ancient protective ritual of Baisi Su Khwan

 

Bun Boek Fa Fair and Red Cross FairFair goers can also expect to enjoy various Isan cultural performances in both dance and music along with the opportunity to buy locally hand made products such as silk, mat-mi cloth, khit cloth, khit pillow and not forgetting the chance to taste authentic Isan food.

 

 

Bun Boek Fa Fair and Red Cross Fair

 

 

 

 

With luck while in Isan you may well take part or witness a traditional Isan Welcome of ‘Bai Sri Soo Kwan’. This is where white or coloured strings are tied around the wrists of the honoured guest. Traditionally the string is tied on the right hand for women and the left hand for men. It is hoped this will bring good luck and protection to the person and that mishap will not befall them.

 Phra That Na Dun Festival

At the same time as the above fair and just 65 kilometres from the city of Maha Sarakham is the Phra That Na Dun Festival(งานนมัสการพระธาตุนาดูน) the event is a weeklong Buddhist celebration held at Phra That Dun also known as the Buddhist Park of Isan. Activities include giving alms to the monks, vipassana practice (the foundation of all Buddhist meditations), dhamma lecture (the truth taught by Buddha), along with other spiritual events.

Bun Boek Fa Fair and Red Cross FairThe area is one of special historical importance, with many artefacts being uncovered which have shone light on the ancient city of Champa Si and its links with theChampa people. The most important find is that of the stupa (chedi) dating from the Mon Kingdom of Dvaravati, once believed to contain gold, silver and bronze caskets housing the holy relics of Lord Buddha. While the festival is not on the grand scale of Makha Puja Day the event is a time of peace and thoughtful meditation.

To get there from Maha Sarakham, take a local taxi the distance is 65 kilometres and the cost is from 500-600 baht.

 

Whether you preference is the abundance of colour smells and sounds that is the Bun Boek Fa Fair or you want to immerse yourself in the more sedate and tranquil Phra That Na Dun Festival, the choice is yours, one thing is for sure the memories of the time you spend in this unique part of Thailand will live with you for a life time.

 

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Bun Boek Fa Fair and Red Cross Fair

The goddess of rice Mae Pho sop

Bun Boek Fa Fair and Red Cross Fair

Local crafts on Isan

Local crafts on Isan

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