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Bearing Fruits in Thailand

Growing up in Canada, fruit played a very peripheral part in our diets and lives. Sure, there were oranges from Florida, apples from Washington, California grapes, and tangerines from British Columbia's Okanagan Valley; but for the most part, desserts were limited to canned and very syrupy slices of peaches and pineapples, and even the very name makes me want to wretch rhubarb. read more »

Sakhon Nakhon Wax Castle Procession & Royal Trophy Long-Boat Races

To mark the end of Buddhist Lent or 'Ok Pansa', communities in Northeastern Thailand or 'I-San' stage an annual celebration consisting of a grand procession of meticulously-carved wax castles, long-boat races and festive celebrations. On the final day of the festival, which falls on the end of the Buddhist Lent, local residents make a trip to the temples to make merit. read more »

Illuminated Boat Procession

As night falls, majestic 'fire boats', elaborately-adorned with flowers, incense sticks, candles and lanterns and each bearing an assortment of ritual offerings, are set alight and floated down the Mekong River. Against the darkness of the moonlit night, the sight of flickering light from candles and lanterns on magnificent 'fire boats' drifting downstream on the Mekong River, is both mesmerising and awe-inspiring. read more »

Phichit Boat Race

Event Highlights Traditional long-boat races A total of 40 traditional long boats will be participating in this year's traditional long-boat races divided into four categories. Traditional long-boat races with 41-55 paddlers Traditional long-boat races with 31-40 paddlers Traditional long-boat races with fewer than 30 paddler read more »

Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival

In a country where agriculture and farming sustains the livelihood of over 70 per cent of the population, the festivals and ceremonies associated with a bountiful harvest are central elements of the way of life in the rural communities. Agricultural productivity and abundance are the principle objectives of both the royal as well as the folk traditions. read more »

The Nine Wonders of Wat Pho

Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimonmangklaraam Rajwaramahaviharn, a first grade royal monastery which was regarded as being the most important one during the reign of King Rama I of the illustrious Chakri dynasty, is more widely known to visitors as "Wat Pho". The 9 Wonders of Wat Pho, a newly-launched mini-light-and-sound multimedia presentation, helps visitors gain a better understanding and deeper appreciation of the centuries-old cultural heritage, traditional Thai values and beliefs, folk knowledge and way of life encapsulated by this historic landmark. read more »

Wimaya Nattakan Light & Sound Show

Nakhon Ratchasima province, the largest province in Thailand and gateway to the other provinces in the Northeast, enjoys a long history of prosperity. Heralded as "the city of brave women", Nakhon Ratchasima is blessed with a rich legacy of ancient awe-inspiring Khmer archaeological treasures, majestic historical sites, and charming traditions. The province is also famous for its silk and Khorat noodles. read more »