Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Illuminated Boat Procession

Date : 29 September – 15 Octorber 2009
Venue : Mekong River, Mueang District, Nakhon Phanom

This festival was originally aimed at payings respect to the Lord Buddha. Then the competition of the illuminated boat processions was organised to add colour to the event. An invitation is delivered to the public and private sectors, including temples,to participate in the competition. The illuminated boats lined up in the middle of the Mekong River create an impressive scene for viewers.
Contact :
- TAT Nakhon Phanom, Tel. : 66 (0) 4251 3490-1
- Nakhon Phanom Provincial Administration Office,
Tel. : 66 (0) 4251 1287, 66 (0) 4251 1574
Website : www.tourismthailand.org
E-mail : tatphnom@tat.or.th
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Bathing Buddha Ceremony

Date : 17 - 21 September 2009
Venue : Phetchabun City Hall, in front of Traipoom Temple and Botchanamarn Temple
A Bathing Buddha, or Um Phra Dam Nam ceremony, is held during September each year. It is a traditional religious and well known ritual held annually in Phetchabun.

Buddha statue, called Phra Buddha Mahadhamaracha cast in the ornamental Lop Buri style, was found in the Pasak River by a group of farmers four hundred years ago and it was then taken to be housed in Wat Trai Phum. According to a legend, the Buddha statue was disappeared twice from the temple and was later found in water.

The ceremony starts at 1 p.m. The Buddha statue is carried around town and put under a tent in Wat Trai Phum, so buddhists can pay respect to the image and stick gold leaf on the body of the Buddha statue. In the evening, prayers are chanted. At night, there are various kinds of entertainment. The next morning, people make merit as it is Sat Thai Day. Foods, including Krayasat and other necessities are given to 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 and traditional dances are 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 the boat racing begins.

For More Information Please contact :

Phetchabun’s Public Relations Center, Tel. +66 (0) 5672 1733
TAT Phitsanulok Office, Tel. +66 (0) 5525 2742-3
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Thailand International Swan Boat Races 2009

Date : 18 - 20 September 2009
Venue : On the Chao Phraya River, in front of the Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre,
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Event :
Enjoy the boat races and activities
Live broadcast via
www.tourismthailand.org
International Swan Boat Race (22 paddlers)
Traditional Thai Long Boat Races (30 and 55 paddlers)
Purchase the Thai handicrafts and souvenirs.
Make a big splash with tourists and visitors alike.

Contact:
- Events Planning Division, Tourism Authority of Thailand,
Tel. : 66 (0) 2250 5500 Ext : 3475-77
- TAT CALL CENTER 1672
- TAT Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,
Tel : 66 (0) 3524 6076-7
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The 10th Lunar Month Making Merit

Date : 5 - 19 September 2009
Venue : Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan and Suan Somdej Phra Sinagarindra 84
(Thung Tha Lat Park), Amphoe Mueang, Nakhon Si Thammarat

Features a large and splendorous event of Nakhon Si Thammarat, experience the spectacular procession from Sanam Na Mueang to Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan. Purchase various local products on sale and enjoy various forms of entertainment.

For further information, please contact:
TAT Nakhon Si Thammarat Office Tel. 66 (0) 7534 6515-6

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Amazing Thailand Adventure Race Series

“After the tremendous success of the other races of the Series in Kanchanaburi, Nong Chok and Chiang Mai, it was important to have a competition in the South” explains Serge Henkens, the Race Director and managing director of Active Management Asia.

20% of the sponsor’s donations will go to environment friendly initiatives brought by “The Green Island Project”, a local green association.

“Despite 10 years of unbelievable development, we wanted to show that the Island has a lot to offer and is still a paradise destination”continues Henkens. “Well-known for its magnificent beaches, Samui also offers fantastic opportunities for Adventure and Great Outdoor lovers. The Island has all the ingredients for a memorable race: the blue ocean, forests, mountains, water falls, sandy beaches and a very rich fauna and flora. The perfect recipe for great Adventure Racing” concludes Henkens.

The Koh Samui Trophy will offer 4 disciplines: Running, Cycling, Kayaking and Swimming.
The competitors will hike and run through unspoiled jungle, paddle and swim on the turquoise waters of the gulf of Thailand and cycle over the hills with spectacular views on the ocean.

The Race offers 2 divisions:
 Adventure (Short course for newcomers and W.E. warriors)
 Extreme (Long course for confirmed athletes and experienced Racers)

Disciplines: Running, Kayaking, Biking, Swimming and other mystery tests
Teams of 2 racers
Categories will be: Men, Women, Mixed, Masters Men (over 80 years combined) and Seniors Men (over 100 years combined)

About IBIS:
Ibis, the worldwide economy hotel brand of the Accor group, offers consistent quality accommodation and services in all its hotels, for the best local value.
Ibis Samui is the 4th Ibis hotel opened in Thailand after ibis Phuket Patong, Ibis Pattaya and Ibis Bangkok Sathorn.
Ibis is also reinforcing its presence this year in Bangkok with the Ibis Bangkok Nana, opened in March and Ibis Phuket Kata opening end of the year.

About Active Management Asia
Adventure racing is a new sport that has exploded in popularity across Asia and Thailand. Active Management Asia is leading that growth in Thailand with its highly popular Amazing Adventure Race Series.
Now in its third year of operation, Active Management Asia has established an international reputation
for solid logistics and challenging race courses. These non-stop races, ranging in length from 4-8
hours, require teams to run, trek, mountain bike and paddle, while navigating a course through the wilderness.
Likened to an expedition with a stopwatch, adventure racing requires teamwork, perseverance, strategy and determination.

For more information:
Active Management Asia Co., Ltd
Khun Ying (Thai-English)
Tel: 02 7189581-2
Fax: 02 7189583
Email: info@active-asia.com
Website: www.kohsamuitrophy.com www.active-asia.com

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The 11th Annual Central International Watch Fair 2009

Mesmerizing Southeast Asia
A watch lover's dream... tempting offers and newest timepiece innovations

  • Explore this more than 5 Billion Baht galaxy of watch collections from over 180 brands
  • See the latest watch collections and limited-edition masterpiece models, plus exclusive, only at Central new-brand debuts
  • Get more from your investment in time with these irresistible offers :
    10 - 50% off, 0% interest installments and valuable gifts from Central, plus exciting additional surprise offers waiting for you!

25 Aug - 27 Sep 09

Venue : The Event Hall, 3rd fl, Central Chidlom and The Watches Dept., every Central store
Remark : See more terms and conditions at sales counters.

For more information, please contact Public Relations Department, Central Chidlom
Tel : 0 2793 7420 or visit : www.central.co.th

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Golf bargains galore

Tee of time at the annual Hua Hin/Cha-am Golf Festival.

It could be tagged the best golf offer in Asia and it is perfect timing as the bargains on the greens are now matched by superb discounts offered on air travel and accommodation.

Hua Hin and Cha-am, twin resorts on the west side of the Gulf of Thailand, annually host the Hua Hin/Cha-am Golf Festival that runs throughout August and September.

For golf enthusiasts it is pure magic. The option of playing eight competition level golf courses all within easy reach of the two resorts, at incredibly low green fees, is undeniably an offer too good to refuse.

Tourism Authority of Thailand’s offices in Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces, in co-operation with the Phetchaburi- Prachuap Khiri Khan Golf Course Association, host the annual event to support tourism and promote golfing, a valuable niche market that helps the resorts to generate substantial business during the traditional low-season.

Over the last three years, the festival has been fine-tuned to the point it is now recognised as a premier event for Asia’s golfing community.

The promotional offers include the opportunity to play golf at any of the eight selected golf courses, throughout August and September, for only Bt800 — without doubt the lowest green fees of the year.

The exception is Springfield Golf Course, which will increase its green fee for September.

There are also invitations to compete in organised tournaments every Sunday for just Bt1,200 (includes caddy fee and dinner), with lots of lucky prizes. The player achieving a hole-in-one at designated holes will win a car on the last day of the festival.

There are also prizes presented for the 'longest drive' contests and an opportunity to shop for specially-discounted golf products with 10 to 30% reduction on Pro Shop prices at all courses.

Of course, specialised golf travel firms are keen to tap the potential of this popular festival by offering “Golf Lovers” packages at the “heavenly seaside resorts of Hua Hin and Cha-am”. The prices range from approximately Bt11,000 for two nights’ accommodation, two rounds of golf and transfers. A five-night stay with four rounds of golf sells for around Bt19,000. Trips can be confirmed and paid for online.

The following eight golf courses are participating in the festival :

Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin
Tel +66 (0) 3261 6200
Fax +66 (0) 3261 6222
Email: Stacey@banyanestatehuahin.com

Imperial Lake View Hotel and Golf Club
Tel: +66 (0) 3245 6233 - 40
Fax: +66 (0) 3245 6244
E-mail: lakeview@imperialhotels.com

Springfield Village Golf and Spa
Tel: +66 (0) 3270 9222
Fax: +66 (0) 3270 9233
E-mail: playgolf@springfieldresort.com

Majestic Creek Golf and Resort
Tel: +66 (0) 3261 9168 - 70, (081) 942 3619
Fax: +66 (0) 3260 2784

Sawang Resort and Golf Club
Tel: +66 (0) 3256 2555 - 7
Fax: +66 (0) 3256 2558

Palm Hills Golf Resort and Country club
Tel: +66 (0) 3244 2460 - 1, (0) 3252 0801 - 9
Fax: +66 (0) 3244 2463
E-mail: sales_huahin@palmhills-golf.com

Kaeng Krachan Golf and Country Club
Tel: +66 (0) 3242 2145
Fax: +66 (0) 3242 2146
E-mail: info@kkcgolf.com

Royal Hua Hin Golf Golf Course
Tel: +66 (0) 3251 2475, (0) 3253 1070
Fax: +66 (0) 3251 3038
E-mail: royal_golf@hotmail.com

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All and about food and grog

Pattaya food and hoteliers fair gets underway, 27 to 29 August.

If you have ever wondered where Thailand’s finest restaurants and hotels gain inspiration and new ideas, you might like to pop by one of the country’s most extensive food and beverage fairs, hosted in Pattaya, 27 to 29 August.

While the event clearly targets the hospitality and food trade, it has plenty to offer a discerning food lover, or critic, who likes to peep behind the scenes to see how the trade functions.

The third annual Pattaya Food & Hoteliers Expo, 2009, is arguably the largest food trade fair to blossom on the eastern seaboard. Hosted at the five-star hotel, Royal Cliff Beach Resort, it attracts suppliers of every possible item required to create mouth-watering dishes and drink concoctions.

It’s just the ticket for budding TV show chefs, or avid hobby cooks, who spend hours sourcing the latest gadgets, or menus, to try out in their kitchens.

At the expo you can mingle with hotel chefs and professionals as they study the newest equipment and compete for accolades and awards.

The fair is organised by Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya Office, Pattaya City, Food and Drinks Managing Association of the East, Pattaya Chefs Association, coastal provinces along the eastern seaboard and the Housewives Association of the East. The objective is to act as a platform for both buyers and sellers to network and do business.

Trade participants are mainly owners of hotels and resorts in and around Pattaya, senior and mid-management, purchasing personnel, chefs, cooks and food and beverage managers.

But local residents, tourists, and students, who are interested in hospitality and food production, will also find the show rewarding. They can enter the show as a day visitors free of charge.

The fair highlights undoubtedly the food and beverage competitions that summon chefs and bartenders to pitch their skills to win a variety of awards and prizes.

Of course, the organisers say the event will help to upgrade the skills of cooks, chefs and bartenders through these competitions, while testing the standard of their professional services.

But for the rest of us we are there to enjoy the competitions and watch contestants create fancy dishes and drinks that represent the very best in international cuisine.

We might also be able to taste a winning dish, or two, if we are not too fascinated by the endless displays of kitchenware, food and beverage gadgets and IT technology; just about everything under the sun that makes the hospitality industry tick.

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