FESTIVALS OF THAILAND
FESTIVALS OF THAILAND
Asia loves a festival, and the festivals of Thailand would go down as some of the most colorful and fun loving. Here are some festivals that you might want to coincide your visit with.
APRIL 13 - 15: THE SONGKRAN FESTIVAL.
the time of the traditional Thai New Year and is an occasion for merrymaking
all over Bangkok and other parts of the country. It's a time also for
many religious ceremonies and public festivities. If you are out on the
streets you are likely to get a plastic bag filled with water thrown at
you, it's the middle of the hot season so it's a lot of fun, remember
to dress casual.If you are staying in Bangkok head down to Sanam Luang,
fronting the Grand Palace, where the revered Phra Buddha Sihing image
is displayed and bathed by devotees, Or check out Winsutkasat, They hold
The Miss Songkran beauty contest there, there is a lot of other entertainment
and fun to be had as well including the water throwing.
OCTOBER: VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL.
years ago Chinese came to the area of Phuket to work in the tin mines.In
1825 a chinese theatre troupe came to Phuket to perform for the Chinese
tin miners. They all fell ill and it was believed to be caused by a failure
to pay due respects to the nine Emperors Gods of Taoism. They adopted
a strict vegetarian diet to appease their deities. The chinese community
there have adopted this and every year they restrict themselves to a vegetarian
diet for 9 days. The festivalt has many processions, temple offerings
and cultural performances and ends with walking on hot coal, climbing
knife-blade ladders, self-piercing the skin and so on.
OCTOBER: THE KATHIN PERIOD BOAT RACES.
FULL MOON NOVEMBER: LOI KRATHONG.
Under the full moon of november the rivers of Thailand become awash with lotus-shaped banana leaf boats called Krathongs. A lit candle, incense, a flower and a coin is placed into the Krathong and set upon the waters to honour the water spirits and to cleanse oneself of the past years sins.
THIRD WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER: THE ELEPHANT ROUND UP FESTIVAL.
Surin in northeast Thailand. Medieval war elephant parade re-enactment
coupled with elephant hunts, folk dances and cultural performances. The
elephants show their strength and gentleness in a display that is truly
Thailand and France are comparable in size about 198,475 sq. miles and is about 12 hours by plane from England. It lies in the heart of South East Asia. The north is mountainous and heavily forested and relatively undeveloped, the north east has is large plateau country and it covers around a third of the country while the south is where the development has taken hold along the long stretches of beach in the Gulf of Thailand.
The water quality varies
greatly in Thailand. If you intend to stay in the more upmarket hotel style
accomodation then the water is most likely fine. However as a general rule,
it's best to only drink and brush your teeth with bought sealed bottled water.
The hotel can advise wether or not their water is ok for you to drink. If in
doubt boil it, or drink tea or coffee. Be careful adding ice to your drinks
and never eat raw foods and vegetables. When surfing in Thailand around the
larger towns be careful not to take too much saltwater in your mouth. Some places
can be polluted at times from sewerage and other water contaminents.
Remember to bring your medications
you may need with you.Though you can get most things but sometimes the quality
may be a bit suspect. Make sure you are well insured before you depart in the
event of an emergency. Many insurance providers offer emergency evacuation cover
in case of a serious illness.
AIDS is a serious problem and has had a major impact on the Thai population. It is estimated that Thailand has between 200,000 and 400,000 HIV carriers. Chiang Rai Province in the north may have an infection rate as high as 15%, so take precautions or abstain from high risk activities. This is one souvenir that you don't want to take home. If you are engaging in surfing in Thailand or other possible risky sports check with your insurer for coverage of your surf boards or other equiptment you may be carrying.
Recommended Vaccinations for Thailand include
Thailand has a tropical climate, it has an average rainfall of 60 inches annually with an average temperature of around 82°F although this varies considerably because of geographical variation.