Spectacular city-parade of floral floats, with performances at Nong Buac Hat Park and eco-adventure discovery of the area and the ethnic hilltribes of Northern Thailand .
Songkran is a widespread celebration in all Thailand , at the occasion of the New Lunar Calendar Year. The Bouddha's images are bathed; monks and old people receive outings of respect from the youngsters by means of water aspersions on the hands. Joining the general fun, everybody throws water on everything that is moving ! Songkran is also the opportunity of freeing oneself from frustrations and, in a more literal sense, of keeping oneself cool during the warm weather.
Buddhist ceremony finding its roots in the thousand years old Shan tradition. Around twenty young boys, aged 8 to 12 , will be the performers of this highly unusual three-days long celebration before entering their monkhood for a period of three months.
This festival commemorates a Buddhist legend according to which spirits would have appeared to the future Buddha upon his return home, during his second to last life. For two days, Loei inhabitants disguise in ghosts and wander in this small city throughout processions and religious celebrations.
The most important Buddhist celebration in Thailand , at the 3 months-long Buddhist Lent. It is also the time when young people enter the monastery. And it will be an opportunity to attend a monk's ordination.
Native Chinese of Phuket and Trang take on a strict vegan diet for a nine days long period, in an effort to purify their body and mind. Various daily ceremonies take place in the Chinese temples, as well as processions, spectacular demonstrations of resistance to physical suffering… Firewalking, body piercing by swords, knifes or sharp objects etc… are expressions of meritmaking.
On full moon night, small lotus shaped baskets or small banana-leaf rafts adorned with flowers, incense, candles and a money coin, are put to water on rivers, lakes, canals and the sea. It is a typical Thai celebration, with its origins supposed to go back to the Sukhothai era. In the North, it is called Yi Peng and the celebration also holds in a balloon release. In Sukhothai, it is also the occasion of an impressing Sound and Light show in the historical park.
The region of Surin, at the East of Thailand, borders Cambodia and contains several Khmer ruins from the XIth and XIIth centuries. The only other point of interest besides the ruins is the annual elephants gathering in Surin, with all kinds of festivities and attracting many Thai tourists to the spot.
The River Kwai festival takes place every year in Kanchanaburi province and commemorates the bombing campaign launched by the Allied Forces in 1943, with the destruction of the (infamous) railway that was supposed to connect Bangkok to Rangoon in Birma. At this occasion, an impressing Sound and Light show is presented on the Bridge on the River Kwai. The visit of the area is completed by eco-adventure activities, such as an elephant trekking, a river descent on a bamboo raft (a fun for everybody) and much more…
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