Festival (13-15 Apr)
traditional Thai New Year, joyfully celebrated throughout the country with rituals
of merit making, cleaning houses, honouring elders, parades of dancers and music
troupes, and boat races. What makes the festival most interesting is water splashing,
an amusing way to make you cool in the hot season. It is celebrated in a grand
way in Chiang Mai and at Phra Pradaeng near Bangkok.
( around the 2nd weekend of May)
"ngan bun bang fai" in Thai, it is a unique festival of the Northeast,
most elaborately celebrated in Yasothon province. Bamboo rockets are launched
as an annual plea to gods for plenty of rainfall in the rainy season The festival
also includes sacrificial rites, a colourful procession of country folk dances
and a beauty contest.
(around 29 Sept - 7 Oct)
of Chinese origin in Phuket and Trang provinces make merit by abstaining from
food and oil from animals, holding processions of god statues along the streets
and observing traditional magical rites as a sacrifice to their gods.
Loy Krathong or Festival of Light (11 Nov, the full-moon day)
romantic night festival, people gather at the waterside to float krathongs, lotus-shaped
vessels lovely decorated with flowers and lit candles, as a thanksgiving and worship
to the Goddess of Water. Magnificent celebrations are held in Sukhothai and Chiang
Round-up (18-19 Nov)
a northeastern province, is famous of its greatest number of elephants and its
world-famous elephant round-up. The show features elephant football, elephant
race and hunt. Elephants in ancient battle and demonstrations of their strength
River Kwai Bridge Week (26 Nov - 7 Dec)
in Kanchanaburi province to commemorate the horrible ordeal suffered in the construction
of the Death Railway to be used by the Japanese army as a route of supply from
Thailand to Burma in World War II. The festival features a historical exhibition,
fun fair, bazaar and exciting light & sound presentation.
Biggest & Best
biggest gold Buddha image
Sukhothai Traimit or the Gold Buddha of Wat Traimit, Bangkok. Cast in 5 ? tons
of solid gold in the Sukhothai style, this statue measures 3.10 m across the laps
and 3.91 m high from base to top, and is the largest gold Buddhist stature in
the world. It is estimated to be 700-800 years old but had been mistaken for an
ordinary stucco image until May 1955.
The highest mountain
Inthanon is one of the most frequently visited national parks of Thailand. A 47-km
first class road leads from the plain of Chiang Mai (about 300 m above sea level)
gradually up to the 2,565-metre summit.
most precious Buddha image
Kaeo Morakot" or the Emerald Buddha, which almost all foreign visitors to
Bangkok have seen or will see at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is held by
the Thai people as a priceless national treasure, much more valuable than even
the solid gold statue mentioned above. It was carved from a single block of fine
jade across the taps and 66 cm. Sitting posture, it was 48.3 cm wide across the
laps and 66 cm. High from base to top.
tallest Buddhist pagoda
Pathom Chedi, in the heart of the provincial town of Nakhon Pathom, 56 km west
of Bangkok, is 120.45 m high and is the tallest Buddhist monument of the world.
The original stupa was built many centuries ago and was rebuilt to its present
height in 1853 by King Rama IV, who had been in the Buddhist monkhood for 27 years
before ascending the throne.
province with the biggest elephant population
in the Northest bordering Cambodia is known as the home of elephants. They are
reared by local farmers as domestic animals like cattle. The annual Elephant Round-up,
a well known event in the tourist circles, is held in Surin at the third weekend
The largest crocodile
6 m long and a hybrid from a fresh-water crocodile and a saltwater one, it is
kept in Samutprakarn Crocodele Farm, The biggest of its kind in the world. The
reptile is 27 years old and weighs 1,114.27 kg.