Rayong Fruit Festival 2018 returns 1-5 June, but fruit buffets at orchards are now open

The fruit season is here once again, in between the summer and rainy seasons in Thailand (May to July), and one of the best places to taste the freshest and best of Thai fruits is in Rayong province.

Situated in Thailand’s Eastern Region, Rayong is famous for its agricultural products and this year’s annual “Rayong Fruit Festival 2018” is scheduled to take place at Ta Phong Fruit Central Market from 1 – 5 June.

The event aims to promote and at the same time improve the quality of fruits and vegetables in Rayong, while also supporting the people and farmers of Rayong and tourism to the province.

Yet even before this festival begins, there are delicious open fruit buffets held at many orchards around Rayong. These are at such orchards as: 

Suan Yai Da
The fruit buffet here runs from 13 April until the end of July or until stocks run out. Open daily from 08.00 – 17.00 Hrs., visitors can eat for an unlimited time, with fruits on offer including Durian, Rambutan and Mangosteen. Located in Tapong Sub-district, Muang District, Rayong.

Suan Lung Thongbai
This fruit buffet also includes special menu Durian ice-cream and is open from 13 April until the end of July, or until stocks are out, from 08.00 – 17.00 Hrs. Located in Tapong Sub-district, Muang District, Rayong.

Suan Lung Prasert
This orchard’s fruit buffet runs from 26 April to the end of July, or until stocks are finished, from 09.00 – 16.00 Hrs. Many types of Durian can be enjoyed, including Monthong durian, Chanee durian, Kan Yao Durian and Nok Krajib Durian as well as other fruits. There is a limit of 300 visitors per day. Located in Tapong Sub-district, Muang District, Rayong.

Suan Lamai
Visitors can take a tram to sightsee around the orchard and taste such fruits as Durian and Rambutan and also Thai desserts and somtam papaya salad. There’s also a sheep farm and coffee shop. The open buffet season is from 27 April to 15 June, from 08.00 – 17.00 Hrs. Located in Pa Yup Nai Sub-district, Wang Chan District, Rayong.

Suphattra Land
This orchard grows 25 types of fruit over an area of 800 rai. Visitors are welcome every day of the year, as the fruit harvesting is carried out year round. Daily opening hours are 08.00 – 17.00 Hrs. Located in Nonglalok Sub-district, Ban Khai District, Rayong.

Suan Sangdad
A smaller orchard but offering a warm welcome to all, and with a fruit buffet and special menu Durian and Sweet Sticky Rice to enjoy. Selfie-lovers will love the flower garden. This orchard’s fruit season is open from 28 April to the end of June from 08.00 – 17.00 Hrs. or until stocks run out. Located in Tapong Sub-district, Muang District, Rayong.

Suan Phooyai Sawet
The fruit buffet here is open from 1 May until the middle of June, or until stocks run out, from 08.00 – 17.00 Hrs. Among the fruits available are Durian, Mangosteen, Langsat and Snake Fruit and there’s also Thai food such as Thai rice vermicelli served with curry. Located in Tapong Sub-district, Muang District, Rayong.

Suan Lamduan
This orchard has an abundance of Durian including Monthong durian, Chanee durian and Monthong mixed Chanee durian which is its newest product. There is also a Rayong local product shop. The open buffet season here is from 1 May to the end of July, or until stocks are out, from 08.00 – 16.00 Hrs. Located in Tapong Sub-district, Muang District, Rayong.

Suan Chorfha
The fruit buffet here includes Durian, Mangosteen, Rambutan, Langsat and fruits of all seasons, while there is also somtam papaya salad, fried chicken, Thai dessert and shaved ice to enjoy. This is open from 1 May until the end of July or until stocks run out, from 09.00 – 16.00 Hrs. Located in Sam Nak Thong Sub-district, Muang District, Rayong.

Suan Prasomsarp

The five types of fruit to indulge in here are Durian, Salacca, Mangosteen, Rambutan and Langsat. In addition, there are also the five dishes of tom yum, fish dishes with chili or topped with fish sauce, a variety of chili dip with fresh vegetables, curry pork and Thai omelette. Opening hours are from 08.00 – 17.00 Hrs. from 1 May until the end of July or until stock are out. Located in Ban Khai District, Rayong. 

Suan Khun Maprang
Here visitors can sightsee around the orchard and enjoy the fruit buffet that includes Durian, Mangosteen, Rambutan and Salacca. There’s also somtam papaya salad, and sweeten sticky rice with coconut milko served. Opening hours are from 08.00 – 17.00 Hrs. from 1 May to the end of July, or until stocks run out. Located in Tapong Sub-district, Muang District, Rayong.

Suan Lung Ying
The fruit buffet here serves Durian, Mangosteen, and Langsat, and there’s also somtam papaya salad, and Thai rice vermicelli with curry. Its open from 1 May to the end of July, or until stocks are out. Located in Tapong Sub-district, Muang District, Rayong.

Suan Pa-nun
The fruit, Thai food and dessert buffet is open from 12 May until the end of July, or until stocks run out, from 08.00 – 17.00 Hrs. Located in Tapong Sub-district, Muang District, Rayong.

The Festival of Fruits and Local Products of Ko Chang 2018

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The annual Festival of Fruits and Local Products of Ko Chang 2018 is scheduled to take place from 27 April to 1 May on Ko Chang in Thailand’s Eastern Province of Trat.

Ko Chang

Ko Chang is Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket, and so its land area is large and the beach is beautiful, making it a popular destination among Thai and foreign tourists. As well as tourism and fishery, fruit farming is one of the island’s sustainable sources of income.

The Festival is organised to promote Ko Chang’s famous durian which has its own unique salty taste unlike anywhere else. Known as ‘Ko Chang’s Durian’, the fruit contains iodine substance, according to laboratory’s test results.

Ko Chang Fruit Festival 2018

The five-day festival offers the opportunity for locals and visitors to savour the delicious Ko Chang’s Durian at special price. There will be a QR code for buyers to scan for details about the durian orchard. There’re also many other fruits on sale including rambutan, mangosteen, pomelo, coconut, as well as agricultural and seafood products.

The event takes place daily from 09.00 – 16.00 Hrs.

For more information, contact:
TAT Trat Office
Tel. +66 (0) 3959 7259-60
E-mail: [email protected]

Ko Phangan Colourmoon Festival 2018 showcases ‘Melody of Life’ extravaganza

Ko Phangan Colourmoon FestivalThe annual ‘Ko Phangan Colourmoon Festival 2018’ will be held from 23 to 27 April at the HMS Phangan Memorial Museum near the island’s Thong Sala Pier.

Under the theme, ‘Melody of Life’, the event is aimed at showcasing the variety of music genres, ranging from Reggae, Jazz, Disco, Electronic dance to local folk music that can be found and enjoyed on Ko Phangan while enhancing awareness of the unique local way of life on the island.

The five-day festival will feature a range of fun and meaningful activities on over 1,000-square-metre of event space, including various displays on the island’s local way of life and travel and hospitality booths, as well as an exhibition on the history of Ko Phangan in the shipboard museum.

This year, the festival’s contests and competitions will take local and international visitors to the next level of extravaganza experiences. Be prepared to be amazed by beautiful photographs that tell the story of Ko Phangan, the most creative body paint designs, the innovative fashion designs, and many more. In line with this year’s theme, a new highlight – an ecstatic dance will be held alongside competitions for DJ Mix, Thai folk song singing, and even beautiful melody by songbirds.

Moreover, there’ll be an international fishing game, a competition to find the ‘Best Thai Southern Chef’, a Surat Thani’s local food fair, and a local fair selling indigenous Thai products.

Ko Phangan Colourmoon Festival 2018 is jointly organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Ko Phangan Hotels Association, Surat Thani Provincial Administration Organisation, Suratthani Province Office of Tourism and Sport, Provincial Community Development Office of Surat Thani, and partners from the public and private sector as well as the local people of Ko Phangan.

For more information, please contact:
TAT Surat Thani Office
Tel. +66 (0) 7728 8817-9
Email: [email protected]

King Rama X’s Grand Songkran Celebration from 6 to 8 April 2018

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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun is graciously initiating the organisation of a Songkran celebration to be held at the Royal Plaza on the grounds of Dusit Palace, Sanam Suea Pa, from 6 to 8 April 2018 between 14.00 to 21.00 hrs. daily.

King Rama X’s Grand Songkran Celebration from 6 to 8 April 2018

The event begins 6 April with a religious ceremony performed by 239 Buddhist monks in tribute to previous Kings and to HM the Queen Sirikit. Members of the public and overseas visitors are welcome to take part in the rites, with all participants receiving prayer books as souvenirs.

Visitors are invited to participate in the bathing rite, or Song Nam Phra, on a Buddha image cast to mark King Rama X’s ordination as a Buddhist monk in 1978. There will also be a dedicated section where visitors can pour lustral waters (Rot Nam Dam Hua) as an act of paying respect to elders. This revered Songkran tradition passed down through generations and still honoured today, done by gently dripped scented water over their hands.

The three-day event will also feature an exhibition on traditional Songkran activities plus a myriad of cultural performances, folk games and traditional craft demonstrations. Of course, Thai gastronomy will be on prominent display with a rare selection Thai dishes, desserts, snacks and other traditional delicacies for sale with proceeds going to local charities.

The public is encouraged to dress in traditional Thai period costume, wear Thai clothing or polite smart casual attire. Water guns and baby powder pasting are discouraged.

TAT promotes nationwide Songkran 2018 celebration in Thailand’s major and emerging destinations

Bangkok, 30 March, 2018 The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Amazing Thailand’s ‘Open to the New Shades’ marketing concept is at the heart of its ‘Grand Songkran Celebrations’ in Bangkok and 12 major tourist destinations around the Kingdom.

TAT promotes nationwide Songkran 2018

These include festivities in Samut Prakan, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri, Chon Buri, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Khai, Khon Kaen, Phuket, and Songkhla with event dates varying, with some starting as early as 7 April and running until 20 April.

In addition, TAT is also supporting the Amazing Songkran 2018 events in five emerging secondary destinations known for unique traditions in celebrating the Thai New Year: Sing Buri, Chanthaburi, Kamphaeng Phet, Kalasin, and Nakhon Si Thammarat. Dates also vary between 11 and 17 April.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “Songkran is one of Thailand’s most important festivals. It is a time when families celebrate with centuries-old traditions, returning to their family homes for three to five days of making merit and water splashing ceremonies, which invokes sins being washed away with scented water.

“The main activity is pouring this scented water on sacred Buddha images of local temples in a ritual called Song Nam Phra. Lustral water used to clean Buddhist statues has been regarded as a form of spiritual cleansing since ancient times. It is collected and then gently dripped over the hands of senior family members for luck in a ritual called Rot Nam Dam Hua.”

At the five emerging secondary destinations, locals and visitors can ‘Open to the New Shades’ and celebrate the Amazing Songkran 2018 Festival with nostalgic time-honoured rituals.

In Sing Buri, the celebration is centred around the ancient Ban Bang Rachan, an important settlement during the Ayutthaya period. Chanthaburi’s Wat Tapon Noi and Wat Kwien Hak annually hold a unique procession of decorated ox-carts parading sacred cloth of the Buddha to warn off bad luck.

In Kamphaeng Phet, where retro-traditions for Songkran are held along the Ping River, there is another Buddha image wrapping procession. The Phrae Wa silk city and dinosaur excavation sites in Kalasin are prominently featured as its two time-honoured symbols of the Songkran tradition.

In Nakhon Si Thammarat, the religious element of the celebrations takes on a distinctly Hindu feel, with Brahmin ceremonies and rituals as well as the must-attend Nang Dan parade.

During 12-16 April, 2018, TAT expects tourism spending from foreign and Thai travellers to amount to 19.8 billion Baht, up 18 per cent over the same period last year. Of the total, 9.4 billion Baht will be spent by an expected number of 530,000 foreign tourists, representing an increase of 21 per cent and 13 per cent, respectively. Meanwhile, domestic tourism spending is estimated at 10.44 billion Baht (up 15 per cent) from Thai travellers making about 3 million trips (up 12 per cent).

For more details of Songkran activities in various locations throughout Thailand, please call the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or visit the TAT Contact Centre website.

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