The 10th Kathu Cultural Street Festival will take place in Kathu from 27 to 29 July 2018 on Wichit Songkhram Road. It showcases the cultural heritage and vibrate legacy of one of Phuket’s oldest communities.
The event plays an important role in preserving Kathu’s culture and traditions, as well as to encourage residents and tourists to learn more about the area, its history and its contribution to the growth of Phuket. Kathu has a long history of tin mining.
Kathu is also an important commercial hub in Phuket, due to the diversity of influence from generations of Chinese, Indian and Malaysian residents.
Guest will be treated to exhibitions of local art depicting the way of life in the Kathu community. There will also be exhibitions on local mining showcasing lifestyles during Phuket’s tin-mining era in six different stages of development. Screenings of classic films are another highlight, along with vintage bicycles and vehicles on display, stage performances, savory Thai food and local handicrafts featuring OTOP products.
For more information, please contact: TAT Phuket Office Tel. +66 (0) 7621 1036, +66 (0) 7621 2213 E-mail: [email protected]
From left: Mr. Surachet Moongthong, General Manager of Quicksilver Thailand; Mr. Jumlong Sittichok, President of Phuket Surfing Club; Ms. Chaloemlak Kepsap, Patong Mayor; Mrs. Kanokkittika Kritwutikon, Director of TAT Phuket Office; and Mr. Chanin Aiyarak, President of Surfing Thailand, at the press conference to announce the Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak
Phuket, 27 June, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with Surfing Thailand and Phuket Surfing Club is organising the “Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak” that will run from June to October 2018.
This falls during the annual ‘Green’ or monsoon season in Thailand’s Southern Region when swells from the Bay of Bengal are most consistent for both beach and reef breaks along the Andaman coast. Phuket is Thailand’s best surfing destination but is not yet on any of the international surfing tour circuits; however, there are an estimated 300 Thai and foreign surfers in the region.
The “Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak” will be held at Patong, Kamala, Kalim, Surin Becahes in Phuket, as well as Pakarang Beach at Khao Lak, Phang-nga province, which will be the final event in the competition.
Mrs. Kanokkittika Kritwutikon, Director of TAT Phuket Office, said: “The Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak will further reinforce Phuket’s image as a sports destination and generate tourism revenue for the province. The event will also help encourage surfers both around Asia and overseas to visit and participate in this series of amateur surfing competitions.”
The Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak will comprise six competitions between June to October 2018 as follows:
Pearl of the Andaman Surfing Championship 2018, 30 June to 1 July, 2018, at Patong Beach, Phuket, featuring four divisions: Short Board Man Open; Long Board Man Open; Short Board Women Open; and Long Board Women Open. Remarks: – If there are no women participants, the competition will be cancelled. For more information, contact: Mr. Decha Sithidej Tel. +66 (0) 89 973 2161 Facebook: Dede Decha Sithidej E-mail: [email protected]
14th Kamala Go Surfing Contest 2018, 7 to 8 July, 2018, at Kamala Beach, Phuket, comprising Open Short Board, Open Long Board, and Grom Under 14. For more information, contact: Mr. Aod Penmit Tel. +66 (0) 89 866 7683 Mr. Vissanu Madsatool Tel. +66 (0) 62 243 6953 Facebook Fanpage: Kamala Go Surfing Club E-mail: [email protected]
REnextop 2018 (RAST)Asian Surfing Tour, 18 to 21 July, 2018, at Patong Beach, Phuket, with four divisions: Short Board Man Open; Long Board Man Open; Short Board Women Open; and Long Board Women Open. For more information, contact: Mr. Chanin Aiyarak Tel. +66 (0) 99 469 7896 E-mail: [email protected]
2nd Kalim Reef Surfing Contest 2018, 3 to 5 August, 2018, at Kalim Beach, Phuket, featuring five categories: Open Short Board; Open Long Board; Grom Under 14; Beginner; and Women Division. Remarks: If there are less than 8 participants, the competition for that particular group will be cancelled. For more information, contact: Mr. Prasert Hamra Tel. +66 (0) 64 948 3352 Mr. Santi Hasun Tel. +66 (0) 83 107 0151 E-mail: [email protected] Facebook Fanpage: Kalim Reef Surfers www.kalimreefsurfers.com
2nd Surin Beach Surfing Contest 2018, 22 to 23 September, 2018, at Surin Beach, Phuket, with three categories: Open Short Board; Open Long Board; and Grom Under 14. For more information, contact: Mr. Sayan Bureerak Tel. +66 (0) 94 593 2107 Mr. Jumlong Sittichok Tel. +66 (0) 81 270 8683 Facebook Fanpage: Surin Surfer Club E-mail: [email protected]
4th Khao Lak Surfing Contest 2018, 26 to 28 October, 2018, at Pakarang Beach, Khaolak, Phang- nga province, also with five categories: Open Short Board; Open Long Board; Grom Under 14; Beginner Open (board cannot be over 7 foot); and Beginner Women (no board size limit). For more information, contact: Mr. Montree Na Takuathung Tel. +66 (0) 86 403 6564 Facebook Fanpage: Pakarang Surf School E-mail: [email protected]
Bangkok, 27 June, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has scheduled a special ‘Thai-Eat-Art-Gastronomy’ festival to be held in Chon Buri province from 29 June to 1 July, to highlight the distinctive local cuisines of regional Thailand.
The festival will take place at Laem Thaen, a cape just north of Bang Saen Beach, or about a 90-minute drive from Bangkok and one hour from Pattaya.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said “The festival will offer the chance for visitors to take a culinary trip of discovery around the regions of Thailand all in one location.
“The ‘Thai-Eat-Art-Gastronomy’ festival has been created both as a food-themed event in itself that further showcases the local tastes in Chon Buri and diversity of Thailand’s regional cuisines, and as a platform to promote gastronomy tourism as a delightful way to explore the kingdom.”
Discovering the fascinating destination that is Thailand through its many different local foods and regional cuisines promises plenty of unique Thai local experiences along the way. As such, it forms part of the overall Amazing Thailand ‘Open to the New Shades’ communication concept of TAT that invites tourists to see the kingdom from both new and existing perspectives.
The ‘Thai-Eat-Art-Gastronomy’ festival features five zones:
Zone One will feature local dishes from all five regions of Thailand, bringing together a total of 50 famous restaurants – 10 from each region – to serve their delicious local dishes that normally can only be savoured when travelling to that particular region.
Zone Two will present distinctive local cuisines of Chon Buri, focussing on unique local dishes, snacks and desserts as well as processed foods from the host province’s 60 well-known restaurants and food producers.
Zone Three is dedicated for the ‘Thai-Eat-Art-Gastronomy’ exhibition where festival-goers can learn about regional dishes of Thailand through an informative and engaging presentations of food sources, culinary tour routes featuring herbal and vegetable gardens, as well as innovative gastronomy ideas.
Zone Four offers the chance for festival-goers to ‘easy taste local dishes (do it yourself)’ and learn about the kingdom’s culinary delights in the form of cooking experiences.
Zone Five highlights the wonderful chance to watch top celebrated Chef Natty Napawadee Payakso in action and learn from her, as she demonstrates her culinary skills and perhaps even shares some cooking secrets. There are also live concerts and performances by renowned Thai pop stars and bands including Ice Saranyu, Wan Thanakrit, Hand Made, The Mouses, KLEAR, Season Five, and Boy Peacemaker.
One of the most charming festivals celebrated in Thailand is Khao Phansa, or Buddhist Lent Day, which marks the official start of the rainy season. It also marks the period when monks traditionally retreat to their temples for a three-month period of study and meditation.
Khao Phansa day itself is a day of special celebration and is held on full moon of the eighth lunar month which this year falls on 28 July. But many of the celebrations to mark the festival will take place over several days during last week of July.
Here’s a rundown of what’s on during Khao Phansa 2018 and where:
Ubon Ratchathani International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession Date: 23-28 July 2018 Venue: Ubon Ratchathani City Areas The International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession takes place in Thung Si Mueang Park, Ubon Ratchathani. Teams come from all over the world to compete and the detail on the wax artworks is staggering, with some being colossal in scale. It’s a great place to explore unique local cultures as the locals wear traditional dresses and show off their age-old folk dances.
Nakhon Ratchasima Candle Procession Date: 26-28 July 2018 Venue: Thao Suranari Monument At the Thao Suranari Monument in Mueang Korat, there will be a wax candle contest, a candle parade, and merit making activities. Being held annually to promote the local art and culture, the festival will also feature a number of cultural activities including Khon, a traditional masked dance performance.
Nakhon Phanom Candle Festival Date: 28 July 2018 Venue: Wat Phra That Phanom The Lao-influenced culture of Nakhon Phanom gives a different twist to the Khao Phansa celebrations. The festival centres on the iconic local pagoda of Wat Phra That Phanom and there is always a procession of exquisitely carved candles to enjoy as well as the Miss Candle Beauty contest where local beauties hope to be named winner.
Ayutthaya Aquatic Phansa Festival Date: 28 July 2018 Venue: Lad Chado market, Ayutthaya The ancient capital of Ayutthaya hosts very memorable Khao Phansa celebrations, as the candles are taken to the local temples in more than 200 colourful boats that float down the city’s ancient Lad Chado canal. Visitors can also enjoy a taste of rural life, beauty pageants, and local games.
Suphanburi Khao Phansa Candles Procession Date: 27-28 July 2018 Venue: Wat Pa Laylai Woraviharn, Tambon Rua Yai, Mueang Suphan Buri Students from local art colleges compete to put on the most impressive candle displays. There are huge sculptures depicting creatures and heroes from Thai myth and these are proudly paraded around town. Visitors also enjoy exhibitions about the ways of life of the local tribal people and colourful displays of folk dancing.
Saraburi Khao Phansa Festival Date: 26-28 July 2018 Venue: Wat Phra Putthabat Ratchaworamahaviharn, Saraburi During Khao Phansa in Saraburi, people visit the local shrine of the Buddha’s Footprint where yellow and white flowers are offered to monks (Tak Bat Dok Mai) as a way of making merit. This has become a big event and now thousands of people join to give alms to the monks as they ascend the steep stairs of the shrine.
Nan Candle Festival Date: 29 July 2018 Venue: Bunyuen Royal Temple, Wiang Sa district, Nan Visitors can join local people as they offer food to the monks in the morning. Later in the day, they can join the almsgiving of candles to the temple and take part in other merit-making activities that offer insight into the culture of Thai Buddhism.
For more information, call TAT Contact Centre 1672
The exciting and challenging ‘Bangkok Triathlon 2018’ or ‘Sahaviriya-Bangkok Triathlon 2018’ returns after a two-year absence and is scheduled from 7 to 8 July in the Thai capital.
Surely this is the one day for participants to swim in Chao Phraya river because people don’t do that normally. Swimming in Thailand’s mightiest plus running across Bangkok’s picturesque Rama 8 Bridge and cycling along deserted overpasses are treats not to be missed.
The event features six individual challenges packed into two days. Participants can choose from colourfully named sections of different durations and degree of difficulty, including: ‘Bangkok Beast’, ‘Bangkok Beast Duathlon’, ‘Bangkok Braveheart’, ‘Tough Thai’, ‘Tough Thai Relay’ and Tough Thai Duathlon’.
Each stage has its own race route and different lengths of the running, swimming and cycling stages. All stages also divided into categories according age, gender, single, and team. The event is open to online registration that must be completed before midnight on 16 June.
Entry fee includes running number, timing slip, pre-race souvenir pack, commemorative finisher’s medal and trophy for winners in each category.
Registration meeting point is under Rama 8 Bridge, Rama 8 park side. All participants should do so one day in advance of race day, which is open to register on 6 July at 7.00-21.00 Hrs. and 7 July at 10.00-17.00 Hrs.
For more race details and information, please go to: www.gotorace.com Tel: +66 (0)2-2362-931-2 Email: [email protected]