Phuket Tasty Fest 2018 promotes gastronomy for the Green Season

The Tourism of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office, in collaboration with Phuket Province and Phuket City Municipality, is organising the “Phuket Tasty Fest 2018” from 1 to 2 September at the 72nd Anniversary Queen Sirikit Park – also known as “Dragon Park” on Thalang Road.

The event is aimed at boosting tourism during Thailand’s Green Season. It also spotlights Phuket gastronomic delights recognised in UNESCO Creative City listing, as the first city in Thailand and Southeast Asia as well as being one of only 18 cities worldwide that has been accredited in the category by UNESCO. Later this year, Phuket food culture will shine again with the launch of the new Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019.

Visitors will be spoiled for choice throughout the two-day Phuket Tasty Fest 2018, as “Phuket Food Culture Poised for Global Stardom” has many different zones, offering a wide array of food. These range from Phuket iconic dishes such as Mi Hokkien (Chinese Malay noodle fare), Mi Hun Ba Chang (rice vermicelli noodles with pork spare rib soup), and Oh Tao (fried small oysters mixed with taro, shrimp, pork crackling and spring onions) to fresh seafood.

There are many other culinary delights to suit every appetite, including fusion food from modern kitchens, halal food and a comprehensive range of desserts. There are also signature dishes from 14 provinces across Thailand’s Southern Region. Meanwhile, the DIY – do it yourself – zone offers opportunities for food lovers to try a hand at cooking local Phuket dishes.

Visitors need not have to worry about handling cash, as the Government Savings Bank’s “GSB Pay” is providing cashless payment via its QR code at the event. Moreover, food at the event can be ordered in advance via a smartphone app.

In line with the TAT’s responsible tourism policy, the TAT Phuket Office is encouraging visitors and shop owners to reduce plastic and foam usage. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own food containers.

The two-day event will also feature cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs from the Iron Chef Thailand, cocktail making exhibition featuring Thailand’s champion bartenders, live music by Thai singers and bands, contemporary show by contestants from Thailand’s Got Talent. There’re also games and lucky draws.

Phuket Tasty Fest 2018

For more information, please contact:
TAT Phuket Office
Tel: +66 (0) 7621 2213, 7621 1036
Facebook Fanpage: Phuket Tasty Fest

Trang Moon Festival 2018 offers cultural shows, food stalls, contests and more

The unique frog-head tuk-tuk and Sino-Portuguese building in Trang city
The unique frog-head tuk-tuk and Sino-Portuguese building in Trang city

The ‘Trang Moon Festival’ has long been observed by Chinese people in Thung Yao in Trang province’s Palian district and the ‘Trang Moon Festival 2018’ is scheduled for this 22-24 September.

Through the staging of this traditional festival, the Chinese commemorate the fight for their nation against the Mongols. Trang province was one of Thailand’s trading ports and trade with the Chinese was frequent, thus many Chinese made Trang their home.

Highlights of the three-day ‘Trang Moon Festival 2018’ include Chinese food stalls, cultural performances, an antique exhibition, moon princess contest, ancient dessert making demonstrations, Thung Yao sweet tea tasting and an altar decorating contest.

Each year a beautiful altar is set up for the festival, to give thanks to the moon.

A southern province on the coast of the Andaman sea, Trang is known for its picturesque attractions which offer visitors plenty of sightseeing opportunities and unique Thai local experiences in and around the ‘Trang Moon Festival 2018’. These include Morakot Cave, Khao Kob Cave, Peninsular Botanic Garden, Pak Meng Beach, Chan Chala Night Market, Sivalai Beach and Hat Chao Mai National Park.

For more information, contact:
TAT Trang Office
Tel. +66 (0) 7521 5867; +66 (0) 7521 1058; +66 (0) 7521 1085
Email: [email protected]

TAT launches ‘Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak’ this surfing season

Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khaolak
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

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]

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Mon Floating Boat Festival 2018

Mon Floating Boat festival

The annual Mon Floating Boat festival 2018 takes place this year from 23 to 25 September at Wang Wiwekaram Temple in Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi.

Rooted in both animist and Buddhist philosophy, Mon people believe offering alms in a floating boat pays respect to the ‘angel of the river’, forest and earth. On the first day, villagers prepare for the ceremony by putting final touches on a bamboo boat over one month in the making, dress it in paper flags and other decorations.

On the second day, religious activities include making merit and offering alms to Buddhist monks and filling boats with a colourful display of bananas, sugar cane, desserts, floral arrangements and candles.

The final day concludes the festival with Mon villagers pushing their individual boats out on to the Samprasob river to clean themselves of all the bad things in life. Traditional Mon festive costumes, sarongs with red and white plaid long sleeve shirts for men, red sarongs and white long sleeve shirts for women, brighten the entire event.

The festival takes place at the Ban Wang Ka Mon community in Sangkhlaburi town, Kanchanaburi. Other points of interest and beautiful attractions in the district include Pom Pee View Point, Muang Badan (The Underwater Temple), Mon Bridge and more.

For more information, contact:
TAT Kanchanaburi Office
Tel: +66 (0) 3451 1200; +66 (0) 3451 2500
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

Krabi to host first Sundown Marathon Thailand Series in September

The picturesque province of Krabi will stage the first ever ‘Sundown Marathon Thailand Series’ event to be held in Thailand, on Saturday, 22 September, 2018. More than 4,000 Thai and international runners are expected to take part in this popular Asian night running event, and organisers are confident they will be impressed by the race’s route and Krabi’s charm and beauty.

Krabi was chosen as host venue for the ‘Sundown Marathon Krabi 2018’ event due to its experience as a tourist destination and its capability to handle large events with many participants. Accommodation-wise, Krabi offers over 10,000 hotel rooms. The destination also boasts plenty of beautiful scenery along the race route for runners, including its gorgeous beaches, as well as unique Thai local experiences in the way of arts and culture for the runners and spectators to enjoy.

‘Sundown Marathon Krabi 2018’ will feature 12 km and 21 km race distances for 4,000 runners. Around the race itself, various fun and entertaining activities will take place including a festival and concert.

The ‘Sundown Marathon Krabi 2018’ event fits perfectly with the Amazing Thailand ‘Open to the New Shades’ communication concept, in which visitors to the kingdom are encouraged to see new attractions and also existing attractions from a new perspective.

With the ‘Sundown Marathon Krabi 2018’ event, runners and spectators will get to experience Krabi from an entirely new viewpoint, as they will in each new destination in Thailand that the race comes to.

There are plans to hold ‘Sundown Marathon Thailand Series’ races in other provinces across Thailand in the coming years, to showcase more of the kingdom’s scenery, charm and culture to Asia’s running community and support Thailand’s sports tourism policy.

Sundown Marathon was first held in Singapore in 2008 and since then races have been added in Malaysia, Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Hong Kong and this year, Thailand. As the largest night running event in Asia, the Sundown Marathon Series attracts more runners each year, with a combined 200,000 plus runners currently participating.

Online registration for the ‘Sundown Marathon Krabi 2018’ event will open on Friday, 1 June at 09:00 Hrs. at

Sundown Marathon Krabi 2018

Recent press conference to announce Krabi as the host venue for the first Sundown Marathon Thailand Series. Seen in this photo are Mr. Rut Jiroajvanichakorn, Managing Director of MICE & Communication, the event’s organiser; Mr. Leslie Chew, Business Director of F4U, the organiser of Sundown Marathon; Acting Sub Lt. Apinan Puakpong, Vice Govenor, Krabi Province; and the MC.


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