Wax Castle in Sakhon Nakhon Thailand Travel Guide
Thailand Travel Guide Wax Castle in Sakhon Nakhon

Wax Castle in Sakhon Nakhon Thailand Travel GuideOne of Sakhon Nakhon’s best-known celebrations, the Wax Castle Festival, is expected to draw a great deal of attention from visitors to this Northeast province. The highlight of the festival is a procession of miniature intricately carved beeswax castles and temples. The processions start tonight and will continue until Monday. Rise with the dawn on Monday, and you can join the locals for the morning merit-making Tak Batr Devo, during which food is offered to monks to mark the end of the Buddhist Lent. Visitors are also invited to admire the traditional “Bai Sri Su Kwan” (banana leaf arrangement), and join in the excitement at the Nong Han long-boat races as contestants compete for the Princess Cup. As always, various entertainment and Northeastern cultural shows add colour to the event. For details call 042-513-490/1.


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Chak Phra in Surat Thani Thailand Travel Guide

Chak Phra in Surat Thani Thailand Travel GuideSurat Thani’s Chak Phra Festival is a unique annual celebration that is held at the end of Buddhist Rain Retreat. Chak Phra refers to processions, both on land and water, of Buddha images in Surat Thani. The procession along the Tapi river symbolises the Buddha’s return to Earth. This year, the religious festival runs from today until October 27. During Chak Phra, the locals decorate their boats and trucks with flowers, before adding Buddha images and joining the procession that is marked by the playing of traditional percussion instruments. The festivity also includes long-boat races along the Tapi River. The boats are manned by up to 50 oarsmen. It’s a merry scene as crowds line up along the banks to cheer on their favourites. Other highlights include cultural and music performances. For details, call 077-281-828, 077-281-818/9.


Surin Elephant Festival Surin Thailand Travel Guide

Surin Elephant Festival Surin Thailand Travel GuideAlthough it’s common to see elephants walking in the city, a journey to Surin during the elephant round-up festival is a far more spectacular way of admiring these mighty beasts. Surin’s Ta Klang village is the home of Kui people, the acknowledged experts in capturing, domesticating and training wild elephants. The Elephant Festival in Surin is a long-established tradition in Kui culture and has been organised for more than 40 years. This year the festival runs from November 9 to 20 at Surin Elephant Ground and Sri Narong Stadium in Surin town. However, the elephant round-up show will be only on November 15 and 16. Elephant shows take place on November 16 and 17. Tickets for the shows are Bt500 and Bt200. Advance reservations are available for the Bt500 seats. For details, call 044-512-039, 044-213-666 or 044-213-030.

 
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