Archive for the 'Festivals' Category

Oct 29 2013

Loy Krathong festival not cancelled in Thailand

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There's no stopping krathongs.

The Bangkok Post caused quite a stir on October 28 when it reported that the popular Loy Krathong festival would be “delayed” due to the passing of Thailand’s 100-year-old Supreme Patriarch, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera, last Thursday. The report apparently stemmed from a Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) statement, though our October 29 inquiry … read the full post

Oct 04 2013

Lotus-throwing Festival (Rab Bua) in Bang Phli

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Wishes that didn't quite make it.

What do you get when you place a sacred Buddha image on a boat, add a million lotus flowers, lots of food, a little alcohol, endless other colourful boats and thousands of onlookers who frantically throw flowers from the side of a canal? It’s the Lotus Throwing Festival, or Rab Bua, held annually on Awk … read the full post

Dec 08 2012

Christmas in Bangkok 2012

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Ready or not, Santa will invade Bangkok soon.

Old Saint Nick looked a bit thin last year thanks to the tropical heat (or mistaking chillies for candy canes), but he was still sighted in Bangkok riding in trains, ho-ho-ing beneath highway overpasses and soaring above the skyline in a magic flying-elephant-powered tuk tuk. Here’s where you can catch up with Santa for Christmas … read the full post

Dec 02 2012

Photo essay: Loy Krathong, Bangkok

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A pair of krathongs float at Lumpini Park.

Streets are being swept, dilapidated krathongs make there way out to sea, and people are recuperating from one of Thailand’s most beautiful festivals. The Big Mango celebrates this holiday like it does most of them — with the cracking of fireworks, the blasting of music and a carnival-like atmosphere along the Chao Phraya river. Here’s … read the full post

Nov 25 2012

King’s birthday festivities in Bangkok, December 5

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A young King Bhumibol is portrayed comforting one of his subjects.

Doubling as Father’s Day, the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (aka Rama IX) on December 5 is one of Thailand’s most important holidays. Although celebrated throughout the kingdom, festivities are centered around Bangkok‘s Ratchadamnoen Road from Democracy Monument to the Grand Palace. Being among the throngs of Thai people as they honour the King is an … read the full post

Oct 17 2012

Vegetarian Festival in Bangkok’s Chinatown

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Vegan noodles from a Chinatown vendor who typically sells meat.

As Asian countries go, Thailand is not an easy one in which to be a vegetarian or vegan. Yet for nine days each year during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar (typically late September/October), a large portion of the country’s population eat exclusively vegan foods in observation of the Chinese cleansing festival known … read the full post

Dec 16 2011

Christmas in Bangkok: All the sparkly things

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Christmas might not seem to have a home in the land of palm trees and sunshine, but if you are spending the holidays in Bangkok don’t despair — there’s plenty of holiday spirit to go around! Thailand might not have a religious tradition that justifies a Christmas celebration, but Thai retailers have gone the extra … read the full post

Oct 21 2011

Halloween in Bangkok, 2011

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The Bangkok floods have put quite a dampener on the month of October; as we write it seems Bangkok has been put on disaster alert so things are not looking altogether optimistic. We’re going to be upbeat though and still list what’s on for our favourite satanic holiday, coming up in only 10 days. Some … read the full post