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Palace Fair in Lop Buri

Posted on 21 January 2016 by admin

From Feb 13-21, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)’s Lop Buri office invites locals and tourists to wear traditional Thai costumes to the “Land of King Narai The Great Fair 2016″, which will be held at Phra Narai Ratchaniwet Palace, Muang district of Lop Buri.

Phra Narai Ratchaniwet Palace.

Visitors will be able to watch cultural and art performances and traditional games, enjoy lucky draws and shop for food and handicrafts using old-style coins called phod duang at a retro market in the fair compound.

On the first day, a parade under a historical theme will take to the streets from Sa Kaew Roundabout to the palace starting at 3pm, followed by the opening ceremony at 7pm.

Throughout the fair, the retro-style market will be open from 10am-9pm with cooking and handicraft-making demonstrations from 1pm-11pm.

The hourly change of guards at the palace’s Phayakkha Gate is fromಊam-11pm and the display of traditional houses, ways of life and cultural performances is from 6pm-10.30pm.

Highlights will be a nightly light and sound show depicting the history of Lop Buri and a nightly dinner reception in front of Phiman Mongkut Royal Mansion and two cultural performances a day at the palace’s Sipsong Thong Phra Khlang, Foreign Guests’ and Phra Chao Hao buildings.

On Feb 16, almsgiving and religious ceremonies as well as ceremonies to pay respect to the spirits of King Narai the Great and King Rama IV, who loved to spend time in the region, will take place from 7pm-10pm.

Visit www.tat7.com or contact the TAT’s Lop Buri office on 036-770-096/7.

Elephant polo in Bangkok

Anantara Hotels, Resorts Spas will host the 14th King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament on March 10-ǭ at VR Sports Club, about 15 minutes drive south of Suvarnabhumi airport.

Ten teams will compete in the event with a total of 40 players including professional horse polo players, New Zealand All Blacks rugby players, Thai celebrities and a Miss Tiffany cabaret team. A total of 18 elephants will take part in the festival.

The four day festival will feature the Opening Parade, Children’s Educational Day, Ladies Day and elephant-related activities for visitors with children.

According to Anantara, the event has raised nearly US$1 million ࿄.4 million baht) since it was launched in Hua Hin in 2001. The proceeds have been donated to projects relating to elephants in Thailand and neighbouring countries such as the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang, the Government Elephant Hospital in Krabi, funding farmer/elephant conflict mitigation projects in the western part of Thailand and funding the protected forest in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains.

Anantara has its own elephant conservation project which it launched in 썕. The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation is located in Chiang Rai and has raised and looks after 40 elephants which were rescued off the streets.

Visit anantaraelephantpolo.com.

Two fests in Bali

From tomorrow to Saturday, the Bali Barong Festival will be held at the Art Centre in Denpasar, featuring various kinds of Barong, including Barong Ket, Barong Buntut and Makendang.

A Barong is a lion-like creature and character in the mythology of Bali, Indonesia. He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good and enemy of Rangda, the demon queen and mother of all spirit guarders in the mythological traditions of Bali.

On Jan 26, the Besakih Temple, also known as the “Mother Temple” in Bali, will celebrate its biannual Piodalan temple anniversary.

Located at the foot of Mount Agung, the island’s highest peak, this day is set for a unique and exhilarating religious tradition when pilgrims from all over the island head to the temple for prayers.

Visit www.balitourismboard.org.


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