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Loy Krathong "Festival of light"

Loy Krathong Day is one of the most popular festivals of Thailand which is celebrated annually. Krathongs were “invented” by a woman called Nang Nopamas who was a consort to King Ramkhamhaeng. She lit the Krathong and floated it in the river so that the current would take it past her lover The King. Today people float Krathongs, usually with their partners. They believe that if the Krathong stays afloat until they can no longer see it, then their love will last forever. Loy Krathong is an important date for romance in Thailand and a popular time for giving gifts.

The festival involves the making of Krathongs which are lotus shaped vessels that float on water. These are usually made of bread, colourful flowers and candles. The festival takes place in the early evening when it starts to get dark. In modern times this festival has become simply a romantic evening for couples in love. Along with your lover you make wishes for the future, lighting the candles then together floating your Krathong into the sea. Light and colour are very much the key elements, with fireworks and flying lanterns being sent up into the sky making an amazing view over Pattaya bay. You will find many beauty contests, with young Thai girls in traditional dress on this day.

Pattaya International Music Festival

An annual music festival featuring Thai and international artists performing rock, pop, R&B and hip hop. Usually held in March at Beach Road South Pattaya on three stages along the beach front, thousands of people enjoy the festival each year. It is a very enjoyable affair. The music and entertainment is free you just pay for the cool beer and food from the many vendors if required.

For more information on this event see web site : Tourism Authority of Thailand - Events and Festivals.

Chonburi Buffalo Races

This event is centred around the water buffalo in the province of Chonburi in the month of October. The water buffalo are dressed in silk and satin then paraded around town to determine which one is the best decorated and healthiest animal. The races of the buffaloes are a spectacular site to behold. These huge beasts can run at amazing speeds for their massive size. There is also a beauty contest for the local young ladies and farm maidens as well. This is a popular event for both locals and tourist to enjoy.

Important Dates

King's Birthday 5th December

Celebrated throughout Thailand, this marks the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej born in 1927 at Cambridge, Massachusetts. He became King at the age of 19. being the 9th KIng of the Chakri Dynasty. In some areas of Pattaya, groups of people light candles and sing the King's anthem. This is usually followed by entertainment in the streets and fireworks.

Queen's Birthday 12th August

Celebrated throughout Thailand, this marks the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit with high regard by her subjects as National Mother's day.

Lots of events & activities in Pattaya, no need to be bored or lost for something to do all day and night.

If you are planning to visit Pattaya any time in the near future, there are many events and festivities that you are sure to enjoy. Depending on the time of year you go, will depend on what events and festivities you can attend. Here are a few festivities and a short description on how and when they are celebrated.

Songkran Festival

Of all the festivals in Thailand, of which there are many, the Songkran Festival Held in April is the most popular. It is sometimes refered to as the Wan Lai Na Klua Festival. This is a water festival and be prepared to get very wet for a few days and everyone gets involved not only in Thailand but also in Burma, Cambodia and the Lao.

More on the Songkran festival

Tourist information in Thailand (TAT)

Pattaya is a great place for the adventurous and leisure traveller.Information to attractions within the city can be obtained from Tourist Information in Thailand, also known as (TAT) who have an office at 382/1 Mu 10 Chaihat Road,Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District Chon Buri .Their offices remain open 7 days a week 8.30 am till 4.30pm.They can also help with complaints and some assistance in an emergency. Free phone 1155 which is the (TAT) hotline. There are lots of options and things to do and explore within the city. You can take an elephant ride, spending time at the beautiful Nong Nooch Tropical Garden or enjoy water sports, such as sailing, parasailing, water-skiing, snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving or activities, such as tennis, motorbike racing, bowling and bungee jumping.