Isan Grand Kite Tradition - 5th December

Just go this one from Amazing Thailand facebook.

"After harvesting the crop at the beginning of December, the Grand Kite Festival is held. Every village will create kites and bring them to the competition. The contestants’ kites must have wings at least 2.5 meters wide. The winning kite is the best decorated one with good sound of the flight and the movement of the flight. There are kite parade, beauty pageant with the candidates from all over the region as well as local product stalls."

info from

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Loy Krathong 2010

With all that is happening - weddings, more weddings and hospital visits
I nearly forgot about Loy Kratong.

We had a lot of fun at work and I was joined later by Chuen and Jemma

Happy Loy Kratong

The Naga Fireballs and the Phayanak Festival

The Naga Fireballs - a fabulous phenomenon which takes place yearly - do I understand it or believe it - NO, but what the heck.

During October this can be witnessed - or simply viewed on youtube.

I read that the Naga is a giant hooded snake and it spits glowing fireballs - the Phayanak festival - simply put it is the welcoming of the Lord Buddah as he returns to Eath at the end of Buddhist Lent - simple!

Then Science comes along and explains it all - something to do with flammable phosphine gas.

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Sam Phan Bok - Three Thousand Holes.

I only know about this because of an email from Thailand Travel Online - a place which I would love to visit - it is in Issan.

It also has another name - the Grand Canyon of Thailand

Have a look at the rest of this gentleman's photographs. You really must have look at the rest of them!

Used with permission TAT.
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Phu Kradueng National Park

This is a National Park in the North East of Thailand, it is in the Phuk Kradeung district.

This is not a sandstone mountain for the faint hearted - the climb is registered at 1,325 meters and the plateau at it's peak is approximately 60 sq. km!

There are people to help you - at a fee - I would imagine that this would be a good idea...... another thing to write on my list.  Here is a report from Thailand Online about some visitors who attempted a climb.

and more information
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A Sart Thar Traditions and Banana Festival - 8th October

I smiled when I read this and thought - 'only in this beautiful place called Thailand'.

Found a beautiful site about this so have linked it to this below.

Kamphaeng Phet Province, Sart Thai Tradition & Banana Festival

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Ko-Lae Boat Races - 21 Sept

This is a different boat race than the ones previously mentioned - this was started in 1976 to honour Their Majesties the King and the Queen when they visited.

Since then it has become a tradition of Ko-lae boats, traditional long tailed boats and decorated boats.

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Phitsanulok Boat Race - 18 Sept

Boat Racing seems to be a tradition this month - but the Phitsanulok boat race however is of Religious significance...

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