9th Pang Sida Butterfly Watching Festival (8 June - 31 July)

We love to visit the Butterfly Garden and Insect World here in Phuket so I was interested to see this Festival in the margin of the Bangkok Post.

The event takes place at Pang Sida National Park which I feel is a little too far for me to go from Phuket but...

note - this is 2012
"Sa Kaeo, 10 June 2013, (NNT) -- Sa Kaeo Province has kicked off its 9th Pang Sida Butterfly Festival, inviting all nature lovers to enjoy the sight of more than 400 types of the flying insect. 

Sa Kaeo Governor Pakkaratorn Tienchai presided over the opening ceremony of the festival at the Pang Sida National Park in Muang District. Also attending the event were the park's Director General Nuwat Leelapata, high ranking local government officials, community leaders, and members of the public. 

Governor Pakkaratorn said that, at the beginning of the rainy season each year, the park houses roughly 450 kinds of butterflies for visitors to enjoy. The festival is therefore established to promote tourism to the province, a means to generate income to the locals, and to portray the province as 'the butterfly city of the East'. 

The festival will run until the end of July. 

The Pang Sida National Park is part of the Khao Yai - Dong Phya Yen mountainous range, Thailand's forest conservation zone that has earned the World Heritage title from UNESCO."

text is from Thai News

Sunthorn Phu Day (26-30 June)

image from Thaizer - permission requested

The number of special days that we have in Thailand are wonderful. Sunthorn Phu Day is to commemorate a Royal Poet - Sunthorn Phu.

He was a poet in the reign of King Rama II and when this King passed away he resigned and became a Monk. Twenty years later, in the reign of King Rama III he returned to the Royal Court but this time he was appointed as a Royal Scribe (info from Wikipedia). 

Annual Run through the Sea to Pitak Island - 23 June

info and photo from Welcome Magazine

This was an event which I had not heard of - but was on the margin of the front page of the Bangkok Post!

There was even less information that I could find on the Internet BUT I found this

Event:       9th Run through the Sea to Pitak Island
Event Date:  23 June 2013
Venue:       At Chakgrinarubet Ship Model, Pak Nam Lang Suan, Lang Suan  District, Chumphon
In June of each year, which is the month the sea level decreases in the morning so that visitors can run or walk across the sea from the coast of Ao Thong Khrok to Pitak Island. So, there have been activity of mini marathon, bike race, forest planting, open the sea for free eating, squid fishing, activities related to homestay held at  Pitak Island, etc.

     For more information, call TAT Chumphon Office, at 076 501 832 

Good Luck