Let’s take a look very closer at dolphins jump and swim on the surface Bangpakong river more than 50 species such as Irrawaddy dolphin, Pacific humpback dolphin and Bottlenose dolphin. Besides, you can join watching birds activity and study the fisherman’s life. You can eat sea bass fish and fresh and delicious seafood in the fair.
1 November 2014 – 31 January 2015
Photography, scenic, train / bicycle in the sunflower field, the distribution of OTOP products, such as tours of soldiers living in the wild for recreational boating, tires, etc.
October 1,2014 – January 31,2015
You can visit the tourist sites, the flowers field following the royal procession, Chanadai cliff. And you can go adventure in the beautiful forest and see the plants such as Mo Kao Mo Kang Ling. You can visit also Phu Chong Nayoy National Park, Huay Luang waterfall and the nearby tourist sites.
Phuket’s Vegetarian festival (or jia chai in local Hokkien Chinese dialect) began in 1825,when the governor of Thalang, Praya Jerm, moved the island’s principal town from Ta Reua in Thalang District to Get-Hoe in Kathu District, where were tin mines and Chinese miners. Kathu was then still covered by jungle and fever was rife. It happened that a traveling opera company (called ngiu in Thai or pua-hee in Hokkien dialect) came from China to perform for the miners.
When the whole company grew sick from an unnamed malady, they kept to a vegetarian diet to honor two of the emperor gods, Kiew Ong Tai Teh and Yok Ong Sone Teh. The sickness afflicting the opera troupe then disappeared. This greatly interested the people of Kathu,who asked how it was done. The answer came that ritual vegetarianism with its attendant ceremonies had been the cause, with the result that people embraced the faith enthusiastically. Thus the festival began: starting the first evening of the ninth lunar month, it continued until the ninth evening; the aim was to bring good luck to individuals as well as to the community.
It later happened that one familiar with the festival volunteered to return to Kansai, in China, where he invited the sacred Hiao Ho-le or Hiao lan (incense smoke) and Lian Tui (name plaques), which have the status of gods, to come stay in Kathu. He also brought holy writings used in the ceremonies, returning to Phuket on the seventh night of the ninth month. The people, upon hearing of his arrival, went in procession to Bang Niao Pier to bring him and his sacred cargo back. This was the origin of the processions that figure so greatly in the festival.
The afternoon before the festival begins, a great pole at each temple is raised, called the Go Teng pole, with which the gods are invited to descend. At midnight the pole is hung with nine lanterns, signalizing the opening of the fest. Two important gods are also invited down at midnight to preside over ceremonies; these are Yok Ong Hong Tae and Kiew Ong Tai Tae.
Aside from this, there are other ceremonies throughout the fest, notably: invocation of the gods Lam Tao, who keeps track of the living, and Pak Tao, who keeps track of the dead; processions of the gods’ images; and feats of the Ma Song-like bathing in hot oil, bladed ladder climbing and fire-walking. The festival ends with merit making ceremonies at each temple (sadoh kroh) and the send-off of the gods on the last night (when fireworks are at their most impressive).
Ma Song, or middleman, are devotees whom the gods enter during the fest. They manifest supernatural powers and perform self-tortures in order to shift evil from individuals onto themselves, and to bring the community good luck. Ma Song fall into two categories: those who, having had an intimation of impending doom, want to extend their lives; and people specially chosen by the gods for their moral qualities.
Throughout the festival fireworks and drums are sounded, especially during ceremonies. It is held that the louder they are the better, because the noise drives away evil spirits.
Participants in the fest keep to a strict vegetarian diet for a varying number of days, usually no less than three. This they do to make themselves strong in mind and body; they refrain from all vice, eating animal flesh, and killing animals. The festival thus promotes good hygiene, brightness and inner peace.
Purification and Vegetarianism :
While devoted to the Nine Emperor Gods, purification of individuals as well as of communal spaces is the principal theme of the whole belief during this period of time.
Self-purification of the devotees is symbolized by the white attire and fasting to achieve a strict form of vegetarianism (Je or Je Chai or Chai).
The purification of space of impure and dangerous forces, conceived generally as evil spirits, is one of the principal ritual activities of the spirit mediums.
Fasting = Chiak Chai
The prohibition of consuming food with strong or raw smell, such as garlic, Chinese chives, tobacco and “lak khiao” (a small vegetable similar to garlic) is to prevent the five essences of body (Fire, Water, earth, wood an metal) being harmed by the strong aromatics contain toxins. Abstinence is to test one’s power of endurance, self-discipline and penance in order to attain longevity.
Chanting and Meditation ( Je Sian) are the sensual pleasure cleansing to cleanse psycho-physiological order as human body is controlled by nerve center.
10 Rules of Body Cleansing to Acquire Supernatural Power during the Nine Emperor Gods or Vegetarian Festival:
1.Abstain from killing living things.(Abstain from eating meat product. )
2.Abstain from stealing.
3.Abstain from telling lie.
4.Abstain from alcoholic drinks.
5.Abstain from adultery.
6.Abstain from gambling.
7.Abstain from bedecking jewelry and leather goods.
8.Wearing white attire is preferable during the festival.
9.Mourner, women in menstruation and pregnancy should avoid participating in any kind of rituals.
10.Kitchen utensils and containers should be kept solely for the festival.
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May 4, 2012 – May 8, 2012
Growing year-on-year, Asia’s largest regatta, the Top of the Gulf Regatta, continues to lead the way with organisers at full pace preparing for the 8th Regatta in 2012. Scheduled to run 4th to 8th May, over the long weekend celebrating His Majesty the King of Thailand’s Coronation, the Regatta will feature a diverse fleet from Optimists to state-of-the-art racing keelboats from around Asia and beyond.
Negotiations are being finalized for a two day extreme sailboard event in association with Neil Pryde, as well as possibly adding a Bic Open dinghy class or division. The Regatta continues to lead from the front and innovate.
Organisers have been informed of additional TP 52 yachts considering to compete. To accommodate these yachts, Ocean Marina has been dredged providing an additional 1.5 metre draft to 3.5 meters at LLW, and the new pontoons are under final negotiation for completion in time for the Regatta, thus providing moorings for the additional visiting yachts and support vessels needed to run the event.
The majority of our supporting sponsors are already back on board and negotiations are well in hand for 2012 Co-Sponsors. We again take this opportunity to thank our generous anonymous donor who helped us in 2011.
We look forward to welcoming you to the 8th Top of the Gulf Regatta in May 2012.
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Lin Chee from Chiangrai has been well-known as the most quality and quantity Lin Chee of the country. Its area of cultivating include 18 districts, more than 32,269 rai. The Lin chee has produced to market more over 15,839 tons. The unique qualification of Nang Lae Pineapple are sweet taste and smell. Its area of cultivating is about 11,469 rai. Nang Lae pineapple has produced to the market more than 34,407 tons. Agriculturalists growing the pineapple earn income more over 350 million baht per year and the production’s tendency is increasing.
The event is to widely promote Nang Lae pineapple, especially Phu Lae species, to people all over the country. It supports Chiangrai to be the center of pineapple and Lin Chee market in the country and also support agro-tourism.
* Nang Lae pineapple and Lin Chee products contest
* Precessed products contest
* Cooking with Nang Lae pineapple and Lin Chee competition
* agricultural products, Lin Chee and pineapple market
* OTOP products distribution
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Bangkok Songkran Festival (Bangkok) April 11, 2012 – April 16, 2012
Isan Songkran Festival and Dok Khun Siang Khaen Songkran Festival (Khon Kaen) 11 Apr 2012 – 18 Apr 2012
Hat Yai Midnight Songkran Festival (Hat Yai) 11 Apr 2012 – 13 Apr 2012
Southern Grand Songkran Festival (Nakhon Si Thammarat) 11 Apr 2012 – 15 Apr 2012
Songkran Festival and Food Festival in Sawankhalok (Sukhothai) 11 Apr 2012 – 15 Apr 2012
Nong Khai Grand Songkran Festival (Nong Khai) 12 Apr 2012 – 15 Apr 2012
Nakhon Phanom Songkran Festival (Nakhon Phanom) 12 Apr 2012 – 15 Apr 2012
Chiang Mai Songkran Festival (Chiang Mai) 12 Apr 2012 – 15 Apr 2012
Songkran On The Beach (Phuket) 13 Apr 2012 – 15 Apr 2012
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Songkran Festival (Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya) 13 Apr 2012 – 15 Apr 2012
The Miracle Songkran in Suphan Buri (Suphanburi) 13 Apr 2012 – 16 Apr 2012
Ko Sichang Songkran Festival (Chon Buri) 13 Apr 2012 – 19 Apr 2012
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