Silk Phuk Siew Festival and Red Cross FairNovember 29, 2010 - December 10, 2010
Phuk Siew or Friendship Making, an ancient and beautiful event for the people of I-san has been practiced for over a century. As it is considered a very important event, Phuk Siew has therefore been organised together with the silk festival. As a result, this has become an annual ceremony of the people of Khon Kaen since 1980. “Siew” (a word for “friend” in Northeastern dialect) refers to 2 people who are full of great loyalty, sincerity and share a close relationship with one another. Nothing, even death, will put them apart. This relationship is not only supposed to happen among those 2 “friends”, but also that true relationship will be shared with others in their families, among relatives and siblings of the “friend”. During this festival, visitors will enjoy the opening ceremony procession, local silk weaving exhibitions, Red Cross Fair, silk pavilion, sales of OTOP products, join the friendship making ritual and Northeastern style dinner, beauty contest, local folk performances, etc. The outstanding and unforgotten spot of the event is an “arts and cultural corner” that will be full of various kinds of activities and entertainment.
2nd Annual Trio for Justice Half-Marathon and Bike RideNovember 14, 2010
BABSEA CLE is excited to announce that the 2nd Annual Trio for Justice Half-Marathon/ Half-Marathon Relay, 10K Run & 10K Fun Bike Ride will be held over the weekend of Sunday, November 14, 2010 in Sankamphaeng, approximately 48 kilometers outside of Chiang Mai. BABSEA CLE has created the Trio for Justice to take place annually to raise funds for social justice causes in the region and helping to build university based Community Legal Education (CLE) programs
DONATION BIKE RIDE
The Trio for Justice 2010 will kick off on Sunday morning, November 14th, with the 10 KM. Fun Bike Ride (start at 7.00 am.) or 21 KM. (start at 6.30 am). Bike Ride Participants will have the option to enroll in one of the two bike rides. Participants can use locally purchase bikes, which will be donated to the Meaphahaen School after the race. Participants can donate any helmets they bring to the event. The school is located in a local village, and most of the students of the Meaphahae School are orphans from Burma or Northern ethnic minority communities. Bike Event participants will also get to personally present their bicycles to representatives of the local school.
10 KM RUN HALF MARATHON / TEAM RELAY
The running portion of the event begins bright and early on Sunday morning, November 14th, with a staggered start for the half marathon/ half-marathon team relay and 10K runs (10K runs start at 7.15 am and the half-marathon/The half-marathon relay start at 6.45 am). The half-marathon relay teams will consist of 4 members per team, and the half- marathon relay will begin at the same time as the half-marathon. Participants from all events will ride and/or run through the King’s Project Reforestation Community. In the case of the Half-Marathon/Half-Marathon Relay, runners will enjoy views of a small Thai village and its surrounding rice fields. The majority of the route is flat, with some slight rolling hills, The run will take participants though stunning rural Thailand scenery with runners finishing at the local Meaphahaen School, another BABSEA-CLE supported partner.
For more information, please call 0 5380 8057, or visit the website : www.trioforjustice.org
Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival 2010November 19, 2010 - November 21, 2010
Although the holiday of Loy Krathong is now celebrated throughout the kingdom, Loy Krathong originated in Sukhothai, the first Thai capital. While particularly popular with couples who head down to any nearby body of water to light the candles and incense on their floating Krathongs, visitors can best appreciate Loy Krathong by heading to the ancient capital of Sukhothai, where the holiday was first celebrated.
Highlights of the Sukhothai Loy Krathong celebration include displays of lighted candles and fireworks, folk dancing and a spectacular light & sound presentation.
At the Sukhothai Loy Krathong festival, visitors will be dazzled by the float procession of large krathong from 17 Northern provinces. The procession will consist of krathongs from government agencies, state enterprises, private sectors, and the general public. There are also a Krathong design contest, the Miss Noppamas Beauty Contest, and Sukhothai arts and culture performances.
How To Get There
Air-conditioned buses depart from Bangkok's Mochit 2 Bus Terminal to Sukhothai daily between 9.45 a.m. and 10.20 p.m.,frequently during the morning. The journey takes 7 hours. Call 0 2936 2852-66 or visit www.transport.co.th for more information. Private bus companies which operate daily bus services to Sukhothai are such as Win Tour (Tel: 0 2936 3753 or 0 5561 1039), Phitsanulok Yan Yon (Tel: 0 2936 2924-5, 0 5525 8647) Sukhothai Bus Terminal (Tel: 0 5561 3296)
There are no trains going directly to Sukhothai. One may travel by train to Phitsanulok and then take a local bus to Sukhothai, about 59 kilometres away. Contact Bangkok Railway Station Tel. 1690, 02223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or visit www.railway.co.th for more information.
Bangkok Airways flies from Bangkok to Sukhothai daily for 1-hour journey. Sukhothai Airport is about 40 kilometres north of the town. For more information, call 0 2265 5678, 0 2265 5555 or 0 5564 7224-5 or visit www.bangkokair.com
Bridge over the River Khwae FairNovember 26, 2010 - December 5, 2010
Enjoy visiting the miniature “Ancient Town of Kanchanaburi”, a historical and lifestyle presentation of Kanchanaburi province, the long entrance to the River Khwae Bridge and fair will be decorated, light and sound presentation on “The River Khwae Bridge and the Death Railway” at the River Khwae Bridge, sales of local and OTOP products.
Blooming Bua Tong (Mexican Sunflower) Festival on Mae Oo KawNovember 1, 2010 - December 13, 2010
Experience and feel the cool breeze of wintertime while appreciating the natural beauty of the Bua Tong flower field as well as enjoy camping.
Suitable for: Single traveler, Adventure traveler, Family, Couple, Group , First time travelers, Adults, Teens, Youth, Woman, Romance