||Events & Festivals
Castle & Boat Racing (October
This event is held to celebrate the end of Buddhist Lent (Ok Phansa).
People in the northeast mould beeswax into miniature Buddhist temples
and shrines in order to gain merit, which will determine their future
rebirth. Sakon Nakhon is the best place to witness these crafted models.
. There is an annual festival with a grand wax castle procession, competitive
boat racing as well as traditional northeastern cultural performances.
Phra & Thot Phapa Festival (October
These two events occur on the same day at the end of Buddhist Lent. Thot
Phapa is where Buddha images on elaborately decorated carriages are pulled
by the locals in land and water-borne processions. Chak Phra takes place
after this whereby saffron robes are offered to monks and money is conated
to temples. You can witness these events at Tapi River Bank, Surat Thani.
Year Ban Chiang Civilisation Celebrations (October
Ban Chiang World Heritage Site in Udon Thani is considered by UNESCO as
one of the oldest archaeological site in Thailand. Major celebration that
includes exotic art and cultural processions and performances, local handicraft
demonstrations and displays, international and local sport events, and
dazzling light and sound presentations will be held here.
Boat Races (October 28-29)
These long-boat races held on the Nan river are distinctively enhanced
by the brightly fancy coloured Nan boats. This event also accompanies
the annual Kathin season, when devotees wishing to gain merit present
new robes to monks of local temples.