Chonburi is an eastern province of Thailand and mostly known for its Buffalo Racing festival. The festival is more than just a festival and has become one of Chonburi’s traditions for more than 100 years. The festival often takes place at the end of rain retreat or end of Buddhist Lent. After the rains stop, the farmers from all over Chonburi gather at the local temples to sell their cultivated rice to the people of Chonburi. They usually brought their Buffalos too, so to spend some fun times they’ll often do races and enjoy their spare time like this which later on became a tradition in Chonburi. The Races are now a part of the tradition and have taken the shape of a two-week festival. This year the festival will take place at 23rd of the October, though it varies from year to year.
These annual racing festivals is a serious matter to many farmers, they not only take extra care of the diet of the racing buffalos, but the buffalos also have to go through training, so they are ready to participate in the race. The Race is 100 meters long and jockeys sit on buffalo’s bare back holding a rein and a whip. The race tests the coordination of the rider and the buffalo as well as it is a measure of rider’s eligibility and buffalo’s speed. The races are of many kinds bringing variation to the festival. The Buffalo Racing is also a source of joy for the speculators. Gambling on the buffalo is part of the fun and joy people drive from the Buffalo Racing Festival.
No festival is complete without food to fill the hungry festival goers. As all the other festivals in Thailand food is the basic component of the buffalo racing festival as well. You will find various food stalls with different delicious food items at every corner along with amusing and fun rides set up for the children. Other than that, there also many other exciting activities that take place during the races like “Miss Buffalo”, I know what you’re thinking the title is a bit awkward but not for the local ladies who try their best to win this prestigious honor for themselves. There are also beauty contests for the buffalos who are not fit enough for the races.
The Festival attracts thousands of visitors every year which includes the people from all over Thailand plus some overseas visitors. The festival brings millions of baht to Chonburi each year according to local officials.
The festival takes place near the main Chonburi city close to the city hall, there are Mo Chit (Northern Bus Terminal) and Ekamai (Eastern Bus Terminal) to reach there from Bangkok. It will take you max. 2 hours to reach your destination with a fare of min. 120 baht. From Pattaya, there are several buses that can take you to Chonburi that run all day long, the journey takes approx. 1 to 2 hours with 40 baht as bus fare. Yellow Bus runs from Pattaya Nua (Pattaya Northern Bus Station) while all the other ordinary bus services can be hailed near Sukhumvit Road.
The Khao Phansa Festival or also known as Buddhist Lent is a time period of three months by Buddhists where they avoid things like meat, alcohol, and tobacco. The monks are forbidden to stay in their temples and are not allowed wonder around outside. It encourages them to follow the five major Buddhist precepts: don’t kill animals; don’t steal or engage in corrupt acts; don’t commit adultery; don’t lie; and avoid drinking alcohol. This is a high spiritual time and monks stay behind in their temples praying and meditating or even fast for most part, however, it is not obligatory to fast mostly Theravada Buddhists observe Khao Phansa, and even many of them choose not to fast.
The khao Phansa is also known as rain retreat for monastics as it marks the rainy days in Thailand which normally begins at the full moon of the eighth month annually and falls in July and ends in the month of October for the most years. This year Khao Phansa will be celebrated at 28th of July. The dates may vary according to the full moon in the eighth month.
The number of the days of rainy season spent meditating and praying inside the temples is called “Vassas” and marks the years that a Thai Buddhist monk has been a monk.
Other people celebrate this day offering their respect to the monk by making various offering to monks i.e. food, flowers, incense, candles and other items necessary for every use for the monks. Other than that, some people also offer robes to the monks.
This tradition follows a legend from Buddha’s times when his followers kept wandering in the fields during rainy season and people complained that they are violating the fields and damaging the seeds and perhaps other little creatures too. on hearing these worries by the people buddha then ordered his followers to stay inside the temples during rainy seasons.
The rituals are not for just monks other Thai people also refrain from drinking alcohol during this season. They pray for their guidance and happiness to fill their lives.
The festivities start from preparing food for the monks early in the morning. The items in the list vary according to people’s liking and preferences. You can also see some worshipers washing the feet of the monks to atone for their sins. Monks are also offered candles which they use during their time in temple. After the offerings have been made the monks then recite buddha’s teachings and state the history of Buddhist Lent to the people that go to the festival, in the evening the monks along with other people bring flowers and candle and walk around the central temple three times.
These are the most spiritual time for Thai people when their men practice monkhood for a short period of time along with many other ceremonies. In most Thai traditions lay people don’t get married in these three months of Khao Phansa or Buddhist Lent.
Every year on the 15th day of the Ghost month the 7th month on the lunar calendar different Chinese communities situated in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai Celebrate the Hungry Ghost Festival. This year the Ghost month starts on 11th August and lasts till 9th September and The Hungry Ghost Festival will take place on 25th of August.
According to the Chinese traditions the whole month is said to be a time when restless wandering spirits of ancestors are released into the realms of the real world to seek the worldly pleasures. Unlike Qingming Festival this festival mainly focuses on the ghost who were abandoned or murdered and also who committed suicide. The Ghost are said to be looking for relief and sometimes revenge from the people who cause harm to them when they were alive.
Chinese people believing this myth performs various offerings to these lost souls in order to bring peace to them including food, drinks, money and other entertainment. The festival follows the story of Mu Lian who was terrified to see his mother in the depths of hell and was told by Buddha to offer a prayer for her, so this ritual was performed on the 15th of the 7th lunar month by the Buddha and his disciples in result of which Mu Lian’s mother was released and thus has become a tradition.
Generally, the offerings last for the whole month but it is said that the extent of Ghost’s Hunger increases on the 15th night of the Ghost Month. The Festivities contain two main feasts one with the Family and second is the open offerings made for Hungry Ghosts. There are certain other traditions that Chinese people follow to ease the pains and suffering of these wandering spirits. We have mentioned some of them as following:
Burning Incense and Joss Paper:
It is said that nearly everywhere is a ghost that might harm you or not to be safe of that danger people often burn home made items of Joss paper it is said that its smells relax the minds of troubled souls. Fires are set at every corner of the streets.
Food offerings For Hungry Ghosts:
There are also food offerings beside all the other worldly pleasures. People leave off food on the street sides for any ghost who might pass by they are also offered sweets, tea and other eating items that may please the ghosts.
The Hungry Ghost Festival Feast:
As mentioned before because it is believed that the connection between living and dead is the strongest on the 15th night of the month people prepares gigantic feasts on the full moon night for the Hungry Ghost Festival. Feast have two main parts a family dinner where the seats for the deceased members of the families are left empty and other is the open feast usually held at the back yards of the houses.
Sending Ghosts off through Floating Lanterns:
Lanterns of different shapes and kinds are released into the sky at the Hungry Ghost Festival or at the last night of the Ghost Month so that ghosts can find their way back easily.
In order to praise the God and for the pleasure of the roving Ghosts different spur of the moment performances are performed by different Chinese communities. For the show there is a row of the seats reserved for the ghosts in the front other than that everyone is invited to sit anywhere.
How To Safeguard Yourself From Wandering Ghosts:
There are many superstitions that revolve around that can actually be quite helpful if you fear you’ll be attacked by a Ghost i.e. you can’t walk outside at night because there may be ghosts wondering around at that time, better avoid swimming in the pools for a while you never know when a ghost tries to drown you, also you can’t mess with the food offerings made for the ghost on the roadside, don’t sing or whistle or a ghost might answers just like that there is endless things that you can avoid is you don’t want interactions with nay of the ghosts.
Lopburi is a city situated in the center of Thailand and is 150 kms north of Bangkok. This city aside from being famous for its historical architecture is also majorly known for its Monkey Banquet Festival held at the last Sunday of November almost every year. A big part of the city is filled with long tailed macaque monkeys who are considered to be a good luck for the city. As these monkeys are regarded as the descendants of Hanuman, The Monkey King, no one dares to say no to them even when they ruin cables and wires of use. They wander freely in the city and eat from wherever they want. Specially on this special day people from all over Thailand set up food tables for them to eat from. This festival is meant to thank them for their presence in the city as they are considered to be a symbol of good luck also it causes numerous tourist to visit just to see these monkeys eat off tables decorated specially for them.
The Lopburi Monkey Festival usually takes place at the ruins of Khmer. In 11th Century Lopburi was under taken by Khmers and they built many architectural buildings in the area however later the Khmer empire fell apart but the buildings they created serve the purpose of offering gratitude to monkeys now. Aside from this people also decorate streets and also their house roofs with different colored fruits and other food items for monkeys to eat. It first started when a local businessman attended to show gratitude to these monkeys for bringing numerous tourist to the city by offering them food and now this tradition is extended to being a big festival by setting up long tables with red cloth and cool ice underneath tons of colorful fruits as an offering to monkeys.
As these monkeys have been living in these areas for centuries they are much acquainted with Thai people as well as they don’t shy away from tourists too. if you are thinking about visiting the place you must get ready for The Planet of The Apes live right in front of your eyes. Also, as Thai people have a huge respect for these monkeys they let them do whatever they want so beware if one of them steals your purse or your food or anything they get their paws on.
The Banquet is split into four sittings starting from 10:00 AM, Then 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM and last at 4:00 PM. Other than monkeys eating food there are a lot of other attractions also available in the city like ancient buildings and other festivities along with the foods offerings to the monkeys. And don’t worry all the food is not just for monkeys there are food stalls and different vendors for tourists aswell, so you won’t be dying with hunger.
You can get there by either bus or train. Usually the city is jam packed around the festival time so if you want to stay there for a while you are advised to book the hotel room in advance.
Songkran is an annual festival held every 13 to 15 of April (Dates and Days may vary in different areas) when stars shift, and a new Thai year begins, in which people all over Thailand Splash water on everybody including anyone who comes in their way. This splashing of water is considered a way to purify soul and to wash off all the bad omen from the previous year by Thai people.
People also go to shrines and temples to give offerings and pray for the year ahead. They also make new year resolutions just like us, but the most important factor of the remains the water fights that takes on every corner of the Thailand and turns it into a war zone.
We have created a list of things you might want to consider if you are planning a holiday around that time of the year to Thailand. Following are a few things to keep in mind while you are at it:
Follow the Rules:
Yes! Even though this is supposed to be a safe water festival where you enjoy pouring on each other there are some rules you must consider before you start your fight like you must make sure the water you are using is clean and also that the water is not hot, room temperature can do as well as ice cold water in case its not too cold to cause the person you are pouring it at any harm. Some people add powder to their water making it a gooey and thick substance that Is prohibited in some area and you should also avoid doing such things.
You can use water guns or plain buckets for water fights but make sure that they are not heavy pressure guns that can hurt people. And make sure you know well where you are aiming at better not hit someone in the eye and turn the fun experience into a dangerous one some people also get arrested for not abiding by the rules.
Keep in mind that alcohol consumption is not allowed before 5 in the evening and can only be consumed in bars or hotels, so you better not be found trolling around street drinking.
Also keep your eyes open as some alcohol-driven men see this as a chance to grope and get extra touchy while lathering your face with white powder.
Get Your Valuables Waterproofed:
As you know that the whole city will be filled people intended to get you wet it is better to safeguard your valuables that have a danger of getting ruined by water. You can easily find plastic bags being sold on the street and you can put your electronics in them to secure them.
You can also bring a big waterproof bag to put your things inside also plan ahead to get fully soaked with water and put your cards and other necessary items in a safe plastic bag. Also, carry a waterproof camera or don’t bring it along at all. Or you have the option to bring extra disposable stuff to avoid getting them drenched and damaged.
Make Sure To Dress Lightly:
You simply can’t avoid getting soaked so its is better to be prepared beforehand. Avoid dressing up too much as you are in for a water fight it will be more appropriate to wear something light or should I say wear something that you don’t mind getting wet. It is better to skip white dresses unless you don’t mind it being a see-through after being fully drenched. Also avoid jeans or denim pants as they will get heavy after getting wet and you will have to face difficulty walking around in them. see this holiday as a beach party and dress as light as you can with flip flops, t-shirts and short or such. It will be a great idea to wear your swimsuit under your cloths it will you in maintaining your dignity once you get all soaked. Put a of sun screen and wear googles to avoid getting hit in the eyes with water.
Avoid Wet Powder:
One more thing to keep in mind is that some people might also mark your face with wet powder it is considered to be a blessing that stays with you even after you are dried up after the festival. But it is better to avoid this altogether as there is not any guarantee that the person who is lathering your face has clean hands and also this powder tends to clog through the pores pf your skin and can cause serious damage to your skin. If you don’t want to look like an acne filled teenager, you better use precautions and bring a clean water bottle to wash your face if someone happens to mark your face with this wet powder.
Remember it’s a Holiday:
If you know what I mean this must have become clear that if it’s a holiday that means holiday all over the city i.e. no banks and no ATMs. So, make sure you have your required amount of cash with you and also don’t carry too much cash with as it will be a crowded weekend there is a high chance of pick pocketers to be out of leash so keep your eyes open and plan wisely on what you need to do to secure your money.
Remember There are Also Temples:
Songkran is not just about water fights and wet powder the whole festivity actually has a deeper and religious outlook. There are also some important religious ceremonies that take place as part of the festival and there is no prohibition for tourist not to take part in these so make sure you enjoy this part of festivity with all people as well. There are also somethings you must avoid if you want to mess up anything during your visit to the temple like you better watch out not to dress appropriately, do not touch anybody’s head as it considered immoral, do not point your feet towards buddha or any of the monks, leave your shoes behind before stepping into temple, do not touch any of the monks or spill water on them and don’t kiss your partner or anyone while you are on temple grounds.
That’s it guys all that you need to know before you go to Songkran Water Festival.
The Pattaya International Music Festival is one of the biggest music events in Thailand. It is one show that you can’t get enough of. Annually held in Pattaya Region of Thailand it is the most anticipated Music festival each year. It’s been providing us music lovers not only with international bands and music but also some most profound acts of Thailand as well.
This Music Festival takes place on specifically built stages on Beautiful Pattaya Breach every year for 3 whole days. The Festival brings fabulous line-ups each year and has been a center of attention from all over the world from a decade. Not only it is one of its kind in Thailand, but it has an audience of international scales and is waited enthusiastically each coming year.
The festival is scheduled to take place in March 2018 though dates and other details are yet to be announced. One thing for sure is that like each year this year’s Pattaya International Music Festival is going to be a whole lot more fun and something to be thrilled with. Many of music fans watch this festival every year in person as well as on television. The Show presents a wide range of musicians and artists from all genres including rock, pop, hip-hop and R’n’B, in other words there is something for everyone here.
The Show starts in the evening every day and continues till midnight. There are lots of food stalls spread wide on festival grounds from all around the globe with kiosks from famous companies as well as many other professionals from music industry and tons of promotional offerings.
If you are on a holiday in Pattaya relishing the wonderful views waling down the streets and looking for something exciting and fun, then don’t miss this chance to a weekend full of explicit fun and visit The Pattaya International Music Festival and take your holidays to a whole new level.
With rock music near to its end in countries like Europe and America over the course of some years with new styles of music being introduced every now and then Thailand keeps the rock alive. If you are also a rock fan and want to hear some real rock music, then you can have your wish fulfilled at Pattaya international Music Festival.
Although the line up for the show is yet to be announced you can be sure of having a wonderful experience of thrilling performances form some of famous stars in Asian music as well as Thai Music industry and also some of international acts from Europe and America.
Whenever you plan a trip to Thailand make sure to attend the Full Moon Party. It is one of the biggest beach party ever originated in Haad Rin on the island of Ko Phangan, Thailand. Now if you are willing to join this party you must know how to enjoy it to fullest. To make this trip easy for you here’s a complete guide to the Full Moon Party.
For start let’s find out what is this party, how it started, who started it and what happened after.
Brief History Of Full Moon Party:
Ko Phangan has become one of the most popular foundation to a fantastic beach party. More than 30,000 people join this party every month on the night of, before or after every full moon. It is mostly attended by tourists looking for fun time during their holiday trip to Thailand. It’s a must place to go whenever you get a chance to go to Thailand. Now about how it started.
Many many years back a pack of tourists found out this awesome place where you can enjoy full moon and have fun. they started with a small party with bunch of friends enjoying the moon light and seashore. They had such a great time that they had to come here once again and then again soon after which the words got out and people started coming to this place and since then its more like a tradition that follows the same routine every month on the full moon night. People come from all over the world to enjoy this night of festivity and amusement.
The party contains more than 12 powerful sound systems on 800-metre beach turning it into an open-air nightclub. This is probably the most famous parties in the world with a lively festival-like atmosphere, great music and huge quantities of alcohol. The beach is full of people selling alcohol, there are also jugglers and fire dancers, brilliant firework display, and little booths selling glow-in-the-dark face paint.
The Full Moon Party is truly one of a kind and you’ll have loads of fun. the atmosphere here is very lively and everybody’s friendly too. you won’t see anyone or anything like that. People come here for fun and that is the only thing you are going to find here.
When does it starts?
As you can guess from its name it’s a full moon party so obviously on full moon night. The latest update on the party is that it will be held on the 30th May 2018 on the usual place. But don’t worry if you miss it because you have more options like half-moon party, quarter-moon party, and black-moon party. You can join the fun anytime. The party starts at dusk when there is a visible round yellow moon in the sky. Every night is like a party over here on Koh Phangan.
Place To Stay:
After knowing all about the party the main thing that comes to mind is where you are going to stay. Don’t worry there are many accommodations places here on Haad Rin but when It comes to accommodation you will want to stay as close as possible to the party. For that you need to be here before the party minimum a week or two before, so you can get some best deals on hotel rooms etc. if not you might have to struggle to get anything around the more you wait the harder it gets.
Cost Per Room:
Here’s what you can expect to pay for your bed per night:
Dorm room (there are now a lot of dorms here, which wasn’t the case a few years ago): 300 baht
Regular room with A/C and hot water: 500–800 baht
Really nice room: 1,000–1,500 baht
Basic bungalow: 800 baht
Really nice bungalow: 2,000–3,800 baht
Note: ($1 USD = 30 baht)
Remember the closer the dates are to the full moon party the more the prices will increase. A day before or on the day of party the prices for accommodation will double the amount they were before and if you are here at some specific occasion such as new year’s, then you can expect them to be even tripled including a mandatory holiday dinner that I might inform you is quite expensive, it’s just another way to get more money out of you so beware don’t say I didn’t told you.
I personally don’t recommend booking online because the deals you are going to find online will be sky high. Also, they restrict you to stay longer (approximately 10 nights) than you originally need here. There are lot of easy accommodations in Haad Rin and you’ll have to come here in person to get those you are not going to find them online on websites like hotels.com or Agoda. Come here yourself and that’s the only best way to get cheap and good hotel rooms in Haad Rin.
If you want an alternative to Haad Rin, then Ban Tai Beach could be the best option. It’s a little over the Haad Rin beach and its where most people go when there is no more room here in Haad Rin. And if you stay on northern parts that’s going to cost you a lot because you’ll be very far away from the party and the boat taxis and normal taxis that run there are very expensive. Other than that, you can also check out Full Moon Party Booking Packages for your ease comfort. Due top their direct contract with the hotel you can get better access to a clean and comfortable room easily.
Since there is no airport on the island everybody comes there through a ferry. You can get to the nearest island Koh Samui and then take a taxi or a ferry there are two routes for getting there via Surat Thani is another alternative to Koh Samui. Round-trip tickets from Surat Thani will cost you 600 baht and you will be dropped off at Thong Sala you can get a taxi in 100 baht from there to Haad Rin. And if you are going from Koh Samui, you will have to pay approximately 200 baht for a route from Big Buddha Pier or Maenam Beach. One benefit is that given the time of the day or the company whose ferry you are using you can get to the main dock of Thong Sala or even Haad Rin. Don’t worry you can easily get a boat from Koh Samui to Haad Rin because during Full Moon Party boats go there like every hour.
Also, there are a lot of bus companies that run their buses during whole night from Bangkok to Koh Phangan in 450 to 600 baht. The price also includes the ferries. You’ll have to take a bus traveling all night to Surat Thani then sit at the ferry terminal for a few hours and then you can take the ferry to the island. It sure is a long night but still much cheaper than flying there. Also, some bus companies take the Chumphon Route and then you take the ferry from there, both routes take up a lot of time but usually Chumphon ferries are way better than Surat Thani ones.
Full Moon Party:
The party starts days before the full moon because people start piling up on the island way before the full moon night. On the day of the party you can see tourists from all around the world and some neighboring island people crowding the beach like from Koh Samui and Koh Tao. Most people start drinking from afternoon and also typically people head for the beach to party at around 9 PM. At about midnight to 2 AM the crowd gets to its peak and beach is full of people from all over. Specially on new year’s eve, the beach starts filling up at 8 PM.
Costs At The Full Moon Party:
Here’s costs of various things you’ll need on Haad Rin:
Average Thai meal: 120 baht
Average Western meal: 200 baht
Banana pancakes: 30 baht
Cheap food sold on the beach: 40–50 baht
Beer: 80–100 baht (30 in a 7-11 store)
Cigarettes: 80 baht
Buckets: 200–300 baht, depending on the kind of alcohol, The price can rise up to 400 baht specially on New Year’s Eve.
Toilets: 5–10 baht
The best way to save money on alcohol will be to buy your beer from the 7-11 or simply buy buckets from the beach, where you can get alcohol as cheap as 180 baht.
Food is quite posh in Haad Rin, but don’t worry we have got you covered there are some good budget choices. Paprika, the Israeli restaurant, offers a falafel sandwich and fruit shake combo for 100 baht. There is a parking lot in the center of the town just by walking down a street behind it you’ll find a small Thai restaurant that offer 50 to 60 baht per meal, which is about half the price of most other restaurants. Opposite to the “Planet Hollywood” (just a restaurant that swiped the name) is one more decent and low-priced Thai place.
What the is a bucket?
A Thai Bucket is typically a bucket filled with a can of coke. Thai Red Bull and a 375ml bottle of alcohol.
Party Survival Tips:
Here’s a list of things you better keep in mind if you want to keep this party a fun experience:
Careful With the Drugs:
Thailand is full of drugs specially at parties like the full moon but beware that all type of drugs is illegal in Thailand and you can be charge by some pretty bad punishment or could get locked up in prison. There are undercover Policemen patrolling the beach who will try to arrest by selling you drugs also you can not trust anyone local people there usually turn on tourist and tell about them to police for reward. Though your safe if you are just smoking a joint or doing a pill most policemen are not interested in arresting anyway granted they get to have a desirable bribe. You can expect to pay minimum 1000 USD for avoiding getting in jail and the price may vary provided what kind of person the cop is and how much good are you at bargaining.
Pass on the Jump Rope:
Can you imagine people who are practically really really drunk jumping a rope that is been soaked in gasoline and then lit on fire for fun? you’ll say that is just insane. But people do exactly that on the full moon party, you may be the best rope jumper, but you can’t say the same for the guy who will be partnered with you. That’s why you better avoid getting wrapped up in this mess. A lot of people get burned doing this crazy stuff once the rope got wrapped around one guy’s arm and burned all his skin off he had to be immediately taken to the hospital and in some cases, it can be life threatening. I don’t call this fun its pure insanity.
Having the buckets can be deadly if you are not careful enough. Most people start drinking before the sun rise and then they are the ones you can see passed out on the beach by midnight. And there are a few buckets that can get you very very drunk so here’s a tip you should follow if you really want to see the next sunrise: DO NOT DRINK BEFORE MIDNIGHT. Also, bare it in mind that The Red Bull traded in Asia holds ephedra. This substance feels like speed. It also refutes the upshot of the alcohol swiftly, and you don’t feel as much drunk as you actually are. So, be careful regarding your consumption of both liquids.
Avoid the ocean:
You may think playing in the ocean is one but that’s another case for the ocean in Thailand specially during full moon party. Not only you can drown as there can be some strong waves but also everyone at the party treats the oceans as their personal toilet. The warm water of the ocean in the Thailand is not only due to the climate. So, to stay clean you must avoid going into the ocean.
Things To Bring At Party:
In a crowd like these there is high possibility for theft so better be careful and bring as little as possible. Just enough money to buy your drinks and your room key. Nothing more will be needed here.
The Full Moon Party is one of the major and famous parties in the world. The massive mainstream of travelers in Southeast Asia will be there, and people of all ages and nationalities can be seen there along with a few families. The party is absolutely exceptional and fascinating, but if you don’t know how to properly enjoy it can also turn into a dangerous experience or can just be too expensive. So, enjoy but better to be prepared.