Wai Kru Festival in Thailand – A Fascinating Spiritual Journey

An event of profound religious and spiritual significance, the Wai Kru Festival or the Sak Yant Festival claims to bring physical and spiritual protection by way of the many exotic Sak Yant tattoos.

What is the Wai Kru Festival?

An intense experience and one of the famous festivals in Bangkok, the Wai Kru Festival is also known as the Sak Yant Festival. The Wai Kru Festival is not to be confused with the traditional phrase “Wai Kru” that is part of a ritual where students pay gratitude to their teachers.

Tattooing the Devotees

Over 10,000 Buddhist devotees gather at the Wat Bang Phra (temple) in Thailand for the Wai Kru Festival. The tattooists or the monks at the temple draw protective tattoos on the devotees with a single long needle about 18 inches long and 4 millimetres in width. Popular designs include tigers, monkeys and ancient Cambodian script.

Highlights of the Event

Some devotees with protective tattoos are said to enter trances or become possessed by the spirits. The sight of the tattooed devotees acting out the traits of the animals inked on to their bodies is a fascinating experience for visitors. Those on the lookout for such intriguing experiences on their vacation can consider an online Bangkok travel guide or blogs with information on such events such as Travel Bangkok Now.

Aftermath of the Trance

The common belief states that the Sak Yant tattoos are powerful and protect those who wear them from illness and death. The devotees are advised not to consume alcohol if they wish the powers to be effective.

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The 18th World Gourmet Festival – A Taste of Culinary Heaven

Known as the city of Angels, Bangkok, the capital of the beautiful country Thailand has attained many great heights in the global culinary stage this year. To add to this, the city will be hosting the 18th World Gourmet Festival this year as well.

All about the festival

This event gathers high-end chefs in the world that belong to different countries such as Australia to Portugal to Japan and much more. From the first time the festival started until today, this has become one of the most extravagant gastronomic events that take places in the world.

What to expect

Michelin star chefs and other experts in food and wine makers get together during this eventful time and prepare mouth-watering cuisine where you could experience a flavour explosion in everything you taste. Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel that is one of the Sukhumvit Hotels in Bangkok will be hosting the event this year.

Mark your calendar

If you are planning to visit Bangkok, the best time would be early September, because the 18th World Gourmet Festival will also be taking place during this time. Exactly between the 4th to the 10th of September.

Reservations

Before attending the festival, reservations should be done online. All details of when each and every chef that will be cooking and the times can be checked from the official World Gourmet Festival website.

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Upcoming Moon Festival in Bangkok – Party All Night Long…

Bangkok city, famous for being most alive at the night time attracts many tourists from all over the world.

Plan ahead

During the festival season, Thai hotels get quite busy, so it is better to secure your booking as early as possible. If you would rather stay at a service apartment in Bangkok, there are plenty of popular options like Anantara Baan Rajprasong. Coming up is the most awaited festival of all seasons, the Moon Festival, so this is a very good time to plan your visit to Bangkok.

 

History

Even though this festival has originated in China, it has moved to a different phase in Bangkok. Story goes that in 1985 a small group of travellers who were inspired by the beauty of the moon in Koh Phangan had arranged an all night long beach party which later developed to the major bash known as the ‘Full Moon Party’.

The party

Every month a crowd of about 10,000 – 30,000 comes to enjoy the most happening beach festival with dance, music, food, and drinks. The glamorous fireworks make most of the party atmosphere, while the fire eaters thrill the crowd with their skillful performances.

Developments

This has gained so much fame among tourists that even variants like ‘Half Moon’ and ‘Quarter Moon’ parties were on the rise during the early days. But the government had banned all celebrations apart from the Full Moon Festival considering the noise pollution and severe damage it caused to the routine lives of Islanders.

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Chumphon Marine Festival – The Incredible Chumphon Marine Festival

If you have heard of Thailand you will be aware that this nation has some of the most unique and astonishing festivals in the world, such as the city-wide water-fight that is referred to as the Songkran festival. The Chumphon Marine festival is an equally incredible concept and is definitely something that should not be missed if you happen to be here during the season. There’s many a Sathorn Bangkok hotel to choose from in the nearby area such as the Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel.

The goal of the festival is to promote marine tourism while also carrying out some seriously eco-friendly activities in the process. One of the most incredible highlights of the 2016 festival were the sand-related art that was featuring ranging from incredibly breathtaking drawings to sand sculptures of various icons that are relevant to the ten ASEAN countries as well as the Chumphon province itself.

There are many mini-festivals that take place during the course of this larger parent festival. If you enjoy seafood, there’s a massive seafood festival that takes place as part of the Chumpon Marine Festival where you can feast on a variety of seafood dishes prepared according to a range of styles. There’s even a kite-festival that happens which is sure to be a sight to behold.

The most remarkable activities are the ones that positively impact the marine environment. Not only does the festival result in large-scale beach clean-ups, but it organises operations involving divers who rid the ocean depths of garbage, since Chumphon is considered one of the best diving spots in Thailand. During the festival, rare and endangered marine creatures are also released back into the ocean in order to boost their numbers. These usually mark the end of conservation projects to breed certain species.

So if you’re in Thailand during this time, be sure to experience the astonishingly positive Chumphon Marine Festival.

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Business Events in Bangkok- Where doing business is a pleasure

Thailand blends ancient with modern and tradition with innovation, strikes the perfect balance. From dazzling destinations, to world-class venues, to accessibility and hospitality that are second to none, it’s no wonder more organizations than ever are holding many business events in Thailand, where doing business is a pleasure. Thailand’s location in the heart of Asia, with hundreds of flights per day from all corners of the globe, makes it as simple as getting on a plane. Thailand’s not just the geographical center of Asia, it’s quickly evolving into Asia’s premier business hub. From the way they lead dozens of global industries, to their quickly developing markets, to their commitment to world-class MICE events. There are many luxury hotels and resorts that are perfect for business travelers, however Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas is one of the best hotels in Thailand, that is ideal for both leisure and business travelers. Anantra Hotels and Resorts offer world class services and is an icon for impeccable hospitality. They also offer elegant and spacious accommodation, which offer beautiful, scenic views for the guests. The cuisine offered at the hotel is simply divine, and there is a wide variety of delectable food prepared by world class chefs.

Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) is one of Thailand’s leading exhibition and convention venues. The center offers a range of technologically advanced facilities to accommodate exhibitions, conventions, conferences, special events, and seminars. The center can cater for as few as 30 people or as many as 100,000 visitors a day. Named after the current queen of Thailand, the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center is Thailand’s premier exhibition and conference center. The center has been built with a view to catering for national and international events and has played host to some of the biggest events ever to take place in Thailand.

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Bangkok International Fashion Week – Celebrating Thai Fashion in Style!

Whether you opt to visit the Thai capital of Bangkok in January or June, the likelihood of an exciting event taking place during your stay is quite likely for Bangkok is a city filled with life. While the Thai celebrate their own traditional holidays, they do not shy away from celebrating holidays of foreign cultures. For those visiting Bangkok in January and February, the Bangkok Fringe Festival will provide a wonderful insight into the traditional dance and music of the sub-continent and the Chinese New Year is bound to be an exciting event with firecrackers, lanterns and dragon dances.

Taking a Bangkok cruise tour during such a celebration is likely to be surreal experience as one can observe the skies above and the water below mirroring the array of colours created by fireworks displays. Such tours can be facilitated by local hotels as well as service providers such as Anantara Cruises. While other cultural events such as the Makha Bucha which is a religious holiday, Chakri Day and Songkran take place, fashion shows are also featured activities on the Bangkok calendar. The Elle Fashion week, for instance, has been held in Bangkok since 1999 while the Bangkok International Fashion Week takes place in mid March.

The Bangkok International Fashion Fair will take place from 11-13 March this year at IMPACT in Bangkok alongside the Bangkok International Leather Fair 2015. The Fashion Week is scheduled to present a number of catwalk shows by Thai designers over four days thereby providing an opportunity for new and raw talent to exhibit their designs and gain international exposure.

A number of the designers who are scheduled to launch their new clothing lines have already been successful internationally and their latest styles are looked forward to by the locals. While tickets must be obtained to view the shows, usually, if you are lucky, you may be able to snag a coveted public seat to witness the unfolding of the latest fashion in Thailand.

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Festivals in Bangkok – The catch of the city

The vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Bangkok is sensational year around with a palette of festivals happening very frequently. Even though the city is taken over by modernism, it is still an emblem of Thai culture for both residents and visitors. In order to enjoy these fabulous festivities, Atrium Bangkok, set in a convenient location, is one of the most fascinating Bangkok city hotels.

To begin with, Chinese New Year, celebrated in Yaowaraj, takes place in January or February. This exhilarating celebration brings life to the official Chinatown with dragon dancers, fanfare, chromatic fireworks and exploding fire crackers. You can wear red clothes and join in with the festivities to feel the spirit of this festival.

Songkran festival, celebrated in April, the warmest month of the year, is the traditional Thai New Year that is usually a time for family reunion. This is a jovial ceremony in the scorching heat that every visitor should partake. During this week of celebration the whole city goes wild with friendly water fights and street parties with the belief to wash away all misfortunes of the past year.

Moon festival and Vegetarian festival, celebrated in September or October, are delightful with yummy gourmet foods lined up on colourful shelf displays. Definitely, try out the moon cakes during the moon festival and the variety of vegan dishes from sweet cakes to noodle soups sold in temporary rows of stalls in Chinatown, the gathering point for the festivities of the Vegetarian festival!

Furthermore, Loy Krathong, one of the most picturesque traditional festivals in the country takes place in November. Beautiful lotus shaped rafts, decorated with candles, incense and flowers are released onto water by people gathering around lakes, rivers and canals to pay respects to the goddess of water. The sight of thousands of Krathongs is truly enticing and magical.

Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Bangkok is also captivating as in any other country. Therefore, swipe out into the city and let the spirit of festivities happening all year round make the best out of your visit in this paradise!

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Suphanburi Tingkajad Festival – a colourful cultural parade

A beautiful festival that dates back to at least 100 consecutive years and considered to be a ritual of the Mahayana Buddhism is held in the month of August. If you are planning a holiday at a Bangkok resort, you could consider a stay at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa that lies in close proximity to the venue of this festival.

When travelling to Bangkok on either business or pleasure during august, you could visit the Suphanburi province and witness this spectacular festival which is bound to be a stress reliever. Many poor people attend this parade for free meals and the other provisions. There are different parts included in this spectacular parade, a few being the Chinese exhibitions, donations offered to the Chinese monks that makes lot of merits.

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Thai Short Film & Video Festival in Bangkok, a delight for the film enthusiast

The mesmerizing city of Bangkok offers many attractions for the visitor, including sightseeing highlights, cultural attractions and a host of festivals and events. If you are selecting Sathorn apartments an appealing choice would be the Ascott Sathorn Bangkok. This fine accommodation provider offers well-appointed rooms and welcoming hospitality in a conveniently accessible location.

The much anticipated Thai Short Film and Video Festival is a yearly film extravaganza held in the Thai capital Bangkok. This popular event which has been held since 1997 is devoted to creations such as short films, student films, animation, documentary films and experimental films. Conducted by the Thai Film Foundation this groundbreaking event provides a platform for local filmmakers, particularly independent film producers who create short Thai language films. A number of special programmes are also conducted as a part of the festival, drawing the attention of film lovers. Foreign films are also screened as there is a separate competition for international films.

The festival aims to encourage independent filmmaking and recognize creativity amongst Thai filmmakers. As the best and most popular films are screened as part of the festival it is eagerly awaited by Thai film aficionados.

A number of prizes are awarded in various categories as part of the festival. The R. D. Pestonji Award is granted to the best general filmmaker; the White Elephant prize is awarded to the best film by a college student; the Special White Elephant is granted to the most promising high school or even younger filmmaker; the Duke award for the finest documentary; as well as the Payut Ngaokrachang award for the best animation.

Films from many countries have been selected for the international competition, with past entries having been received from nations as far flung as France, Hong Kong, Belarus, Iran, the United States, Ukraine, China, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland and Lebanon just to name a few. With so much to view and enjoy film lovers will be enthralled by this unique film festival.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.

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About Food and Drink – TRAFS 2014

Now in its 8th year, the Thailand Retail Food & Hospitality Services TRAFS for short is an annual hospitality industry event held over four days in mid July at BITEC Bangkok. It is promoted as one of the ‘must attend’ regional events for anyone engaged in the hospitality industry. As equipment and supplies for hotels, restaurants, catering, bakery and retail businesses are exhibited this is where more than 30,000 visitors and participants from 50 regional and other countries come to get in touch with the latest trends in key areas of the hospitality industry.

It is the best regional platform for kitchen, Bakery and coffee equipment manufacturers and distributors, manufacturers and distributors of food, beverages, ice cream and dairy products, laundry, cleaning equipment and bedding, table and kitchenware, furniture, ready to eat products and related computer soft and hardware and security systems. Attendees enjoy hundreds of sales opportunities in just four days. This where industry professionals come to see new product demonstrations, check and evaluate products prior to buying, launch new products and meet buyers and sellers. This is also the most cost effective way to identify product related services and information. Assistance is provided to participants with accommodation, transport and business services. The serviced suites of Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok are among the Bangkok serviced apartments suited for short and long stays.

The event is more than just an exhibition. It provides four days of competitions, workshops and opportunities for business meet ups with global and regional players to share knowledge and experiences on the trades involved. The chef’s competition is a big draw. Culinary experts from various hotels around the country vie to be the top chef in the preparation of entrees, main meals, deserts, pastries and petit fours with the wedding cake competition taking top billing. Food workshops draw visitors into the exhibition with cooking classes and demonstrations, the effective use of different ingredients, food tasting, tips on pairing wines, food safety, dessert and cake decorating among other activities.

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