Upcoming festivals and special events
April 27-May 1
Top of the Gulf Regatta
This year marks the 14th edition of the annual Top of the Gulf Regatta, headquartered once again at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club. Participating keelboats and multihulls are provided free berthing in the marina for the duration of the regatta, giving all sailors and boat owners a chance to enjoy four days of exciting and competitive racing, and the onshore camaraderie and social events each evening. In addition, the ASAF Youth Sailing Cup at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club follows immediately after the regatta—taking place from the 3rd to the 6th of May—making these two weeks a great time for boating enthusiasts in Pattaya.
Spartan Race Thailand
Known as the world’s best obstacle course competition, with over 240 races in 25 countries around the world this year alone, the 2nd staging of the Thailand edition of the Spartan Race once again takes over the Siam Country Club in Chonburi. For the uninitiated, this is not your everyday race—as participants are expected to run, climb, push, pull, throw, and crawl through walls, hills, trees, mud, barbed wire, and other challenging but fun obstacles. For the brave souls willing to enlist, each Spartan Race is designed to pull you from your comfort zone and challenge you—whether in a 5k sprint or a 13k Super Run. There’s also a Kid’s Race for children aged 4 to 13. For race times, and registration rates and info, visit the website.
Although it might seem like December is a long way off, it’s not too early to start planning a blissed-out, enhanced and extended weekend spent at this year’s Wonderfruit Festival, taking place, as always, at The Fields at Siam Country Club. This year will mark the 4th edition of this four-day celebration of music, food, and the arts, and since almost every year this eclectic event has been completely sold-out, getting tickets early is a good idea. Unfortunately, it’s too early to reveal the roster of musicians set to entertain, but last year’s line-up was phenomenal so expect the same this time round. And if transportation is a problem, remember that there is a shuttle bus service from Bangkok directly to the Wonderfruit site.