Upcoming festivals, seasonal events, adventure trips, and more
Postponed from 2016, the Mystic Valley Festival is set to take place at the Mountain Creek Resort Khao Yai this month. The three-day festival offers music lovers a large variety of genres, including EDM, Trance, Techno, Drum & Bass, Trap, Nu Disco, and Indie, on four stages—all surrounded by nature. Among the headliners are Sander van Doorn, Bassjackers, Andy Moor, and Nakadia. In addition, there will be pool parties, day and night markets, and an array of more than 50 food trucks for ravenous revellers. Three-day (and night) passes are priced at B2,990 for general admission, and B5,490 for VIP high-rollers. To purchase tickets, or to find out more about the event, accommodation, and transportation, visit the official website.
Chang Music Connection presents the Nang Len Festival once again, with special live performances from 11 Thai artists including ModernDog, V Violette, Cocktail, Lula, Somkiat, Pop Pongkool, and Paradox. What makes this festival unique is that the groups all perform old songs (covers), but in a different music style—what becomes known as the Nang Len version. And even if you don’t know much about the songs or performers it’s still a great chance to enjoy fresh air and nature during the Valentine’s Day weekend. The festival is being held at The Ocean Khao Yai, (Thanarat Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima province). Tickets are B1,500 (available through 7-Eleven stores or online) and the show starts at 4pm—continuing on into the wee hours of the morning.
During the rainy season, which usually lasts from June to early November, daredevils flock to Khao Yai for whitewater rafting at Kaeng Hin Phoen, located inside Khao Yai National Park. During this time, the water level is high, providing a faster flow, cleaner rapids, and generally less hazardous conditions. The Kaeng Hin Phoen rafting area—located near the 9th Ranger Unit at Amphoe Nadi in the province of Prachinburi—offers rapids for all varieties of skill levels. A typical outing will last for about two hours, and covers about 4.5 km of river. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) offers trips with reliable tour operators for B450 per person (or B3,500 per rubber raft for 8 persons). Call 03 731 2282 for more info.
Each year, from early December to mid-January (the peak of the cool season), the Jim Thompson Farm in the Pak Thong Chai district of Nakhon Ratchasima province, opens its doors to the public. During this time the 721 rai farm—originally established to raise mulberries for the production of silkworm eggs and silk cocoons—offers visitors a tour that covers mushroom cultivation and silkworm rearing, as well as showcasing the decorative plant nurseries, rice plantations, flower gardens, and the popular giant pumpkin patch. Daily tours run from 9am to 5pm, and the entrance fee on weekdays is B150/adult, and B100/child (weekends B180/adult, and B140/child).