Cape Panwa Phuket Raceweek
The annual Cape Panwa Phuket Raceweek is returning for its 15th year (held at the Cape Panwa Hotel and Kantary Bay Hotel). It’s an event that continues to strengthen Phuket’s regional position as the yachting hub of Southeast Asia, and it’s also one of the leading annual social events on the island, with over 40 sailing teams expected to take part. Entries and national representation are particularly strong from Asia Pacific, including teams hailing from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and Japan, but Germany, UK, USA, and more are also present. For more information, visit: www.phuketraceweek.com
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival
Held annually on Asanha Bucha Day, a Buddhist holiday that commemorates the first sermon of Lord Buddha, and on Wan Kao Pansa (the following day) which marks the start of Buddhist Lent, the Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival is a huge celebration. The highlight is the parade of giant candles that travels through the city, each float representing a local temple, district or institution. The sculpting of the statues begins months in advance, and they are truly something to behold. On the first day, candles gather at the Thung Si Mueang park, and on the next morning the procession starts.
Lad Chado Candle Floating Festival
Visitors to Ayutthaya province this month should coincide their trip with the one-day Lad Chado Candle Floating Festival, which takes place at the Lad Chado Canal, Phak Hai District. Enjoy the beautifully decorated candles as they are paraded on the water in an age-old celebration. Aside from the waterway wax displays there will also be a Baan Suan Rim Klong beauty pageant, various local sporting games, a special photography exhibition showcasing the Lad Chado people’s traditional way of life, and a simulation of a vintage floating market. There’s even a contest for the best decorated house along canal.
Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival
Until September 30
Travellers to Chaiyaphum visiting the Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Thep Sathit district, and/or the Sai Thong National Park in Nong Bua Ra Haew district, will get an eyeful during the 4-month long Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival 2018. The “Siam Tulip”, or Dok Krachiao, is a flower that comes in to full bloom in the early part of the rainy season (from June to August). During these months, the fields of the national parks are blanketed with the exceptional beauty of these pinkish-purple flowers. Special sightseeing tours will be organized, as well as other fun-filled activities.