The exceedingly challenging Spartan Sprint—the world’s foremost obstacle course race, currently held in 25 countries around the world—comes to Thailand this month at the Siam Country Club in Pattaya. All Spartan courses are designed to test participants physically, so for those that dare there will be plenty of fire, mud, water, barbed wire, and other onerous obstacles to get past on this 5+ km run. If you think you can’t do it… you’re wrong. Get yourself to the starting line and show yourself what you are capable of. For more infomation, visit the website at:
Akha Giant Swing Festival
Every year during the rainy season, the Akha hilltribe in Chiang Rai province holds what is known locally as Yae-Khu-A-Paew (or the Giant Swing Festival in English). This two-day festival is held to celebrate the abundant crops waiting to be harvested, but also to honour women, and the goddess of fertility. The highlight is the giant swing made of bamboo and wood that people ride back and forth on at terrifying heights, often at the edge of cliffs. Be aware that many Akha settlements are inaccessible during the rainy season.
River Kwai Half Marathon
The 36th edition of the River Kwai International Half Marathon— the oldest road race in Thailand—starts and ends this year at the River Kwai Village Hotel, in Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi. Races include a 10.5 km mini-marathon (B600), a 21 km half-marathon (B800), and a longer 36 km run (B800). Participants will experience the exceptional views of river and mountains on the way to the finish line. And on Saturday September 9th the resort will host a carbo-dinner for racers to load up on carbs. Entries are limited to 4,000 runners.
Mueang Nakhon Lunar Festival
This celebration, which has been held continuously for more than 100 years, is an important one for people in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. The highlight of this festival, held in the 10th lunar month, is the Ching Pret Ceremony in which the locals offer their good deeds to the spirit of their ancestors, with the belief that their ancestors will receive the good deeds and thus be better off in the afterlife. The event takes place at the Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park (Thung Tha Lat), with traditional local performances, a Miss Nakhon Si Thammarat beauty contest, a food parade, and a vintage market.