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November 2000

Laguna Phuket Triathlon
November 2000
Bang Thao Beach, Phuket

This internationally recognised sporting event comprising a 1800-metre swim, a 55-kilometre bike race and a 12-kilometre run attracts world-class participants from all over the world. Qualifiers of the triathlon are able to enter the prestigious Hawaii Ironman Triathlon.

World Grand Prix Regatta
First week of November, 2000 (09.00 - 18.00 hours)
Chao Phraya River Near Rama IX Bridge, Bangkok

Great team, great boat, the strongest, the fastest! All are now in Bangkok to find the best team of the year 2000 on the river of kings-the Chao Phraya River!!

Patong Beach Carnival
November 1, 2000
Patong Beach, Phuket

Being an internationally popular beach resort, it is only fitting that Phuket has a beach carnival as part of the variety of activities for tourists. Held at Patong Beach, this event features watersports competitions, traditional Thai foods and beverages, a Miss Andaman beauty pageant (foreign visitors only) and entertainment.

Buri Ram Traditional Boat Races
November 4 - 5, 2000
Mun River, Buri Ram

These impressive yearly boat races on the Mun River in Buri Ram also include colourful parades and cultural performances featuring elephants. A visit to this event would not be complete without a tour to the nearby Phanom Rung Historical Park.

Bang Sai Loi Krathong (Festival of Lights)
November 10 - 11, 2000
Bang Sai Royal Arts & Crafts Centre, Ayutthaya

This event held during the full-moon in November features the launching of traditional floats (Krathongs), demonstrations and exhibitions of local handicrafts, as well as an array of other fun activities.

Tak Loi Krathong Sai
November 10 - 11, 2000
Tak Municipality Office, Tak

Loi Krathong, the elegantly beautiful annual Festival of Light, is held on the full moon in November. In Tak, this event is celebrated in a rather unique manner whereby local people thread together their krathongs which are launched simultaneously and appear as lighted necklaces on the Ping River.

Loi Krathong & Candle Festival
November 10 - 11, 2000
Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai

It is believed that the Loi Krathong Festival originated in Sukhothai, the first Thai capital. It is therefore appropriate that this captivating event is held on the full-moon night of the twelfth lunar month amid the breathtaking ruins of this glorious ancient city. Activities include krathong floating, a fireworks display, cultural performances and an amazing light and sound show.

Northern Lantern Festival & Yipeng Loi Krathong
November 10 - 11, 2000
Chiang Mai Municipality Office and citywide, Chiang Mai

Creating a mesmerizing sight, an unusual ritual of this northern capital's Loi Krathong Festival is the launching of Lanna-style hot air balloons, which is considered by locals to rid them of their troubles. Traditional floats (Krathongs) are also set adrift on the Ping River. In addition, there are various other forms of fun and a glamorous beauty pageant.

Phimai Long-Boat Races & Festival
November 10 - 12, 2000
Prasat Hin Phimai, Nakhon Ratchasima

An annual festival held for more than a century, the traditional long-boat races draws thousands of visitors from all over. This event is further enhanced by a light and sound presentation at Prasat Hin Phimai, local art and cultural performances, various fun-filled competitions, and local products sales and exhibitions.

Illuminated Boat Procession
November 11 - 14, 2000
Mekong River, Nakhon Phanom

Held annually, this dazzling event on the mighty Mekong River marks the end of the Ok Phansa (Buddhist Lent ) by the launching of elaborately adorned boats, each containing assorted offerings, adrift on the river when night falls. Festivities are further enhanced with a colourful street procession and cultural performances for everyone to enjoy.

Surin Elephant Round-Up Show
November 18 - 19, 2000
Surin Main Stadium, Surin

Introduced in 1960, this internationally famous yearly event attracts people from all over the world to Surin to see more than one hundred elephants participate in spectacular shows that include colourful processions. A tug-of-war between elephants and men, demonstrations of log-pulling skills, and various other extraordinary feats set in a carnival atmosphere.

River Kwae Bridge Week Fair 2000
November 26 - December 7, 2000
River Kwae Bridge, Kanchanaburi

Each year in late November to early December, the world famous River Kwae Bridge, which was built by Allied prisoners-of-war during World War II , becomes the focal point of celebrations. Highlights include historical and archaeological exhibitions, a carnival, folk and cultural performances, rides on World War II vintage trains, and a spectacular light and sound presentation re-enacting the bridge's World War II history.

Silk Fair
November 29 - December 10, 2000
Khon Kaen City Hall, Khon Kaen

Internationally, Thailand has always been famous for its lustrous silk. One of the major centres of silk production, Khon Kaen is the venue of a fair to promote silk weaving and silk worm culture. This event is held in conjunction with the Phuk Siao (friendship-making ritual). Colourful street processions and typical northeastern cultural shows as well as exhibitions of the silk industry add to the merry atmosphere of this fair.

Sunflower Blooming Season
First week of November - mid-December, 2000
Doi Mae U-kor, Mae Hong Son

The hills and valleys of Mae Hong Son, one of Thailand's most naturally scenic areas, are full of gold when the sunflower (Tithonia Diversifolia) bursts into bloom during this period. When the flowers fade, the seeds are collected to make insecticides. Doi Mae U-kor, Amphoe Khun Yuam is considered to be the site where the blooming sunflowers are at their most photogenic.

Source : The Tourism Authority of Thailand
Sat, 29 March, 2003


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