Thailand festival set for return


A colourful and vibrant celebration of local culture is to be staged during a festival set to attract more than 50,000 visitors to northeast Thailand.

Unique to the Dan Sai district in Loei province, the annual Bun Luang and Phi Ta Kon Festival is always a big draw for both Thai people and foreign tourists enjoying Thailand holidays. This year is expected to be no different, with thousands expected between June and 24.

One of the biggest cultural festivals in the Isan region of Thailand, the event features performances and a ceremony to ask for rain to be plentiful during the rice planting season and is closely linked to local superstitions.

Between 50,000 and 60,000 people, many whom will be on luxury holidays in the country, are expected to take part in this year’s festival, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Office director Achaphan Buncharoen told TTR Weekly: “This year the festival falls on a weekend, which should encourage more visitors, but it is a pretty focused event and usually attracts only those who are really interested in the cultural aspects of the masks used in the performances.”

Copyright Press Association 2012