February 17, 2015
King Narai Reign Fair 2015 See a stunning re-enactment of the regal ceremonies from Siam’s earliest history, feast your eyes and ears on the parades including the majestic Elephants, dancers in traditional costumes and so so much more.
All about the Festival
The nine day event is all about paying respect to King Narai the Great and includes a beautiful re-enactment of the regal ceremony that would have graced the Kings palace during his reign, along with a spectacular procession of colourful floats, horses and majestic elephants. That’s far from the finish of this mass of noise and colour, there is also the ‘changing of the guards’, a light-and-sound presentation as well as a host of cultural displays and dances.
For the shopaholics amongst you can shop till you drop at the “retro” market, featuring shops and stalls offering a vast choice of traditional, handcrafts, succulent food and beverages some of the vendors in the spirit of the festival will take payment in the form of the ancient Thai ‘bullet’ money.
About Lopburi: The province is located in central Thailand with the city being approx. 154 kms north of Bangkok. The city is also home to the colourful if somewhat crazy Monkey Buffet Festival held annually on the last Sunday in November.
There is historical evidence to suggest that the city has been continuously habited for around 3000 years, making it one of the oldest inhabited cities in the Kingdom. Formerly known as Lawo, Lopburi had for centuries been ruled by several Kingdoms, until the 14th century when control was taken by the then people of Siam. The many artefacts uncovered in and around the area point to a colourful if some-what turbulent past.
About King Narai the Great
King Narai (Thai: นารายณ์; 1633 – 11 July 1688) or Ramathibodi III (รามาธิบดีที่ ) or Ramathibodi Si Sanphet(รามาธิบดีศรีสรรเพชญ) was the king of Ayutthaya from 1656 to 1688 and was arguably the most famous Ayutthaya king. His reign saw the kingdoms greatest commercial and diplomatic success, all around the then known world.
Air-conditioned coaches and non-air-conditioned buses leave Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2 Bus Terminal) every 20 minutes from 5.30 a.m. until 8.30 p.m. The ticket costs approx. 80 baht (ordinary bus) and 100 baht (air-conditioned). The journey time is 3 hours. Call 02 936 2852-66 for more information.
Bangkok-Chiang Mai trains leave Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station at 7.05 a.m. and 8.30 a.m. Both are third class only. Rapid trains leave the station 5 times a day (Travel time is 2.5 hrs.) For more updated schedules and reservations, click here. For more details on why you should consider travelling by train in Thailand see my post.
For more on what to do and see in the province click here
‘This really is a wonderful event and a great chance to share with the warm hearted people of Thailand their love and reverence for their past and present Monarchs and at the same time be surrounded by a party atmosphere that takes hold of all your senses and gives them a spectacular joy ride’