April 30, 2015
Proving size does not matter, the following festivals can be found dotted around the Kingdom and while they may be on the wee side they are all full of fun and adventure and certainly worth the visit if you are lucky enough to here in the ‘Land of Smiles’.
For more info on other festival throughout Thailand in May 2015 click here
Pang Sida Butterfly Watching Festival
When: May 1st – 30 June 2015
See more than 300 species of butterfly, while camping and trekking in the National Park visit the butterfly exhibition and play in the Pang Sida waterfall.
Nang Lae Pineapple and Chiang Rai Linchi Fair
Where: Chiang Rai
A traditional fruit fair celebrating locally grown fruits, including the delicious exotic Linchi fruit. The fair is held to promote the distribution of locally grown Linchi and other agricultural products such as mango and the famous Nang Lae pineapple. Highlights include a beauty contests and shows celebrating the local cultural diversity along with a mass of stalls offering local hand made products plus food and a selection of folk entertainment.
Prachin Buri Agricultural Products Fair
Where: Muang Prachin Buri, Prachinburi
A traditional Thai agricultural fair where local farmers have the opportunity to show off the best vegetables, plants, and all manner of agricultural products, with contests for best in category. There is the almost obligatory beauty contest, an agricultural vehicle parade along with an army of people selling locally grown and hand made products along with farming demonstrations, local traditional dancers and musicians.
Chanthaburi Fruit Festival
Where: Chanthaburi City
Previously known as the ‘World Durian Festival’ the fair features competitions for the best decorated floats, featuring locally grown fruits such as rambutan, durian, mangos teen, Rakam and Sala zalaccas and varieties of santol, as well a vast array of stalls selling locally worked gems and jewellery along with other traditional handicrafts. The event also includes a beauty contest and demonstrations of traditional local music and dance.
For further details on this and 2 other Durian Festival scattered across the Kingdom click here
Rayong Fruit Festival
This festival is the perfect place for fruit lovers and offers you the chance to enjoy the taste of fruit from all over Thailand. There are also fruit procession, a Miss Fruit Orchard beauty pageant, a fun filled fruit eating competition, fruit basket arrangement competition, papaya salad cooking contest and cultural performances.
Sweet Santols festival and Lopburi food fair 2015
While the fruit is not actually a native of these shores it is used in Thai cooking in things such as som tam when still not fully ripe. It is also one of the main ingredients in the santol and pork dish แกงหมูกระท้อน and santol and prawn Thai curries แกงคั่วกระท้อนกุ้ง. The festival hosts its own ‘Santos Contest’, the Miss Santol Beauty Contest and has a wide variety of local food and handicrafts to haggle over, plus a range of shows demonstrating the local culture.
Koh Chang Food & Fruit Festival
Where: Front of Koh Chang Government Offices
During this two month long festival, patrons can try some amazing fresh agricultural and sea products, with live local artiste performances on the stage to keep the atmosphere of the festival lively and light. It is here you can immerse yourself in the familiar sounds of a fruit market where farmers take part in a multitude of fruit contests and where you will hear the animated bidding wars for the renowned Koh Chang Durian, or ‘Chani Durian’ which has its own unique slightly salty taste.
Nonthaburi Fruits Fair
Where: The old city hall Nonthaburi (Just 20 kilometers. from Bangkok)
This annual fair is held mid-April to early-June in front of old city hall to celebrate the abundance of local fruit as well as flowers and plants of Nonthaburi. The event also includes colourful parades of decorated floats, exhibitions, local performances, and beauty pageants where those put off by the heady scent of durian will find “Miss Durian” less pungent and much more appealing. Nonthaburi is home to the world’s most expensive Durian and can cost as much as 20,000 baht, or about $600, see more