By The Nation
Taking place at IconSiam shopping mall on the theme “The River of Prosperity”, the event is a tribute to the Chao Phraya River which is regarded as national iconic landmark and one of the world’s celebrated destinations. More than 130,000 visitors are expected to join the event.
“The celebration is aimed at promoting the country as a premium destination for leisure among local and international tourists and boosting the economy. The event also helps nurture sustainable tourism, while generating income for community members during the festive season,” says TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn.
IconSiam’s River Park will serve as the main event space and business operators, hotels and owners of historic properties have also worked hand in hand to hold a wide range of activities. Visitors will be enthralled by a kaleidoscope of recreational activities, entertainment, live music and that magnificent firework display, which will be divided into five different themes each lasting five minutes. The first show is dubbed “The River of Prosperity” and marks the Chao Phraya’s role in the country’s socioeconomic development. The fireworks comes in a beautiful selection of colours – silver, gold and pink gold.
That’s followed with “The Siam Treasure” firework show to reflect a strong connection between humans and nature.
“The Blossom of Joy” will be complemented by happy and cheerful background music, representing the playful and friendly nature of the Thais.
Next up is the “One World” firework display representing connections between countries of the world with the fireworks themselves forming the national flags of all the countries in the world.
The final show “Thailand” symbolises harmony and a sense of social cohesion. Blue, white and red fireworks will be on display to create the Thai national flag, spanning along the river.
Five barges will be stationed at different spots along the river to shoot the fireworks that will span 1,400 metres, making the show the largest firework display to be performed across the river.
Prime locations for watching include the Peninsula Hotel, the Millennium Hilton Hotel, the ShangriLa Hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and the Sheraton Hotel as well as Sathorn Bridge, His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary Park, the Sathorn Pier, Marine Police Station 2, the Khongsan Pier, a parking space near Sampeng,Communication Authority of Thailand office, Bangrak branch, the Suwan Pier, the SCB and 19th century Chinese mansion Lhong 1919.
Also not to be missed is the masked dance khon with the episode “Phra Rama Krong Mueng” featuring the celebration of Phra Rama returns to Ayodhaya.
Singer, actors and actresses who will join the event include Ton Tanasit, Aim Sathida, Boat Siriroj from True Academy Fantasia, Ice Siphoom The Voice, Hunz The Star, Gel Sopitcha, Kangsom, Rit, Gam Witchayanee, Kan Naphat, Tong Tong, Bright, Zern and Frank from GMM Grammy.
Amazing Thailand Countdown 2019 is set to broadcast live across the country on Modern 9 Channel, PPTV, True4U, TNN and ThaiPBS. The broadcast begins at 11.05pm on December 31.