By The Nation
One of the must-sees is in Phitsanulok in the lower northern region, where the annual Long Boat Racing Tradition returns to the Nan River on September 16 and 17. A fierce competition that takes all the oarsmen’s might, the winners get to take home the royal trophy from His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The race field is categorised in five types based on size of boat. Visitors can also take part in merit-making ceremonies also held on boats.
Those heading further north can join the unique Akha Swing Tradition, which is held to show gratitude to the goddess Um Sa Yae for ensuring abundant crops. Held in Chinag Rai’s Akha village from early August to the end of September, it offers visitors a chance to appreciate and learn about ethnic traditions and the simple way of life on the hills.
Over in the northeast region, Ubon Ratchathani is offering the Marvellous Shrimp March, during which ten of thousands of shrimps appear at night in August and September at Kaeng Lamduan in Nam Yuen District.
South of Bangkok golf fans won’t want to miss the Hua Hin Golf Festival 2017 and play nine courses in the seaside towns of Cha Um and Hua Hin for just one price. Meanwhile cyclists should prepare for the 16th International Mountain Bike Competition that will take place on August 26 and 27 at Bhumibol Dam in Tak province.
Shoppers can take advantage of special discounts on airfares at the 21st Travel Around Thailand and Around the World fair running from August 10 to 13 at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.
Find out more by calling 1672 or check out www.TourismThailand.org/thaifest.