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If you are planning on watching Sunday’s boat procession on the Chao Phraya River marking His Majesty the King's 83rd birthday, get there early. 

A simulated image of decorated boats in the procession to celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday on Sunday. The picture shows how the boats will form up on the Chao Phraya River.

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Get there early

If you are planning on watching Sunday’s boat procession on the Chao Phraya River marking His Majesty the King's 83rd birthday, get there early. It’s going to be an impressive show and the crowds are likely to be huge.

The river will be “ablaze” with colour says today’s Bangkok Post. Nearly 600 boats, most of them decked with colourful lights, will pass by Siriraj pier from 7.29pm as part of the grand birthday celebrations.

A total of 555 boats from provinces along the Chao Phraya River with 32,570 well-wishers on board have been registered with the Interior Ministry to take part in the celebrations, the acting permanent secretary for the interior, Khwanchai Wongnitikorn, said yesterday.

Government agencies, including the Tourism Authority of Thailand, have prepared 33 boats for the event. Illuminated boats from some northeastern provinces will also take part.

The boats will sail in procession along the portion of the Chao Phraya River from Pin Klao Bridge to the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall. Rehearsals will be held today and tomorrow, he said.

The ministry has asked government agencies located along the Chao Phraya, such as the Council of State, Thammasat University and the Navy Dockyard, to open their compounds so members of the public can view the procession. People are being advised to find vantage points from 5pm.

Ayutthaya deputy governor Narong Onsa-ard said the province would send 15 large boats – a main vessel decorated with colourful lights, and 14 others carrying well-wishers.

At least 3,000 lights have been used to decorate the 30-metre main boat with images of ancient temples forming a background and a large image of His Majesty the King waving to his subjects.

Nakhon Phanom deputy governor Yongyuth Nukitrangsan said his province had prepared a 60-metre-long, colourfully illuminated boat. The craft bearing a carved wooden figure of two intertwined nagas (mythical serpents) is decorated with 8,484 light bulbs.

Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Sunthorn Pongpao and Kawee Srisant

simulated – made to look real but is not real จำลอง
procession – a line of people, vehicles or boats moving in a slow and formal way as part of an event ขบวน
mark – to celebrate something เพื่อเฉลิมฉลอง
impressive – something that people admire because it is very good, very large or shows great skill ซึ่งน่าประทับใจ
huge – very large ใหญ่โต
ablaze – on fire; in this case, seeming to be on fire because of being so bright   ถูกไฟไหม้
decorated – made to look more attractive by putting nice things on it or in it ประดับ, ตกแต่ง
(be)deck – to decorate or cover ตบแต่ง
pier – a platform sticking out into water which people walk along or use when getting onto or off boats สะพานที่ยื่นออกไปในน้ำ
well-wisher – a person who expresses their good wishes or sympathy, often to someone who they do not know ผู้ปรารถนาดีต่อผู้อื่น
on board – on a ship, aircraft or vehicle บนหรือใน (เรือ, รถ, เครื่องบินหรือพาหนะอื่น)
register – to put your name and other information on an official list in order to be allowed to do something ลงทะเบียน
acting – doing the work of the usual person in a particular job while they are not there, or until a new person starts ที่รักษาการแทน
illuminated – lit up; bright ส่องสว่าง, ฉายแสง
portion – a part of something ส่วน
convention – a large formal meeting of people who do a particular job or have a similar interest, or a large meeting for a political party การประชุม
convention hall – a very large building for holding meetings
rehearsal – a practice for a concert, play, etc. before giving a performance การซักซ้อม
located – where something is ตั้งอยู่
Council of State – an official organisation that advises the government on proposed laws and other legal matters คณะกรรมการกฤษฎีกาและสำนักงานคณะกรรมการกฤษฎีกา
dockyard – an area with docks (= the place where ships are loaded and unloaded in a port) and equipment for building and repairing ships บริเวรอู่เรือ
compound – an area in which a group of buildings stands บริเวณ
advise – to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation แนะนำ, แจ้ง
vantage point – a position from which you can see things well จุดที่มองเห็นได้กว้างขวาง
vessel – a boat or ship เรือ
image – any picture, especially one formed by a mirror or a lens จินตภาพ ภาพลักษณ์
ancient – very old ที่เก่าแก่ ที่โบราณ
background – the part of a picture, photograph or view behind the main objects, people, etc ฉากหลัง, พื้นหลังภาพ
subject – a person who has the right to belong to a particular country, especially one with a king or queen ประชากร, ผู้อยู่ภายใต้การปกครอง
craft – a boat or ship เรือ,ยาน
bearing – having writing or a design on top
carved – cut from something like stone or wood   แกะสลัก
intertwined – twisted together so that they are very difficult to separate พันกัน,  สานเข้าด้วยกัน
mythical – relating to or existing only in myths; imaginary, or not real ซึ่งเป็นนิทาน
serpent – a snake, especially a large one งูใหญ่

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