Kin Khao Khua Mee in Korat

Kham Thale So District Cultural Council and Suan Lung Phi Resort in Nakhon Ratchasima province invite all to the 1st Kin Khao Khua Mee Day at Suan Lung Phi Resort on April 2. The aim is to promote natural and cultural tourism.

Local delicacies for fairgoers to enjoy.

Activities will include discussions on local culture, cultural performances including Korat songs to be sung by National Artist Kampun Banthaen. Among the highlights is a tasty local noodle dish called phadmee korat, or khua mee, as well as other local delicacies and ice cream, which cost 3,200 baht per a table for eight persons. Visitors can also enjoy lucky draws.

Suharit Charnwanangkoon, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Nakhon Ratchasima office, says Kham Thale So district is one of the 32 districts of the gateway to the Northeast. The province is famous for watermelons, milk cows, noodles, waterways and local folk singers.

Call the TAT's local office on 044-213-030 or 044-213-666.

Visiting nine major stupas in the North

The TAT's Phrae Office is promoting Buddhist-oriented tourism under the Worshipping Nine Phra That in Three Provinces Project in the northern provinces of Phrae, Nan and Uttaradit.

Patthara-anong Na Chiangmai, director of the TAT's local office, said the project is part of the office's campaign to promote local historical, cultural and religious activities.

The office has cooperated with 15 temples and ancient sites in the three provinces to attract more tourists. Uttaradit boasts Phra Borommathat Thung Yang and Wat Chedi Khiri Wihan in Lap Lae district and Phra Mahathat Chedi Wat Phra Fang Sawangkhaburi Muneenart in Muang Uttaradit. The nearby Phrae has Phrathat Cho Hae, Phrathat Chom Chaeng, Phrathat Chai Changkham and Phrathat Ming Muang in Muang Phrae district, Phrathat Noeng in Sung Men district, Phrathat Sri Don Kham in Long district and Phrathat Khuayphu in Wang Chin district. Nan is home to Chedi Wat Boonyuen, Wat Phumin, Wat Phrathat Chae Haeng, Phrathat Chang Kham and Chedi Wat Hua Khuang in Muang Nan district.

Tourists will be given a special passport for them to receive stamps at each destination. Each of the first 999 passports with nine stamps is redeemable for a sacred cloth called phayan in Thai and each of the first 50 passports with 15 stamps entitles the bearer to a replica of Phrathat Cho Hae.

Tourists can get more information and a handbook on the project from the TAT's Phrae Office at 054-521-127 or via www.tourismthailand.org/phrae or tatphrae@tat.or.th.

Koh Samui charity run

The Thai Hotel Association (THA) and the Thai Association of Koh Samui (TAKS) will host the 1st Koh Samui Charity Midnight Run in Chaweng, Koh Samui, this Saturday.

The event is expected to attract up to 2,000 athletes and spectators and become one of Thailand's annual sporting and social events.

Starting at midnight, the race begins at the Reggae Pub, then follows the Chaweng lake road to Chaweng beach road, through the Soi Green Mango & The Sound Club, back onto the main road to turn right at the Try Out clothes shop, then back to the lake with the finishing line at the Reggae Pub. Participants can choose between a loop of 5km or two loops of 10km.

Proceeds will go to Koh Samui's new School for Autistic Children and the Green Project supported by the Hotel Associations.

The fee is 400 baht per person for either the 5km or 10km run for early birds or 800 baht for either run on the day.

Visit www.samuimidnightrun.com.


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