A Visakha Bucha Day walk

The Tourism Authority of Thailand's Phetchaburi Office invites tourists to join a walk and run to nine Buddhist temples in Phetchaburi province on on May 24, Visakha Bucha Day.

A reclining Buddha at Wat Phra Non.

The run will be preceded by a sermon and followed by dhamma practice and wian thian (candle ceremony) at Wat Phra Buddha Saiyat (Wat Phra Non) in Muang district.

All are requested to gather at Wat Phra Buddha Saiyat at 1pm to listen to a sermon and receive holy water collected from nine temples _ Wat Phra Non, Wat Khok, Wat Kudee Dao, Wat Mahathat, Wat Phlabphla Chai, Wat Chee Sa In, Wat Khoi, Wat Rattanatrai and Wat Sa Bua.

After the 2.5km walk and run is complete, 86 monks will pray at Wat Phra Non to give blessings to His Majesty the King, who turns 86 in December this year. Each of the participants will receive a T-shirt and an amulet and be invited to apply gold leaf to the statue of Phra Uppakut. Phra Uppakut was one of the Lord Buddha's followers who managed to overcome the devil, so his statues and amulets are believed to ensure safety and good fortune for worshippers.

Contact the TAT's local office on 032-471-0056 or visit TAT Phetchaburi page on Facebook.

Muddy sea festival

Until Sunday, the 4th Muddy Sea World Festival is taking place at Bang Taboon Bay in Ban Laem district, Phetchaburi province.

Bang Taboon is in Ban Laem district.

The event is aimed at promoting tourism in Ban Laem and stimulating the local economy.

Activities include exhibitions on royal projects and tourist attractions in the area, the sale of One Tambon One Product (Otop) goods and fresh and dried seafood, cultural performances such as khon mask shows and ''Likay Hulu'', a beauty contest, clam eating and collecting contests, muay talay (pole boxing) and musical concerts.

Visitors can also buy tour packages to see the natural beauty of the sea, mangrove forests and seabirds in Ban Laem and observe the lives and work of local fishermen.

Contact Ban Laem District Office on 032-481-168 or the TAT's Phetchaburi Office on 032-471-005-6 or visit visit Tat Phetchaburi Facebook page.

Travel and dive expo

Until Sunday, Thailand Travel and Dive Expo 2013 is being held at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Klong Toey, 10am-8pm.

The expo is aimed at promoting diving and water sports, as well as diving attractions in Thailand, supporting the diving business here and developing Thailand to be ''The Real Diving Hub Of Asia''.

In Thailand, the diving business has been growing immensely over the past years with an increasing number of divers and diving business operators. This is because Thailand has many beautiful natural attractions in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

Diving, water sports, trekking, rock climbing and adventure sports gear, diving packages, diving courses, hotel and resort accommodation packages, diving and swimming suits, cameras and video cameras, and diving boat trips will be on sale. Modern diving technologies and exhibitions by tourism groups will also be on display.

Visit www.thailanddiveexpo.com.


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