Loy Krathong in Ayutthaya

From Nov 21-25, celebrations for the Loy Krathong Festival will take place at the Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre in Bang Sai district and three other places in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district.

The Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre in Ayutthaya.

At the Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre, visitors can enjoy a krathong-making contest, beauty contests, and cultural performances. They can also savour delicious food and buy handicrafts made by the centre's artisans and watch fireworks and the "Benjarong Porcelains Exhibition".

On Loy Krathong Day, which falls on Nov 25 this year, visitors can participate in a bathing ritual in the centre to bring good fortune to them. Shopping enthusiasts will love the Thai Way of Life Market featuring over 300 stalls and free concerts. Singers and bands on the lists are Cham Chamram and Tai Orathai on Nov 21, Ice Saranyu as well as Napassorn "New" Phuthornjai and Piyanuj "Jiew" Seujongpru of The Star Season 1 on Nov 22, Phai Pongsathorn and the Nopparat Mainom likay troupe on Nov 23, Por AF and Suntharaporn Band on Nov 24 and Klear Band on Nov 25.

In downtown Ayutthaya, local people and tourists can float their krathong and enjoy entertainment and fireworks in front of the Chandrakasem Palace National Museum, under the Pridi-Thamrong Bridge and in front of Suriyothai Pagoda.

Call the TAT Ayutthaya Office on 035-246-076/7.

Boat racing in Suphan Buri

From Saturday to Sunday, the "14th Traditional Long Boat Races" will take place on the Tha Chin River in front of Wat Suan Hong in Tambon Bang Pla Ma, Suphan Buri province. Winners will be bestowed with royal trophies of His Majesty the King and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Activities include boat races, a procession of boats to give alms to monks, cultural performances, a luk thung singing contest and the sale and auctions of amulets.

Call the Bang Pla Ma District Office on 035-587-380 ext 101 or visit www.tatsuphan.net or call the TAT local office on 035-525-867.

Mushroom fest in Kanchanaburi

Until Sunday, the "Termite Mushrooms and Gems of Bo Phloi" fair and the annual Red Cross fair will be held at the Otop Jewellery Centre in Bo Phloi district, Kanchanaburi province.

Activities include the display and sale of termite mushrooms and precious gems, a mushroom-growing contest, the gem-mining and processing exhibition, a beauty contest, a trade fair, concerts and other kinds of entertainment. Visitors can also visit Khao Wong Chindaram Temple to worship the huge Buddha statue Luang Phor Nil, visit a safari park and Khun Mon Farm and play golf at two leading golf courses in Bo Phloi district.

Call the TAT Call Centre 1672.

Special Visits to Ancient City

From now until Dec 5, which is the birthday of His Majesty the King, the Ancient City, or Muang Boran, in Samut Prakan province will host special trips for the general public to tour Ancient Siam by tram and pray for the happiness and good health of His Majesty. There will be one trip a day from 1-3pm on weekdays and two trips a day from 10am to noon and 1-3pm on weekends.

After touring the Ancient City, visitors will pray while inside a life-size model of Sanphet Prasat Throne Hall, pay respect to the model of Phra That Bang Phruan and worship Phra Ong Dam, a Buddha statue, in Sala 108 Arahants (enlightened persons) where all will perform the bhochangkhaparit prayer for His Majesty.

The fee is 189 baht per person, per trip and inclusive of a ticket to the Ancient City.

Visit www.ancientcitygroup.net/ancientsiam/en for more information.

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