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    Buri Ram Traditional Boat Races
    Buri Ram

    This annual 2-day regatta is accompanied by colorful processions and cultural performances featuring elephants.

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    November

    Races take place in Sateuk (North Buriram). Also known for the farang Son-in-Laws swimming race against an elephant.

    The racing teams at Buri RamThe annual boat race in Buriram, a large province in northern Thailand, is held in Satuk, 35km north of the provincial capital on the Mun river. The race days feature parades, markets, food stalls and even elephant swimming races.
    Boat racing is an old tradition in Thailand, dating at least from the mid-Ayutthaya period. They were originally held to keep military boat crews in training; later on they became more associated with royal ceremonies and Buddhist festivals. These days, the local boat races are held to mark religious holidays and to strengthen the bonds of community - as well as to provide an excuse for festivities.

    These races are also held very near the Phanom Rung Historical Park. Best known for the magnificent walled enclosure known as the Prasat Hin Pranom Rung, this is the high point of the many Khmer-influenced monuments in the region.
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    Phimai Boat Races
    Nakhon Ratchasima

    These boat races occur during a 3-day event near the ancient Khmer Prasat Hin, and feature boat decoration competitions, lively folk entertainment, and native bazaars selling local produce.

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    Early November

    Event held at the Phimai Historical Park, Nakhon Rachasima Province)

    Races are held on the Phiamat River. This event is further enhanced by a light and sound presentation at Prasat Hin Phimai, local art and cultural performances, various fun-filled competitions, and sales of local products and exhibitions.

    An annual festival held for more than a century, the traditional long-boat race draws thousands of visitors from all over.
    This event is further enhanced by a light and sound presentation at Prasat Hin Phimai, local art and cultural performances, various fun-filled competitions, and sales of local products and exhibitions. thailandgrandfestival.com
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    Surin Elephant Round-Up
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    The world-famous Elephant Round-Up features some 100 trained elephants who re-enact wild elephant hunts, display natural skills, feats of strength and intelligence, and participate in the recreation of a parade of medieval war elephants.

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    Novermber

    Events held during the third week of the month.

    Place : The Elephant Stadium,Thanon Kotchasan,Amphoe Muang , Surin

    The majestic Thai elephant has long been a central element in Thai culture and has held a respected place in Thai history. A symbol of power and grace, the elephant was revered by the ancient kings. Elephants have been prominently featured in Thai legend, literature, art and architecture, and during the reign of King Rama II, an image of the auspicious elephant, symbolic of the King, was featured on the flag. In daily life, as man and elephant depend on each other, the elephant is treated as part of the 'family'. The everyday life of the Thai elephant and its keeper is the central theme of the world-famous Surin elephant round-up held annually. The "Elephant Contest" is being organised for the first time to promote awareness and a better understanding of the physiology of Thai elephants and the key characteristics of well-bred elephants. The Ban Ta Klang Elephant Village in Surin Province is the home of the Kui, who, for centuries, have tended to and trained elephants for use throughout Thailand. These handlers have great respect for their elephants. The majority of elephant owners and mahouts in Thailand today are descendants of the "Kui" tribe (or "Suay" in Thai). They are thought to have migrated from Cambodia to settle largely in the northeastern provinces near the Cambodian border. Known for their expertise in capturing, domesticating and training wild elephants, the life-long relationship of the mahout with his elephant is an integral element of Kui culture, tradition and the way of life. The elephant is his companion and a family member.

    Come and experience an elephant show or the Elephant Round Up which presents the bond between man and elephant in the culture and tradition of the people of Surin. It also presents the daily life of the Paen locals and the tradition of worshipping Phi Pakam. It presents the elephants in their natural habitat.
    The venue is Si Narong provincial stadium. This year, the opening ceremony will kick off in November 12 with a host of activities including sale of provincial and OTOP items, half marathon and mountain bike and weightlifting competitions. An elephant rally is also on the cards. You can also ride elephants on sightseeing trips. thailandgrandfestival.com

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    Surin Elephant Roundup
    Date : 15-16 November 2008
    Venue : Si Narong Stadium, Mueang District, Surin
    Experience the lifestyle of the Kuai or Suai people, the locals whose lives are interwoven with the elephants from the past. Enjoy the elephant shows and sports played by the elephants, etc. View the Pakam Spirit Worshiooing Ceremony, sales of local products, along with other forms of entertainment.
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    Silk Fair
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    10-day celebrations feature the province's famous Thai silk products, folk culture performances, exhibitions, colorful processions and the Phuk Sieo friendship-making ritual.

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    Late November/ Early December

    Associated with the Phuk Siao (Friendship) Festival. People tie threads around each others wrists to symbolize their friendship, known as phuk siao (siao means 'friend' in Laos).

    The festival is centered on the Sala Klang Changwat or Provincial Hall on the north side of town.

    Internationally, Thailand has always been famous for its lustrous silk. One of the major centres of silk production, Khon Kaen is the venue of a fair to promote silk weaving and sericulture. This event is held in conjunction with the Phuk Siao friendship ritual of the northeast. Colourful street processions and typical Isan cultural shows as well as exhibits on the silk industry add to the fun of the fair.

    Internationally, Thailand has always been famous for its lustrous silk. One of the major centres of silk production, Khon Kaen is the venue of a fair to promote silk weaving and sericulture. This event is held in conjunction with the Phuk Siao friendship ritual of the northeast. Colourful street processions and typical I-san cultural shows as well as exhibits on the silk industry add to the fun of the fair. thailandgrandfestival.com
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    Isaan Kite Festival
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    This annual 2-day competition features traditional Thai kites, and includes surrogate battles of the sexes between male Chula and female Pakpao kites.

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    December

    Early in the month at the Huai Charakee Maak Reservoir, Amphoe Muang.

    The annual kite festival showcases various forms of traditional Thai kites, a competition of Aek kites, a beauty contest, and cultural shows.
    Local vehicles decorated with various kinds of kites. Aek kite is ancient yoke shaped kite, looks like 2 kites attached to each other flowing in the air.
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    Mekong River Traditional Long Boat Race
    Nakhon Phanom

    Held on the banks of the Mekong River in the provincial capital of Nakhon Phanom, locals mark the end of a festival known as "Ok Phansa" with traditional boat races - which take place on many Thai rivers around this time of year. Expect lots of crowds, noise and beautifully adorned long boats.

    Oct 2008 (various dates)
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    Wimaya Nattakan Sound and Light Show
    Nakhon Ratchasima

    Where: Phimai Historical Park

    When: This event occurs Monthly on the last Saturday of the Month.
    Scheduled dates incluce: 26 APR 2008, 31 May 2008, 28 Jun 2008, 26 Jul 2008, 30 Aug 2008, 27 Sep 2008, 25 Oct 2008, 29 Nov 2008, 27 Dec 2008, 31 Jan 2009, 28 Feb 2009, 28 Mar 2009, 25 Apr 2009

    This sound and light show in the Phimai Historical Park reflects on the past glory of ancient Phimai and the Khmer empire.
    The first half of the performance features choreographic creations inspired by the bas-relief of the Phimai Sanctuary itself. The short, impressionistic scenes depicted include Buddhist religious processions, the ancient ritual dance of the boxers, and the Phimaipura or Vimayapura dance. Folk and traditional dances such as the Bai Sri Su Kwan dance, Manohra Len Nam dance, the Dung Krok and Dung Sak mortar and pestle dances are featured in the second half of the presentation.
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    Thank you, Paul, for the impressive list of events. I am sure they will be a great help to those who are keen in exploring Isaan.

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    Blooming Krachiao Flower Festival
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    June 1 - July 31, 2008:The Siam Tulip Festival of Chaiyaphum, Pa Hin Ngam National Park)

    The Siam Tulip Festival of Chaiyaphum
    The unique geographical landscape of Chaiyaphum Province in the northeast of Thailand gives rise to a range of natural attractions of exceptional beauty. Of these, the fields of pinkish-purple Siam Tulip, or "Dok Krachiao", come in to full bloom in the early part of the rainy season from June to August.

    Also commonly called 'patumma', 'bua sawan' (heaven lotus), or 'bua bok' (the land lotus), the Siam Tulip is a member of the ginger genera - Curcuma or Zingiberaceae.

    The unusual form, bright colour and long-lasting quality of the Siam Tulip has made it an increasingly popular choice for floral decorations. It is in high demand and is currently being cultivated in the form of cuttings or ornamental plants for local consumption as well as for export overseas, predominantly to Japan and the Netherlands.

    The Pa Hin Ngam Rock Garden
    The extraordinary 'rock-garden' of Pa Hin Ngam (forests of beautiful rock), located within a forested area in the Amphoe Thep Sathit sub-district is another place of interest.

    Pa Hin Ngam consists of 10 sq. kilometres of impressive natural sandstone sculpture. Weathered by sun, wind and rain over thousands of years, the sandstone is worn into curious shapes, the names of which refect its form such as Nail Rock, Castle Rock, Elephant Rock and even Laser Rock.

    In addition to this unusual rock formation, Chaiyaphum Province also has its share of spectacular waterfalls such as the Tat Ton and Pha Eang Waterfalls and the Tum Kaew Caves, and other breathtaking sights and vantage points. thailandgrandfestival.com
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    Thailand International Balloon Festival
    Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat)

    November

    Event held at the Army Dog Training Center, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province (Korat)

    Thirty top-notch hot air balloon operators from around the world will be participating in The Thailand International Balloon Festival 2007 - a colourful showcase of various types of hot air balloons from all over the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy and the Czech Republic.
    Event highlights include a balloon show, a fireworks show, The Magical Night Glow, three hot-air balloon trips into the beautiful Khao Yai sky, performances by police dogs, mini-concerts performed by top artists and an award winning performance from Bua Yai School. The farmer's fair offers a range of agricultural products and tasty treats. Other fun activities include wine-tasting, fun races and pet contests.

    Proceeds from the event will go to the Sirindhorniae Magnolia project as well as the purchase of forest-fire fighting equipment for Khao Yai National Park.
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