Here is a summary of the festivals/events already mentioned. Most of the events have links that will direct you to more informaion. Any more details/discriptions and especially pictures of these or other festivals will be greatly appreciated. Welcome to Isaan!!!!


Monthly Events

Wimaya Nattakan Sound and Light Show in Nakon Ratchasima: For More Information

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Annual Events


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Feburary 8-11 2008 at the Agricultural College of Nakhon Phanom University (Kham Tao Market, Meung District, NKP): 11th Mekhong Group Agricultural Festival for 2008 from 8-11 February 2008 at the Agricultural College of the University of Nakhon Phanom , Kham Tao Market, Meung district of NKP. The Opening event on 8 February at 10:00 hrs.

For more Details: Ag Festival/Cowboy Party

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Homage-paying Fair in Phra That Phanom, Makhon Phanom. A seven-day fair with traditional singing and dancing. A time to make merit for the next rebirth. For More Information

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March

March 6, 2008 at 18:17:17 (evening) Prasat Phnom Rung in Buriram, Sunset through the 15 doors (not associated with a festival) (yeows)

Here is a link to the 2008 schedule provided by yeows: Spring Sunset

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Lam Duan Flower Festival in Si Sa Ket: Three day celabration featuring the Lam Duan Flower. Traditional performers, cooking market, and expanded open market. For More Information

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End of March/Beginning of April:

Thao Suranari Victory Celebration (Fair) in Nakhon Ratchasima: A 10-day fair commemorating the local heroine Thao Suranari who helped defeat an invading Lao army. Exhibitions, parades, bazaars, beauty contests and likay performances. (David) For More Information

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April

April 3, 2008 at 06:02:32 (morning) Prasat Phnom Rung in Buriram, Sunrise through the 15 doors. The yearly three-day festival will be held around this day. (yeows) For More Information

Here is a link to some information about the festival provided by yeows: Annual Festival

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Dok Khun-Siang Khaen Festival in Khon Kaen: In conjunction with the Songkran Festival featuring a Parade, Beauty Contest, Traditional Singing and Dancing. For More Information

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May

May 9-11, 2008: Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival (various locations); please go back to David's comments on this festival: it is a must-see. (David)

Though countless villages observe the celebration, on various dates and the best organized is held in Yasothorn Province. This year the two-day blowout runs from May 9-11. There will also be a Beauty Contest, Rocket Parade, Dancing, and Stage Shows. For More Information

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June-July

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

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July

The Candle Festival in Ubon Ratchathani: July 1-9,2008
For the holiday Khao Phansa on the Full Moon of July. I have seen pictures of this one and it is on my list. Phansa is the three-month Buddhist Rains Retreat. (Sparky, Betti, David) For More Information

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Pee Ta Khon Festival in the Dahn Sai District of Loei Province. July 4-6, 2008
This is a Three Day Festival with a parade and some really interesting cultural meanings to each of the Days/Events. (Betti) For More Information

Here is the Link provided by Betti: Pee Ta Khon Festival

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Hea Tien Pansaa Festival in Nakhon Ratchasima (Early July)

September

September 9, 2008 at 05:56:40 (morning) Prasat Phnom Rung in Buriram, Sunrise through the 15 doors (not associated with a festival) (yeows)

Here is a link to the 2008 schedule provided by yeows: Fall Sunrise

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October

October 6, 2008 at 17:54:09 (evening) Prasat Phnom Rung in Buriram, Sunset through the 15 doors (not associated with a festival) (yeows)

Here is a link to the 2008 schedule provided by yeows: Fall Sunset

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During the Full Moon of October: Naga Fireballs Festival in Nong Khai at the Mekong River. (Sparky)

Click here for more information and here is a Thread Link with more details: Naga Fireballs Festival

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Illuminated Boat Procession in Nakhon Phanom: A six-day celebration of the end of Buddhists Rains Retreat. Features traditional entertainment, boat races, and a night-time Illuminated Boat Procession. For More Information

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Wax castle and Boat Racing Festival in Sakon Nakhon: A Four-day festival to celebrate the end of the Buddhists Rains Retreat. Participants create "beeswax castles" to gain merit for future rebirth. Features traditional entertainment and boat races. For More Information

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Mekong River Traditional Long Boat Races in Nakhon Phanon: For More Information

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November

Thailand International Balloon Festival 2007
Event held at the Army Dog Training Center, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province (Korat)

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November 12, 2008 Loy Krathong Festivals throughout Thailand.

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Buriram Traditional Boat Races in Sateuk (North Buri Ram): Is this the one where they have the Farang Son-in-Laws racing (swimming) against an elephant for a prize given by a member of the Royal Family? (David) For More Information

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Phimai Boat Races in Phimai (2nd weekend November)
Phimai Boat Races held on the Phlaimat River. (David) For More Information

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Elephant Round-up in Surin during the third week of the month. (David)
November 15-16, 2008: Features 100 trained elephants, a Medevil War Elephant Parade, re-enacted hunts, demonstration of elephant skill and intelligence. For More Information

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Late November/Early December

Silk Fair and Phuk Siao (Friendship) Festival in Khon Khaen: Wide variety of silks on sale and production processes demonstrated. People tie threads around each others wrists to symbolise their friendship, known as phuk siao (siao means 'friend' in Lao). Folk culture performances. The festival is centred on the Sala Klang Changwat or Provincial Hall on the north side of town. For More Information

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December

Isaan Kite Festival South of BuriRam (city) at the Huai Chorakee Maak Reservoir. (David)

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Events with no Dates

Ngan Hua Puk Gad Festival in Krasang, Buriram

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