Nonthaburi Long Boat Races Begin Today

Nonthaburi Long Boat Races is organized annually on the third weekend of August when the Chao Phraya River is high. Oarsmen from Nonthaburi and other nearby provinces would gather to join the boat racing which is held at Nonthaburi Pier. Each year, there are about 60-70 boats joining the 3 days competition. There is also a parade of fancy decorated boats during the event.

Karan Johar & Riteish Deshmukh to Host IIFA Awards 2018 in Bangkok!

BY ANUJ RADIA

The celebrities and razzmatazz return this Summer as the International Indian Film and Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards will return next month to Bangkok after a decade for its 19th edition.

IIFA 2018 awards promise not just Bollywood’s glitz and glamour but support to environmental causes and cinema memorabilia too.

The gala will be held June 22-24 at the Siam Niramit Theatre, which is adorned by Thailand’s heritage, art and culture and hosts the country’s most-popular theatre production.

Wizcraft International, the producers and creators of the IIFA, are gearing up to put up a Bollywood entertainment show interspersed with cultural elements from Thailand.

Andre Timmins, one of the three forces behind Wizcraft International, told IANS: “We’re excited to go back to Bangkok. There are a lot of interesting things we are doing and we hope this edition becomes exciting for people to come and have fun.”

Lisbon and Paris were the other places they were considering for this year. “But we chose Bangkok because we felt it’s close by and this year we thought we will go somewhere close. And Bangkok is a place that has changed tremendously. There are more flights, hotels, restaurants and our industry loves Bangkok,” Timmins said.

The main awards gala on the last day will be hosted by the inimitable Riteish Deshmukh and Karan Johar, both known for their quick wit. Among the performers will be stars like Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor.

For Ranbir, returning to the IIFA stage would be special as he had won the Best Debutant Award at the 2008 Bangkok edition of the gala.”

The IIFA Rocks, a musical night which precedes the IIFA Awards ceremony night, will be co-hosted by Ayushmann Khurrana and Kartik Aaryan. Adding a unique charm to the event will be composer Pritam.

“Pritam is doing a very interesting piece using a lot of local Thailand musicians and instruments. He is putting together something very different,” Timmins said.

Apart from the visual spectacle they intend to offer, they IIFA has tied up UN Environment for the campaign “Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme for World Environment Day 2018. Dia Mirza, the UN Environment goodwill ambassador for India, will front this.

There will also be an IIFA-Ficci forum focusing on business-related elements.

Last year, Karan Johar’s “nepotism rocks” stunt on the stage sparked a controversy in Bollywood. Are they going to be more careful about the show’s script this time?

“We definitely are going to look at that. Every year is different, every year we use different scriptwriters and we will keep this in mind,” Timmins said with a laugh.

Stay tuned for further updates!

IIFA Returns To Bangkok After 10 Years !!!

The International Indian Film and Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards will next month return to Bangkok after a decade for its 19th edition, which promises not just Bollywood’s glitz and glamour but support to environmental causes and cinema memorabilia too.

The gala will be held June 22-24 at the Siam Niramit Theatre, which is adorned by Thailand’s heritage, art and culture and hosts the country’s most-popular theatre production.

Wizcraft International, the producers and creators of the IIFA, are gearing up to put up a Bollywood entertainment show interspersed with cultural elements from Thailand.

Andre Timmins, one of the three forces behind Wizcraft International, told IANS:

“We’re excited to go back to Bangkok. There are a lot of interesting things we are doing and we hope this edition becomes exciting for people to come and have fun.”

Lisbon and Paris were the other places they were considering for this year.

“But we chose Bangkok because we felt it’s close by and this year we thought we will go somewhere close. And Bangkok is a place that has changed tremendously. There are more flights, hotels, restaurants and our industry loves Bangkok,” Timmins said.

The main awards gala on the last day will be hosted by the inimitable Riteish Deshmukh and Karan Johar, both known for their quick wit. Among the performers will be stars like Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor.

For Ranbir, returning to the IIFA stage would be special as he had won the Best Debutant Award at the 2008 Bangkok edition of the gala.”

The IIFA Rocks, a musical night which precedes the IIFA Awards ceremony night, will be co-hosted by Ayushmann Khurrana and Katrik Aaryan. Adding a unique charm to the event will be composer Pritam.

“Pritam is doing a very interesting piece using a lot of local Thailand musicians and instruments. He is putting together something very different,” Timmins said.

Apart from the visual spectacle they intend to offer, they IIFA has tied up UN Environment for the campaign “Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme for World Environment Day 2018. Actress Dia Mirza, the UN Environment goodwill ambassador for India, will front this.

They have also partnered with Woosh Washing Expert to support the cause of equality at home – ‘Barabari Ghar Se Shuru’, which will raise awareness for women empowerment and gender equality.

Additionally, with an aim to preserve cinema heritage, this year IIFA Foundation will be collaborating with Osian’s auction house to showcase vintage cinema memorabilia at an exhibition event .

“Because we celebrate cinema, we would also like to do something towards saving Indian cinema, whether it’s archives, posters or showcasing our heritage through the years. We are doing an exhibition in collaboration with Osian’s,” said Timmins.

There will also be a IIFA-Ficci forum focusing on business-related elements.

Last year, Karan Johar’s “Nepotism rocks” stunt on the stage sparked a controversy in Bollywood. Are they going to be more careful about the show’s script this time?

“We definitely are going to look at that. Every year is different, every year we use different scriptwriters and we will keep this in mind,” Timmins said with a laugh.

Places to celebrate New Year in Bangkok 2014

Bangkok is definitely one of the best cities in Asia for New Year’s Eve celebrations. The city is known for putting a good show every night of the year, but come December the 31st they pull all the stops out and end each year with a bang. There are the classic options, like rooftop dinners with Champagne and large firework displays at both Central World and near the River. Families will enjoy Asiatique, the night market which has become one of the top spots for the countdown. For those who like to dance the night away the clubs in Khao San Road, RCA and on Sukhumvit 11 bring in international DJs who spin records till the early hours of the morning. If large scale celebrations are not your thing, then there are plenty of other options. Local restaurants and bars will also be celebrating, and whether you are travelling with family, friends or by yourself, there is an event to suit everyone.

 

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Bangkok’s equivalent of Times Square in New York, a street countdown party happens every year outside Central World shopping mall. Find a good spot near the junction where you can enjoy the fireworks and cheery crowds that will have gathered here from the early evening, with over a hundred thousand people expected. In front of the mall there will be a beer garden and live entertainment including live bands and DJs. There will also be plenty of snack stalls. To really fit in, find one of the sellers who will be touting their flashing headbands and sparkly date sunglasses. Getting there and back is extremely easy as the BTS skytrain runs until after midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Opening Hours: 19:00 – 00:30
BTS: Chit Lom/Siam

 

Asiatique New Years Eve Bangkok 2015 Thailand

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Asiatique Bangkok NEW Years Eve Bangkok, The Riverfront will be one of the main attractions in Bangkok where everyone can have fun with lovedones and friends before taking in the splendid view of a fireworks display along the Chao Phraya River on New Year’s Eve.In collaboration with Chang, Oppo, Mekhong and Coke, the Asiatique Festival Countdown 2014 will be packed with happiness and entertainmentunder the concept “Light Up the Colours of Life”.Set to perform on stage from 5pm until late will be famous Thai artists, The countdown to midnight will feature fireworks along the Chao Phraya River, making it a night to remember. Asiatique is across Charoen Krung Soi 93. It can be reached by car and shuttle boat, which is available from 4pm to 11.30pm at the SaphanTaksin pier (BTS Saphan Taksin). There is no admission fee. find to more details and update for Asiatique New Years Eve Bangkok 2015  Visit asiatiquethailand.com or call 02-108-4488.Bangkok Countdown at Asiatique Every Year in Bangkok Thailand.

 

New Year Dinner Cruise Bangkok on New Years EVE 2015

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New Year Dinner Cruise in Bangkok,Thailand.Where to go for New Years Eve Bangkok 2015? Popular Place for New Year’s Eve Bangkok 2015 Best Place for Countdown Bangkok and See Sparking Fire Work with Dinner Cruise by River Cruises Chaophraya River Bangkok Thailand.

 

SKY-HIGH RESTAURANTS New Years Eve 2015 Bangkok Festival Countdown 2015

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Visit Bangkok to enjoy the biggest New Year’s Eve parties
Crowne Plaza Bangkok  – A red-carpet party with Hollywood-themed decor and live music, with optional New Year’s Eve Buffet available (B4,999). 8pm. Crowne Plaza Bangkok, 952 Rama 4 Rd., 02-632-9000. B1499 (open bar). MRT Lumphini.

Millennium Hilton – B5,900 for international buffet at Flow or B12,000 for 5-course set dinner with free-flow at ThreeSixty, on the top floor of this riverside hotel. Charoennakorn Rd., 02-442-2000.

Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit 22  – Indian buffet with DJ, open bar and count down at THB 2,500++ located at Maya on 29th floor. To make reservation 02 683 4745, and Indian buffet at B2,014 at Zeta Cafe, which is perched on the 22/F of this new hotel. Sukhumvit Soi 22, 02-683-4704.

Banyan Tree  – B21,999 for 7-course set menu of Mediterranean cuisine at Vertigo, the hotel’s dramatic rooftop restaurant. 21/100 Sathorn Rd., 02-679-1200.

Pullman Bangkok Hotel G – Seafood buffet at B2,999, including a welcome drink, at Ballroom 38, with stunning views of Silom. Silom Rd., 02-238-1991

Hotel Muse – B4,750 for a platter of seafood and a bottle of Prosecco or B1,500 for two glasses of Prosecco at The Speakeasy, a 1920s-style rooftop venue. 25/F, Langsuan Rd., 02-630-4000

Long Table – B5,999 or B7,999 (depending on the table location) for 3-course set dinner. Most of the table don’t really have views, but there’s a terrace overlooking Benjakitti Park to get started and see the fireworks. 25/F, Column Tower, Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-302-2557.

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NIGHTCLUBS New Year Eve 2015 Bangkok 

Narz Countdown  – Four rooms with DJs, one live band room and an outdoor stage. 8pm. Narz Bangkok, 112 Sukhumit Soi 23. 02-258-4805. B800 (1 drink).
2014 @ Sukhumvit  11  – The three Soi 11 giants celebrate their partnership with a party across the three venues promising live performances,
sexy staff and new laser lights. Reservations at 082-308-3246. Dec 31, 9pm. Levels, Q Bar and Bash, Sukhumvit Soi 11. BTS Nana.

Great Gatsby Night Extravaganza – Drawing inspiration from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, this 1920s-styled celebration goes for a glitzy
feel, with dance shows and DJs. Reservations at 02-108-2000. 9pm. Ku De Ta Bangkok, 39-40/F Sathorn
Square Building, 98 North Sathorn Rd., 02-108-2000. BTS Chong Nonsi. B1,500.

One Night in Bangkok – The international party production team Fierce Angel from the UK organize a countdown party with founder DJ Mark Doyle spinning house alongside the crew’s DJs. Dec 31, 11pm. B3,388 before 12:30am (1 glass Champagne and 3 drinks) and B999 after 12:30am (1
standard drink). Heaven, 20/F ZEN World, 4-4/5 Rajadamri Road. BTS Chidlom and Siam. 02-100-9000.

BK PICK Brown Sugar Moulin Rouge –A New Year’s party drawing inspiration from the Baz Luhrmann film featuring music by Mint Blues, Pongsiri Quartet Jazz Band and June Kumarika & Attention Please Band, along with DJ DCXIX. Reservations at 092-616-7829. Dress code: Moulin Rouge. 8pm Brown Sugar, Phra Sumen Rd., 08-1805-7759. B900 (open bar all night).

Altitude: Midnight Kiss – A countdown party held at three venues within the hotel, Roof Bar, Pool Club and Theatre Bar (10/F), with DJs Lee
Cabrera and Aaron James (New York City) , Kid Chris (Ibiza) and Tech12 (UK). 9pm. Mode Sathorn, 144 North Sathorn Rd., 02-623-4555. Free entry, BTS Surasak

Countdown at Nest Rooftop – This rooftop countdown party lines up international DJs including Breaksjunky, One Touch, Morphelius and Soulboy, who will be joined by MC Emon and local DJs Job and Monte, plus live performances by saxophonist 7EVEN and guitarist Triple AAA. Reservations at 02-255-0638. 9pm. Nest, Rooftop/F, Le Fenix Hotel, 33/33 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-2550638/9. B800 (2 drinks, free entry after 2am). BTS Nana.

Dudesweet New Year: Tomorrow is the Best Day – A countdown party by the much-loved organizer promises a more chilled vibe than previous years’ events, with music by resident DJs and Chubby Chain on the Rock and an exhibition by visual artist Kob B.O.R.E.D, plus toy and gift giveaways.
9pm. Absolut Artelier, 42/F Column Tower, Sukhumvit Soi 16. Free entry. BTS Asoke

Countdown Under Siege at Maggie Choo’s  – A countdown party taking you back to New Year’s Eve 1937 which lets you take refuge in the venue
decorated as an underground cabaret, with instrumental duo Jul & Co. Reservations at 02-635-6055. 10pm. Maggie Choo’s, Underground @ Hotel
Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom, 320 Silom Rd., 02-635-6055. Free entry. BTS Surasak.

World Sanskrit Conference to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in June, 2015

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The Organizing Committee for the World Sanskrit Conference to be held in Bangkok in June, 2015 called on Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla on August 18, 2014 to brief him about the status of ongoing preparations for the prestigious event. The visitors included Dr.Chirapat Prapandvidya, Advisor Sanskrit Studies Center, Silapakorn University; Dr. Samniang Leurmsai, Director Sanskrit Studies Center, Silapakorn University; Mr. Susheel Kumar Saraff, President, India-Thai Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Sushil Dhanuka, Director, MASTEX Co., Ltd; Mr. Amarjiva Lochan, Lecturer, Delhi University and Mr. Sathit Kumarn, Managing Director, Siamese Co., Ltd. From the Embassy, Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. G. Balasubramanian; Counsellor, Mr. Asish Padhi and Second Secretary, Mr. Anuj Gupta were also present.

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คณะกรรมการจัดงานประชุมสันสกฤตโลกซึ่งจะจัดขึ้นที่กรุงเทพฯ ในเดือนมิถุนายน 2558 เข้าพบเอกอัครราชทูตฮาร์ช วาร์ดัน ชริงลา เมื่อวันที่ 18 สิงหาคม 2557 เพื่อให้ข้อมูลเกี่ยวกับการเตรียมงาน ผู้เข้าพบประกอบด้วย ดร. จิรพัฒน์ ประพันธ์วิทยา ที่ปรึกษาศูนย์สันสกฤตศึกษา มหาวิทยาลัยศิลปากร ดร. สำเนียง เลื่อมใส ผู้อำนวยการศูนย์สันสกฤตศึกษา มหาวิทยาลัยศิลปากร นายสุชีล กุมาร ซารัฟ ประธานหอการค้าอินเดีย-ไทย นายสุชิล ดานุกา ผู้อำนวยการ บริษัท MASTEX จำกัด นายอัมมารชีวะ โลชัน อาจารย์ มหาวิทยาลัยเดลี และนายสถิตย์ กุมาร กรรมการผู้จัดการบริษัท Siamese จำกัด โดยมี อุปทูต จี บาลาสุบรามาเนียน อัครราชทูตที่ปรึกษาอาชิช ปาดี และเลขานุการโทอนุจ คุปตา เจ้าหน้าที่สถานทูตเข้าร่วมในการเข้าพบ

Lampang Historical Train and Horse Carriage Festival4

Lying about 600 kilometers north of Bangkok, Lampang is an old province that is well worth a visit. It is the only province in Thailand where horse-drawn carriages are still used as a means of public transport.

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The province welcomes all visitors to its “Lampang Historical Train and Horse Carriage Festival,” to be held from 1 to 5 April 2013.

Lampang Historical Train and Horse Carriage Festival

The festival, the 14th of its kind, will take place in front of the Nakhon Lampang Railway Station in Mueang district. It will commemorate the history of Lampang’s train service and horse carriages.

“Lampang Historical Train and Horse Carriage Festival,” to be held from 1 to 5 April 2013

Among the activities during the five-day festival are cultural performances, a light and sound show, a bazaar of local products, a food festival, and an exhibition on the history of train service and horse carriages in Lampang. Visitors will experience an old-style market where participants dress in traditional costumes, and they may go on a city tour in horse-drawn carriages to visit the various attractions.

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Lampang is located in the middle of the valley of the Wang River, and the province covers a vast area of forest. One of the natural resources found in this province is white clay, which is used to make high-quality ceramics. The ceramics industry has become an important industry in Lampang, which is noted for its excellent ceramics – souvenirs and other products crafted from ceramics have made a name for this province.

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The town of Lampang has a long history dating back to the Hariphunchai Kingdom, which is believed to have been founded in the seventh or early eighth century. During the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), the first horse carriage was brought from Bangkok for use in Lampang. Horse carriages were also introduced for use as public transport in other northern provinces, such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phrae, Nan, and Mae Hong Son, but they have not been used in those provinces for a number of years.

In 1952, an association, called the Horse Carriage in Lampang Province, was established to operate the horse-drawn cart business there. For most Thais, the symbol of Lampang is the horse-drawn carriage.

Lampang Historical Train and Horse Carriage Festival,” to be held from 1 to 5 April 2013.

During the reign of King Chulalongkorn, who ruled the Kingdom from 1868 to 1910, railway transport was introduced into Thailand. The first royal train arrived at the Nakhon Lampang Railway Station in Lampang on 1 April 1916 in the reign of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI). Passengers could ride in comfort from Nakhon Lampang Station to town in one of the many horse carriages available.

For nearly a century, trains and horse carriages have played a vital role as means of transportation in Lampang, for both business and pleasure.

Lampang Historical Train and Horse Carriage Festival,” to be held from 1 to 5 April 2013.

In the past, Lampang was regarded simply as a picturesque town where tourists could make a brief stop on their way to Chiang Mai, the largest city in northern Thailand. The province is now a focal point for elephant conservation in Thailand. It is the location of the Thai Elephant Conservation Center, which has become a major tourist attraction in the North and has helped promote eco-tourism in Thailand.

Thai Elephant Conservation Center Lampang

 

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Date: 15 June – 15 August, 2011

Venue: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai (Songkhla), Phuket, Pattaya (Chonburi), Hua Hin (Phachupkirikan), Samui (Surat Thani)

Activities:

The shopping centers, hotels, restaurants and touring attractions join this event all over Thailand.

It’s a treat for shopaholics as tons of quality stuff is turned on sale mode and many shopping centers, shops bring their product to offer you at a irresistible price such as clothes, decoration items, handmade products. Even hotels, restaurants and package tours.

Enjoy heavy discounts of 10-80% and many other privileges during the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2011 at all the participating department stores, shopping malls, King Power Duty Free, jewelry shops, golf courses, Thai products, spa and massage, hospitals, as well as from leading airlines and online travel agencies.
There are also discounts to be enjoyed at participating merchants at selected tourist attractions in Bangkok, Chiangmai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Koh Samui. 

In addition, the program has expanded the discounts and other privileges to new lifestyle areas such as flea markets, shopping & walking streets, which are unique to the Thai lifestyle for shopping and dining in the 7 target destinations.

More information: http://www.tourismthailand.org/thailandgrandsale/

Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimolmangkhlaram Rajawaramahaviharn or Wat Pho will celebrate for nine days and nine nights after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has registered its epigraphic archives as Memory of the World documentary heritage.

Speaking at a press conference, Assistant Abbot Phra Rajavethee announced that the monastery will organise a grand celebration from 19 to 27 November 2011 to celebrate the UNESCO Memory of the World award.

The assistant abbot added that the celebration will be made in an ancient way as described in the inscriptions and similar to the one used to be organised in the reign of King Rama I during the early Rattanakosin era.

The 1,440 stone inscriptions made during 1831-1841 feature a wide range of knowledge such as history, Buddhism, literature, tradition, proverbs and health. The well-known ways of contorted hermits, massage and herbal medicine are also included in the health section.

The listing of the inscriptions as the Memory of the World was made at the tenth Meeting of the International Advisory Committee for the Memory of the World Programme held in Manchester, UK, from 22 to 25 May 2011.

 

source: http://thainews.prd.go.th/en/news.php?id=255406170007

Date: 15 June – 15 August, 2011

Venue: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai (Songkhla), Phuket, Pattaya (Chonburi), Hua Hin (Phachupkirikan), Samui (Surat Thani)

Activities:

The shopping centers, hotels, restaurants and touring attractions join this event all over Thailand.

It’s a treat for shopaholics as tons of quality stuff is turned on sale mode and many shopping centers, shops bring their product to offer you at a irresistible price such as clothes, decoration items, handmade products. Even hotels, restaurants and package tours.

Enjoy heavy discounts of 10-80% and many other privileges during the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2011 at all the participating department stores, shopping malls, King Power Duty Free, jewelry shops, golf courses, Thai products, spa and massage, hospitals, as well as from leading airlines and online travel agencies.
There are also discounts to be enjoyed at participating merchants at selected tourist attractions in Bangkok, Chiangmai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Koh Samui.In addition, the program has expanded the discounts and other privileges to new lifestyle areas such as flea markets, shopping & walking streets, which are unique to the Thai lifestyle for shopping and dining in the 7 target destinations.

More information: http://www.tourismthailand.org/thailandgrandsale/

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