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Newsletter of June 2011
 

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THAILANDE

 

Thailand placing on solar panel

 

The Japanese company Kyocera will provide to Thailand one millions solar panel in order to build the biggest solar field of the kingdom. This whole field will provide around 204 megawatts of electricity.  This project will be supervised by Solar Power Company a Thai firm specialized in solar power. The million of modules provided by Kyocera will be share out in 34 installations, each one of six megawatts.  Those solar fields will then be divided in several locations in the north-east country, where the sun is the hottest.
This set of fields will be the most important of Thailand and one of the biggest in the world. The 206 electricity megawatts recovered from those panels will be able to supply over 170.000 homes each year.

 

 

New prices for the Bangkok Royal Grand Palace

The Grand Palace office reported an increase for entrance fare to the Grand Palace and to the Wat Phra Kaeo (the temple of the emerald Buddha) in Bangkok.  Starting the 1st August 2011: 400 Baths by visitor ( around 9 euros) Starting the 1st January 2012: 500 baths by visitor (around 11 euros) The Grand Palace is open every day from 08h30 until 15h30, the ticket include access to the Vimanmek Palace and to the pavilion of Thai currency. The Royal Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) has been built in 1782 by the king Rama 1st on the Chao Phraya left bank. It shelter the royal residence, the throne hall, but also a lots of government office and the emerald Buddha's temple (Wat Phra Kaeo).

 

 

 

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

From the 25th September until the 5th October, happens the most colorful and dramatic festival from the Chinese minority in Phuket. The ceremony, wish include ritual practices, is observed with a great veneration. To purify their mind and body, Chinese people set themselves to do a vegetarian diet for the first 9 days of the 9th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Every day, varied ceremonies take place in Chinese temples with some processions, spectacular demonstrations of «Anaesthesia in the suffuring». In order to get more merit, Chinese people walk on live coals, get their cheeks and body pierced with swards, knifes or other pointed object. The first festival happened in 1885, when, according to the legend, members of an opera group from China, while on tour in the island, had fallen sick.

 

Illuminate boat procession in Nakhon Phanom.

Nakhon Phanom is located in the North-east of Thailand and the Nakhon Phanom province's capital. It's located on the Mekong western bank, in front of Thakhek city, in Lao. A bridge is under construction between those two cities, it should be done in 2012. In this city, every night, an illuminate procession will happens to honor Buddha, from the 29th September until the 4th October 2011. In addition of this show, inhabitants will pay tribute to Buddha on the river bank with boat, finely decorate with bamboo or banana tree leaf whish contain candles and other symbolic offerings, drifting on the river at the twilight, in a tradition related to the National day Loy Kratong.

 



Sakon Nakhon wax castle festival

From the 30th September until the 4th October, to celebrate the end of the Buddhism lent and the rain retreat (wish has last for 3 months), inhabitants of the area built wax castle, in order to get merit for their actual life and also for the next one; those true piece of art are presented on some kind of tanks and shown around the city. A beautiful competition, a boat regatta and folk dances are the most important theme of this feast. Located near the Phu Phan mountains, Sakon Nakhon is 647 km far from Bangkok, this province is inside the Khorat Plateau.


Annual World Gourmet Festival from 13th to 15th September

From the 13th to the 15th September, The Annual World gourmet Festival will introduce World famous Chefs coming from all over the world to prepared staggering meals of flavor and delicacy, served in the sumptuous hall of the five star Hotel Four Season of Bangkok. Gourmet people will be had an amazing experience.

Contact us at info@blue-jade.com for reservation.

 

Thailand International Swan boat Race

On the 16th and 17th September more than 20 Internationals Teams will take part in a race on the Chao Phraya River, in Bangkok. The vision of those narrow boats, carefully elaborate, with a prow sculpted in the shape of Swan head sliding on the river, is a show not to be missed.


 

SOLAR AIR FLIES TO CHUMPORN

Thai domestic airline, Solar Air, operates a new route between Bangkok and Chumphon, the southern of Thailand. The flight on a 19-seat twin-engine propeller aircraft departs daily from Bangkok's Don Muang Airport at 09h45 and arrives in Chumhon at 11h00.  The return flight from Chumporn is at 14h00 and arrives Bangkok at 15h15. Chumphon is only about an hour 45 minutes from Kho Tao Island by high-speed ferry.

Booking at tourop@blue-jade.com

 

The Expension project of Suvarnabhumi Airport for 163 Billion Bath.

AoT, Airport of Thailand company, had approved a 163 billion baths (3.8 billion Euro) project to  expand the International Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. This project will take place in three parts, at the end, the airport will be able to welcome 103 millions of visitors in 2024; at the present time, 65 million passengers each year transit by the Airport. The First part of the project will start in early 2013 until 2016. It will achieve a new terminal for the domestic flights, a third runway but also building a car park for the passengers and an intern linking road system. The second part wish will start in 2017 and be over in 2020 will expand the actual passenger terminals and will create a fourth runway. For the last, but not least, part of the project, starting in the early 2020, the building of a fifth runway and an expansion of the actual car park is planned. When the final project will be realized, the Dong Mueang Airport, today used for some low cost domestic flights, will be renovated as a repairing center and aircraft maintenance: domestics flights having been moved in the new Suvarnabhumi domestic flight terminal in 2016 


 

MYANMAR

 

Taxes for passenger service on domestic flights

Starting First June 2011, each passenger for domestic flights, local or foreigner, will have to pay taxes for passenger service. Passengers must to pay this tax by themselves directly at airport: 1000 Kyats (around 1.3 USD).

 

 

Yadanar Gu Festival in Amarapura   
  

From the 5th until the 11th September, This traditional Nat festival happens on the Mandalay-Sagaing road (Around 1 hour far from Mandalay). After, you can take a small boat on the lake to join the Amarapura festival - sometimes called Ummerapoura (wish means in Burmese language: City of the immortal) is an old capital of the country. It's located on the left Ayerrawady river bank, 25 km far from Ava and located at 11km in the south of Mandalay. It's often called Taungmyo (Southern Town). Built in 1783, Amarapura has been the third capital of the Burmese empire until 1823, then from 1871 until 1860.

 

Manuhar Pagoda Festival at the Myinkapar Village

Bagan temples are share out in different villages: Nyaung U and Wetkyi In, Old Bagan, Minkaba and Thiripyitsaya, Pwasaw andMinanthu. Manuhar pagoda is located in the Myinkapar village, 5 minutes from Thiripyitsaya. This festival will happen on the 11th and 12th September.

 

 

The great Phaung-Daw U festival at Inle lake

Every year for the 18 days of the full moon from October 28 to October 15, 2011, a beautiful boats range goes from village to village around Lake Inle with golden Buddha statues on board. Every day, these sacred statues visit different monasteries and are honored by the monks. The main vessel that leads the procession is the Karaweik, the golden bird of mythology Burma. This boat is monitored by the holy priest and wise men, the Buddhas of the four-Daw Pagoda Phaung U wearing a veil of conveying. This traditional feast is also where rower race takes place, standing up, wearing traditional costumes. It's also the opportunity to become impregnated with Buddhist spirituality in a amazing scenery. It's one of the most beautiful show of race-boat in Southeast Asia, and attracts, every year, a lots of visitors.

 

 

LAOS

 

New Airline for Vientiane- Bangkok in September

The first private airline in Laos, Phonsavanh Airlines, announced its wish to come into the regional market this year. Company plans the first take-off for September landing in Bangkok. Taking-off from Vientiane, Laotian Capital, The airline will also provides a service to Hanoi in Vietnam and Siem-Reap in Cambodia, they will be in direct competition with Lao Airlines. Phongsavanh Airlines who calls itself a “low-cost premium company", proposing business class and economy.  Feel free to contact us about flights.

Information and booking at info@laos-airlines.com


 

LAO AIRLINES UPGRADES TO JET OPERATIONS

Lao Airlines is upgrading its operations to jet aircraft services. Company will lease one Airbus A320 later this year, and will introduce services to Singapore and Japan

  The airline has also ordered a new A320 aircraft, which will be delivered in 2014

 

 

Boun Khao Salak or the ancestor festival

Fixed on the 10th full moon of the year (23rd September 2011), this festival is an unique moment in Lao. First because of the celebration fullness, but also because of the incredible numbers of participant and the work and gifts they bring.  Taking part in the Boun Khao Salak festival, allow the procurement of « merits » wish will be important for the next life. In the morning, for the offerings, a lot of devout people get to the temple. More than usually, monks will receive from « the believers », especially rich gifts as chocolate bars, candies, cakes of any kind, and even money. (Monk needs it today to pay their mobile phone calls...). Right after starts the tray ballet, carrying the 7 ancestor's favored food. Each family will prepare the best and hundreds of meals will arrive on pagoda, submerged with gifts. Baskets with incense, note book, pens, washing powder, coffee, lighter and candles, fruits, toilette paper are offered to monks.   Each family will write on small piece of papers few words for their ancestor’s memory to wish them the best. Each one of them will be red has high voice in front of the public who will listen with an absent minded and amused ear. Paradoxically (for occident people) everybody is quite joyful during those readings and laugh a lot.  Finally, after monks have finished their meal, wish for once are far from being frugal, they are the devotees who will seat and share most of the left food, certain people will even take back some of It to their place.

 

 

 

Vietnam and Laos's cultural and tourist cooperation get closer

Vietnam and Laos has agreed to tight their cultural and tourist cooperation as result of meeting who has held in Hanoi between the Laotian Ministry of information, culture, sports and tourism, and the Vietnamese Ministry of the culture, sports and tourism. In cultural area, both parties will coordinate their actions in the next Vietnamese culture week whish will take place in Laos from the 31st August until the 6th September. On this special occasion, Vietnamese team will present the national school of art and music's performances.  Both parties will prepare together a set of cultural and artistic activities to celebrate the friendship year between the two countries (in 2012), the 50th diplomatic relations establishment birthday and the signature of the friendship treaty.
Those commissions will display their projects to help Laos, approved by both governments, like the renovation and development of the Kaysone Phomvihane Museum, building of a memory place for the president Ho Chi Minh in Xieng Vang Village, located in the Khammouane province.n  About tourism, both parties suited to elaborate politics to create favorable conditions for tourist who cross the border, to develop technical infrastructure, a set of roads connecting the East-West Vietnamese province, the Laotian province Champassak and Tay Nguyen province (located on the central high plateau).  Vietnam will help Laos to elaborate tourism law, to set criteria in order to elaborate hotel's classification, deployment for the long- lasting tourism project in the Mekong sub-region supported by the Asian Bank for development.  Both parties will continue their cooperation for tourism in 2012, as well in a bilateral frame than in a multilateral one. They'll get signatures ready for cooperative convention between the two Ministries for the 2012-2015 period laid down for Vietnamese cultural week in Laos, in continuity to the 2010-2012 one.


 

VIETNAM

 

National Sampans race 2011

Hau Giang province is  located in the Mekong delta, broadside on the north with Can Tho city and at the east with Hau river (a tributary of the Mekong), with Vinh Long province, bordered on south with Soc Trang and Bac Lieu, on the west side bordered with Kien Giang province. The Hau Giang capital is Vi Thanh city, 240 km far on the west south of Ho Chi Minh City. The National Sampans race 2011 will happen from the 19th until the 21st August at  Xa No canal, in Vi Thanh city, organized with the Cultural, sports and tourism service's help. At this moment, teams whish come from Can Tho, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Soc Trang, Kien Giang, Vinh Long and Tra Vinh province's cities are register to take part in this event.

Taking part in this contest, each province can be represented with two teams, one masculine and a female's one. The host province is allowed to present three teams, two males and a female's one. Teams will face each other on distance: 800m and 1.200m for men and 600m and 1.000 for women. This is a sporting activity to honor the August (19 august) Revolution's and the national day (September, 2nd).

 


National Day

It's the Vietnam Independence day's commemoration, acquired by Hô Chi Min the September,2nd  1945. Indeed, It was September,2nd 1945 that Vietnamese president, Ho Chi Minh, proclaimed the country independance. He established the Democratic republic of Vietnam, which is today the socialist republic of Vietnam.


 

The 14th photographic festival of the red river delta

 

The 14th photographic festival called « Tourist potential of the red river delta » will take place at the end of August 2011 in Quang Ninh province (on the north-east vietnam, in the Quang Nih province near China and open on the Tonkin gulf, with a 250km long littoral), under auspicies of the photographer artist of Vietnam (VAPA) in coordination with the letters and Art association of Quang Ninh province. Nine province will take part in this festival: Bac Ninh, Hung Yên, Hai Duong, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh and  Thai Binh. In addition, every professional photographers and amateur from the red river delta are welcome to take part in the contest. Candidate's work must reflect the beauty of nature, historical relics and culture, the feasts, the villages of traditional crafts as well as the typical features of the life of the inhabitants of the delta… The deadline for the works receipt is fixed to the 15 august 2011. Works must be left at the Letter and art association of the Quang Ninh province, then the ones selected will be presented at the exhibition which will open on the August, 31st 2011.

 

Mid Autumn Festival (children feast)

The 15th day of the 8th lunar month, on the September, 12th 2011, the Mid Autumn Festival (called Tet Trung Thus in Vietnamese) will be celebrated with games and cakes for kids and their families who watch the moon. Processions of lanterns and torches but also dance of unicorns leads the demonstration. There're many legends about this mid autumn moon.  This feast was at first to celebrate the harvest when the moon is larger than at any moment of the year. Moon is used as symbol for plenitude and prosperity; during the festival, people will offer boxes of cakes in the shape of moon (Banh Trung Thu) to friends and family. At night time, children will march in streets, singing while handing colored Chinese lantern in hand.  These Chinese lanterns contain candle which illuminate beautifully the streets.

 

 

Do Son buffaloes fighting festival

Do Son is located 22km to the south of Haiphong, between the two mouth of Lach Tray and Van Uc. On September, 6th will happened the sacrifice ceremony dedicate to Ondin. According to the legend, the buffalo fighting of Don Son is celebrate to get prosperity and happiness for people living in the area, which appeared in the XVIII century. Do Son inhabitants, from various origins, had come to exploit the land, and to create a new life. To select buffalos able to win prize during the final fight, fighting playoff are organized. According to the habit, three villages, Do Son, Do Hai, and Ngoc Xuyen always have buffaloes to compete on final fights and the number of those is determined by taking into account the number of men in the 18 hamlets of these 3 villages. The main day of the festival, many residents of Tra Co (Quang Ninh province) take their boats to go to Do Son, their ancestral land.  Inhabitants from every part of the city and from other province are coming in Do Son to take part to festivities. The final victory sometimes happens in a very short time. However the fighting moment is carefully prepared, because it’s a « Legendary Event ». The feast takes place in the town hall of Do Son. Worships flags are everywhere. Ceremony to introduce incense, on the feast opening, happened in Nghe temple, in Van Ninh city. Then comes the palanquins procession, and covered sedan chairs. Worships flags float in the wind, the procession take place in the sound of eight instruments, in accompaniment of the buffaloes which are going to appear in front of the guardian genius of the village. The opening dances, represented by young men from Do Son get divided in two parts. Dancers take fight positions’, put themselves in lines or cross themselves as both armies. After the flags dance, buffaloes are brought in couple in both sides of the mast to the flag Ngu Phuong. From the sign of beginning, both buffaloes, from both directions’, approach, and stop at a distance of some 20m. On the second signal, the people who brought the buffalo remove abruptly the rope of the snout's animal. Both buffaloes dash then into the fight, with a lot of pulled movements: horns colliding, crossing, knocks tearing of eyes, pricking in the neck... Once the victory is decided, the scene called « The stopping of buffaloes » happen with also a lot of attractions’.  It's a necessity to stop at all costs the winning buffalo, to be able to continue  other fights and determine the first, second and third price. The buffaloes' fight is part of a feast strictly bound in the custom of worship in the spirit of the waters, but it also transmission of the military spirits of Do Son inhabitants.

 

 

Tran Temple festival in Nam Dinh

From September, 12th 2011 until the 17th , the Tran temple remains will sheltering religious ceremony and many other cultural activities: Sacrifice ceremony, palanquins processions, representation of the popular theater, and also traditional fight. Nam Dinh province is located in the northern Vietnam. In this province is located the Nam Dinh city, far from 90km in the south of Hanoi. It's surrounded by Thai Binh province, of Ha Nam and Ninh Binh but also with the eastern sea.

 

Ba Vi National Park and its area, will be transformed into a geologic park.


This information has been announced by doctor Tran Tan Van, Institute of Geologic Science's chief at the International conference about geological park in south eastern Asia (2nd Edition) wish has just closed the last 24th July in Hanoi under Vietnamese Presidency The national Ba Vi park and Its area protect a lots of natural place, some cultural values and ancient volcanoes '' has considered Tran Tan Van. Vietnam has census six other places whish can become geological park like the Haa Long bay recognized has a part of the world's heritage, Cat Ba Island (Hi Phong)  recognized as a biosphere reserve of the world's, Hoang Lien (Lao Cai province) and Cuc Phuong (Ninh Binh provinces, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa), Thac Ba waterfall(Yen Bai province) and the ancient city of Hoa Lu (Ninh Binh). The Geological Park of the limestone plateau of Dông Van and Ha Giang province (Northern Vietnam), have entered the October, 3rd in the global network of the geological parks.

 

An iconic building in Hanoi, the future theatre Thang Long

  The popular committee of hanoi has just announced the decision to choose the office of architecture Renzo Piano building Workshop as the design and the realization of the new theater Thang Long, which will have an opera and a theater room of 1.800 places and a concert hall of 1.200 places. This theatre will also possess a flexible room whish can receive puppet shows on the water. This theater will certainly be one of the most modern of South Asia and will place Hanoi as a major place of the national culture on the international scene. To celebrate Its 1.000 years, the capital launched the idea of an international competition for  a new theater with the support, without reserve, of the population. This competition, in which participated two of the famous architects in the world, was the theater of a meeting between the quintessence of Vietnam and besides world. Indeed, the most French and Italians, Renzo Piano, and the Englishman Norman Foster are both rewarded for most Grand Prize in architecture, Pritzker Prize. After one month of research and studies, Renzo Piano dreamed about an Opera Thang Long which rises on the west of the western lake such as red sail in the bay of Ha Lon, which would create a ''place for the population'', would respect the nature and which would be all over the world recognized as the Ha Long bay. This opera would be suspended on the water, as the pagoda from the unique pillar and the red bridge, the Huc (on the lake of the restored sword), remarkable for Its red lacquer and Its wooden structure. Renzo Piano's project consists of three parts spread on a stretch of water: the building in itself and two other spaces. These last ones are intended for the outdoor shows as well as for the exhibitions of art and culture. A footbridge on slightly titled pontoons allows to cross and to connect these various spaces. The building is a compact block, where the concert hall is over the set. The main materials whish compose It are made by steels and glass, and the roof is endowed with an intelligent system to get back the solar energy. The facade is in « double skin », made by glass tubes irrigated by the flow of the water to refresh the atmosphere by an ecological process. LED was also placed inside those tubes to obtain a big screen allowing the continuous distribution of images and movies, an approachable culture. The theater shelters three theaters: a room of 1.800 places for the opera, a room of 1.200 places for other concerts, and a room of 300 places for puppet shows on the water. There is also a coffee place, a restaurant and a terrace in height to take advantage of the panoramic view. Nguyên Chi Tam, director of the design and founder of High End Architecture, is the representative of Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Vietnam. He thus know very well this architect of international fame to have worked about 11 years by his side in his Parisian workshop. He explains that Renzo Piano made long researches on the Vietnamese and Hanoi culture to translate it in the architecture of his project of the theater of Thang long through details and unique characteristics, but also to return this project close to the population. He even makes the bet that this theater will become as iconic than the Georges Pompidou museum in Paris, other prestigious Renzo Piano's realization worldwide. Besides He worked with Arup, a famous English engineering firm specialized in the sustainable development, to make this opera, a remarkable building in terms of reduction of discharge of co2 and energy savings. The roof of the theater Thang Long, for example, accumulates not only the solar energy but gets back the rainwater. It also allows symbolize the hat of the king Ly Thai To, by paying him tribute on the year of the millennium of Thang Long-Hanoi. Facades made by glass tubes, will spread images and movies with LED while the solar energy will serve as pump to irrigate those same tubes and refresh air. This green technology will be used for the first time in Asia.



Phu Quôc, tropical paradise in heart shape

To far south of Vietnam, Phu Quoc Island also called « The emerald Island » deserves the name of ''tropical paradise''. It aims to become by 2020 an international touristic center; with 56.000ha, Phu Quoc is the greatest island in Vietnam. Relief is remarkable with 99 mounts and hills stretching from north to south, hosting wild valley and beautiful coves. It is connected to Hô Chi Minh-City, Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Jakarta (Indonesia), Phuket and Bangkok (Thailand) with 500-1.200 km flight. Located 120km far from Rach Gia and 50 minutes flight from Ho Chi Min City, Phu Quoc has the ideal climate, with abundant product, beautiful forest and beach... This Island has wonderful small rivers and abundant flora of 929 species.
Its water are home for coral reefs, refuge for fish species whish had disappeared everywhere else and turtles come to lay on those quiet beach. Phu Quôc is known for Its pearl oyster and Its brine of fish. Another attraction is the local culture with Its villages and traditional trades, almost fisherman. The best period to fish is from November until April, just near the coral reefs of Doi Moi and Mong Tay Islets, at the south west of the island, around 14 miles from Duong Dong city. Between May and October, best spots are Ong Doi and Dam islands, around 6 miles far from An Thoi harbor. There is two fishing types: during the day and at the evening (for the cuttlefish). During the day, boat goes slowly near the coral reef, fishermen launchings their lines, when fish bites, they have to move quickly and pulling hard. The fish will be grid and enjoyed on the spot. The evening, It will be for the cuttlefish, in Bai Sao. Tourists will go in places where they are a lot of Cephalopes, then the engine of the boat is cut and all the lights are opened to attract them.   With Its strenghs, Phu Quoc island welcomed the past few years a lots of investors,
most of them are foreigners, in luxury hotel business and touristic services. This year, the hotel rooms add up to 3.500. Authorities of the Kien Giang province let knows that between 2011-2012, many project will be ready to be used, like the international airport of Duong To, The An Thoi sea and fluvial harbor and also may roads. Phu Quôc moves towards touristic high qualities services, towards the sustainable development and really hopes being able to compete with high places of mass tourism in the area and in the world (for example Phuket in Thailand).

 

 

CAMBODGE

 

Lakhaon Festival in Phnom Penh

From the 10th until the 17th September, the French cultural center in Cambodia, organize the Lakhon festival ( « theater » in Khmer language), meant to «  taking part in the rebirth of different kind of theater in Cambodia », to promote a traditional, but also contemporary, theater in renewing the national directory. The Lakhon Festival also meant to help exchange between artists and troupe « from different kind of culture ». This festival proposes in 2011 adaptations of French plays in Khmer language, but also in French.    

Meetings in different Phnom Penh theaters (Chenla, Chaktomuk...)




Sihanoukville–Koh Puos bridge has been inaugurate

It's the first bridge of the country to cross the sea. This 900 meters work, has been called Techo Morakat Bridge, from now on it connects Sihanoukville to Koh Puos Island. Three years of work and 31 billion USD were necessary to make what will soon become a luxury Island easy to reach. The building of several villas and apartment should start next month on the Island.

 

 

New dress code to visit Temples 

APSARA authority has published a regulation about the dress code to visit Angkor Wat and the Banteasy Srei temple. Visitors have to wear coverings arms and shoulders cloths but also long skirt (no mini- skirt or short pants). They have to respect rules regarding photography and movies but also respect behavior rules because there are sacred place for Cambodian people.

 

Ancestors day (Pchum Ben) in Cambodia

Phchum Ben is a very popular religious festival will take place from the 26th until the 18th September.  Cambodians commemorate spirits of the dead and leaves offerings. The belief wants that if dead soul doesn't see family leaving gifts in a Wat (temple), the soul will be damned and will come back to trouble the family during the year. But, it's especially the occasion to reminds parents or dead friends, and expressing respects to the living ones. For this event, family members will get together in native villages and get to Buddhist temple.

 

 

Koh Kong, an eco-tourist destination emerging

During decades, Koh Kong villages, like Chi Phat a small village in the south of mountains of Cardamone had little contact with the outside world. Marginalized because of its lack of infrastructure and because of the red Khmer presence in the 90', this area stayed almost inaccessible to foreigners. However, new roads are entering into jungles and new bridges cross rivers. This new accessibility allow travelers to discover this rich biodiversity area, which has the biggest virgin tropical jungle of south-eastern Asia; around 60 endangered species, including Asian elephant, tiger, Siam crocodile and gibbons can be seen. They are twelve islands, almost untouched, in the Thailand gulf, with white sand beach and clear blue sea ready to be discovered...

 

Datebook 2011: Here a sample of the not to miss festivals…

 

 

 

THAILAND

Her majesty the Queen's birthday: August, 12th
Elephant polo « King's cup 2011 »: From the 5th to the 10th  September next to the Anantara Hua Hin resort and Spa
Ok Phansa and Thot Kathin: October
Regatta : October in Tho
t Kathin, Nan, Phichit, Surat Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Pathumthani. Loi Krathong: November's full moon
Elephant festival in
Surin: Third week-end of November
Kwai river bridge's Week: End of November-beginning of December

His majesty the King's birthday
: December, 5th
Makha Puja: February's full moon
Songkran (Thai New year): April
Royal labor ceremony: beginning of May in Bangkok
Rocket Festival: Mid-May in Yasothon (North-east)
Visakha Puja: May's full moon

 

CAMBODIA
King Norodom Sihanouk's birthday: October, 31st 2011
Independance Day: November, 9th 2011
Têt Festival (Vietnamese or Chinese New Year): February 2012

Khmer New Year (Bon Chaul Chhnam): April
Genocide day: May, 9th 
King Sihamoni's birthday: May, 14th  

Buddha's birthday: May, 17th 

 

 

 

LAOS

Fang Mae Khong Festival in Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Thakhek : from the 1st until the 31st October 2011

National Day (Vanh Saad): December, 2nd 2011

Têt Festival (Vietnamese or Chinese New Year): February 2012

Wat Phou in Champassak: February 2012

Lao Elephant Festival in Paklay District (Sayaboury Province): February 2012

Magha Puja (Makha Bouça) in Luang Prabang: February 2012

Pii mai or Pimai (Buddhist New Year): April

 

 

 

MYANMAR

Nat Pwe Festival in Taungbyon and Amarāpura (Mandalay):

from 22nd to 28th August 2011

Phaung-Daw U Festival at the Inle Lake: From 28th September to 15th October 2011

Kyaukdawgyi pagoda Festival in Mandalay: from the 11th to the 12th October 2011

Thidingyut Festival (Lights Festival): from the 11th to the 13rd October 2011

Elephant dance Festival in Kyaukse (Mandalay): from 11th to 12th October 2011

Hot Air Balloon Festival in Taunggyi: from the 4th until the 10th November 2011

Tazaungdaing Festival: from the 9th to the 10th November 2011

Kyaik-Hti-Yo Pagoda Festival (At the Golden Rock): the 10th November 2011

Pyatha (Independence Day): the 4th January 2012

Mahamuni Pagoda festival in Mandalay: February 2012

Tabodwe (Shan state festival and Union Day): February 2012

Pwe Festival of Paya Baw-gyo in Thipaw: March 2012

Pagoda Kakku (Kekku) Festival in the Taunggyi area: March 2012

Thanakha Grinding Festival in the Rakhine State: April 2012

Thingyan Festival (Water Feast): April 2012

Kason: April 2012

 

 

 

 

VIETNAM

National Day: the September, 2nd 2011

Buffaloes Battle Festival in Do Son: The September, 6th

Mid-Autumn Festival (Children feast): The September, 12th 2011

Tran Temple Festival in Nam Dinh: from the 12th until the 17th September 2011

Double Nine Festival in Trung Cuu: the 5th October 2011

Da Sy Festival in Hanoi area: February 2012

Hội Festival in Lim (Bac Ninh Province): February 2012

Trang-Nguyên Festival (First Prize Winner): February 2012

Quam An Festival in Da Nang: February 2012

Chua Huong (Scent Pagoda Festival) in Huong Son: March 2012

Fisherman Festival in Hội An: March 2012

Thay Pagoda Festival (Ha Tay Province): April 2012

Van Vi village Festival (Ha Tay province): April 2012

Truong Yen Festival (province de Ninh Binh): April 2012

Ba Giang Luach of Kite Festival (Ha Tay Province): April 2012

The Capture of Saigon: April 2012

Bach Dang Festival (Quang Ninh Province): May, 11th 2012

Buddha's Birthday: May, 17th 2012

Ba Chua Xu Festival in Chau Doc: From the 25th until the 29th May 2012

Quang Lan Festival (Bac Ninh Province): July, 18th 2012

 

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