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Until November 4th
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Structured in an original way, it put aside the chronology and relies on the themes of research of Thai
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A very colorful festival, famous for its
traditional boat races, is held the second week of November, from November 9th
to 11th 2012. For more than a century, these races attract every
Vegetarian Festival in Phuket
This festival is the most colorful Festival and the most dramatic of Phuket Chinese minority. The ceremony, including ritual practices, is observed with great reverence. To purify the body and mind, the Chinese impose themselves a vegetarian diet, from November 15th to 23rd 2012. Every day various ceremonies take place in the Chinese temples as well as processions,
demonstrations of insensitivity to the suffering. In order to gain more merit, the Chinese walk on
coals, pierce their cheeks and body with sabers, knives or sharp objects. The
first festival took place in 1825 when, according to legend, members of a
troupe of opera originating from
To the program from November 16th to
25th 2012: an international competition, a competition reserved for short and
long Asian films, as well as a competition for documentaries and young
directors. More than 150 films from around the world are presented. The
festival offers also a panorama of Thai films and retrospectives. It become,
year after year, as one of the major events of the cinematographic scene in
A shuttle service between Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang
Starting October 1st, the regional
traffic of three airlines (AirAsia, Nok and One Two Go) will be carried out
from Don Mueang airport. Airports of Thailand (AOT), announced the
establishment of a shuttle service between the two airports in
For 40 years, Surin region, East of Thailand, has,
from November 17th to 18th 2012, demonstrations of training
techniques for the work of the elephant, as well as simulations of ancient
battles on the back of elephants.
After a small ceremony organized opposite the bus station, 200 to 250 elephants participate in this festival given at Srinarong stadium, in the streets of Surin and the surrounding area. They perform acrobatics, parades, exercise, and are even pageants, all under the gaze of thousands of spectators. The elephants stop at red lights in the middle of the
and spray in the middle of
The elephant is since long the emblem animal of the country. Represented on the national flag, he’s also always featured in legends, literature, Thai art and architecture.
They perform acrobatics, parades, strength exercises, and even stand historical tables, all under the eyes of thousands of spectators.
This balloon and hot air balloons festival is held from November 23rd to
25th 2012 with street party, with music and gastronomy, animations
and illuminations, sounds and lights in North Rose of Thailand, Chiang Mai. Some of the
hot air balloons will fly from the
Ocean Marina Boat Show in Pattaya in November 2012
Located on the
It will be held the Pattaya boat show, Ocean Marina Boat Show 2012, from November 23rd to 25th. This important trade event will bring together local professionals and international boating marina, water sports and fishing equipment, in a festive atmosphere, entertainment and shows.
The boat show of Pattaya offers not only the opportunity to admire beautiful luxury boats but also to once again enjoy the incomparable Thai hospitality.
Every year in Kanchanaburi, for one week (this
year: from November 24th to December 5th 2012), held a
commemoration of the famous bridge. Carnival, exhibitions, folk performances,
train rides are in the program of the week.
The festivities of this big annual celebration end with a large reconstruction of the events of
More than 450 participants from 30 countries are
competing for this endurance event that combines swimming, cycling and race
walking. The starting point is given. November 25th 2012... at 6:
Not only it’s one of the most popular international sporting events of the island, but the course of this triathlon, with its breathtaking coastal scenery, ranks among the most beautiful triathlons. Over the editions it has become an international reference.
Each year, the last Sunday of November, population
in the temples organizes a veritable banquet for monkeys, descendants of the
God monkey Hanuman. Lopburi monkeys live release freely throughout the year, running on electrical wires,
taking the Sun on the top of the stupas or crossing the road without worrying
The menu of this annual feast on November 25th 2012: refined dishes, coca-cola and other delicacies sweets prepared with care are provided to animals with thousand and one bowing, in a great festive atmosphere. An original ritual to see this banquet not like the others.
The festivities take place at Prang Khaek temple,
The traditional lantern festival of Yi Peng from
November 27th to 29th 2012, which coincides with Loy
Krathong (at the time of the full moon, November 28th in 2012),
gives rise to sounds and lights shows, boat races, as well as various
traditional games. Decorations trace the Buddha life through the Thai
literature, history and art of the ancient
This traditional festival of lights is one of the
most beautiful and the most popular of Thailand, celebrated across the country
on the evening of the full moon
of the 12th lunar month, the November 28th 2012. These festivities celebrate the end of the rainy season and honor the spirits of the water, which play a significant role in the life of the country.
People make krathong, tiny boats of banana leaves, whose shape evokes the lotus flower and contain a lighted candle, incense and flowers. They deposit these small candles on rivers, as well as khong to exorcise their guilt’s. They also hunted the cares of everyday life by dropping in the sky lanterns called celestial. A beauty show in the night.
The celebrations are particularly
From November 29th to December 10th
2012 takes place a traditional fair with exhibitions, processions, music, traditional
dances and, of course, the election of Miss silk! This show is almost a ritual
for the people of Khon Kaen, a major center of silk production. Khon Kaen
The Thailand strengthens its position as the travel hub in ASEAN
The MV Ocean Dream
luxury boat with 420 booths has recently made its inaugural cruise of 4 days/3
nights on the
The Shan new year, the name of a State in the
northeast of the country, is celebrated every November 22nd in the
monasteries by concerts, dance and theatre performances.
The capital of this region is Taunggyi
During the month of Tazaunmon, we can see a concourse and surprising forms balloon releases: elephants, chickens, ducks, dragons, representations of the Buddha... Bamboo frames covered with papier-mâché. During the day you can visit the monasteries. Gatherings begin late afternoon. Better to reserve accommodation long in advance because the festival attracts a large crowd from November 23rd to 28th 2012.
This Festival of lights is accompanied by zat, these theatre festivals narrating
Burmese mythology and history, and mixing dances, music and songs from November
27th to 29th 2012. Troops stop in the illuminated villages to play.
In the light of the full moon of the month of Tazaungmon (mid-November), monastic dresses weaving
competitions are held on the square in front of the biggest pagodas. The
Tazaungdaing festival is particularly celebrated at the Shwedagon Pagoda, one
of the most beautiful in the world, located in Yangon (
At full moon,
November 28th 2012, the faithful lit thousands of candles and lay as
many flowers in tribute to the Buddha. The Kyaik Hti Yo pagoda is one of the
most sacred of Buddhism, it’s one of the most important places of pilgrimage:
pilgrims flock from across the country, making the way on foot through the
mountains, to see this pagoda which originated more from 2 400 years.
The site is very difficult to access. The pagoda,
Thailand wishes to investigate the tomb of a King in Mandalay
The Thai government said it plans to send a fact-finding team to
investigate a funereal site in
From November 01st to 07th,
more than 370 producers reiterated their participation in ITECC. This Lao
handicraft festival showcases traditional and contemporary handicraft of the
Now in its eleventh year, the Lao handicraft Festival is more than just an opportunity to purchase. Visitors attending the festival can enjoy fashion shows, demonstrations of crafts, workshops, product contests and seminars.
boat race takes place at the end of the Buddhist lent, from November 3rd
to December 9th
Pha That Luang Festival in
Wat That Luang, the most revered stupa in Laos and
one of the most beautiful, a few kilometers north of Savannakhet, is the scene
of a festival at the time of the full moon in November (28th in 2012). In the early morning, monks from
across the country gather in the galleries that surround the stupa and receive
offerings of the faithful in the form of flower garlands. They marched in
procession from Wat That Luang to Wat Si Muang, another great
In recent years, this celebration took a turn more and more secular, as an international fair, which Southeast Asian traders can make themselves known, added to this festival. Outside of the temple stand all sorts of attractions that are not religious.
End of the work of the Vientiane pillar Museum
A ceremony marking the end of the work of the
Vientiane pillar Museum occurred on October 10th, in the presence of
the former Information and culture Minister, responsible for monitoring of the
construction of the city pillar Pavilion, and former Prime Minister, the
Information, culture and tourism Deputy Minister, the Vientiane Deputy Mayor,
the district Sisattanak Chief and representatives of Phettaphab, the company
entrusted with the work. The city pillar Museum (Ho Lackmeuang) is located in
the District of Phiavat in Sisattanak district,
Other rare pieces complement the inventory of the Museum and the opening and ceremonies, accompanying to bulk scheduled over three days, from November 15th to 17th.
Development of new tourist attractions in Xiengkhouang
The authorities of the
The provincial tourism Department also plans to
improve the access road to the elephants cave (Tham Xang). A Phuan ethnic group
village is also very visited because there are scales used to launch rockets
during Boun Bangfai (rocket Festival) and this for 700 years. A replica of the
rocket used at that time was made. It’s made of wood, and is the work of local
people. It measures about
About thirty canoes
gather on a River arm at Soc Trang (at the southern tip of
Ha Thach festival
The 10th day of the 10th lunar
month, the 3 villages of Thuong, Ha, Trung did palanquins processions to the
common Ca home to celebrate a grand ceremony of worship to the deities, perform
the dance of the dragon, to organize the ceremony of the activation of the
soil, and a canoe race. These three cities are located in Phu Tho province,
located in the Northwest of Vietnam; bordered to the Northeast by Tuyen Quang
province, to the East by Vinh Phuc province, on the Southeast by Ha Tay
province (Hanoi today), to the South by
There is no other place in
The cemetery houses exactly 529 aligned tombs, each
featuring a stylized stone stele. No one knows with precision the date when the
first whale was buried to there or when the first tomb was built. The elderly
whale in Tam Hai. Her tomb
is located in the heart of the site. This cemetery of whales has been
recognized as historical and cultural heritage of Quang
Whales are among the largest animals on Earth, and are found in all the oceans of the globe at the discretion of their migration. Unlike that in many coastal areas in
The old fisherman Truong Van Dông, strong more 60 years of experience in the offshore fishery, said that ten years ago, his boat was caught in a typhoon at sea. Miraculously, a whale appeared and brought him back with his crew on the Mainland. 'Whenever fishermen of my village are facing a storm at sea, they pray for whales help get out of this bad not.' 'And the genius of the sea gives us force when you hand off the coast, knowing that he’s watching over us', he said.
It’s possible to express some reservations about the veracity of these stories on the whales which save the lives of fishermen. But no matter, because these stories are transmitted from generation to generation in this region that lives entirely of fishing.
In the spirit of the older fishermen, whale is,
whatever happens, a legendary animal. That’s why whenever one of these
creatures is found dead stranded on the
A Vietnamese architect built a house inspired by Walt Disney, Gaudi and Dali and turned it into a Bed and Breakfast. You might admire.
The five-storey house was built in 1990 on a plot
Vietnam Airlines offers in collaboration with the
SNCF the TGV Air program allowing it to sell its destinations departing more
from 19 provincial cities. This agreement allows travelers starting from their
province to enjoy excellent connections with 13 weekly flights departing from
Paris-CDG to many destinations in Asia and
Vietnamese culture in pictures to Ninh Thuân
A photo exhibition about the cultural diversity of
the Vietnamese ethnic groups opened on October 14th at the cultural
center of Ninh Thuân province
(Centre). This event is organized by the Vietnam Exhibition Centre of culture
and fine arts and the culture, sports and tourism Department of Ninh Thuân.
With 130 shots on hats, heritage, traditions and customs of the 54 ethnic
As part of the framework of the days of Culture, Sports
and tourism of Cham - Ninh Thuân 2012, the exhibition shows photos on this ethnic
group and more than 500 objects and documents on the major regions of
particularities, from the North plain to the
among others of a period stored in the urban landscape. Sealed
and forgotten at the end of the conflict in 1975, the small network of
underground shelters has been discovered during work in the hotel, splendid
colonial building become a point of passing for tourists and Vietnamese
gentility. According to Kai Speth, Manager of the Hanoi Metropole, rumors
circulated in the establishment that the bunker of
"When we restored the foundations of the pool, I told the team: 'dig a little further'", he recalls. Up to discover a flooded room. "You can imagine..." "I felt like Indiana Jones discovering the damned temple". The bunker was built in 1968 under the hotel Thong Nhat, used by the Government to accommodate foreign delegations. American actress Jane Fonda and the singer and activist Joan Baez have stayed there. The icon of the "protest song" has even recorded a song during the bombing of December 1972, when the Americans have lined the town of some 20,000 tones of explosives in twelve days, making around 1,600 dead.
The 21-minute song recorded by Joan Baez, "Where Are You Now My Son", in capturing sound: "you can hear the sound of bombs falling." "We can hear the anti-aircraft batteries installed on the opera, next to the hotel," reports Kai Speth.
There were thousands of bunkers of this type in the city at war. Most were destroyed, swallowed by the economic growth. Some have been retained, such as, behind the Thang Long Citadel, where Ho Chi Minh president sheltered.
It’s here that Do Thi Yen chose to put his "deep hatred noodles Stand", which takes the name of the memorial. "Sometimes, we should be grateful to the dead." They brought me clients. "All my clients know what happened here."
The process is even more meaningful for the "No. 37 State Restaurant". For 25 dollars, servers in old uniforms serve the menu available in the early 1970s, at the time of rationing. "A good place so that older people remember the dark years and young people understands this historic period, although the dishes are not very good", noted the Vietnamese information agency (AVI) in a culinary column.
The issue is real in this country where 60% of the population is under 35 years old, so this population has only known peace. For foreigner, Vietnam war takes them sometimes aspects of a pilgrimage.
The former King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk has marked the history of the second part of the 20th century and was revered in his country in having maintained unity through the decades of war.
"The royal Government of Cambodia will turn
his body of the People's Republic of
The former sovereign lived most of his time in the
Chinese capital in recent years to follow medical treatment against cancer,
diabetes and hypertension. One whose reign was one of the longest in
"King Sihanouk did not belong to his family, he belonged to the Cambodian people and the story," added prince.
Last January, he had indicated that he wanted to be
cremated and have his ashes in an urn at the royal palace in
Coincidence of history, his death occurred on the last day of the annual festivities of Pchum Ben, during which the Cambodians find themselves in family and honor ancestors.
Despite a tumultuous career and after major caps changes from the monarch, "I'm sure that it will be officially considered as being a great leader" and that "the most difficult moments of its balance sheet" will be left in silence.
The country shouldn’t know political instability. It’s now held by Hun Sen Prime Minister, in power since 1985 and accused by his critics of having completely muzzled the opposition. The monarchy, without great power, has provided no contest and will survive to Sihanouk.
As part of the Independence Day from
November 28th 2012, Cambodians cheer the direction changing of the
On this occasion, don’t miss regattas of multicolored canoes, opposite the royal palace in
Two legends compete for the origin of the water festival. The first dates back to the time of Angkor and fighting between the King of Champa which had invaded
The second legend that this festival serves to thank the geniuses of the waters that provide water for agriculture. In any event, it’s a very popular festival in
The 2012 Agenda: Here is a sample of the holidays don't miss through
OK Phansa and
Thot Kathin: October
Regattas: October to Thot Kathin, Nan, Phichit,
Elephant Festival in : Surin third weekend of November
Week of the bridge on the River Kwai: Late November - early December
Anniversary of his Majesty the King: December 5th
Makha Puja: Full moon in February
Songkran (New year Thai): April
Royal ploughing ceremony: may 9th in Bangkok
Party rocket: Mid-May to Yasothon (northeast)
Visakha Puja: Full moon of may
Anniversary of her Majesty the Queen: August 12th
Tournament of Polo on elephant "King's cup "2012 " September, on adjacent of Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa
Festival of Tet (new year Vietnamese or Chinese): February
Festival of Tet (new year Vietnamese or Chinese): February
Da Sy around
All these dates are subject to change