SOURCE: Tourism Authority of Thailand

December 02, 2009 03:01 ET

Thailand Tourists Welcome to Ratchaphruek Festival Celebrating World's Longest Reigning Monarch's Birthday

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 2, 2009) - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, and Chiang Mai Provincial Administration has organized the Ratchaphruek Festival celebrating His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand's 82nd birthday on December 5. His Majesty the King is now the world's longest reigning monarch. Thailand tourists are welcome and encouraged to attend the Ratchaphruek Festival being held from November 30 - December 10 at the Ratchaphruek Garden in Chiang Mai, expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors.

The official opening ceremony of the festival will be held on December 1, with a welcoming parade from each of Thailand's four regions -- Northern, Northeastern, Central and Southern Thailand -- and opening address by Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The Prime Minister will then take part in floating 999 Kom Loi, sky lanterns, with the people of Thailand, followed by Thai classical dances performed by 99 performers from each of Thailand's four regions. Thai people consider the number nine lucky and a slight variation of its pronunciation in Thai also means "progress" or "advancement."

On His Majesty's birthday, a great showcase of thousands of candles will be lit, a dazzling fireworks display and light and sound show will be held, in addition to the prayers and blessings for his continued good health and singing of congratulatory songs.

Performances will be held at the Ratchaphruek Garden's main stage throughout the festival, including Thai folk music, cultural shows and drum shows from all four regions, a Thai puppet and international puppet show, and songs by His Majesty the King. Flowers, trees and fruits will be on display in the garden, as well as various handicrafts, village-made souvenirs and agricultural products will be sold.

Chiang Mai has gone through considerable economic development but still possess its historical heritage. Considered the cultural, economic, communications and tourism center of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is also acclaimed for its health, wellness, traditional Thai massage and spas. The "Royal Initiative Discovery" projects are also located in Northern Thailand, highlighting the sufficiency economy concept conceptualized by His Majesty the King.

About the Tourism Authority of Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was established in 1960 by the Royal Thai Government to be specifically responsible for tourism promotion. In 1965, TAT opened its first overseas office in New York. Since then, TAT has established 21 offices in different parts of the world including the Los Angeles office. TAT aims to provide the best Thailand traveling information to the public and media members as well as work closely with our travel partners to develop new deals and packages.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Megan Patrick
    Tourism Authority of Thailand
    Email Contact
    212-432-0433