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    What’s on – December 2014

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    All the National festivals, trade fairs, trade shows, art exhibitions, music shows and other events for December 2014.

    National festival & events

    New Year’s Eve

    What: As in elsewhere on the planet, New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest celebrations in Thailand with New Year countdown parties all over the Kingdom and firework displays at midnight but especially in major tourist spots such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Samui, and Phuket.

    When: December 31

    Where: Nationwide

    More info: 1672; 02 250 5500

    Blooming Bua Tong Festival

    What: The “Bua Tong Ban” or the “Blooming Mexican Sunflower Festival” is held in Mae Hong Son every year in celebration of the peak season of these beautiful lowers that grow abundantly in the area. A sight to behold!

    When: December 1–12

    Where: Mae Fah Luang District, Mae Hong Son

    How much: Free entrance

    More info: 02 250 5500

    River Kwai Bridge Week

    What: Each year, the world famous River Kwae Bridge—built by Allied prisoners-of-war during World War II—becomes the focal point of commemorative celebrations.

    When: December 1–5

    Where: River Kwai Bridge, Kanchanaburi

    How much: Free entrance

    More info: 02 250 5500

    CHIM 2014: Thailand’s Biggest Gourmet Charity Dinner

    What: Following the successful Bangkok Restaurant Charity Week in 2013, Thailand’s leading chefs are again teaming up to create a new culinary event: Chim Bangkok 2014. Many of the country’s leading fine dining chefs are participating in the event, which features several gourmet-related activities, including wine dinners, gala dinners, as well as chef and sommelier competitions and workshops. The announcement of Bangkok’s Top Restaurants 2014, on December 17, highlights the event.

    When: December 6–18

    Where: Various restaurant and hotel locations around Bangkok

    How much: Chim in the Garden dinner at THB 2,500; Chim Thai, The exquisite wine dinner experience with Asian’s leading Thai chefs at THB 5,000; Chim’s Young Chefs showcase at THB 5,000; and Chim Workshop at THB 5,000

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    Silk and Phuk Seow Festival

    What: Khon Kaen, one of the major centers of silk production in the kingdom, holds an annual fair to promote silk weaving and sericulture in conjunction with the Phuk Siao friendship ritual of the Northeast.

    When: Until December 10

    Where: Khon Kaen, Northeast Thailand

    How much: Free entrance

    More info: 02 250 5500

    Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

    Whats-on-2014-Dec-Phuket-King's-Cup-RegattaWhat: Known today as the greatest regatta in Asia, this annual event has become a much awaited sport and social event in Phuket.

    When: Until December 6

    Where: Phuket

    How much: Free entrance

    More info: 02 250 5500

    Trekking at Phu Soi Dao

    Whats-on-2014-Dec-Phu-Soi-DaoWhat: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting tourists to take part in this year’s trekking season at Phu Soi Dao National Park, which ends in January. Phu Soi Dao National Park, covering areas both in Uttaradit and Phitsanulok provinces, is abundant with natural flora and fauna. With its highest peak situated at 2,102 meter above sea level, the mountain is considered the fifth highest in Thailand.

    When: Until January 2015

    Where: Phu Soi Dao National Park, Nampad district, Uttaradit

    How much: Free

    More info: 054 521 118;

    Chiang Mai’s We Love the King Day Parade 2014

    What: The fourth annual International We Love the King Parade and Concert returns on December 3 this year. A mini-concert by the North Gate Jazz Band will start the festivities at JJ Market and there will be candlelight ceremony followed by dances, performances and fireworks at Tha Phae Gate starting at 5:30 p.m.

    When: December 3

    Where: Chiang Mai

    How much: Free

    More info:

    Constitution Day

    What: Constitution Day commemorates the establishment of Thailand’s first permanent constitution in 1932, and the change of Thailand’s political system to a constitutional monarchy.

    When: December 10

    Where: Nationwide

    More info: 1672; 02 250 5500

    Trade Fairs & Shows

    Thailand BestBuys 2014

    What: Thailand’s biggest annual gift fair brings together over 850 manufacturers offering top-notch, export-quality products with irresistible deal.

    When: December 12–21

    Where: Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Rachada

    How much: Free entrance

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    Thailand Furniture and Houseware 2014

    What: More than 400 furniture entrepreneurs ware expected to join the biggest year-end furniture and houseware event in Thailand.

    When: December 13–21

    Where: Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center, Bangna Trad Road

    How much: Free entrance

    More info: 02 731 1331

    New Year Gift 2015

    What: The season of gift-giving is on, and this event offers a variety of gift items to please both gift-givers and receivers especially exotic souvenirs and designer crafts from manufacturers all over Thailand.

    When: Until December 7

    Where: Impact Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi

    More info: 02 512 0093–104 ext. 405;

    ThaiCraft Fair

    What: Let Thai artisans provide your gift-buying solutions and let their story add extra meaning to your choices! From Baby to Grandpa, there’s a quality handmade treasure for everyone from our 50 different artisan groups.

    When: December 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Where: L Floor, Jasmine City Building, Sukhumvit Rd. (BTS Asoke/MRT Sukhumvit)

    How much: Free entrance

    More info:,

    The 31st Thailand International Motor Expo 2014

    Whats-on-2014-Dec-Motor-ExpoWhat: This automobile exhibition showcases the newest vehicle technology for the new century and related products.

    When: Until December 10

    Where: Impact Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi

    How much: THB 100

    More info: 02 641 8444;

    Bangkok Furniture Sale

    What: The grand year-end fair featuring every description of furniture and decor items offered at unbeatable prices.

    When: Until December 7

    Where: Zone C-Grd, C-2, Plaza, Atrium, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center Rachada (MRT Queen Sirikit National Convention Center station), Bangkok

    How much: Free entrance

    More info:

    Bonjour French Fair

    Whats-on-2014-Dec-Bonjour-French-FairWhat: With over 80 booths scattered around an area of 1,800 square meters, the event is expected to have something for everyone, and to be visited by more than 50,000 consumers.

    When: December 11–14

    Where: Ballroom, Hall A, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Rachada

    How much: Free entrance

    More info:

    Art & Culture

    Pop-Up Gallery

    What: The works of famous international sculptors, painters, and craftsmen living in Thailand will be on display.

    When: Daily from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., until February 29

    Where: Oriental Arcade, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok

    How much: Free entrance

    More info: 02 659 9000

    Swiss String Chamber Orchestra

    What: D&M Music Studio, in cooperation with Siam Ratchada Music School, presents the “ZHdK String Orchestra,” an internationally known string chamber orchestra from Zurich, Switzerland. The orchestra is composed of 16 different nationalities of musicians who reside in that European country. Maestro Rudolf Koelman leads the young, dynamic ensemble.

    When: December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

    Where: Main Hall, Thailand Cultural Center (MRT Thailand Cultural Center)

    How much: THB 1,500/1,000/500, available to book through Thai Tickets Major (02 262 3456)

    More info: 02 245 7717–9;

    A Night at The Opera

    Whats-on-2014-Dec-OperaWhat: A troupe of opera singers from Gwange-ju city in Korea, including Kim, Hea-mi (soprano), Kim, Jin-hee (soprano), Shin, Eun-jung (mezzo soprano), Cho, Hyo-jong (tenor), Kim, Baeck-Ho (tenor), Park, Byung-kuk (baritone) Lim, Hae-chul (bass), Na, Won-jin (pianist), Yang, Soo-yun (director), and Hur, Yeon-hee (assistant director) will star in this night at the opera.

    When: December 9 at 7 p.m.

    Where: Siam Ratchada Music Auditorium, Ratchadapisek Road in the ground floor of Fortune Town (MRT Rama 9 Station)

    How much: THB 500/250, available at Robinson Piano, 5th floor, Siam Discovery Center

    More info: 02 658 1080–1, 081 682 8000


    Book Launch: Thailand’s Best Street Food

    What: Chawadee Nualkhair is launching his book, which promises to be the definitive guide on the kingdom’s street food culture.

    When: December 11

    Where: Living Room and Bar, Ground Floor, Maduzi Hotel at the corner of Sukhumvit 16, Bangkok

    More info: 08 1714 7080

    Community Market Event

    What: Amari Boulevard Bangkok, on Sukhumvit Soi 5 in cooperation with the leading local OTOP providers, and local charitable organization and organic communities will be holding this outdoor community event aims to promote local Thai products and community work. Enjoy a fun and rewarding shopping experience this festive season.

    When: December 22–24 from noon till 8 p.m.

    Where: Amari Boulevard Hotel Bangkok, Soi 5

    How much: Free entrance

    More info: 02 255 2930;

    Countdown at Asiatique

    Whats-on-2014-Dec-AsiatiqueWhat: Asiatique collaborates with Chang, Mae Khong, EST, 7-Eleven, OPPO, Kasikorn Thai, and Ko-Kae to host the “Chang Presents ASIATIQUE Thailand Countdown 2015,” dubbed as the greatest countdown party this year. There will be a free concert featuring top stars such as Grand-Gun-Hun, Tu Pobtorn, Pop Pongkool, Lipta, Wan Thanakrit, Flure, and Room 39, along with a packed line-up of other hot stars. Marvel at the fireworks display from the middle of the Chao Phraya River and join the photo activity, “Capturing Good Times that Stay in Your Memory at Asiatique,” through Instagram by following “Asiatiquethailand” (using the hashtag #astcountdown2015 and #asiatiquethailand). The first 30 participants will qualify for a special prize to be announced Dec. 31 starting from 5 p.m. onwards at Asiatique Park.

    When: December 31

    Where: Asiatique The Riverfront

    How much: Free entrance

    More info: 02 108 4488;