national events and festivals
When: Early March
Where: Naresuan Camp, Cha-am, Petchaburi
When: March 4
What: Every year, baby turtles are released back to the sea by the local Fisheries Department. Spicing up the event are related parades and exhibitions, product fair, local sport competitions, and stage performances.
When: Early March
Where: Bang Khla District, Chachoengsao
Where: Princess Mother Memorial Park, Si Sa Ket Provincial Center, Si Sa Ket
When: March 7
Where: PB Valley Vineyard, Khao Yai
How much: THB 2,600 net per person
More info: 02 262 0030 ext. 107
What: One of the biggest international beach music festivals in Asia, this fun three-day festival brings together several famous Asian and Thai artists perfroming their best on stages set near the beautiful beaches of Pattaya. Many hotels will offer specials room deals during the event.
When: March 20-22
Where: Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya
art & culture
What: A special day devoted to the welfare and care of Thai elephants. The event offers a good opportunity for visitors to see the elephants up-close and understand the role they have been playing in Thai life since the ancient times.
When: March 13
Where: Thai Elephant Conservation Center, Lampang
What: “Bun Phawet” or merit making of the 4th lunar month. It is one of the most important traditions that showcases the identity and pride of the people of Loei.
When: March 5
Where: Ban Mo, Si Chiang Mai, Nong Khai
Where: 100 Tonson Gallery, 100 Soi Tonson, Ploenchit Rd. (BTS: Ploenchit), Bangkok
When: Until March 29
More info: 02 684 1527
Where: GOJA Gallery Café, 5/2 Sukhumvit 71 (BTS: Phrakanong), Bangkok
When: Daily until March 8
More info: 085 848 7576
Where: H Gallery Bangkok, 201 Soi 12, Sathon Rd., Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok.
When: Until March 31
More info: 085 021 5508
Where: The Gallery on the 36th floor, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, Silom Rd
When: Until April 8
More info: 02 238 1991
What: The Seven Art Gallery presents a group art exhibition by Thai and resident Indian artists: Vorasan Supap, Busaraporn Teerasap,Suriya Namwong, Ishrat Hashim, Malini Mansukhani, Vibha Sodhia, Anjali Mandrekar, and Karma Sirikogar. Maitrii is a Thai word derived from the ancient Indian language of Pali, Sanskrit. Its root meaning is unconditional friendship for oneself and others. In this spirit, this exhibition brings together works from two cultures with an intertwined history.
When: March 5-31
Where: The Seven Art Gallery, 1st floor, Tara Sathorn Bldg,
119 Sathorn 5, South Sathorn Rd, Thungmahamek, Bangkok
(BTS: Chong Nonsri)
More info: 02 639 2315; www.thesevenartgallery.com
gigs, concerts, and parties
What: Amsterdam’s Biggles Big Band returns to serenade us with hits from the golden era in their “Thailand Tour 2015.” The band, conducted by Adrie Braat, is a 20-piece orchestra that plays music from the great swing era, recreating the magical sounds of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and Tommy Dorsey. The ensemble consists of five trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, guitar, piano, acoustic bass, drums and a male vocalist. Before the concert enjoy a dinner featuring a wide variety of “Crustaceans & Swimmers” during a Buffet Dinner by the Colonial Pool.
When: March 13
Where: Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
How much: THB 1,900++ per person
More info: 032 512 021-38; email to email@example.com
Where: Various venues
More info: www.indianembassy.in.th; www.festivalofindiathailand.com
When: March 11
Where: Thunder Dome, Impact Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi
How much: Ticket price is THB 3,000 / 2,500 / 2,000 / 1,500
More info: www.thaiticketmajor.com
What: Nikki Beach Resort Koh Samui will hold its “6th Anniversary White Party” with the world’s VIPs and jet-setters expected to flock to the island to enjoy an abundance of extravagant and world-class entertainment. Guests will be treated to exclusive performances and other musical acts, including Nikki Beach dancers, acrobats and musicians – plus a few finale surprises. Guests are requested to dressed in white from head-to-toe and enjoy the party until dawn to the best music from the hottest resident DJs.
Where: Nikki Beach Resort Samui, Lipa Noi, Koh Samui
When: March 20
How much: General Admission starts at THB 500 per person with table and bed options (which include VIP entry for up to 8) also available. For tickets, go online at www.eventbrite.com
More info: 077 914 500; www.nikkibeach.com
Where: Arena, Impact Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi
How much: Tickets are THB 5,000 / 4,000 / 3,000 / 2,000 / 1,000
More info: 02 262 3838; www.thaiticketmajor.com