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    What’s on for July 2015

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    national events & festivals

    Pang Sida Butterfly Watching Festival
    What: Pang Sida Sida National Park is home to over 400 butterfly species. Within two kilometers of the entrance is an area where hundreds of butterflies congregate in certain seasons. This festival celebrates these species. Visitors can start in the morning at about 9 a.m. and go to the Tourist Service Office area, where the butterflies roam freely. Then they can move on to the Pang Sida Waterfall for more butterfly-watching.
    When: Until Aug. 31
    Where: Pang Sida National Park, Sakeo
    Contact: 037 312 2182, 081 862 1511
    Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival
    Dok Krachiao Blooming Festiva

    Dok Krachiao Blooming Festiva

    What: When the pinkish-purple Siam Tulips, or “Dok Krachiao,” come into full bloom each year, the locals gather for some celebrations: parades, musical performances, a charity walk, and other activities.
    When: Until Aug. 31
    Where: Pa Hin Ngam National Park and Sai Thong National Park, Chaiyaphum
    Contact: 044 21 3030

    Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2015
    What: Thailand is a shopper’s paradise, and this annual shopping extravaganza is a reaffirmation. Participating establishments offer discounts on products from all over the world, not only brand name clothing and accessories but also Thai handicrafts and electrical appliances. Hotels and restaurants also offer discounts for visiting shopaholics.
    When: Ongoing until Sept. 30
    Where: Nationwide
    Contact: TAT Bangkok Office,
    02 250 5500
    Asarnha Bucha Day
    What: Asarnha Bucha Day is a Buddhist holiday commemorating the first sermon given by the Buddha concerning the Noble Truths presented to his first five disciples. The sermon set in motion the “Wheel of Dhamma,” which is the meaning of Dhammachaka.
    When: July 30
    Where: Throughout Thailand
    Contact: TAT Bangkok Office,
    02 250 5500
    Khao Phansa Buddhist Lent Day
    What: “Khao Phansa” is the first day after the full moon of the eighth lunar month. It marks the beginning of the three-month Buddhist Lent, when monks are required to remain in one particular place or wat (temple). The “rains retreat” — a merit-making tradition — is known as “Phansa” in Thai. Khao Phansa means to remain in one place during the rainy season.
    When: July 31
    Where: Throughout Thailand
    Contact: TAT Bangkok Office at
    02 250 5500
    Hua Hin Jazz Festival 2015
    What: The music festival does not only offer a platform for homegrown jazz talents but also injects more interest among travelers to visit Hua Hin. The annual event usually invites an international line-up of top jazz artists to perform at the festival.
    When: July
    Where: Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan
    Contact: TAT Bangkok Office,
    02 250 5500
    International Wax Sculpture and Candle Procession Festival
    What: The Candle Festival of Ubon Ratchathani province features a procession of ornately carved traditional beeswax candles of various shapes and sizes. Buddhism, Buddhist traditions, and beliefs are central forces that shape the local way of life.
    When: July 30-31
    Where: Ubon Ratchathani
    Contact: TAT Bangkok Office,
    02 250 5500
    Phuket's Kathu Culture Street Festival
    What: The event showcases the cultural heritage of one of Phuket’s oldest and most vibrant communities, including the island’s previous main economic activity, tin mining. The festival will feature a light-and-sound show, selling booths and exhibitions, handicrafts, and local food.
    When: July – August
    Where: Kathu District, Phuket
    Contact: TAT Bangkok Office,
    02 250 5500
    Long-tail Boat Race Cup
    What: Long-tail boats racing in Chainat, first organized in 2006, has become an annual event with participants from all over Thailand. The Boat Races are held for three days followed by an important religious ceremony of the province, the offering of a huge saffron robe to cover the highly revered shrine at Wat Phra Barommathad built during the early Ayutthaya period.
    When: July
    Where: Chainat
    Contact: TAT Bangkok Office,
    02 250 5500
    Pattaya International Marathon
    What: One of the most popular of marathons in Thailand, the “Pattaya International Marathon” attracts a field of contestants from all over the world. Each July, runners from a multitude of countries compete in three races: a full marathon (42 Km), a half marathon (21 Km), and a quarter marathon (10 Km).
    When: July 19
    Where: Chonburi
    Contact: TAT Bangkok Office,
    02 250 5500
    Rambutan Fair
    What: The first rambutan tree was planted in Surat Thani in 1926. Since then, it has grown abundamtly in the kingdom. This fair celebrates the delicious fruit. Highlights include exhibitions of local products and ornamental plants, floats adorned with rambutan and other fruits, and demonstrations of trained monkeys who harvest coconuts.
    When: July
    Where: Surat Thani
    Contact: TAT Bangkok Office,
    02 250 5500

    art & culture

    Heaven Made
    รุ่นใหม่ - New Model, 2015, oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm

    รุ่นใหม่ – New Model, 2015, oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm

    What: This is a painting and illustration exhibition featuring works by Patcharapong Meesilp, which touches upon concepts of belief and faith, and variations in the practice of the Buddhist doctrine. The gallery has also just opened a new on site cafe.
    When: Until July 19
    Where: Ardel Gallery of Modern Art, 99/45 Moo 18, Km 10.5, Boromratchonnanee Rd., Sala Thammasop, Thung Kru, Bangkok
    More info: 02 422 2092

    Lenscape of the Land
    What: Documentary photographer Atiwat Silpamethanont records the life of the Karen hill tribes people who are living in the refugee camps and areas of conflict in Myanmar.
    When: Every day until July 7
    Where: Soy Sauce Factory,
    11/1 Charoen Krung Soi 24, Bangkok
    More info:
    What: Twenty artists were given identical pieces of wood and asked to do as they would.
    When: Until July 21
    Where: Kalwit Studio & Gallery, Wireless Road, Soi 2 (Ruamrudee) Bangkok
    More info: 083 119 2700
    Fashion in Time
    Fashion in Time Prees Release Pic

    Fashion in Time

    What: For the third consecutive year, Sofitel So Bangkok is staging a fashion showcase highlighting the work of four Thai designers under the theme “Fashion in Time.” The two-month exhibition draws inspiration from one of the hotel’s key design concepts: past, present, and future. Each designer will create his or her own interpretation of Thailand’s fashion evolution.
    When: July 1-Aug. 31
    Where: Sofitel So Bangkok, Rama IV Rd (MRT: Lumpini)
    More info: 02 624 0000 or email:

    The 4th White Elephant Art Award:Our Beloved Princess

    What: This is an exhibition of realistic and figurative art submitted for the prestigious art competition sponsored by the Thai Beverage Company. This year’s theme celebrates HRH Princess Maha Chakri’s 60th birthday.
    When: Every day until July 12
    Where: Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACCC), 939 Rama 1 Rd, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok (BTS: National Stadium)
    More info: 02 214 6630-8

    The 4th Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition
    What: The 4th Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition celebrates the auspicious occasion of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 5th Cycle Birthday Anniversary as well as Silpakorn University’s 72nd anniversary.
    When: Every day until Aug. 2
    Where: Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC), 939 Rama 1 Rd, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok (BTS: National Stadium)
    More info: 02 214 6630-8

    trade fairs & shows

    Health, Cuisine, & Beauty Festival 2015
    What: A grand fair for all health, cuisine, and beauty enthusiasts organized by Health & Cuisine, Cheewajit and Shape magazines. Enjoy some special fun activities and displays devoted to these sectors.
    When: July 1-5
    Where: Plenary Hall 1-3, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Rachada (MRT: QSNCC)
    More info:
    Thai Teaw Thai
    What: The ever popular fair is back for the 35th year, bringing together up to 600 of Thailand’s most famous hotels, resorts, tours, and much more.
    When: July 2-5
    Where: Event Hall 101-102, Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Center, Bangna-Trad Road
    More info: P.K.Exhibition Management at 02 307 8555;
    GFT 2015
    What: GFT 2015 & Garment Manufacturers Sourcing Expo 2015 is the most comprehensive show for the garment and textile manufacturing industry in ASEAN.
    When: July 9-12
    Where: Event Hall 103-104, Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Center, Bangna-Trad Road
    More info: 02 686 7299;
    Save The World Expo
    When: July 17-19
    Where: Plenary Hall 1-3, QSNCC, Rachada (MRT: QSNCC)
    More info:
    Bangkok Furniture Sale
    What: The year-end fair featuring items offered at unbeatable prices.
    When: July 25-Aug 2
    Where: Zone C-Grd, C-2, Plaza, Atrium, QSNCC, Rachada (MRT: QSNCC)
    More info:
    ThaiCraft Fair
    What: Local arts and crafts producers join this fair to sell their own products in the principle of Fair Trade, meaning the prices are fixed and fair for both you and for them. Fair Trade ensures the products are ethically produced and that the producers are not exploited. Buyers can choose from a wide variety of exciting products all carefully made and sold by the artisans themselves.
    When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., July 11
    Where: Jasmine City Building,
    ‘L’ Floor, Sukhumvit Road,
    at entrance to Soi 23
    (BTS Asoke; Exit 3//
    MRT: Sukhumvit; Exit 2)
    More info: