Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will inaugurate the Chinatown
Festival and Bangkok Chinese New Year Celebrations on February 3, 2011, at
16.00 hrs, at Chinatown, Yaowarat Road in Bangkok.
The official inauguration will be the highlight of a range of lively and
colourful Chinese New Year festival activities being organised this year by
the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with the Chinese Government,
various Thai-Chinese associations, government agencies, and private
companies. The events will run during February 1 - 9, 2011, in Bangkok and
nine provinces nationwide.
This year’s festivities will be extra special because they will commemorate His
Majesty the King’s 84th birthday and 36th Anniversary of the Sino-Thai
diplomatic relationship. They will showcase the best of Chinese culture and
traditions in Thailand and also boost tourism.
TAT Governor Mr Suraphon Svetasreni said, “Chinese New Year is one of the main
festivals in Thailand. TAT and related agencies have worked hard to create a
schedule of events that everyone will enjoy, both local people and
“For this year, we are expecting over 500,000 people to join these special events,
including visitors from China, Asia, and Europe. It is also expected that
this event will generate 550 million Baht in expenditure,” added the
Not only does Thailand have deep and historic social, cultural, business, and
economic links with China but the People’s Republic is also one of the
largest generators of foreign visitors to the country. In 2010, Chinese
visitors totalled 1.12 million, up 45% over 2009. Thailand also received
321,120 visitors from Hong Kong (+0.7%), 385,689 visitors from Taiwan
(+6.3%) and 579,105 visitors from Singapore (+2.7%).
Bangkok:- Chinese New Year 2011 formal ceremonies with speeches by the Minister of
Tourism and Sports of Thailand and Minister of Culture of the People's
Republic of China, and a cultural performance from China on February 3,
2011, at 13.00 hrs, CentralWorld shopping complex. Participants and visitors
will enjoy dragon dances, fireworks, and demonstration of auspicious foods,
local Chinese food, and products.
The 36th Anniversary of the Sino-Thai diplomatic relationship cultural performance
daily between February 8 - 11, 2011, at the National Theatre. The
performance will feature more than 200 people from 56 Chinese ethnic groups.
Nakhon Sawan: “Amazing Nakhon Sawan Chinese New Year, Celebrate H.M. the King’s
84th Birthday”, 27 January – 7 February 2011. The activities will highlight
Chinese culture from various parts of Nakhon Sawan like writing auspicious
Chinese characters, fortune tellers, and Chinese food festival.
Nakhon Ratchasima: “Chinese New Year Korat 54 “Amazing Shanghai”, February 3 - 5,
2011, at the Thao Suranaree Monument courtyard and memorial park. The
activities will highlight the decoration of Chumphol Road to make it look
the same as Shanghai city, golden lion parade, Chinese food, souvenir shops,
‘Ung-Pao’ (money-envelopes), and lucky draws.
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya: “5th Chinese New Year Celebration 2011 in the Ancient
City, Ayutthaya”, February 4 - 8, 2011, 17.00-23.00 hrs, in front of Chao
Prom Market, Naresuan Road and in front of the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Municipal Office. The activities include the opening ceremony, the contest
of Miss Chinese New Year and kids and Chinese costume.
Suphan Buri: “Chinese New Year in Suphan Buri, Amazing 3 years of the Dragon
Descendants Museum”, February 3 - 7, 2011, at the Descendants Dragon Museum.
Activities include the opening ceremony, fireworks, performances of folk
music, and Chinese dance.
Ratchaburi: “Ratchaburi China Town 2011”, February 2 – 6, 2011 at the
Ratchaburi National Museum. Activities include the Ratchaburi China Town
parade, water curtain show, fireworks, light and sound show, Mister and Miss
Chinese New Year contest.
Phuket: “Chinese New Year Festival – Back to the Past of Phuket Town”, February 8 -
10, 2011, at the Chalermprakiat Park and Thalang Road. Activities will
highlight the lifestyle of the Phuket people in the old days, local people
wearing traditional Phuket apparel, the show from Suining city of the People
Republic of China, signing the MOU for Twin cities between Suining city and
Chiang Mai: “China Town in Chiang Mai”, February 4 - 6, 2011, 09.00-24.00 hrs at
Trok Lao Cho. The outstanding activities will be the exhibition of the giant
oranges basket, Kung Fu from Guangxi, fire dragon show and lion dance.
Chonburi (Pattaya): “Chinese New Year Festival in Pattaya City”, February 3 - 5,
2011, Pho Na Klue Courtyard, Banglamung district. For further information on
activities, please contact the TAT Pattaya Office, Tel: 038-427667,
Songkhla (Hat Yai): “Chinese New Year Festival in Hat Yai”, February 2011 at
Srinakorn School courtyard. For further information on activities, please
contact the TAT Hat Yai office, Tel: 074-231055, 074-238518. (TAT)