“Chai” is a Russian word for “tea”but how would Thais know?
New magazine and portal launched for the Russian-speaking expatriates and tourists in Thailand
А new project for Russian-speaking tourists and expats has been launched
in Thailand. In recent years Thailand, and Pattaya in particular, has
seen a major increase in the numbers of Russian-speaking tourists.
However, there is a gap in outreach of the expat and Thai communities to
the Russian- speaking one due to the language barriers.
The majority of Russian tourists don't have enough English skills to get
around, so often they are stuck at the hotel or nearby venues. They have
no idea of what Thailand has to offer apart from what their travel agent
A new Russian magazine and Internet portal “ExpertAsia.Ru” has a team of
English-speaking journalists and editors, who will be working closely
with local residents in Thailand, bringing the news, announcements, and
information on people and businesses in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Koh
Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Chang and Thailand to the
The magazine will be distributed in Samui, Phangan, Tao, Phuket, Pattaya
and Bangkok and run by the Russian News Agency “FederalPress”.
A PDF version of the Magazine can be viewed on the portal:
http://www.expertasia.ru. Direct link:
Mae Hong Son woman wins beauty title in China
Monthiya Narongchai of Mae Hong Son took
first prize in the Tai Yai beauty contest Daughter of the Peacock of
Dehong on April 13.
A Tai Yai woman from Mae Hong Son won the title of Daughter of the
Peacock of Dehong in Yunnan, China on April 13, 2011.
Ms. Monthiya Narongchai, who is Miss Mae Hong Son won the first prize at
the beauty contest out of 113 contestants representing China, Myanmar
and Thailand in this regional beauty contest for Tai Yai people.
The event coincides with the International Songkran Festival celebrated
in Yunnan, or the Dehong International Water Sprinkling Festival.
Ms. Monthiya received a diamond crown and cash of 50,000 yuan or 250,000
Baht. She travelled to China for the contest with Mae Hong Son Governor
Kamthorn Thavornsatit and other officials from Chiang Mai, Mae Hong son
There were all invited by the Governor of Dehong to participate in the
beauty contest, to help develop good relations of between Dehong and
Durian World Expo
The Durian World Expo will be held in
Chanthaburi at the Triangle Cheay Farm Public Park throughout May.
Durian lovers everywhere acknowledge the superior Chanthaburi durians
and flock to the province for activities that include a fruit contest,
raft contest, fruit eating contest and of course a beauty contest.
For more information contact Cheay Farm Public Park, Tel. +66 3931 9700.
www.chanthaburi.go.th. or the TAT Rayong Tel. +66 3865 5420-1, +66 3866
Yasothon’s Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival
rockets into the air is believed to help bring the rains after the hot
In a country where agriculture and
farming sustains the livelihood of over 70 per cent of the population,
the festivals and ceremonies associated with a bountiful harvest are
central elements of the way of life in the rural communities.
Agricultural productivity and abundance are the principle objectives of
both the royal as well as the folk traditions. These rituals performed
on auspicious dates in the sixth lunar month (approximately in May)
signal the beginning of the planting season.
Born of the traditional beliefs of the Isan people, the sprightly "Bun
Bang Fai" Rocket Festival, the most celebrated of Isan's merit-making
rituals, has been strictly observed by the residents of Isan for
generations and is essentially an annual ritual to ensure that the
seasonal rains fall at the appropriate time in the planting cycle. In
this process, Buddhist merit-making traditions are also observed and
Highlights of the annual Bun Bang Fai celebrations include a procession
of old-style rockets mounted on traditional carts, a beauty pageant,
cheerleader contests, and a traditional 'Palaeng' I-san style dinner.
The festival which is held over a period of three days strengthens
community spirit. The first day known as "Wan Sook Dib" features lively
processions as rocket teams transport the rockets in a procession and
perform a ritual to pay homage to Chao Pu, the spirit of the city
pillar. Each is escorted by a colourful dance troupe.
The second day is the rocket procession day. Modern-day rockets are
mounted on vehicles or traditional carts to be drawn in the parade. The
"Bang Fai" rockets come in different sizes. For example, the Bang Fai
Kilo is packed with one kilogram of nitrate, while the Bang Fai Meun -
12 kilograms, and the Bang Fai Saen - 120 kilograms of nitrate. The
rocket-making technicians play a vital role in deciding the right amount
of nitrate to be mixed with the charcoal. With the wrong formula, a
rocket could blow up prematurely before it is launched high into the
sky. The rocket cylinders are usually made from the bottom half of the
It is also a day for the ordination of novices. Festive celebrations
follow merit-making rituals. Dance, music, song and revelry are integral
elements of the processions as the parade of beautifully decorated
rockets wind their way through the village on their way to the temple
offering an opportunity for the residents and visitors to admire the
impressive works of art.
The rockets are finally launched on the third day in which various
rocket contests are held. With the launch of the rockets, predictions
are made with regard to the fortunes of the coming harvest. The Rocket
Festival in Yasothon Province is spectacular and provides a tremendous
opportunity to experience Isan-style festive fun.
The Rocket Festival stems from the belief that when this merit-making
ceremony is held, gods and spirits will reciprocate with seasonal rain
and a bountiful harvest. The Rocket Festival is May 11- 15, 2011.
For more details, please contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Ubon
Ratchathani Office 0 4524 3770. [email protected] (TAT)