King Narai Festival in Lopburi, Thailand (and more!)

 

WATCH: Events This Upcoming Weekend – Feb 18-21, 2016 – around Thailand & Taiwan

 

Join us as we look at events this upcoming weekend, Feb 18th to the 21st, 2016, in and around Thailand. Our host, Patchari Raksawong, will guide you through some of the best events happening in Thailand and around the region.

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King Narai Festival in Lopburi, Thailand

The King Narai Festival in Lopburi, a nine-day celebration of ancient Ayutthaya’s most famous Monarch. From 1656 to 1688 the King’s reign ushered in an era of great prosperity, which is commemorated during the festival with reenactments of regal ceremonies, beautiful processions as well as other traditional cultural displays and activities. The festival began on February 13th at King Narai Palace in Lopburi, Central Thailand and concludes this weekend, on the 21st February.

Maya Music Festival in Pattaya, Thailand

Music lovers may want to head on down to Pattaya this Saturday, the 20th February, for the Maya Music Festival. The festival was first held last year in Bangkok and is now back by popular demand, with a killer line up of world-class acts and DJs playing on two stages at Na Kluea Beach. Headlining this year’s event is superstar DJ Tiësto who will be playing on the EDM stage, whilst a host of Thailand’s most popular bands and artists, including Thaitanium and Potato will be playing on the live stage. Tickets are available online and are priced from 2,200 THB.

Diana Krall LIVE at the Royal Paragon Hall in Bangkok

Sticking with the music theme, five-time Grammy winning jazz pianist and vocalist, Diana Krall will be performing live at the Royal Paragon Hall in Bangkok on Friday 19th February, as part of her worldwide tour. She has sold more albums than any other female jazz artist of the last 30 years and is a true musical force, so be sure to check her out if you can. Tickets will be available at all Thai Ticket Major outlets and are priced from 1500 to 5500 THB.

Pingxi Sky Lantern in Taipei, Taiwan

One of the most beautiful celebrations in the Chinese calendar is the annual Sky Lantern Festival. Although the holiday is celebrated throughout Asia, nowhere in the world is it more impressive than in Pingxi, a remote town in the mountains about an hour from Taiwan’s capital, Taipei. Attendees of the celebration scribble notes, prayers and well wishes on paper lanterns then release them en masse into the night sky. Anywhere between 100 and 200 thousand lanterns will be released over the course of the festival, filling the skies with their luminous orange glow. The festival will take place this year on Friday 19th February.

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