Friendship Bridge Spans a Decade Nong Khai Thailand Travel Guide
Thailand Travel Guide Friendship Bridge Spans a Decade Nong Khai

Friendship Bridge Spans a Decade Nong Khai Thailand Travel GuideTime flies, and now the first Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge has spanned a decade. It’s regarded as the first international bridge on the Mekong River. To celebrate, the Ministry of Transport and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, in co-operation with Nong Khai province, is organising a nine-day festival beginning on May 1 at the bridge and Haad Jommanee in Nong Khai. The fair will feature a multimedia presentation depicting the Naga legend and the shared histories of the neighbouring Thai and Laotian communities. The first Thailand Championship Fireworks Competition will also be held, with fireworks shows for eight consecutive nights. There will also be concerts by top singers, sales of local goods and a fair for families. For details, call (02) 559 2192 or (02) 931 4445

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Yasothon Launches Rocket Festival Yasothon Thailand Travel Guide

Yasothon Launches Rocket Festival Yasothon Thailand Travel GuideThe Bun Bung Fai Rocket Festival, one of the most important celebrations for Isaan people, will be held May 14 -16 in Yasothon province. The rite is believed to ensure that rains fall at the best times in the rice-planting cycle. Buddhist merit-making rituals are also observed. During the fest’s first day, teams carry their home-made missiles in lively parades escorted by dance troupes. On the second day, the rockets are mounted on carts and drawn in pageants. This is also the day for the ordination of Buddhist novices. The third day marks the launching of the rockets and making of predictions. For details, contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Northeastern Office at (045) 243 770.

Frontier Hideaway Thailand Travel Guide

Frontier Hideaway Thailand Travel GuideIf you are looking for a place to hide away this summer, there is one along Thailand's border with Laos. A quiet road leads travellers to this modest but lovely patch of land that is regarded as the cradle of Hmong hilltribe culture. If you hang around Ban Tubtao, the base camp on Phu Chi Fah, a famous viewing point in Chiang Rai, you will notice several groups of Hmong kids hanging out there on weekends selling all sorts of stuffs _ postcards, handgloves, hats, and others _ to tourists. They usually didn't return home on weekends. Among the Hmong, it's not unusual for children to go out and try to earn some extra money for their families. As such, Hmong children hang around Ban Tubtao, selling postcards and other items. Accommodation is not a problem for them: neglected thatched huts by the parking area serve the purpose for boys, while shopowners in the vicinity are kind enough to take in girls as their sleeping guests. In some places tents are also available.