Thailand Tourism Festival Review!
The mega tourism festival in Thailand, Thailand Tourism Festival is back again this year with the brand new venue at Lumpini Park, bringing the more authenticity and the refreshing feeling to this annual show. The show has started since 13 January and will last until this Sunday.
If you have never been to this show before, please do. As this time, there are many improvements to the show in many areas and you just have to see it. Let’s review what are shows, spectacular and entertainment you can expect at this tourism festival. Our BHY team visited the show on the second day and here is our review.
This year Thailand Tourism Festival’s venue was made it easier for the visitors to reach. The show was originally held at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani in the suburban area of Bangkok where there is no connection to any mass transportation like subway or skytrain.
This time the host decided to move the venue to the city center of Bangkok – Lumpini Park – where both subway and skytrain can be reached, making it super convenient for visitors to come to the show. This new venue is also more attractive in term of the atmosphere as the venue is an open-air park with huge trees and greenery scenes. With over 360 Rais or 576,000 sqm, Lumpini Park has more than enough space for this massive festival to happen.
Thailand Tourism Festival brings highlights, local famous food and handicraft from four regions across the country to showcase at the venue. You can expect fun parades, cultural shows , flea markets and floating markets selling local goods and drinks. There are also many activities and information booths that distribute free copies of brochure and travel guides in each region.
You will find six major zones showcasing across the park, even it doesn’t cover the whole area but it is big enough for you to spend a good whole day at the spot. These six zones are Exhibition, cities must not miss in Thailand, retro theater, tourism by region, excellent goods and products from 50 districts of Bangkok and the main stage.
If you like to participate with the main activity from the event, drop by the exhibition zone for guidelines to join their stamps hunt for grand prize. There you can also get free nice brochure and travel guide books for free and at a discount rate. For cultural shows and spectacular performances are on in most of the venue’s area but the main ones will be held at the main stage where you will find free concert from Thai superstars as well as Thai traditional dances. Snacks, fruits and foods are scattered across the park as there are over 10 markets that you can buy your favorite foods and bring home handicraft products made by the locals.
Our favortie zone is the tourism by the region. This zone has five different regions featured under – The North, The South, The East, The Northeast and The Central region. Each comes with different themes and designs. BHY loves the Northeast region the most. This charming land brought the whole Esan to Bangkok. Each of their booths feature real artisans working on their masterpieces such as natural handwoven fabric, handmade pottery or basket works.
You can see many amazing handicrafts that are very difficult to find these days if you don’t venture into their land. The feeling of the atmosphere is also very genuine – the sight of grandma woven fine cotton fabric on the loom is sure a moment to remember for our BHY team!
Both subway (MRT) and skytrain (BTS) will bring you to the destination. For MRT, drop off at Silom Station and head straight to Lumpini exit. If you prefer BTS, then get off at Saladaeng Station – you only need to change the train once at Siam Station to Bangwa direction, then it will take about 15 minutes walk to reach the park.
There are many improvements on the show this year and you got to be there to experience it. Its original show was held in a huge hall where the host would redecorate and change the whole hall into famous destinations in Thailand which was good. However, it cannot top this year experience as the venue is under the sky with a natural background of green park and crystal lake in Lumpini Park.
The festival also runs until 22.00 hr, making it so easy for everyone to make a quick stop after their shift ends. To sum up, it is a great chance to change the scenario and places to hang out after work. Plus, you can learn a few more things about Thailand’s destinations and culture and fall in love even more to this country.