Thailand to enjoy elongated holiday weekend in honour of King Bhumibol
Tomorrow marks the start of a long three-day weekend in Thailand. Monday is a national holiday and was the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The auspicious date on Thailand’s annual calendar is also Father's Day.
Although Thailand is currently in a period of mourning for the revered king, local news reports say that roads and public transport are expected to be busy from this evening. People living in Bangkok and the central provinces usually use the opportunity presented by a long weekend to visit beach towns such as Ranong, Pattaya, Cha Am and Hua Hin.
Thailand celebrates a number of national holidays during the month of December. The 10th is Constitution Day. In 2016 this day is next Saturday and so the following Monday, the 12th December, will be a national holiday. Thailand is a Buddhist country and does not really celebrate Christmas apart from in locations which are popular with foreign tourists.
New Year’s Eve is also on a Saturday this year and the public holiday is being shifted to the 2nd January. Most Thais tack on a couple of days to this holiday so that they can travel farther afield to the likes of Chiang Mai and Loei.
All public transport options are busier during December and the first week of January. To avoid having to wait around for seat or sleeping berth availability, 12GO ASIA recommends pre-booking air, bus and flight tickets.
A two-year-old panda cub born at Malaysia’s national zoo was dispatched to her spiritual homeland of China on Tuesday. Zookeepers at Zoo Negara near Kuala Lumpur and Malaysian government officials wished Nuan Nuan all the best for the flight to her new home at a panda centre in Chengdu.
Pattaya will be switching on a new landmark water feature this weekend in honour of the ASEAN International Fleet Review. Dancing fountains located in the Bali Hai port zone will be strutting their stuff twice daily from then onwards.
The popular Wonderfruit music and arts festival is set to return to Pattaya in the middle of next month. The Fields at Siam Country Club is again the venue for the four-day culture extravaganza beginning on the 14 December.