The months kicks off on 9-10 April with ASEAN Gastronomy Tourism Fair, the first ever event of its kind bringing together all 10 member states to build a strong foundation for gastronomy tourism in the region. Held at CW Tower Ratchadapisek Bangkok and hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the two-day event will discuss how to engage tourists in a variety of food-related tourism activities and experiences that create socio-economic benefits for a broad range of stakeholders, many of whom exist outside the primary tourism industry. The event will be attended by private and public sectors and will merge a growing gastronomy sector with the region’s well established tourism sector.
Nationwide celebrations for Songkran will take place on 13-15 April. The Thai New Year will see the country drenched in water for a three-day extravaganza (some parts of the country celebrate for longer or on slightly different days). A huge event for Thais as well as travellers from near and afar, there will be parties in every town and village as people mark the beginning of the rainy season and make merits for a good monsoon season to water the crops. Visitors should check for amended opening hours of shops, restaurants and attractions during these days.
During the same time, Songkran Music Festival, a three-day music extravaganza at Live Park Rama 9 from 13-15 April will see a number of a-list DJs descend perform live. A large electronic music festival, the line-up includes Fatboy Slim, Dutch DJ-record producer Tiesto and American DJ sensation Steve Aoki with names still being added. Tickets start at THB2,000 per day and those interested can stay up to date on http://www.s2ofestival.com/ticket/ Tickets are more than 70 percent sold out so hurry up!
If you’re into bikes, head to Phuket for the annual Phuket Bike Week, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 12-14 April. One of Asia’s largest bike gatherings, the annual event is expected to attract some 10,000 bikes and 50,000 spectators from all over the world who come to enjoy a weekend of social rides, exhibitions and parties. Held at Patong Beach from 12-14 April, the event will then move to Phuket Boat Lagoon the following weekend from 19-20. For more information and a full programme, visit http://www.phuketbikeweek.com/.
For something a little out of the ordinary, head to Bang Saen on 16-17 April for the annual Wan Lai Festival. A part of the Songkran celebrations when worshippers will take sand to the temples and make chedis in an acknowledgement of the sand and soil taken from the temple in the past year, villagers gather on the beach and make intricate sand sculptures in the figures of chedis, tuk tuks and animals. The sand sculptures on the beach are very fleeting. Made with great effort during the morning and day, they are all destroyed in the evening as a reminder that nothing is permanent, one of the main teachings of Buddhism.
For those interested in arts and crafts, the acclaimed Noise Market returns to Museum Siam is on from 20-21 April. Their eighth installation, the market will feature everything from DIY, art, craft, décor, design, fashion, film, printing, writing, books, food and music. A must for art and craft lovers and a great way to explore what is happening on the city’s dynamic art scene.
One of the year’s most exciting art events is happening at River City from 26 April. The highly acclaimed ‘From Money to Kadinsky’ exhibition is bringing some of the world’s most recognised modernist painters to Bangkok for the first time in a new multi-dimensional setup created with the help of over 20 of the world’s most acclaimed museums. Paintings from 16 European masters, including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Gaugin, Henri Rousseau, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustav Klimt and many more, will be presented with state-of-the-art projection and sound design. If you’re even remotely into art, do not miss this one. Early bird tickets are available for THB300 until 20 April.
A mum, a mum-to-be or just curious about the ins and outs of motherhood? The head to Mommy Rants held at WTF in Bangkok on 27 April. An evening of open mic for mums and mums-to-be from all walks of life, guests can expect real talk, uncensored talk about what motherhood is really like. Prepare to laugh – and perhaps cry!
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Published: Mar 2019
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