Fah Thai Magazine May June 2018

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OVERTURES

NEWS AND EVENTS

1-8MAY

2018

ASIA

DUA LIPA ‘THE SELF-TITLED TOUR’

British songstress Dua Lipa made quite an

impact during her debut performance in Asia

back in 2017. This month, the singer/model

returns to enthral her fans with a solo show

with major performances in several Asian cities

including Hong Kong (1 May), Kuala Lumpur

(3 May), Singapore (4 May), Seoul (6 May) and

Tokyo (8 May).

Dua Lipa’s ‘The Self-Titled Tour’ will see the

artiste perform her hit singles that made her

one of the most exciting and most streamed

British female artist in recent history proven by

her five 2018 Brit Award Nominations.

Dua Lipa exploded on the scene last

year with her hit song, “New Rules”, which

topped the charts in the UK. Riding the wave

of popularity, she followed-up with several

popular singles such as “IDGAF”, “Scared to

be Lonely” and “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)”.

dualipa.com

4-8MAY

2018

LAOS & ISAAN, THAILAND

ROCKETS FOR RAIN

In Laos and the northeastern provinces

of Thailand like Yasothon and Roi Et, no

aerospace engineer is needed to make rockets

fly. Spectators will gather to see the master

creators of rockets, typically monks with skilled

knowledge of gunpowder and a good sense of

motion in space that’s more than enough to

send the rockets hurling upwards to the skies.

Now the much-loved rocket festival or

“Boun Bang Fai” returns to the Lao paddy fields

– where home-made rockets will be launched.

For visitors travelling to Laos in May and June,

there’s a good chance you may happen upon

the festive and colourful rocket processions.

The festival marks the annual growing

season in Laos, as the monsoon season is

expected in June. Ahead of the ploughing

period, the farmers send up the rockets

skywards to please and remind the God of Rain

to send enough to nourish the paddy fields.

Lao folks leave their routine work a few

days before the launch day. Then led by local

monks, who are counted on for genius rocket

engineering, gunpowder gets put inside a long

pipe before firing them in the empty field.

The smaller rockets are fancier in the way

they shoot up into the heavens while the

large ones don’t even look like they’re capable

of flight. The higher the rockets go, say the

locals, the more rain will come down. But it’s

no guarantee every rocket shoots upward

as the God of Rain may have the last word.

tourismlaos.org, tourismthailand.org

2018

12MAY

HO CHI MINH

RUNNING HAPPY WITH COLOURS

Think of India’s Holi festival, a 5k fun run and

dance party mixed into one day for a “messy

weekend” in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. La

Vie Color Me Run is uncompetitive fun, and

a most colourful running race. Runners start

the event in white clothing, but by the end of

it become a kaleidoscope of colours having

run, danced and walked through different

zones where they’re pelted with vivid corn

starch-based powders. There will be no hard

feelings of being a loser mingling in the air. The

unclocked run has no winners or prizes, but

runners are showered with coloured powder at

stations along the way. At the ‘finish line,’ the

runners become party-goers and are rewarded

with a DJ-anchored dance. colormerun.vn,

runsociety.com

MID-MAY

2018

KRABI

CHAO LAY BOAT FESTIVAL

Lanta island in Krabi is the place where you

can observe an ancient sea ritual still carried

out by Urak Lawoi natives of the island. The

Aboriginal Malay people of Urak Lawoi has

been living in the islands of Phuket and Krabi,

and for centuries they have maintained their

lives circling around the seas with open ocean

fishing. It is not then a surprise that they

would carry on colourful rites and celebrations

at the beginning of each year’s fishing season.

Loi Ruea (Floating Boats) festival takes place

twice a year during the 13th to 15th day after

the full moon of the sixth month or middle of

May this year. In this elaborate event where

visitors can witness heavily decorated fishing

boats — real ones and models — that fishermen

make especially for this celebration meant to

ward off all the bad spirits that might affect

their fishing efforts and work throughout the

year. These ‘floating boats’ can also be seen

as a smart solution for fishermen to test the

conditions of the waters. The event brings

back family members that might have moved

further out and here they’ll gather, even for a

few days during the celebration, as a way to

catch up and strengthen rare clan ties.

Tourism Authority of Thailand, Krabi,

T: +66 (0) 89 201 7985, tourismthailand.org

26-27 MAY

2018

&

2-3 JUN

2018

SINGAPORE

WATER DRAGONS

The sport of Dragon Boat racing dates back

to ancient China. Today, it is a sporting race

widely practised in Asia and renowned for

instilling teamwork, dedication and team

coordination. Singapore, in owing to its large

Chinese community, will once again celebrate

this grand sport with the Dragon Boat Festival,

which takes place at several venues across the

island nation.

Bedok Reservoir and Kallang River will

host several races in May and June but most

eyes will be fixed on DBS Marina Regatta.

Held against the backdrop of the Gardens

by the Bay, the DBS Marina Regatta, which

is backed by the Singapore Dragon Boat

Association (SDBA), will serve up a carnivallike

atmosphere as teams take to the water

to compete for honour and glory. Marina Bay,

Singapore, sdba.org.sg

1-7JUN

2018

CHIANG MAI

INTAKHIN CITY PILLAR FESTIVAL

Inthakin is a Chiang Mai city pillar believed

to be first erected by King Mangrai when the

city was founded in 1296. The sacred pillar

was moved from its original place at Wat

Inthakin to Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai’s

city centre in the 1800s. Each year, Chiang

Mai celebrates the incoming rainy season by

worshipping this sacred monument. After

a period of droughts and dry spells, locals

welcome the lusher climes with colourful

celebrations and major merit-making at the

temple. Wishes for a good year ahead abound

as the rains approach, meaning a bountiful

rice crop and healthy harvest. The best spot

to witness this long-time tradition is at Wat

Chedi Luang where hundreds of people will

attend the event either in a formal procession

or as families and individuals. This Brahman

tradition usually last seven days beginning

with ‘Tam Bun Khan Dok’ or flower-blessing

rituals to be followed by dancing, music

performance, carnival games and street fairs.

Wat Chedi Luang, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai,

Tourist Hotline 1672, tatcontactcenter.com/en

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