The beachside town of Surat Thani is hosting the annual Chak Phra Festival and Boat Races through Tuesday (October 10) to celebrate the symbolic return of the Lord Buddha to the earth at the end of the Buddhist Lent.
Floral floats shaped into mythical creatures can be seen along the banks of the Tapi River and Naris Bridge, as well as around town. This year too, a procession of brightly decorated boats and trucks from more than 100 temples are pull the revered Buddha images along the river while monks mark the end of the three-month Buddhist Lent by receiving alms in a traditional Kathin ceremony.
The annual Surat Thani boat races are also being held with teams from all southern Thailand taking part.
Other highlights are a Phum Pha Pa contest, local handicraft fair, a photo exhibition and cultural performances.
Learn more by calling the TAT Surat Thai office at (077) 288 817-9 or visit www.TatNews.org.