The Surin Rajabhat University in Surin is playing host of the International Folklore Festival from January 15 to 25.
The event, which celebrates the spirit of folk art and music, attracts more than 300 artists and performers from several countries including Cambodia, Laos, Ukraine and Israel. A textile exhibition and academic seminar on folklore take place on the sidelines. Famous for Khmer-speaking mahouts and its elephant village, Surin is about 350 kilometres from Bangkok. Call (044) 515 227 or (044) 515 127.
In love with Lanna
The Parasol and Handicraft Festival returns to Chiang Mai from January 17 to 19 and will, as ever, features a parade of beautiful women on bicycle. The festival draws locals and tourists to admire the finest in handcrafted parasols as well as woodcarving, and cultural shows. Find out more by calling the Tourism Authority of Thailand (Chiang Mai Office) at (053) 248 604 and (053) 248 607.
PIMEX, the annual Phuket International Marine Exhibition, is being held from tomorrow to Sunday at Royal Phuket Marina on the island’s east coast. Billed as Asia's best boat show, the event brings together everything the boat enthusiast needs and wants. Majesty, Princess, Sunseeker are just some of the respected marine brands taking part. Visit www.PhuketBoatShow.com.
A break before flying
Bangkok Airways has introduced Boutique and Blue Ribbon Lounges at Siem Reap International Airport, Cambodia, to provide comfort and convenience for passengers waiting for their flights. The new Boutique lounge offer free snacks and various choices of hot or cold drinks along with free Wi-Fi Internet access while business class passengers as well as those with FlyerBonus Premier Membership can enjoy hot meals and even a shower at the Blue Ribbon Club Lounge. Both lounges are located near exits 4 and 5 in the International Departure Hall. Visit www.BangkokAir.com.