“Index Creative Village” joins with “Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat” to organise “Wat Rong Khun Light Fest” - a new dimension of world class multimedia show investing 100 million to boost Thai tourism.
Bangkok, Thailand 19 March 2019 Two creators – Index Creative Village PLC. Joins Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat – takes on a world class event in organizing a mega project: “Wat Rong Khun Light Fest”, investing over 100 million baht to create the most ambitious world class multimedia show, with over 100 lasers, 3D mapping techniques, as well as an immersive experience. Visitors’ every sense will be awakened under the concept of “THE ILLUMINATION OF WHITE TEMPLE”; a new dimension of wonder of “Wat Rong Khun” at night for the first time. The creators hope to boost Thai tourism, ready to proudly show our capabilities to visitors from around the world. The show will run from 22nd November to 22nd December 2019. Tickets cost 400 to 1,150 baht. Part of the proceeds from the sales of tickets will be donated to Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital.
Index Creative Village: Mr. Kriengkrai Kanjanapokin, founder and group chief executive of Index Creative Village PLC., the leader in all-dimensions of creative marketing in ASEAN, and 7th best creative event company in the world (as ranked by Special Event Magazine from the USA), Mr.Kriengkrai revealed that “Wat Rong Khun Light Fest is another mega project that is important in boosting the quality of tourism and to create a positive image of Chiang Rai Province to increase the number of tourists to the area, as well as the number of activities and to lengthen the stay of visitors. It aims to draw in the younger generation of travelers, including those from China and other countries, through the hosting of a unique new event that is large scale and interesting. More importantly, it is to create build on Thailand’s positive image further to ensure that we remain a memorable destination. We think that we will be able to boost the income from tourism in the region, specifically in Chiang Rai, by over 1,500 million baht in the areas of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and public transportation. The estimated number of visitors to the event would increase the tourists to the region by 300,000 people, especially for visitors who are Chinese-speaking. As for European travelers, it is estimated that the growth with average around 40% in the 4th Trimester of 2019.
“Wat Rong Khun” is considered to be one of the most popular destinations in Thailand, and is listed as one of the top ten Thai landmarks and one of the top ten Most Beautiful Temples in the World. It is also considered a piece of Buddhist Architecture that is world-renowned for its grandeur, beauty and uniqueness, and is one of the masterpieces from the imagination of our national artist, “Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat”. From this inspiration grew the desire to add more colour and another new dimension that visitors would have never seen before in “Wat Rong Khun Light Fest”, the most incredible world-class multimedia show of the year: a majestic light and sound show under the concept of “THE ILLUMINATION OF WHITE TEMPLE”, created from the tips of the paintbrushes of Ajarn Chalermchai himself. Combining that with international-standard multimedia techniques that will use over 100 lasers, in conjunction with the newest innovation in 3D Mapping, displaying 3D images that are visible with the naked eye, which is considered one of the newest technologies used at global events – enhanced by a complete immersive experience of a 360 degree view and virtual reality techniques to further enrich the viewers’ experiences – truly a show that will awaken a new dimension of wonder and imagination for “Wat Rong Khun” at night for the first time.
“There will be 5 highlight locations: 1. Ubosot (the main temple hall) - be amazed and thrilled by the horrors of hell, and experience the beauty of the walk across the bridge to the heavens; 2. Wishing Well – make a wish and bring illumination into your hearts; 3. The Bell Tower – the Bodhi Tree of Enlightenment that tells the story of the Lord Buddha; 4. Crematory – come face to face with the diseases of life’s truths birth, aging, disease and death; and 5. Ganesha Tower – the final unmissable highlight show and extraordinary mapping experience, with astonishing paintings mapped onto curtains of water, alongside the amazing light and sound experience. All the components of the show – the laser production, the multimedia, mapping, water curtain, light and sound – result in an investment of over 100 million baht. We are certain that this project will truly make the event world-famous and unforgettable for the visitors,” said Mr. Kriengkrai.
Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat, national artist and the builder of “Wat Rong Khun” said, “This collaboration began with Index Creative Village having the same idea as myself, which was to boost the tourism in Chiang Rai Province. There are now so many tourists visiting the North of Thailand, so we wanted to create some colour and new activities and experiences for the travelers. Each year, we have over 10,000 visitors per day, which averages over 2 million people per year. “Wat Rong Khun Light Fest” would be the first phenomenon where Wat Rong Khun will be opened to visitors at night, which is normally not permitted.
“Imagine… Walking into the temple grounds to breathe in the atmosphere of Wat Rong Khun at night, immersed in the experience of a world-class multimedia show – imagine how charismatic and beautiful the temple will be. I want the people of Chiang Rai, those living in the North of Thailand, as well as all Thai people to be proud of this event, which we have created specially for the Thai people and for foreign visitors to experience, and continue to talk of it in times to come until it is the TALK OF THE WORLD. I want them to say that if they come to Thailand, they must come to Chairng Rai to see “Wat Rong Khun Light Fest” otherwise they have not really made it to Chianr Rai. If you don’t want to miss it, buy a ticket now. Most importantly, we are doing this for charity; part of the proceeds from ticet sales will be donated to Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital,” said Ajarn Chalermchai.
For those interested in attending “Wat Rong Khun Light Fest”, the show will open on 22nd November 2019, and run until 22nd December 2019, with 2 performances daily at 18.30 and 20.30. Each performance lasts 60 minutes. Tickets are priced from 400 – 1,150 baht, and are limited to only 1,000 seats per performance. Tickets are available to purchase via Thai Ticketmaster or through www.thaiticketmajor.com.For more information, please call 083-989-6926 and/or 083-989-6831. For special promotions for tour groups, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com .For more information, please visit www.watrongkhunlightfest.com.
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Sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the International Balloon Festival at Hat Yai 2019 will see the skies above Songkhla’s provincial capital bursting with larger-than-life characters and colour.
Taking place from 10-12 May at Jiranakorn Stadium in Hat Yai, the three-day festival of inflatable fun will feature 15 spectacular hot air balloons from Thailand and abroad, including the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, USA, Brazil, Japan and Vietnam.
In the daily program, there are morning activities from 06.00 – 08.00 Hrs. and evening activities from 17.00-22:00 Hrs. The morning activities include balloon flights, balloon tethering and walk-in balloon opportunities to get up close with the balloons and their pilots. The evening activities include the dazzling Balloon Night Glow performance with light and sound effects and international balloon display, as well as the balloon tethering and walk-in balloon attractions.
International Balloon Festival at Hat Yai 2019
As always, this year’s edition of the International Balloon Festival @ Hat Yai promises heaps of fun. And for those who are visiting Hat Yai for the event, it’s an opportunity to take in some of the local attractions. These include the Hat Yai floating market, Magic Eye 3D Museum, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Natural History Museum and Phra Maha Chedi Tripob Trimongkol.
The second Hua Hin full marathon will be held on Sunday 12th May, 2019 at Wat Khao Krailart, Hua Hin, Thailand. This exciting event is managed by the Preserve Hua Hin Group, an organisation engaged in environmental and social education programmes that promote sustainable practices for Hua Hin’s community. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn trophies will be awarded to the first male and female marathon winners. The Hua Hin Marathon has a number of coequal aims:
• To motivate the public to engage in physical fitness for good health and longevity,
• To raise awareness of environmental and social sustainability, and
• To continue to preserve and develop “Krailart Niwate” as the eco-spiritual tourism center at the last remaining urban mangrove in Hua Hin.
Preserve Hua Hin Group comes under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and, along with the Hua Hin municipality, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, is co-organising the full marathon. Officials of the event are expecting approximately 5,000 runners.
The race route starts and finishes at the Buddhist temple ‘Wat Khao Krailart’ in Khao Takiab. The routes are based on the different categories. As well as roads and paths, runners will be able to enjoy the early morning sunrise over Hua Hin beach as they run on the white sand.
The event is broken into the following categories:
MARATHON 42.195 KM
The first male and female finishers will receive trophies that have been kindly endorsed by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as a sign of her approval of the project.
Runners start at 3.00 a.m. from Wat Khao Krailart, then run along a small road in Khao Takiab to Petchkasem road, past the Vana Nava Water Park, True Arena and continue along the street in Soi 112 for 3.7 km then U-turn and head up to cross the flyover bridge, running on flat road for 9.7 km on Petchkasem road then U-turn at Hua Hin Airport and head south, running along Petchkasem road, across the flyover, continuing along the track to Seapines Beach, running along the beach for 2 km and heading back onto the road in Khao Takiab to the finish line at Wat Khao Krailart.
Male age groups: 18-39, 40-49, 50 and over. Female age groups: 18-39, 40-49, 50 and over. The marathoners who run through the finish line will receive a “Finisher T- Shirt” and an after race massage by Chiva-Som massage therapists.
Entry fee: 1,200 Baht
*Timing chip system, cut-off at 7 hours, limited to 900 participating runners.
HALF MARATHON 21.1 KM
Runners start at 5.00 a.m. from Wat Khao Krailart, and run along a small road in Khao Takiab to Petchkasem road, past the Vana Nava Water Park, and True Arena then run along the street in Soi 112 for 3.7 km then U-turn and back to the track to pass Vana Nava Water Park again, then along past Kasetsart University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Hua Hin, turning left to Seapines Beach then run along the beach for 2 km and continue to the road in Khao Takiab to the finish line at Wat Khao Krailart.
Male age groups: 16-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 and over. Female age groups: 16-29, 30-39, 40 and over. The runners can enjoy an after race massage by Chiva-Som massage therapists.
Entry fee: 800 Baht
* Timing chip system, cut-off at 3.5 hours, limited to 1,400 runners participating.
MINI MARATHON 10.5 KM
Runners start at 5.30 a.m. from Wat Khao Krailart and run along a small road in Khao Takiab to the beach, running along the beach for an 8.5 km round-trip taking a mid-point U-turn to the finish line at Wat Khao Krailart.
Male age groups: 15 and under, 16-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 and over. Female age groups: 15 and under, 16- 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 and over.
Entry fee: 500 Baht
* Timing chip system, limited to 2,000 runners participating.
FUN RUN 5 KM
Runners start at 5.45 a.m. from Wat Khao Krailart and run along a small road in Khao Takiab to the beach, running along the beach for a 3 km round-trip with a mid-run U-turn back to the finish line at Wat Khao Krailart. Open and non-competitive
Entry fee: 400 Baht
*No timing chips, limited to 700 runners participating.
All runners will receive the following:
• A medal for everybody who completes the course.
• A 2019 running shirt and Goodie Bag.
• A certificate for the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Mini Marathon finishers that can be downloaded on the website one day after the event.
• Accident insurance during competition for all participants.
• Free download of race day pictures on JogAndJoy.Photos.
• Free Dinner on Saturday 11th May and breakfast on Sunday 12th May (after the race).
• The Wat Khao Lan Thom courtyard nearby allows overnight camping for all runners and participants.
For further information and registration, please contact http://www.huahinmarathon.com/
ABOUT PRESERVE HUA HIN
Preserve Hua Hin Group was formed as a community development organization on 10 June 2004. Khun Boonchu Rojanastien, the founder of Chiva-Som International Health Resort and honorary chairman of PHHG, enlisted support from private and public sector organizations to spearhead the development of PHHG and organize activities to promote environmental awareness and preservation, The aim is to increase social interaction in the local community. Khun Krip Rojanastien is the president. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has graciously endorsed her support of Preserve Hua Hin Group since 13 October 2010.
ABOUT KRAILART NIWATE
Krailart Niwate is the mangrove preservation project spearheaded by the Preserve Hua Hin Group and Chiva-Som that aims to preserve the last remaining urban mangrove ecosystem in Hua Hin, Thailand providing scientific understanding, knowledge and appreciation for nature. Krailart Niwate is a reconstructed wetland project, promoting eco-spiritual tourism in the community and also providing a natural environment for the general public to walk, run, relax and experience a unique ecosystem.
Chiva-Som Hua Hin is Asia’s first comprehensive wellness resort, providing proven transformations towards optimal wellness. Nestled in seven acres of tranquil grounds, it’s a beachfront resort dedicated to revitalising the mind, body and spirit (represented by its tri-part logo). Western practices and Eastern philosophies are brought together in the wellness resort which provides services for guests to develop healthy habits and lifestyle transformations; it has been recognised by readers and industry experts alike as one of the most outstanding wellness resorts in the world since its launch 24 years ago.
The Resort is committed to operating at the world’s highest environmental standards in all levels of operation. Since its launch, the Resort has been dedicated to operating as ethically and sustainably as possible. A dedicated CSR team has implemented many initiatives, policies and practices for energy efficiency and conservation, waste water treatment and reuse, fresh water conservation, waste minimisation and recycling, air quality management and environmentally friendly product usage.
A few other recent awards include:
• ‘1st in Best Spa’- Traveler’s World Magazine 2019 (Germany)
• ‘Top ranked Asian Spa in Top 20 Destination Spas’- Conde Nast Traveler The Readers’ Travel Awards 2018 (UK)
• ‘Top 5 Favourite Destination Spa’- Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Travel Awards 2018 (India)
• ‘Thailand’s Best Wellness Retreat 2018’- World Spa Awards (UK)
• ‘#13 of Top 25 in Asia, Best 100 Spa List’- Condé Nast Traveler (China)
• ‘Green Era For Sustainability Award’- Otherways Association Management & Consulting Awards 2017
• ‘Medi Spa of the year’ - Asia Spa Awards 2017
• ‘Outstanding Wellness Spa Destination in Thailand’ - Asian Lifestyle Tourism Awards 2017
• ‘Top 6 of the Best Overseas Luxury Health and Wellness Property 2017 (1st Runner up)’ - Luxury Travel Award (Australia)
• ‘Best Global Wellness Resort of the Year’ - Spa China Awards 2017
The beachfront resort is located in the town of Hua Hin, which lies 185 km south of the capital of Bangkok. It can be reached by car in under three hours, private plane in 25 minutes from Bangkok and chartered helicopter in 40 minutes from Bangkok.
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