Several events held in Pattaya have remarkable role in increasing tourist presence in Pattaya. Here is an account of these festivals and events.

Events in Pattaya

A slew of events are held in Pattaya and its neighbouring regions. These events play significant role in enhancing Pattaya experience for the tourists.

Pattaya Music Festival
Music lovers all over Thailand assemble in Pattaya for Pattaya Music Festival and dance on the white sands of the sprawling beaches of Pattatya. Young and old dance to the beats of the rock bands. Jazz and pop are part of the music festival. Held generally in the month of March every year, Pattaya Music Festival is organized in evening. Tourists take part actively in hip-hop dances of the crowd. Apart from music, other events like procession in the streets of Pattaya are also held.

Pattaya Marathon
People of Pattaya love to take part in Pattaya marathon, generally held in July. The marathon is tough as it runs along hill terrains thus making it unsuitable for the weak hearted. One has to run along the scenic beach which adds to the excitement. Half-marathon and Quarter Marathon are other marathon events in Pattaya. International runners as well as locals participate in these events. that encourages participation from international standard runners and locals.

Bang Saen Speed Festival
Bang Saen Speed Festival is the biggest event in the motor sports history of Thailand. Held at the end of every year, Bangsaen Speed Festival is an international street circuit. The event offers the best of drivers, teams and racing cars. The event has class racing cars like Formula BMW Asia and Formula Renault. Motorbike sports are also held. Feel the sense of speed in Bang Saen Speed Festival.

Chonburi Buffalo Race
This annual event, held in October or November, has water buffaloes racing. In the festival, water buffaloes and the jockeys are decorated with colourful cloth bands, flower garlands and other ornaments before competing to win the race. The jockeys ride the bareback buffalos. Events like buffalo fancy dressing contest, the healthy buffalo contest and Miss Farmer Pageant are also held. Indigenous culture of the region can be seen in the event.

Wan Lai Festival
Pattaya City holds its Songkran asWan Lai festival annually in April with activities like water pouring. Fragrant water is put on elders’ hands. Procession are taken by the youth which are drowsed in water by the people standing on their balconies. This is fun time for Thais and foreigners alike. The festival comes as a respite from the heat. Wan Lai can be translated as flowing day.

Ancestral Spirits Ceremony Festival
Practised in Sriracha, this event is held every year between in April. Activities include a parade by the elderly group and personnel from different government agencies, dressed in conventional folk costumes, ceremonies for the appeasement of the spirits and demonstration of Kong Khao or rice piling. Folk games are played, local arts items are demonstrated and local delicacies are sold.

Boon Klang Ban
This festival is held during the 3rd to the 6th month of the Thai lunar calendar. One of the village elders determines a day for merit making and the ridding of ill luck for the well-being of the locals. Religious ceremonies are held and folk games are enjoyed. These are followed by sharing of meals.

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