Magical Thai silk

On Aug 19-20, the "Magic Of Thai Fabric" fair will take place at Hor Kham Luang Pavilion, the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek in Chiang Mai, to express gratitude towards Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, who supports and conserves Thai textiles and makes them internationally renowned.

The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek. Photo: Thiti Wannamontha

Starting at 10am daily, activities include the Thai Silk Exhibition and Thai Silk Villages, featuring Thai silk from every region of Thailand and the sale of Thai silk.

The highlight is a Thai silk fashion show, which will be held on Aug 19 at 7pm. It will showcase outfits by five major Thai designers and a number of university students. The designers are Theatre on Suphan Buri's Lao Khrang hand-woven fabrics, Vatanika on Chaiyaphum's Nong Bua Daeng hand-woven fabrics, Anchavika on Trang's Muen Sri hand-woven fabrics, Disaya on Chiang Mai's San Khamphaeng hand-woven fabrics and Kanapot on Sakon Nakhon's indigo-dyed fabrics. The student teams are from Bangkok University on Ubon Ratchathani's Kab Bua fabrics, Srinakharinwirot University on Bangkok's Ban Khrua silk, Rajamangala University of Technology Sri Vijaya in Songkhla on Chumphon's Khao Thalu silk, Mahasarakham University on Maha Sarakham's khit fabrics and Chiang Mai University on Chiang Mai's Mae Chaem chok textiles.

Admission to all activities at the fair is free. Call the Tourism Authority of Thailand on 1672.

Rare shrimp behaviour

Until the September end, Lamduan Rapid in Nam Yuen district, Ubon Ratchathani province, will see almost 100,000 tiny shrimp parading on rocks by the stream.

These shrimps move towards the Lan Phan Ru area and then Phanom Dongrak Mountain for mating and egg-laying. They usually travel from 9pm until 4am each day in August and September.

Call the Ubon Ratchathani Nature and Wildlife Study Centre on 045-410-040 or the TAT Ubon Ratchathani Office on 045-243-770.

Fossils and longans

From Friday to Sunday, "Visiting The Shell Fossil Museum, Eating Longan, Worshipping Luang Pu Khao" festival will take place on the 150-million-year-old Shell Fossil Museum grounds in Muang district, Nong Bua Lamphu province.

Visitors will be able to see parades, participate in the Longan Queen Beauty Contest, the Miss Fossil Contest for transgender women, a mountain bike competition, a mini-marathon, a som tam cooking contest for local women's foreign husbands, a longan-eating contest and a Thai-boxing competition.

This museum displays shell fossils from the Jurassic era dating back 140-150 million years. A number of bivalve fossils are also on view. These fossils were found in 50m-high cliffs on nearby mountains.

Call the Non Than Administration Organisation on 042-000-048 ext 11.

Promoting the green

Until Sept 30, the "16th Hua Hin/Cha-am Golf Festival 2017" is being held at nine golf clubs in Cha-am district, Phetchaburi province, and Hua Hin district, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, to attract tourists during the "green season" and to promote tourism among golfers.

Golfers will enjoy special green fees at the participating golf courses and join competitions on Sundays until Oct 1. Green fees per person are 1,800 baht at the Banyan and Black Mountain golf courses, and 1,000 baht at other golf courses. Competition fees according to schedules are 2,400 baht for Banyan and Black Mountain courses, and 1,600 baht for other courses.

Email or call the TAT Phetchaburi Office on 032-471-005/6 or the TAT Prachuap Khiri Khan Office on 032-513-885/6.

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