Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival

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Superb 1 review
0.5 km from centre - Chiang Mai (Thai Motorcycle Tours.com Co. Ltd)
Duration: 10 Days
From: Maha Sarakham
To: Yasothon
Languages: English, Thai
Bun Bang Fai Festival is an ancient local festival, which is associated with traditional Thai beliefs in the supernatural powers that help promote the production of rice crops for the coming planting season. I can't think of a better excuse either!!

In the rainy season, the local people believe that the God would hear the entreaties that they create or "Bang Fai" to send (HUGE versions of your standard garden rocket!) to heaven and bless them with plentiful rain for rice cultivation. So, the celebration is entirely to the God of rain. On the festival day, the beautiful rockets in different styles are paraded to the launch site.

The local people dress in colourful traditional costumes and dance to accompany the procession. The highlight of the festival is the launch time. The rockets are fired from their launch platforms one by one. Noisy folk music and cheers can be heard for each liftoff and the rocket that reaches the greatest height is declared the winner

In the Northeast they simply time the rocket until it stops firing; assuming the longer the burn, the higher altitude reached. In the North altitude not as important as flight path: straightest plume of smoke wins. It's absolute bedlam, everyone's been on the beer (or LaoKaow, Rice Whisky 45% alcohol), annhialated, ciggies glued to their lip, ramming gunpowder into various dimensions of blue plastic drainpipe... It's bloody WONDERFUL!! No way would The Fun Police ever consider allowing such madness! Pre-Teen kids are wandering around firing garden rockets at each other, laughing (remember we used to do that? It's quite safe within reason), 90% of them being used to open cooking fires, fireworks are ALWAYS available here consequently experience, not protection is the name of the game. As it should be.

 

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  • Accommodation basing on twin-sharing rooms.
  • Airport transfer.
  • English / Thai-speaking guide service.
  • Sightseeing, admission fees and entrance fees all-inclusive as specified.
  • All meals, accommodation, fuel, bikes, maintenance items
  • VAT and service charge also included.
  • Guests expected to organise Travel / Riding insurance with their home providers.
  • All of airfares, airport tax, visa fee
  • Personal expenses, optional visit and other services unspecified
  • Possibility of Surcharge for special occasion, gala dinner on Christmas, New Year etc., We will obviously inform well in advance and rates will be agreed,…
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  • ii) Click on Confirmation Link within the email, login and you'll be able to add extras such as accommodation, upgrades, even easy payment terms!
  • iii) We'll Check your Booking & be in touch (usually within 48hrs): Confirming Your Booking / Dates / Extras etc
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