Surin Elephant Round-Up
The Surin elephant round-up is an annual event, first began in the 1950s, which usually takes place over the third weekend in November. A procession of up to 300 elephants makes its way through the streets of Surin accompanied by dancers and musicians in traditional costume. In olden times men from the area, particularly the Suay tribe, were highly skilled at capturing wild elephants and the animals were used for logging and heavy lifting work including constructing temples.
Lopburi Monkey Banquet Festival
Thailand hosts its annual monkey banquet and festival on the last Sunday in November, to say thank you to the hundreds of macaques who live in the town.The monkeys of Lopburi live mainly in the area around the ancient Khmer temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot and the shrine of Sarn Phra Karn but can often be seen at various locations around Lopburi where they are fed by local residents.
Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Chiang Mai
Yi Peng events take place at various locations in northern Thailand, but it is Chiang Mai which has become synonymous with Yi Peng. colorful lantern displays are set up at the Three Kings Monument, Thapae Gate and at all of other gates around the moat which encircles the Old Town district of Chiang Mai.
Remembering the Father of the Nation
December 5 is a public holiday in Thailand in honour of the late king, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Thai monarch was born on December 5 and this date is also celebrated as Father’s Day in recognition of a man who was fondly regarded as the ‘Father of The Nation.
Concert in the Park, Bangkok
The free concert is performed by the orchestra at the pavilion known as Sala Bhirom Bakdi in the middle of Lumphini Park. Bring a mat, a picnic (alcohol prohibited) and relax and enjoy the free entertainment as the band work through a varied repertoire of classical favourites, Broadway show-tunes and easy-listening music.