Candle Festival Ubon Ratchathani Three Day Tour (Code:3103)
The Candle Festival is held each July in Ubon Ratchathani to celebrate the beginning of Buddhist Lent or Khao Phansa. Giant candles are carved from wax and floated through the city in elaborate parades covering three days. There's lots of singing and dancing. It's great fun for all.
: Depart Bangkok for Ubon Ratchathani Thursday 14th July 2011 We'll leave Bangkok nice and early around 6:00am and plan to be in Ubon by about 3:00pm. Once you've checked-in to your hotel there'll be time for a few drinks before taking a stroll into Tung Sri Muang, where all the floats are parked up for the night.
Day 2 Departs: 08:00
08:00 Candle Procession Float Parade Friday 15th July 2011 At Khao Phansa giant candles with elaborately carved scenes of Hindu and Buddhist mythology are sculpted in wood or plaster and coated with wax and then paraded through the city centre on floats, accompanied by dancers and musicians in traditional dress.More...
13:00 Pha Taem National Park Pha Taem National Park is about 100 kms from Ubon and is famous for its rock paintings which are reputed to be 3000 years old. It's situated beside the Mekong River right on the border with Laos.
Day 3 Departs: 10:00
: Return to Bangkok Saturday 16th July 2011 Mid-morning we'll leave Ubon Ratchathani for the return journey to Bangkok. You can expect to be back in Bangkok about 7:00pm, depending on the traffic.