Mekong Sunrise Festival

Ubon Ratchathani, furthest east of the country, is the first province in the kingdom to greet the sunrise. This third largest province in Thailand, 620 kms from Bangkok, is part of the Korat Basin situated in the southern-half of northeastern Thailand.

Mekong SunriseIts rugged but extraordinary landscape is punctuated by craggy cliff-faces, rocky terrain dotted with towering columns, odd-shaped rock formations, and torrential cataracts along the stretch of the Mekong River. It is home to two national parks – The Pha Taem National Park and Kaeng Tana National Park.

Both offer excellent vantage points for viewing a spectacular sunrise or sunset against a magnificent backdrop that extends for miles.

Fields of colourful wild flowers add a curious contrast to the province’s awe-inspiring geographical landscape and diversity. A true miracle of nature.

Home to one of the world’s oldest agrarian communities, Ubon Ratchathani is also the ‘cradle of northeastern civilisation’. Recently-discovered archaeological evidence suggests that humans settled in the region between 14,000 to 6,000 years ago. Cave drawings and paintings have been found at Ban Sai Ngam, Amphoe Khemarat district and near the Mekong, with the most extensive site being at Pha Taem. Numerous prehistorical cave paintings offer insight into the way of life that existed during the pre-historic days. The paintings which feature a vast range of subjects such as people, human hands, creatures such as elephants, fish, the Pla Buek or Mekong giant catfish, dogs, bantengs, buffaloes, fishing utensils and geometric patterns have a reddish tinge to them from the hematite and take the form of outlines filled with solid colour.

It is also a centre of Buddhism and the regional administrative centre for northeastern Thailand, Ubon is a melting pot of multi-cultural and multi-ethnic groups.

Note: Event dates and programme details may be subject to change. To ensure you have the most updated information, please reconfirm details prior to travel.

Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand – http://www.tat.or.th/

Suvarnabhumi Airport

Suvarnabhumi Airport, a new international airport located 24 kilometres east of Bangkok, was due to be open on September 28, 2006. It replaces the old overloaded airport at Don Muang and accommodates all international and domestic flights to Bangkok.

Suvarnabhumi AirportThe authorized opening of Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok’s new international airport, on 28 September 2006, new push to the country’s quest to make Bangkok and Thailand the air travel hub of the region.

Named ‘Suvarnabhumi’ (meaning ‘Golden Land’) by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (Rama IX), the enhancement of Suvarnabhumi Airport as the air travel hub of the region is of strategic significance to Thailand’s future and is a primacy on the ‘national agenda’.

During the initial phase of operation, the north segment of the will accommodate 45 per year, 76 flights per hour and 3 million tons of cargo handling per year. After the , this will rise to 100 traveler a year.

At 563,000 square metres, the is presently the in the world. The airport also the world’s longest , 75. 3 metres by 4,000 metres long and the world’s tallest tower, 132. 2 metres high, the best visual of whole airside. When in full operation, the will help Thailand’s economic, social, communication, and tourism , and the government of building Thailand an air travel hub in Southeast Asia.

Suvarnabhumi Airport is at Km. 15 (15th kilometre ) on the east- Bangna-Trat Highway in Bang Phli area, Samut Prakan , east of Bangkok. The airport is 25 kms from the Bangkok metropolis. As of 28 September 2006, Suvarnabhumi Airport replaces Don Muang as Bangkok’s airport for all commercial .

Suvarnabhumi Airport is operated by The Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT). In to the new Bangkok international , AOT operates four other international airports in Thailand – Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Phuket and Chiang Rai.