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Event Round-Up – October

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The end of the Buddhist Rains Retreat or Buddhist Lent is marked in October with a range of religious ceremonies across the country. One of them, the Chong Para Festival in Mae Hong Son from October 20-22, is particularly colourful. Wooden towers are decorated with colourful paper and fruit and carried in procession through the village to the local temple where villagers celebrate the return of the Lord Buddha from heaven with song and dance. 

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The Lotus Receiving Festival (or Rap Bua Festival) takes place in Samut Prakan on October 23, also marking the end of Buddhist Lent. A particularly striking visual festival, the return of Buddha from heaven is marked by thousands of people who line the banks of the Samrong canal to throw lotus flowers onto a boat carrying the image of Buddha.

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For something equally visually striking, head to Sakon Nakhon province on October 21-24 for the Wax Candle Festival. Villagers mark the end of the Buddhist Lent by making delicate wax castles that they carry in procession through the municipality of Wat Phra That Cherngchum Woravihara to welcome the Buddha back from heaven. 

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Another religious ceremony worth witnessing is the annual ritual of bathing an image of Buddha in Pasak river in Phetchabun. Held on October 8, the ceremony marks the discovery of a revered Buddha image in the river more than 400 years ago. It was believed that the Buddha image had wandered out of the temple to bathe itself in the river, and every year the villagers of Phetchabun replicates the ritual with song and dance.

Similarly high adrenaline is the Chonburi Buffalo Racing Festival on October 23. A perfect combination of sports and entertainment, the festival sees jockeys race ornately decorated buffalos through a dusty track. There are also competitions for most funny and most beautiful buffalo.

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Nature lovers should not miss an opportunity to visit Chumpon province during the month of October when hundreds of thousands of birds migrate over the thin land strip of southern Thailand as they make their way to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia or even Australia. 

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Lastly, October is the month of the highly anticipated annual vegetarian festival in Thailand. The festival originated in the Taoist Chinese communities throughout Thailand but has since spread through the country and is particularly popular on Phuket where a series of unusual rituals are performed to mark the festival, also known as Nine Emperor Gods Festival. During the festival, restaurants throughout Thailand will change their menus to include more vegetarian dishes.

Event Round-Up - October | News by The Thaiger

Here’s the full program for the Phuket Vegetarian Festival HERE.

Event Round-Up - October | News by The Thaiger

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BTS match long-standing Beatles’ record and reach the Top 6 in 26 countries with new album

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South Korean band BTS is making waves across music charts around the world. Their new album ‘Map of the Soul – Persona’ has matched a long-standing Beatles record of having three number one albums on the US Billboard chart in one year. The all-male band comprises RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, all aged between 22 and 27 years old. They debuted in 2013 amid the highly competitive K-Pop industry but have been able to break free and become international superstars selling out stadiums around the world, singing mostly in Korean.

BTS visited Bangkok in at the start of April filling the Rajamangala Stadium for two nights, the only band that has ever achieved two sell-out concerts in the massive sports stadium.

At the same time the seven-member band has reached the number one position in the Billboard Top 100 Artists and their candy-coated new single ‘Boy With Luv‘, with US singer Halsey, has debuted at #8 (this week) in the Billboard Top 100 with most music pundits predicting it will hit the number one spot in the next few weeks. The single is in the Top 30 of 35 world music charts this week.

In the 24 hours following the single’s release, ‘Boy With Luv’ broke the YouTube record for the most views in 24 hours, beating out fellow South Korean K-Pop band BlackPink. ‘Boy With Luv’ was viewed 74 million times in 24 hours!

The band has been flipping between the US and Asia actively promoting their new album and single which was released on April 12, including their much-discussed live performance on Saturday Night Live. Accused of being just another music ‘fad’ BTS continue to break music records and break down stereotypes in the ‘white-washed’ world music industry.

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Thai Cabinet extends waiver of Visa On Arrival fees

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Thailand’s Cabinet has extended the waiver of the fees for ‘visa on arrival’ for some foreign tourists to Thailand. The waiver of the 2,000 baht VOA fee will be extended to at least October 31.

The fee had previously been waived until January 14 this year in a bid to boost tourism. It was then extended until April 30 and has now been extended again. According to the Ministry of Sports and Tourism, waiving the VOA fee had helped support the increase of foreign visitor numbers.

Between November 15, 2018 to March 31, 2019, 3.58 million foreigners visited Thailand, an increase of 83% compared to the 1.6 million visitors during the same period in the previous year.

Meanwhile, waiving the VOA fee resulted in the government losing 2.95 billion baht in revenue but the extra tourists generated an estimated 105 billion baht in tourism revenue.

The Visa On Arrival waiver is available to tourists from 21 countries and regions, including China and India.

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Bangkok home prices among the cheapest in the Key Global Cities report

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Hong Kong maintains its position as the world’s most expensive residential city, while Bangkok ranks at #33 out of 35 global cities surveyed.

In the fifth annual Global Living Report, CBRE profiles the property markets across 35 key global cities. The results highlight that investments in urban areas such as transport infrastructure, connectivity, retail, cultural centres and housing are key drivers of economic growth.

“In the fifth edition of the ‘Global Living’ report, we have expanded the number of cities we examine from 29 to 35. They include the most exciting cities in the world, from emerging technology-driven powerhouses like Shenzhen and Bangkok through more traditional capital cities such as Rome and Lisbon, to rapidly evolving modern urban centres like Dubai and Johannesburg,” according to Jennet Siebrits, Head of Residential Research at CBRE UK.

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The top three most expensive places to buy a residential property are all in Asia. Hong Kong remains the city with the highest value residential real estate, with an average property costing 39.52 million baht (USD 1.235 million), Singapore in second place, averaging 27.97 million baht (USD 874,372), and Shanghai third at 27.92 million baht (USD 872,555).

Bangkok stands at #33 position with an average residential property price of 3.4 million baht (USD 106,383), followed by Ho Chi Min City at 3.29 million baht (USD 103,057) and Istanbul at the bottom with average prices of 3.11 million baht (USD 97,396) amongst the 35 surveyed world cities.

The biggest year-on-year growth was experienced in double-digits by Barcelona (16.9%), Dublin (11.6%), Shanghai (11.2%) and Madrid (10.2%). London remains one of the top ten performing global cities, with the average property price of 20.7 million baht (USD 646,973) although growth was down by 1.1%.

You can read the full report HERE.

Find the largest list of Bangkok city properties for sale HERE.

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