Festivals and Events in Chumphon

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Chumphon Festivals & Events
Phato Rafting Festival 2012
Phato Rafting Festival 2012
Phato Rafting Festival 2012
When: 11 - 12 February 2012
Where: Phato River (Klong Phato), Amphoe Phato
Held during February to April. Highlights include competitions’ mini-marathon race and rafting. Forests in Phato is the origin of many canals which are lined with evergreen forests, and fruit orchards. Owing to the various rapids in this area, the adventurous activities have been then organized in Phato canal all year round. Through these types of activities, visitors are able to witness some interesting animals such as: langurs and hornbills. Besides, there are fruit orchards of durians, coffee, and mangosteens.

Phato offers not only fun and adventure, but is also a source for learning a life of self-sufficiency. The locals have admirably preserved the forests that are lush and green abundant with their natural flora and fauna all year round.

Chumphon Sea World Fair 2012
When: 23 - 25 March 2012
Where: Thung Wua Laen Beach, Amphoe Pathiu, Chumphon
The Chumphon Sea World Fair, held annually in March, promotes travel to the province of Chumphon - the gateway to Southern Thailand. The event raises visibility and awareness of the province’s diverse attractions, its destination strengths and tourism potential, especially for beach holidays and marine tourism.

Highlights and Activities:
Chumphon Sea World Fair 2012
Chumphon Sea World Fair 2012
- Shop for special attractively-priced Chumphon Sea World Fair travel packages
- Travel exhibits presented by various organizations and agencies

In addition to the eco-tours of the coastal mangrove forests, diving, boating and squid fishing in Chumphon National Park, visitors are presented with a vast range of interesting options such as river-rafting in Pa-Toh, a visit to the Chumphon National Museum or historical sites such as the Krommaluang Chumphon Monument & Park at Hat Sai Ri (Sai Ri beach), agrotourism at Uncle Nin’s Garden (Suan Lung Nin), a recognized role model for the adoption of sufficiency economy principles, in Tung Tako district and community-based tourism projects such as Ban Ko Phithak Community and Phato Ecotourism Club. All are winners of the Thailand Tourism Awards presented by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Chumphon is home to several other homestay projects where visitors can immerse in the local culture and learn about customs, traditions and way of life. These include homestays in the fishing communities of Baan Koh Phithak, Ban Tong Tom Yai and Ban Nai Rai.
- Enjoy delicious fresh seafood
- Watersports
- Photo contest
- Big Cleaning Day
- Nature lovers and divers will be able to sign up for voluntary conservation activities such as the planting of mangrove saplings, the release of fish, turtles, giant clams, and cartoon fish to re-stock the seas of Chumphon, and garbage collection dives.
- Music on the Beach light-and-sound

The Chumphon Sea World Fair is being jointly organized by the Chumphon Provincial Administrative Office, Chumphon Provincial Municipal Office, Pha Thiew District Office, Chumphon Tourism Association, the Tourism Authority of Thailand Chumphon office, and state agencies and private sector organizations in Chumphon.
Chumphon's Marine Festival
Chumphon Traditional Boat Races
Chumphon Traditional Boat Races
When: March - April 2012
Where: Thung Wua Laen Beach, Chumphon province
It takes place during the middle of March and April every year The aim is to promote Chumphon tourism-in order to distribute incomes among the local people, conserve natural resources. Main events : Angling competition, Tourism Photo Competition, Tourism Exhibition and Mini-Marathon.
Chumphon Traditional Boat Races
When: 31 October 2012 (annually around)
Where: Amphoe Lang Suan, Chumphon
The Chumphon traditional boat race was highlighted as one of the unusual attractions under the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s ‘Unseen Thailand’ theme. While the winner of other traditional Thai long-boat races held nationwide is decided by the team that crosses the finishing line first, contestants in the Chumphon traditional boat races face an additional challenge. In addition to speed, to be declared the winner of the Chumphon boat race, a member of the crew climbs up the bow and reaches for the marker flag.

The traditional boats used in the Chumphon boat races are hand-crafted vessels dug-out from the trunk of a single tree. The Takien (Hopea) is the tree of choice. Although it is a hardwood tree, the trunk is buoyant. It is also water-resistant. The vessels are stream-lined with a broad bow (khon ruea in Thai) tapering into a narrow stern that ends in a scorpion-like tail. The bow is made from light-weight wood from a jackfruit tree. The vessel is crafted to ensure maximum speed. The bow of the craft cuts through the water with least resistance.

The Chumphon traditional boat race is an annual event held at the end of the Buddhist Lent in October. Prior to the boat races being held, Tak Baht Devo Buddhist merit-making rituals are conducted to mark the end of the Buddhist Lent. Activities include the presentation of merit-making offerings such as offerings of food, incense sticks, candles and monk’s robes, followed by land-borne and water-borne processions, contests that draw attention to the various aspects of the hand-crafted traditional long-boats such as the design and decoration of the vessels, and cheerleading contests.
Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak Commemoration
Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak Commemoration
Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak Commemoration
When: 19 - 25 December (annually around)
Where: City hall, Chumphon province
This event takes place near City hall around 19-25th December every year. The aim is to commemorate the Admiral Phra Chao Borommawongthir Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak, the person who is highly revered by people in Chumphon, he is also the father of the Royal Thai Navy. The main activities are Krom Luang Chumphon khet Udomsak Exhibition, Southern Art Exhibition and acting at night time.
Lang Suan Fruit Festival
When: August 2012 (annually around)
Where: Amphoe Lang Suan, Chumphon province
It is held annually around August. Its main objective is to promote agricultural products, especially orchard products of Lang Suan District. Major events : Fruit competition, Jam Competition, Fruit Fair, Flower Car Competition and Fruit Maiden Pageant.