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04 June 2011 :: 12:06:07 pm 54525

Eastern Fruit Festival May – July 2011

Chonburi, Pattaya, Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trad are provinces on the east cost of Thailand that have made progress in both tourism and agriculture. The Gulf of Thailand has two deep water ports for goods shipment and such provinces are prominent sources of agricultural products like farm crops and fruits. There are many tourist attractions in the region, mostly natural sites like forests, waterfalls, beaches, and islands, which are locally and internationally popular. Many events of historical and archaeological interest from the late Ayudhya and early Rattanakosin era took place in this eastern region of Thailand.
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This area is highly renowned for tasty fruits of various kinds that flourish abundantly from May to July every year. The king of fruits like durian, the queen mangosteen, or other exotic species such as rambutan, zalacca, rakam, long kong, mayongchit (sweet yellow marian plum) attract both Thais and foreigners. To promote tourism in the east coast region fruit festivals are held during May and June every year in a number of locations.

Many fruit farms open to the public and for an admission fee of 100 THB per person visitors can enjoy these abundant crops in the farm. Outstanding events held annually and widely known include Chanthaburi Word Durian Festival, Fruit Fair of Rayong, and the Sweet Rakam Festival of Trad.

Chanthaburi World Durian Festival was previously called “Fruit Day Mueng Chan”, and was formerly held annually at the city hall during May and June. The festival included a fruit contest, fruit wagon parade, durian-eating competition, fruit booth, beauty pageants (Farmer’s daughters contest), dog contest, etc.

Later, Chanthaburi Provincial Administration Organization moved the location of the fair to King Taksin public park, Toong Na Choei lake, Mueng district, and scaled up the event to include more variety of activities. It was then renamed “Chanthaburi World Durian Festival”. Activities include a fruit contest, agricultural processed products, a fruit-decorated raft contest, a Thai – Chinese – Vietnamese cultural showcase displaying the deep-rooted way of life of the three nations, a farm beauty pageant, fruit street, durian-eating competition, market stalls, water sports, and more. The festival lasts ten days from May 5th to 15th, 2011.

Besides the festival local fruit farms are open for tourists to visit from May to July, with a 100 THB admission fee. Farms that provide the service are Sadedyaad Farm, Chanthaburi Farm Plant Research Center, Kulapat Farm, Wongwit Farm, Thothong Farm, and Khun Venus Zalacca Farm. Contact Tourism Authority of Thailand, Rayong Office on 038455420-1 for more information.

The Fruit Fair of Rayong is held in the middle of May and includes activities similar to Chantaburi. The highlight of the fair is the commercial crops; durian, rambutan, mangosteen, coconut, and pineapple. In addition, sea food is available at very good prices and the fair is accompanied with free entertainment. Call 038655420-1 for more information.

Sweet Rakam Festival of Trad was held for the first time in 1983 by Trad farmers and the Trad Provincial Administration Organization. The objective was to promote more Rakam plantations and seed selection among Trad farmers in order to improve the product quality. Trad is one of the most productive regions of the country and sweet rakam is the province’s specialty due to the perfect growing conditions. Activities in the fair include a fruit wagon contest, a sweet rakam beauty pageant, a dog contest, market fair, and local goods booth.

Call 0395972596-0 for more information.

by : highlightthailand

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