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Wax Castle & Boat Racing (October 11-14)
This event is held to celebrate the end of Buddhist Lent (Ok Phansa). People in the northeast mould beeswax into miniature Buddhist temples and shrines in order to gain merit, which will determine their future rebirth. Sakon Nakhon is the best place to witness these crafted models. . There is an annual festival with a grand wax castle procession, competitive boat racing as well as traditional northeastern cultural performances.

Chak Phra & Thot Phapa Festival (October 12-15)
These two events occur on the same day at the end of Buddhist Lent. Thot Phapa is where Buddha images on elaborately decorated carriages are pulled by the locals in land and water-borne processions. Chak Phra takes place after this whereby saffron robes are offered to monks and money is conated to temples. You can witness these events at Tapi River Bank, Surat Thani.

5000 Year Ban Chiang Civilisation Celebrations (October 22-24)
Ban Chiang World Heritage Site in Udon Thani is considered by UNESCO as one of the oldest archaeological site in Thailand. Major celebration that includes exotic art and cultural processions and performances, local handicraft demonstrations and displays, international and local sport events, and dazzling light and sound presentations will be held here.

Lanna Boat Races (October 28-29)
These long-boat races held on the Nan river are distinctively enhanced by the brightly fancy coloured Nan boats. This event also accompanies the annual Kathin season, when devotees wishing to gain merit present new robes to monks of local temples.



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