Thailand International Balloon Festival kicks off

Balloon Festival

Balloon Festival; Flickr.com

The 3rd Thailand International Balloon Festival (TIBF) 2009 begins today, featuring many highlights to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 82nd Birthday Anniversary.

Culture Minister Teera Slukpetch, accompanied by Ayutthaya Governor Withaya Phiewphong and the director-general of the Fine Arts Department, inaugurated the 3rd TIBF at Wat Mahaeyong in Ayutthaya. This is the first time that the festival is organized in a world heritage city, offering the chance for Thais and foreigners to appreciate the magnificence of the landmarks. There are more than 20 aeronauts from 6 countries namely Australia, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Thailand, participating in the event.

The main features include the light-and-sound showcase and the grand firework show to celebrate the King’s birthday on 5 December. Visitors could also enjoy real ‘Thai touch’ by exploring through the arts exhibition, arts market, floating market, and various authentic local shops.

TIBF is open from 15.00-20.30 hrs daily, until 6 December 2009. The ticket costs 50 THB per person and 20 THB per child. Proceeds from the festival will go towards conservation of historical sites and ancient artifacts throughout the country. (NNT)

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