Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Trang Vegetarian Festival

Vegetarian Festival
The Vegetarian Festival is observed nationwide on a grand scale. ... In other provinces such as Trang, Songkhla (Hat Yai) and Chon Buri (Pattaya),

Trang Festivals and Events, Trang Thailand Tourism Guide
Vegetarian Festival (งานประเพณีถือศีลกินเจ) is a traditional festival of the Chinese in Trang, held around October every year on a full-moon night.

Vegan ginger chicken from trang's viet cuisine in Tampa.
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Trang Vegetarian Festival

Date & Time :
October 8, 2010 - October 16, 2010

Venue : Kieo Ong Ia Shrine, Chao Poh Muen Ram Trang Shrine and all shrines throughout Trang

For More Information :
* Chao Poh Muen Ram Trang Shrine Tel.: 0 7521 9434
* Kieo Ong Ia Shrine Tel.: 0 7521 0701
* TAT Trang Tel.: 0 7521 5867, 0 7521 1058
* Trang Chamber of Commerce Tel. 0 7521 0238, 0 7522 5353
* TAT Southern Office Region 2 Tel. 0 7534 6515

This vegetarian festival is a ritual to propitiate Lord Siva and another 9 gods as well as all holy Buddhist souls. Mediums would manifest themselves by walking on fire or piercing their bodies for the salvation of humans. Vegetarian food is eaten to cleanse the body and mind. Other activities include letting off fireworks, dragon dances, and sales of vegetarian food at low prices.

The vegetarian festival is celebrated by Chinese Thais at the start of the ninth lunar month (usually in October or November) and marks the beginning of Taoist Lent. This is a period of purification where devout followers will wear white and abstain from meat, alcohol and sex. The vegetarian festival is known as ‘ngan kin jeh’ or ‘thehtsakaan kin jeh’, with ‘kin jeh’ being the phrase for vegetarian. The festival is celebrated amongst the Thai-Chinese community throughout Thailand, but is particularly famous in Bangkok’s Chinatown district, Phuket and Trang. Vegetarian food stalls line the roads with many carrying yellow flags to confirm their meat-free status. This year in Pattaya, local chefs have combined to cook the largest pan of fried noodles in the world. The pan had a diameter of 3 metres and the noodles served well over 5,000 people.

Taoist Lent is a month long period of abstinence, but the vegetarian festival itself normally lasts for around six or nine days. In some areas such as Phuket, the festival culminates in displays of self-mortification by devotees who walk on burning coals and skewer their faces and bodies with various sharp instruments. This year’s festival runs from September 28th to October 7th.

How to get there

By Car
Highway No. 4 (Bangkok-Chumphon) to Highway No. 41 (Surat Thani-Thung Song- Huai Yot-Trang), total distance of 828 kilometres.

Highway No. 4 (Bangkok-Chumphon) to Ranong-Phannga-Krabi-Trang, total distance of 1,020 kilometres.

Highway No. 404-416 (Satun-Palian-Trang), total distance of 140 kilometres.

Highway No. 4-407 (Hat Yai-Phatthalung-Trang), total distance of 148 kilometres.

Highway No. 4-402 (Phuket-Phang-nga-Krabi-Trang), total distance of 312 kilometres

By Bus
Air-conditioned buses, varying in 3 types, depart from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok to Amphoe Muang of Trang Province every day at the following times:
VIP Bus: 7 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Standard 1 Bus: 7 a.m., 7 p.m., 7.50 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Standard 2 Bus: 5 p.m.
To continue to Amphoe Kantang, several local buses are available at the Trang terminal. For more information, please call 0 2435 1199-200 or the Transport Co. in Trang at 0 7521 8718.

By Train
Express trains depart from the Bangkok Railway Station to Amphoe Kantang daily. More information can be obtained from Bangkok Railway Station at tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010 and 0 2223 7020 or calling Trang station at tel. 0 7521 8012. State Railway of Thailand website www.srt.or.th/httpEng/index.html

By Air
Thai Airways has daily direct flights from Bangkok to Trang with a travel time of 1.10 hours. Economic class round trip fare is Baht 5500. To continue to Amphoe Kantang, limousines and vans are available. For more information, call 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 (Bangkok office), 0 7521 9923 or 0 7521 8066 (Trang office), or view their website at www.thaiairways.com.

Best time to go

Trang is very wet from May through November, so if you want to catch the sun, go between December to April.

Visitors to Trang have several accommodation choices of luxury hotels with full facilities, resorts and bungalows, and economy-class hotels, inns and guesthouses in towns, on mainland's beaches, and on island's beaches. The accommodation rates range from 180 baht to 7,200 baht, depending on the type of accommodation, the location, and the amount of comfortable facilities.

Getting Around Trang

About Trang
Trang is still one of Thailand's best-kept secrets. Located along the lower stretch of the Andaman coastline in Southern Thailand, the region boasts countless golden beaches, unspoiled coral reefs, mountains and waterfalls and myriad tropical islands for you to explore.

Ko Kradan
Ko Kradan is the land of corals and the most beautiful island of Trang. The Island lies within the boundaries of Hat Chao Mai National Park; about 20 percent of the land is covered with privately owned rubber and coconut plantations. Kradan Island is famous for its fine powdery sand and wide beaches as well as crystal-clear water; it is so clear that the corals under the water can be seen. Besides, a thousand of colorful fish makes the underwater world very magnificent for snorkeling or diving. To get to Kradan Island, it takes about one hour and forty minutes by boat from Pakmeng Beach.

Ko Muk and Morakot Cave
Ko Muk and Morakot Cave are the most impressive points in the Trang Sea. On the island mostly high and majestic limestone cliffs face south towards the sea while a fishing village faces east towards the mainland. The cliffs, homes for swallows, conceal the magnificent Morakot Cave. Drifting by boat from the narrow cave entrance through the 80-meter tunnel enveloped by total darkness and complete silence except the squeals of flying bats, the boat gradually emerges from darkness to an unbelievably picturesque scene; a brilliant lagoon fringed by the powdery white sand and enclosed by a majestically towering cliff roofed by the clear blue sky above, and surrounding mountains painted with lush and green leaves. To get to Ko Muk, it takes 40 minutes by boat from Pak Meng Pier in Amphoe Sikao. The boat fare is around 1,500 baht/day. Accommodation is available on the island.

Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi Museum
The museum, located at No. 1, Khai Phithak Road, Tambon Kantang, is around 200 meters from Kantang Municipality. It is the location of an important historical site, which is the "old Trang lord's house" or the house of Phraya Ratsadanupradit, the former lord of the province. The house is a wooden two-storey building. Inside the house are a wax figure of the lord and a complete collection of his personal items. The Na Ranong family looks after the house. It opens every day except Mondays (it opens on public holidays but closes the following day). Groups requiring a guide must contact Kantang Phitthayakon School (tel. 075 251 100) in advance.

Samran Beach
Samran Beach is in Tambon Hat Samran, about 59 kilometers from the city. Take the Trang-Palian road and turn right at Ban Na intersection in Palian, and drive for 22 kilometers. This Indian Ocean beach has a thick pine forest and offers a good view of large and small islands offshore. The climate on the islands is warm and breezy all day, making them great holiday spots. Tourists come here to sample fresh seafood and watch the life of local fishermen

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