All the Thainess: Tourism Fest Returns to Lumphini Park

Thailand Tourism Festival 2016. Photo: Amazing Thailand / Facebook

BANGKOK — An annual tourist festival returns later this month to Bangkok’s largest downtown park with maximum Thainess.

Traditional culture and food from different regions will be on display in 10 zones at the Thailand Tourism Festival, sponsored by the national tourism authority. Expect tourism-promoting activities such as classical dances and local cuisines, as well as adventure sport demonstrations such as rock climbing or paintballing.

The five main regions will show off what they’ve got to brag about. A northern community will come down to teach about its hill tribes, hosting stalls for Doi Tung coffee and organic vegetables, while southerners will offer seafood dishes, spicy curry and showcase their way of life. There will also be exhibitions of Chanthaburi province’s famous gems and stalls of popular foods from the 50 districts in Bangkok.

The main stage will feature live music and cultural plays and performances.

The festival gets a digital update with a virtual reality tour of where dinosaur fossils have been discovered in the country.

Admission is free. The festival runs 2pm to 10pm, Jan. 25 through Jan. 29 at Lumphini Park.