Aquatic Phansa Festival: 19th July 2016

Aquatic Phansa Festival on Ladachado Canal in Ayutthaya

Date: 19th July 2016
Venue: Khlong Lat Chado, Phak Hai district, Ayutthaya

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting visitors to Ayutthaya province to participate in a unique festival celebrating the historic bonds between the Thai people and the many rivers and canals that have shaped their lives through the centuries. Visitors will be able to experience the local people’s way of life alongside the canal, fishing, farming and many other activities. Also on the programme is the beautiful candle floating procession, a competition to award the best decorated riverside home and a re-creation of the floating market as it used to be in the old days.

Aquatic Phansa Festival on Ladachado Canal in Ayutthaya

The Aquatic Phansa Festival takes place annually to mark the start of the Buddhist Lent (Khao Phansa). This year’s opening ceremony will take place in front of the Lat Chado Market. After the boat procession, visitors can watch various performances. While elsewhere in Thailand, Buddhists take part in processions to carry candles to their local temples, these are all on land. Lat Chado decided to do things differently. In a tribute to their way of the water-based way of life, the locals gather in a large flotilla of boats to take the candles to the temple.

Aquatic Phansa Festival on Ladachado Canal in Ayutthaya

Lat Chado is about 110 km north of Bangkok. Named after the Great Snakehead fish (Pla Chado) which once thrived in the canal, the Lat Chado riverside market was one of many hundreds that existed all around Thailand, as hubs of commerce and social interaction. When the era of mechanised road transport dawned, the importance of the Lat Chado Market declined. However, the area still has more than 100-year-old wooden shophouses which are often used as backdrops in Thai TV movies and feature films.

For further information, please contact:
Public Relations office of Lat Chado Municipality
Tel: +66 (0)35 740 263
Facebook: Aquatic Phansa Festival
TAT Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Office
Tel: +66 (0) 35 246 076 – 7
Facebook: TAT Ayutthaya

One comment

  1. Ashit Desai says:

    Hi Richard, this year, 2016, I am planning to shoot the Aquatic Phansa Festival. Thanks to you I have been able to photograph many Thai festivals.
    What I wanted to know is do the boat parade travel east to west or the other way around. I want to shoot near the wooden bridge with the backdrop of houses on the stilts. Also if you can provide me with the timings.
    Please let me know.
    Regards,
    Ashit

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