Samui Festival 2019 Set Amaze with Sports, Music, Food, and Culture
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that the Samui Festival 2019 will return in its fourth year, from 13-19 September, 2019 under a collaboration between Surat Thani province, public and private organisations. Everyone is invited to the popular resort island for six days of fun happenings, parades, concerts, and contests.
TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said: "This much enjoyed annual festival promises another great programme this year with events and activities taking place at different locations around the island, offering an exciting mix of culture, music, food and more."
The Samui Festival 2019 will kick off in the afternoon of 13 September with a carnival procession of elaborately decorated floats by the island's public and private sector organisations along with a showcase of local arts and crafts, as well as cultural performances. The parade will march through the island's landmarks and will conclude at Pru Chaweng Park, to be followed by the grand opening ceremony.
Moreover, the Nathon stage will host the Samui Singing Awards 2019, where contestrants will compete for 150,000 Bath in total prize money.
On the morning of September 14, there will be merit-making ceremony at all temples across the island. Tourist are invited to observe or join the activities at Wat Swang Arom and Wat Bo Phuttharam in Bophut. For an immersive cultural experience, tourist are recommended to wear traditional costumes.
Throughout the six days, live music and folk performances will be a big attraction at Samui Festival 2019. The cultural performances comprise those unique to Southern Thailand.
For sports enthusiasts, September 15 is the day to enjoy or thake in two amazing sporting events. the Samui Festival Marathon and Trail 2019 comprises of a 5km Fun Run, 10.5km Mini Marathon, 21km Half Marathon, and 35km Running Trail, which start and finish at Hin Lat Waterfall in Nathon. Meanwhile, the Tour of Samui Festival 2019 cycling race offer trophy and prize money worth over 200,000 Baht.
Other activities include a Food Street, Art Lane, and OTOP (one tambon one product) Fair, showcasing the best from Ko Samui and all districts of Surat Thani. These include rare indigenous dishes such as Maret leaf rice cooked in a bamboo tube and Kalamae Thai sweet candy, as well as Surat Thani's famous oyster tropical fruits. The Art Lane showcases masterpieces from Thai artists from across the country.
Also on September 18, a free buffet dinner will amaze the taste buds of one and all, with an array of foods and beverages stretching from Chaweng Beach to Hua Thanon Bay.