If you are thinking of going out over the weekend or are an expatriate living in Thailand, why not make a trip down to the BTS Thonglor in Bangkok and visit the Expat Fair Thailand 2016?
This fair was organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand for the diverse expat community in Thailand to encourage cultural exchange, introduce the 12 Hidden Gems of Thailand so that they have an opportunity to discover more of the country and to foster stronger relationships with those expats living and working in Thailand. The fair was officially opened this morning by the Governor of TAT Mr Yuthasak Supasorn along with Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova, singer ms Christy Gibson and television personality Mr Andrew Biggs.
So if you are wondering what to expect at the Expat Fair Thailand 2016, here are the highlights of the fair that are interesting for all and not just the expat community. Off course it is an opportunity for expats to meet other expats at this friendly get-together but also to discover new travel destinations from the five regions of Thailand, try various Thai activities and pastimes and sample unusual foods at the fair which is open to everyone and is fun not just for adults but also the kids. Open for only two days on the 1st and 2nd of October from !0Am to !0PM with easy access from the Thonglor BTS in Bangkok, it is a fun way to spend the weekend.
Performance highlights include performances by the famous Japanese Drum band Ryukyubudan Shoryu Matsuri Daiko, Indian Dance by the Indian Cultural Center, Ingrid and Max from The Voice, Christy and Jonas mini concert and Latin American guitarist Fernando Da-Az. There will also be Thai dance performances from the different provinces to entertain the patrons.
Of great interest would be the workshop booths that showcase various attractions and activities from the 5 regions of the 12 Hidden Gems of Thailand which include painting demonstrations of the Phi Ta Khon masks from Loei province. You can also paint your own mini mask and take it home as a souvenir. There is also ceramic painting (the famous cockerel motif found on bowls and plates) from Lampang, cloth dying with natural ingredient from Nakhon Si Thammarat, a rice growing experience from Saphan Buri and to sample a seafood rice dish from Chantaburi.
Hungry or thirsty while at the fair? Then try some of the many varieties of cuisine from food truck services to cuisine offered by other expats living in Thailand who have opened their own niche little restaurants and have set up booths at the fair. You will find Malaysian beef rendang and chicken satay, even the famous national dish of nasi lemak and Indian food which include biryani rice and curries or try a western flavour of nice hamburgers and grills. Still not enough? There is always African food, Thai food and more unusual cuisine. Then wash it all down with a nice cold beer or coffee, tea and juices. There are also cooking demonstrations and challenges plus a host of games to try at the fair.
There is enough fun, food and activities for everyone at the fair and since it only runs for two days, try to make it there or wait another year for the next one! Did I also forget to mention that there are lucky draws for free flight tickets to any destination in Thailand and Asia by Nok Air, so what are you waiting for!?!