Krabi Rock & Fire International Contest 2011

April 24, 2011 by  
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Celebrated Climbing
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Krabi Rock & Fire International Contest 2011
The recently concluded Krabi Rock & Fire International Contest 2011, held on April 16th and 17th April was a great success. International rock climbers from various countries arrived at Railay Beach and Tonsai Beach for the two days competition.  The event highlighted rock climbing activity in Krabi Province and aim to push rock climbing activity as an annual tourism promotional event of the province.  Adding and further projecting the image of Krabi  as a renowned mecca whereby  participants can have their skills judged.

Krabi Rock & Fire International Contest 2011

This tremendous success have to be recognized and credits be given to the combined efforts and co-operation by the following groups :-

  • Krabi Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports
  • Krabi Province Administration Organization
  • Aonang Sub-District Administration Organization
  • Krabi Hotel Association
  • Krabi Tourist Association
  • Tourism Authority of Thailand
  • Railay Rock Climbing Club
  • Business Tourist Club Ao – Railay, Leam Phra-nang
  • Business Tourist Club Ao Ton Sai
  • Other interested, authorities, organization, associations and clubs.

On The Rock

Krabi Rock & Fire International Contest 2011
Krabi has world-class rock climbing sites with more than 700 rock climbing routes created since  the late 1980’s. Magnificent limestone cliffs casting long shadow during the day makes a perfect heaven for climbers to select  their own levels and challenges. Sprouting along the shoreline with sheer vertical rock faces, international competitors gather to scale bolted routes with steep pocketed walls, overhangs and dropping stalactites.

Better Than A Gecko’s Foot

Krabi Rock & Fire International Contest 2011
Bouldering climbing is a popular sport in Tonsai and Railay. A good way to practice technical rock climbing skills over a  crash pad when hopping from stone to stone mimicking the agile gecko. Deep Water Solo is another form of solo rock climbing that relies solely upon the presence of water at the base of a climb to protect against injury. Basically you take a boat out to an island and as the captain hovers near one of the cliffs, you dive off the boat with your climbing shoes on, swim up to the rock wall and start climbing. There is no need for ropes or a belay because if you fall, you end up in the sea. Ideally you want to reach a comfortable spot before letting go and kicking off the wall. Just slipping off a hold during a tough move and falling straight down is far from ideal but you can always start all over again.



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Greetings From Krabi Discovery

December 25, 2010 by  
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Posted By KDSH.

New Year is the only holiday that celebrates the passage of time.

On behalf of our team, we wish everyone a safe, prosperous and Happy New Year in 2011.

To our clients and friends, hearty thanks for sticking by us in 2010 and your acceptance with us to make Krabi Discovery what it is today. Our resolution for this new year is to keep up to our commitment to improve and enhance our hospitality service beneficial to our visitors with more happy vacation returns to Krabi – Mother’s Nature Playground.

Once again, we wish everyone all the best and great success in your resolution for 2011.

Right Here, Right Now

Play And Stay In Tune With Nature

The Bay Regatta — Phuket – Phang Nga – Krabi

December 25, 2010 by  
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Set sail for the new challenge


Uncertainties over the future of the 2011 Bay Regatta (formerly Phang Nga Bay Regatta) were resolved recently when the Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC) stepped in, albeit late in the day, to organise this massively popular ‘roving’ regatta. The Bay Regatta regularly attracts 40-50 entries and is scheduled for Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th February 2011.
When it became clear that the 2011 regatta, the 14th event, looked like it was going to be cancelled, ACYC’s Commodore, Mick Kealy, called an emergency meeting to rally the troops; the decision was made to move forward.  “There is a lot of work to be done quickly,” said Kealy, noting that it is now late in the day to attract the sponsors needed to make the event work. “Events like this, and the images they project of Phuket and the surrounding areas, are of tremendous value in boosting the region’s image, not just as one of the best yachting destinations in the world, but also as a high value tourism destination across the spectrum,” said Kealy.

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Krabi Vegetarian Festival – 2010

October 20, 2010 by  
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Raising The Yellow flags.
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In Thailand, the vegetarian festival is celebrated throughout the country as Gin Jae, also known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. Popularized by the Chinese migrants with its cultural roots and legends in provinces like Bangkok, Phuket,  Krabi, Trang, Hatyai and throughout the country. Every year, during  the first  nine days of the Chinese 9th lunar month – usually in early October, the streets comes alive with fluttering yellow flags displayed in restaurants, supermarkets and food stalls. During this festival, devotees are dressed all in white and must be ritually clean, having abstained from sex and observed a vegetarian diet for the past nine days. Vendors selling their vegetarian food at their establishments by displaying yellow flags with the Chinese  character “Jae ” written on it in red.

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival – 2009.

September 17, 2010 by  
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Last Year Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Jui Tui  Shrine

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Last day of the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. Alter carriers dance in explosions at the Phuket Vegetarian Festival Street Procession, Phuket Town, Thailand. Young men carry alters of the deity images though town which culminates at central locations where merchants cover them with huge strands of firecrackers and larger explosives. The louder and longer blasts are best to drive away evil spirits. The experience is deafening and engulfs the men and alters in a painful barrage of fire and smoke.
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Flickr Images – Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2009

September 17, 2010 by  
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Flickr Images – Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2009

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Street processions on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October for Jui Tui and Kathu shrines.
Photos taken in Phuket town and Kathu village (about 5km outside town).
Items are from between 26 Oct 2009 & 31 Oct 2009.

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2010 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

September 17, 2010 by  
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2010 Phuket Vegetarian Festival – Full Schedule

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The festival mostly takes place around Phuket Town and the many Chinese Shrines in Phuket that reflect the Chinese ancestry of many of the people here. Most of the shrines are in or near the town (Jui Tui, Bang Neow, Kathu, Sam Kong), with a few around other parts of the island. The amazing street processions take place early morning around the town – if you want to see one, it’s a good idea to get a hotel in town, as processions start around 7am. If your hotel is in Patong, please note it takes around 30 minutes into town and traffic will be diverted around the procession routes. There are “Jae” food stalls all over the island, but not much around the beach areas. Phuket Town is the place to be.

entranced Ma Song cuts himself with a sword –
street procession in Phuket Town, vegetarian festival 2009.

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Krabi Traditional Boat Race

July 19, 2010 by  
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Traditional Boat of Reu Hua Tong

The crews of 12 paddlers in long boats competed along the river passing the Khanaab Nam pier in Krabi town. They entered the annual Krabi Traditional Boat Races competition racing for a trophy donated by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. It was such a spectacular scene amidst natural beauty, as it has a beautiful mountain as back drop. The Khanaab Nam Mountain is Krabi’s tourism logo. Keeratisak Phukawluan, Krabi Mayor, said: “The traditional boat of Reu Hua Tong became part of Krabi tourism. Today the logo of the boat is all over local tourist sites. The boat race event brings out local wisdom under the cooperation of all parties, especially local government. We proudly present the special type of boats which has long been present in these waters.” The cooperative determination of each crew is contributed in rhythms and unity moving the boats forwards, with a pointed head on the bow or front. The high front part of these type of boats is locally called Reu Hua Tong, said to be a special character as it mobilizse well amidst waves and glides the boat to its destination or in this case the finish line. The Leader of the Singsompop team said: “During the race we control the rhythm by sound. If one misses a beat or shout, it can cause disruption so either 10 or 20 of us must shout at the same time. Its like the power to control and mobilize the boat, slower or quicker.” The Hua Thong boat is originated in Krabi. Its made of wood with a main purpose for fishing.. They competed for a trophy donated by HRH Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn. People say the boat signifies local wisdom as it can be a tool for daily routine careers and become a local identity. The boats today are preserved and maintained to use in the tourism industry. The long boats can be found even though some are adapted by adding engines to replace the paddlers to serve todays transport. The Krabi Mayor added: “Locally the boat is recognized as the legend which lives along with the locality and tourism. We link the boats with local studies into classrooms to revitalize the local wisdom. This enables the younger generation to get to know and maintain the tradition for a long time to come.” The annual boat race event hence, not only promote local water sports, but it plays vital part in keeping alive the local tradition and show off local identity to visitors to Krabi as well.

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Krabi Celebrates Its Soaring Limestone Cliffs With A Rock Climbing Festival.

May 21, 2010 by  
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In the heat of the midday sun, Anna Slukushicina, 30, a rock climber from St Petersburg, attempts an overhang 10 metres above Krabi’s Tonsai Bay. The prominent feature of an overhang, or layback, as climbers call it, is to oppose hand-holds with foot-holds and it’s a strenuous technique used by climbers to overcome some of the toughest spots. The crowd on the ground collectively holds their breath, clapping loudly when she finally completes the tough route. Slukushicina is one of 150 climbers participating in Krabi’s annual Rock and Fire Festival and she and her team partner take top prize, beating competitors from 14 countries in the Lead Marathon climbing contest by completing 47 out of a total 50 routes all over the Railay peninsula. Slukushicina, a rock climbing coach back home with 10 years experience to her credit, has travelled to many famous sites around the world, scaling rock faces in Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, Italy and of course, in Russia. She’s spent the last four months in Krabi and says she really appreciates the towering limestone cliffs. “This is one of the best destinations for rock climbing. Nowhere else in the world can climbers stay by the sea close to these beautiful cliffs and climb anytime they feel it,” she says.

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Songkran Festival In Thailand

April 9, 2010 by  
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Date: 10 – 18 April 2010
Venue: Nationwide

Looking for an incredible Thai festival to celebrateω Well, Songkran, the festival of “water throwing”, is the most celebrated and merriest of Thai festival. Celebrated on a national scale, the Thai New Year always captures the imagination of travellers for both its cultural and fun attributes of water splashing among friends and relatives. “Songkran” in Sanskrit means the beginning of a new Solar Year. During this period. Read more

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