Colors of the East festival highlights culture, history of 4 provinces

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A kilometer-long parade and blossoms from four eastern provinces ushered in the 8th Colors of the East festival on Pattaya Beach last weekend. The 4-day event featured 200 booths offering food, locally made goods, tourist souvenirs, hotels packages and other inexpensive merchandise set up on the Beach Road promenade.

A kilometer-long parade and blossoms from four eastern provinces ushered in the 8th Colors of the East festival on Pattaya Beach.

Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai opened the four-day fair February 26 with Rayong Tourism and Sports Director Phichai Piamthongkam, Chanthaburi Tourism and Sports Director Thikamporn Sutthiudomrat, Trat Provincial Development Strategy Group head Nitwet Harnsamut and Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya Director Suladda Sarutilavan at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.

A kilometer-long parade and blossoms from four eastern provinces ushered in the 8th Colors of the East festival on Pattaya Beach last weekend. The 4-day event featured 200 booths offering food, locally made goods, tourist souvenirs, hotels packages and other inexpensive merchandise set up on the Beach Road promenade. A kilometer-long parade and blossoms from four eastern provinces ushered in the 8th Colors of the East festival on Pattaya Beach last weekend. The 4-day event featured 200 booths offering food, locally made goods, tourist souvenirs, hotels packages and other inexpensive merchandise set up on the Beach Road promenade.

The “Flowers of the East” parade snaked down Beach Road, leading the way for 200 booths offering food, locally made goods, tourist souvenirs, hotels packages and other inexpensive merchandise.

The festival also featured a contest for dresses made of flowers offering more than 200,000 baht in prizes.

Khomsan said eastern provinces have great potential for tourism and can generate enormous revenue for the country. The annual festival shows the potential of the area and its readiness in every aspect of tourism.

A beautiful flower blossoms on stage at the Colors of the East festival.A beautiful flower blossoms on stage at the Colors of the East festival.

Each province, he said has its own special charms. Chonburi has a variety of attractions. Rayong is the home of Sunthon Phu, the best-known royal poet of the Rattanakosin era, and has interesting fishing villages. Chanthaburi offers the history of the restoration of independence of King Taksin the Great, as well as being known for its precious gems. And Trat is highly regarded for its clean and beautiful sea, local culture, and border trade.

Winners in the flowered dress contest add pulchritude and fragrance to the show.Winners in the flowered dress contest add pulchritude and fragrance to the show.

The Colors of the East fair combined the prominent features of the four provinces into one place. It provided opportunities for local tourism operators, handicraft producers, restaurant operators, and cultural performers to publicize themselves to both Thai and international tourists.

These amazing acrobats reach for the sky.These amazing acrobats reach for the sky.

This colorful marching band enlivens the parade.This colorful marching band enlivens the parade.

A lovely peahen shows her colors in the parade.A lovely peahen shows her colors in the parade.

Scary ghosts are hungry for food and attention.Scary ghosts are hungry for food and attention.

The Pattaya Floating Market float seems to be suspended in air.The Pattaya Floating Market float seems to be suspended in air.

The fun these guys are having beating the war drums is contagious.The fun these guys are having beating the war drums is contagious.