Spectacular fireworks light the bay

Friday, 06 December 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By  Phasakorn Channgam

4 nations paint sky for Pattaya International Fireworks Festival

Pattaya’s skies glowed red, blue and white as four nations painted pyrotechnic pictures at the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival.

Japan, the Philippines, Switzerland and Taiwan combined to win many oohs, aahs and cheers from thousands of people lining Pattaya Bay for the Nov. 29-30 event. Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome estimated the show brought 200 million in tourist revenue into the city.

The night sky over Pattaya Bay, from the Dusit peninsula to Bali Hai, was brightened by amazingly brilliant fireworks last weekend, when teams from 4 countries put on a colorful show for the annual Pattaya International Fireworks Festival. The night sky over Pattaya Bay, from the Dusit peninsula to Bali Hai, was brightened by amazingly brilliant fireworks last weekend, when teams from 4 countries put on a colorful show for the annual Pattaya International Fireworks Festival.

Itthiphol, his brother Wittaya, the president of the Chonburi Provincial Administration Organization, Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya Director Auttaphol Wannakij and Angkur Srikalyanabut of sponsor Thai Life Insurance Co. presided over the opening ceremony before Taiwan and Japan kicked off the show.

Both countries blasted unique, overlapping and complicated designs into the night sky, forming shapes and pictures that drew loud applause for the 20-minute show.

Next up was Switzerland and the Japan, which combined shells to form clear shapes at high altitudes, impressing crowds trying to capture the rockets’ red glare on their phone cameras. The photographers who lined the walkway under the Pattaya City sign armed with pro-quality gear fared better.

The same three countries, with the addition of the Philippines, combined for more displays on the second night, with Taiwan and Switzerland hoisting a blue note into the sky before turning the entire landscape into a reflection of the blue Thai sea.

The “Rhythm to Brighten One’s Life” show continued with Japan and the Philippines using computers to launch cute and eye-popping patterns safely before the crowds.

Japan’s performance highlighted lines, lights, bright colors, and excitement while Taiwan mimicked the color of flowers while Switzerland turned up the temperature with hot, exciting explosions.

Itthiphol said the show, now in its fifth year, has been a steady draw for tourists during high season.

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