Mabprachan Wonderful countdown opens outside Pattaya

Nongprue Mayor Winai Inpitak sets off the fireworks for the Mabprachan Wonderful Festival opening ceremony.

More than 300 booths offering food and merchandise awaited New Year’s revelers at the Mabprachan Wonderful Festival.

Nongprue Mayor Winai Inpitak opened the Dec. 29-31 countdown event in Pong Subdistrict intended to drive tourism and revenue to the Pattaya suburb.

Mabprachan Reservoir in front of Khao Pho Thong Temple was turned into a walking street open from 4 p.m. daily with a grand fireworks show planned for Dec. 31.

The event features traditional shows, food and merchandise.