International Fireworks Festival lights up Pattaya

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Royal yellows and blossoming flowers filled the skies over Pattaya as the International Fireworks Festival delighted residents and tourists.

The Nov. 27-28 event met the goals of city planners, as Pattaya’s streets, beaches and hotels were packed for the annual pyrotechnics exhibition.

Actually getting to the venue proved a challenge, with Beach Road closed for a walking street atmosphere, but those who left their vehicles at nearby shopping centers or hotels – or at home – ultimately were rewarded.

Royal yellows and blossoming flowers filled the skies over Pattaya as the International Fireworks Festival delighted residents and tourists last weekend. The Nov. 27-28 event met the goals of city planners, as Pattaya’s streets, beaches and hotels were packed for the annual pyrotechnics exhibition.  (Photo by Jetsada Homklin)Royal yellows and blossoming flowers filled the skies over Pattaya as the International Fireworks Festival delighted residents and tourists last weekend. The Nov. 27-28 event met the goals of city planners, as Pattaya’s streets, beaches and hotels were packed for the annual pyrotechnics exhibition.  (Photo by Jetsada Homklin)

Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization President Wittaya Kunplome and Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya office Director Suladda Sarutilavan kicked off the first round of fireworks, which carried the theme of “Chalermprakiet” in honor of HM the King.

It was a great atmosphere throughout the grounds of the festival as people filled the streets of Pattaya Beach Road. Pattaya authorities put in extra efforts on security and no vehicles were permitted near the event.

Many fans found better vantage points than the beach, setting up at tall hotels including the Hilton Pattaya, Holiday Inn Pattaya, and Amari Orchid Resort & Tower Pattaya, among others.Many fans found better vantage points than the beach, setting up at tall hotels including the Hilton Pattaya, Holiday Inn Pattaya, and Amari Orchid Resort & Tower Pattaya, among others.

On Friday night, the skies over Pattaya Bay were lit at about 9 p.m. by China and the Philippines for approximately 35 minutes under the theme, ‘The Colors of Asia”. With more than 1,000 rockets exploding in the sky, the colors illuminated the night, capped by an explosion of flowers and a happy face.

After the 15-minute break, the second round of fireworks was launched by Japan and South Korea.

The celebration continued Saturday, with the UK and Germany taking the stage for their shows.

Many fans found better vantage points than the beach, setting up at tall hotels including the Hilton Pattaya, Holiday Inn Pattaya, Dusit Thani Hotel and Amari Orchid Resort & Tower Pattaya, among others.

The festival was organized by Pattaya City and sponsored by Thai Life Insurance Co. for the fourth year. The event attracted hundreds of thousands of tourists from nearby provinces as well as abroad.

Proceeds from the festival were donated to the Red Cross Society of Thailand.