Unique Baba Wedding in Phuket tops TAT’s June 2014 event calendar


Phuket – 21 May, 2014 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with the Thai Peranakan Association, Phuket City and the Blue Elephant Cooking School and Restaurant Phuket are inviting couples worldwide to join the Phuket Baba Wedding 2014. This year’s traditional Peranakan style wedding celebration is set to take place in Phuket from 21 to 23 June.

Mr. Apichai Chatchalermkit, Director of the Events Promotion Division of TAT said, “The Baba Wedding event has become a highlight on TAT’s annual calendar in Phuket. It positions Phuket as one of Asia’s most preferred wedding destinations for both domestic and international couples travelling with their families”.

“We are inviting wedding planners and couples from India, Korea, China, Japan, Australia and Germany looking for different wedding themes to join this year’s event at Thailand’s premier beach destination. It will be a unique and memorable event for couples as well as friends and relatives joining the ceremony.”

The wedding reception starts 22 June at the magnificent Blue Elephant Cooking School and Restaurant Phuket, where newlyweds and their families will celebrate this memorable day in style. The venue is the former mansion of Phuket Governor Phra Pitak Chinpracha and is a Phuket historical treasure. It is considered one of the finest examples of authentic Sino-Portuguese architecture in Thailand and is designated as the ‘House of the Groom’.

An elegant tea ceremony consummates the actual wedding, which, this year will be held at Phuket’s Hongsyok Mansion. It is designated as the ‘House of the Bride’.

Once the nuptials are completed, this is followed by a vibrant wedding procession along Thalang Road, one of Phuket’s Old Town’s most famous streets. It will be decorated with Chinese lanterns and floral displays, showcasing the traditional beauty of Peranakan weddings.

‘Baba’ or “Peranakan’ refers to descendants of late 19th century Chinese immigrants who settled in Phuket over 200 years ago. A Baba wedding traditionally used to be a statement of the wealth and social standing for a family, and was regarded as one of the most important ceremonies in a person’s life.

The registration fee is 39,000 Baht per couple for those who would like to take part in this exclusive, traditional wedding opportunity. The deal includes three nights’ luxury accommodation, three-day tour programme in Phuket and wedding photos at romantic Laem Phromthep (one of Phuket’s most important landmarks). Registration is welcome from now until 31 May, 2014.

Phuket Baba Wedding is fast becoming one of Thailand’s must attend annual events. It was first organised in Phuket in 2005 with the cooperation with Thailand’s Ministry of Culture. Since then it has become the country’s showcase celebration to preserve Perankan culture, wedding rituals, attire and authentic Baba cuisine.

For more information and online registration, visit www.phuketbaba.com or contact Ms. Orasiri Ruktae-ngam directly on Tel: +66 (8) 1691 1955.

Contact Information: International Public Relations Division Tourism Authority of Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48 Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419 E-mail: [email protected] Web site: www.tatnews.org