This trip, I am Devil Sassy girl, will take everyone to an adventure time in Korat Candle Procession Festival 2014, which will be held every year during the auspicious period of Wan Khao Phun Sa (Buddhist Lent) and this year the festival as well will be held under the name of "Increasing Merit, Accumulating Virtue, Annual Korat Candle Procession 2014" on 11 – 13 July 2014 at Tao Suranaree Monument.
It is the first year that, I have an opportunity to join in Korat Candle Procession Festival, and actually this is my first time in travelling, I really have never been to anywhere before.
First of all, I have to say that this review, there will be lots of pictures because I would like to keep the ambience of the Korat Candle Procession Festival to share to everyone. Therefore, next year, there will be amount of travelers planning to travel to Korat Candle Procession Festival.
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Travel route and how to get there:
Nakhon Ratchasima is around 259 kilometers distance from Bangkok.
From Google map
Take Viphavadee Rangsit Road passing Wang Noi, and then take Muaklek route, on Hwy 2 (Mittraphap Hwy) which finally leads to Nakhon Ratchasima. The journey will take approximately 3 hours.
There are many types of train service including ordinary train, rapid train and express train. Trains leave from Bangkok Railway Station (Huamlamphong) daily.
For further details please contact 1690 or www.railway.co.th
There are regular bus and air-conditioned bus. Buses leave from Mochit 2 staion daily.
- The Transport co.,ltd Tel: 1490 or www.transport.co.th
- Ratchasima tour: Mochit branch Tel: 02-9361615, Nakhon Ratchasima branch Tel: 044-245443
- Suranaree air: Mochit branch Tel:02-5378369, Nakhon Ratchasima branch Tel: 044-251567 ext. 23, Nakhon Ratchasima (new bus station) branch Tel: 044-2545171
- Air Korat Pattana Tel: 02-93262252, Nakhon Ratchasima branch Tell: 044-230378
There are vans leave from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima at Phayathai (move from Victory Monument) and another one leave from Mochit 2.
I am Devil Sassy girl, this time choose to travel by bus, taking the bus service of Ratchasima tour, the bus fare costs 220 baht, leave at 14.00pm.
The seat plan is as per below picture.
Picture credited by
The journey normally takes approximately 3 hours, but this time is in the public holiday period, thus,the traffic is bad, it takes me almost 5 hours to the destination.
I get off at the old bus station, seeking for the nearby accommodation around the area. Before travel, I already do some research for the accommodations. At the end of this review, I will provide some of the information for the reasonable price accommodations.
Already keep the baggage at the hotel; I take a walk to Ya Mo (Tao Suranaree Monument) area, which is the place where they are holding this festival.
It's a bit pity that I did not take a camera stand with me this time, I just plan to go out for eating and take a look at the location which I will take photos tomorrow. But then since I arrive, I just could not help myself taking some photos along the way.
A candle procession, Wat Nai, type A contest.
Exquisitely crafted Garuda
A candle procession, Wat Nong Bua Rong, type A contest.
As I already mentioned, I did not take a camera stand with me, therefore, I just only could take a little photo here. Firstly, let's pay some respect to Ya Mo. Hence, I can get a sweet dream tonight. Abracadabra! May tomorrow has the bright sky. :)
Good morning, here comes the new day. Today (12 July 2014), the candle procession starts at 08.30 am.
Before going to see the procession, first of all, I am Devil Sassy girl will explain the judging criteria for the candle procession contest.
Every procession in the contest has to tell relate stories of showing honor in celebrating for His Majesty King 87th birthday which will link to the story of the Lord Buddha, Buddhism and unique local culture and tradition of Nakhon Ratchasima province.
The candle contest type A:
The height of the candle size from base to top not less than 3 meters with the area of not less than 25 square meters.
The candle contest type B:
The height of the candle size form base to top not less than 2.5 meters but not more than 3 meters with the area of not less than 18 square meters, and does not exceed 25 square meters.
The sculpture contest type C:
The height of the sculpture size not less than 1.20 meters with the area of not less than 2 square meters.
The sculpture of type C contest will be displayed at Ya Mo monument, will not taking part in the procession.
The procession contest:
Have to have Thai dancing procession or others local culture show according to Thai tradition.
Thanks for the information from Nakhon Ratchasima Municipal Office Tel: 044-234763 and 044-234600-59.
Photos credited by https://www.facebook.com/KORATCANDLE
I will post the candle procession photo for everyone to have a first glance.
Award winner type A contest, Wat Mai Sa Patum.
Absolutely suit to be the winner for 9 consecutive years.
The first runner-up prize type A contest.
Wat Bot Kongka Lom.
The second runner-up prize type A contest.
Wat Derm, Phimai district.
The third runner-up prize type A contest.
Wat Nai (Sri Buddha Ram).
The fourth runner-up prize type A contest.
Wat Nong Bua Rong.
Award winner type B contest
The first runner-up prize type B contest.
Wat Mai Pratu Chai.
The second runner-up prize type B contest.
Wat Sa Phleng, Phi Mai district.
The third runner-up prize type B contest.
Nong Hua Rad municipal district (Wat Klong Sarn Peth).
The fourth runner-up prize type B contest.
Lam Thong Municipal District.
I would like to apologize that I did not take photos of the fourth runner-up prize type B contest this time.
It is alright for the candle processions that did not win the prize; we still could compete in the next year competition.
I take photos for everyone to watch, although did not win the prize but all procession has spectacular design.
Wat None Mun, None Soong district participating in type A contest.
Wat Bing, Choke Chai district participating in type A contest.
I did not have a chance to take a photo of the candle procession of type C contest, only have the contest result for you instead.
The result of the candle sculpture contest type C:
Award winner Chun Wang Burapha, Phi Mai district.
The first runner-up prize type B contest, Burapha Silp team.
The second runner-up prize type B contest, Miss Juntharassamee Klangviangna.
The third runner-up prize type B contest, Wat Tha Ma Yom.
The fourth runner-up prize type B contest, Mr. Thawatchat Arjhan.
Before watching the procession (The procession itself also participated in the contest), I am Devil Sassy girl will inform the contest result first.
The result of procession contest:
Award winner, Wat Bot Khong Kha Lom.
The first runner-up prize, Wat Bing.
The second runner-up prize, Wat Nong Bua Rong.
The consolation prize, Wat Mai Sa Pra Toom.
As for the procession, I will place the photo in order as the organization committee already arranged.
The layout of the candle procession route.
Photo credited by http://wekorat.com/2014/07/04/แห่เทียนโคราช-57/ (เส้นทางขบวนแห่)
Thanks for the contest result announcement details from municipal office of Nakhon Ratchasima, Tel:044-234763 และ 044-234600-59,
The candle procession begins at 08.30 am.
Begin with the orchestra band, SURANAREE MARCHING BAND, THAILAND.
"Increasing Merit, Accumulating Virtue, Annual Korat Candle Procession 2014"
Follow by Thai dancing procession.
For those who would like to get beautiful auction plates, you can find and see the information when the auction will be held.
The procession of bike campaign.
Next procession is antique and luxurious cars.
The consolation prize.
Wat Mai Sa Pra Toom.
The procession of Wat None Mun, None Soong district.
Award winner of the procession contest.
Wat Bot Khong Kha Lom.
Absolutely suited for the procession award winner prize.
The procession is so long, let's continue watching the procession of Wat Bot Khong Kha Lom.
The procession of Wat Bot Khong Kha Lom still not yet finish.
Let's continue watching the award winner of the procession.
I am Devil Sassy girl is beginning to feel dazzled. the procession of Wat Bot Khong Kha Lom is taking quite some times.
Nonetheless, every procession seems marvelous, this is why they continuously won the award winner prize and this year, they still keep being the winner as always.
The second-runner up prize of the procession contest.
Wat Nont Bua Rong.
Let's take a look at the candle procession of Wat Nong Bua Rong.
Besides, Wat Nong Bua Rong, they crafted the candle telling the story of Lord Buddha, they also crafted the candle related with the world football game, which is quite trendy.
Let's continue watching.
The procession of Wat Derm.
The first-runner prize of the procession contest.
Wat Bing, Choke Chai district.
This procession is still not ending. Follow and have a look, Wat Bing procession.
Let's watching Wat Bueng procession.
The procession of Wat Nai.
Wat Bua procession
The procession of Wat Mai Pra Du Chai, Phi Mai district.
The procession of Wat Klong Sarn Peth, Nong Bua Rad municipal district.
The procession of Wat Sra Pleng, Phi Mai district.
The procession of School council 2 (Rat Rad Bumrong)
The procession of Wat Nong Rad.
The procession of Wat Ban Mai.
The procession of student community moo 3, Ban Suai, Phi Mai district.
The procession of............umm. Sorry, I don't know the name of this procession.
The procession of Pho Thong Jaruen.
The procession of Wat Kao Pradu Chai.
The procession of Wat Klong Noi, None Soong district.
The procession of Nong Luck Council, Chum Phuang district.
The procession of Thai cultural conservation group, Phi Mai district.
The procession of Moo 17, Nai Mueng sub-district, Phi Mai district.
The procession of Gul No school, Phi Mai district.
After I finish watching the candle procession, it is time for something to eat.
I did not eat since this morning; therefore, I will find some restaurant nearby, Maybe, the restaurant that the candle procession is passing by will do. And now I find one, the restaurant name "Joke-Khaotom 17 Pheenong"
Khai Ka Ta costs 40 baht.
Pork Blood Jelly Soup costs 35 baht.
Delicious and cheap! Let's have a look at the reasonable price accommodation which is not far from the old bus station.
San Sabai House
Address: 335 Sunaree road, Muang district, Nakorn Ratchasima province, 30000
Tel: (044) 255-144, (081) 547-3066
The hotel front area picture credited by
Apologize, I did not take the picture of the hotel front area; as a result, I search from Google for everyone.
At the time, I call in to get some information from the San Sabai House, the price of air conditioning room is at 450-500 baht. As for the accommodation, there are two buildings, I am Devil Sassy girl stay at the back building, fourth floor air conditioning room costs 450 baht.
Let's see inside the bedroom, adequately wide size.
TV, refrigerator, tables for guests and there is also a balcony.
Bed cushion seems soft; I will definitely have a pleasant sleep.
Inside room features including the closest, dressing table.
There is also praying book inside the room.
Let's see inside the restroom, water heater available for use.
Water basins, flush toilet, spray hose. Anyway, the toilet is a bit small.
Overall San Sabai House offers the reasonable price accommodation with the clean room and good service from the staff.
Suitable for the price, Oh! I forget to say that there is no elevator available.
It is my first time travelling and this is my first place to travel. Travelling to Korat Candle Procession Festival this time, I would say it is very impressive, I could be able to watch the splendid candle procession; each procession has a beautiful crafted candle with can tell the stories.
Next year, I am Devil Sassy girl plan to take photos at the beginning of this festival
For this review "Korat Candle Procession Festival 2014", I will end up with my photo.
Thank you everyone for giving me encouragement, having a look and follow my review to the end.