Thailand holidays strike a chord with music fans
From classical tunes to thumping electronic dance beats, Thailand holidays offer music fans a bit of everything. There are exuberant festivals all year round, as well as nightly cabaret shows in most tourist resorts.
What's on in Thailand for music fans?
Right now, it's all about the Chiang Mai Fest 2012. The northern city is hosting the event until April 7th this year. After the success of last year's three-day inaugural festival, the Chiang Mai fest has been expanded to 16 days of concerts and performances in 2012.
Running alongside the music this year is the first-ever Street Painting Festival, which has seen artisits from all over the planet head to Chiang Mai.
Both are organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Earth Wind and Fire company. The 2011 edition saw 10,000 visitors entertained, but this year is expected to be even more popular.
"The Chiang Mai Fest 2012 will be even bigger, starting with the First International Street Painting Festival in Thailand," said Yut Wanichanond, consultant for Earth Wind and Fire.
He adds: "This year, we expect the 16-day Chiang Mai Fest to attract over 35,000 local and international visitors and help to generate some 200-300 million Baht in tourism-related revenue."
Coincidentally, Earth Wind and Fire, the US "Boogie Wonderland" band, are performing in Bangkok at the Impact Arena in Nonthaburi on April 2nd.
Wiwatchai Boonyapak, events department director of the TAT, said the Chiang Mai Fest 2012 would attract more tourists to the city between late-March and early-April, in addition to the expected high turnouts during the Songkran Festival.
"The Chiang Mai Fest 2012 will boost tourism revenue and raise the image of Chiang Mai as the centre of international music, art and culture," he explained.
Meanwhile, the Together Festival on April 5th is set to put Bangkok on the map as the home of Southeast Asia's dance scene.
Topping the bill is Party Rock Anthem by the Los Angeles-based duo LMFAO, who will perform live as the headliner of the festival. The event marks their debut appearance in Bangkok. Sharing the stage are Thailand's very own hip-hop stars Thaitanium.
If the thought of enjoying lots of live music on a Thailand holiday appeals, there's still plenty of time to book a trip this year.
One of the best events coming up later in 2012 is the Phi Ta Khon Festival, a unique celebration during the Bun Luang Festival in the Dan Sai district in Loei Province. In addition to the music, there's dancing and processions through the streets with colourful costumes. Best of all, visitors can join in the fun too, so you don't have to watch from the sidelines.
If you're not lucky enough to time your visit to Thailand with one of the many festivals and music events across the country, you can always catch a Tiffany Show in the evening.
Pattaya is the place to head for this cabaret act, which sees performers present tales of love and adventure. The town also hosts its own dance music festival every year.
To catch a Tiffany Show or other concert in Pattaya, stay in the Amari Orchid. Set in the quiet northern end of Pattaya, it's the perfect base for exploring Thailand's music scene.