WHATEVER YOU DO, TRY TO BE IN BANGKOK ON 22 OCTOBER 2011 TO WITNESS THAILAND'S MOST SPECTACULAR EVENT AND POSSIBLY THE WORLD'S MOST AMAZING RIVERINE SHOW---THE ROYAL BARGE PROCESSION.
Many have seen images of this breathtaking waterborne procession but few have actually seen it live. This royal event, called the Royal Kathin Ceremony is not held annually as some tourists assumed but is considered such an auspicious and deeply religious event the stunningly ornate barges are rolled out on the River of Kings only on the most important religious, royal or cultural occasions.
Would you believe during the 65 year reign of the present King Bhumibol 's reign, only a mere 16 such processions had taken place? The coming Royal Barge Procession this 22 October 2011 will be the 17th time and held to celebrate His Majesty's 84th birthday.
The barges passing the Grand Palace
Magnificent, mind-boggling and marvellous Royal Barge Procession!