Khon Kaen: Countdown to New Year celebration

Bangkok – To see off 2013 and countdown to the New Year, the Northeastern Thai city of Khon Kaen is welcoming one and all to its Happy Family Party. This fun-filled event, which takes place on Srichan Road by the ancient Khon Kaen gate, will see the city light up in a dazzling show with lots of family-friendly activities to enjoy from 25 to 31 December, 2013 culminating in a countdown firework spectacular.

The annual Khon Kaen Countdown is a showcase for Northeastern Thai culture and a memorable way of seeing in the New Year. Recent years have seen the event grow and there are now stunning and creative light shows to enjoy as well as music, local cuisine and a breathtaking firework display.

Khon Kaen Countdown 2014: Happy Family Party is expected to be the biggest celebration yet with the action based around the city gate. Visitors will be able to explore a spectacular garden of lights while enjoying fiery local food and fun entertainment.

One of the illuminated attractions will be a giant, decorated Kong Kao Nieo basket, representing the famous receptacles of the local sticky rice – a favorite dish, not only with the people of Issan, but among food lovers the world over.

During the week, famous local artists and musicians will serenade revelers young and old with their music and shows. The festival also offers opportunity for visitors to make merit and hope for good things in the year to come.

The highlight will be the spectacular firework display as the clocks count down the minutes to midnight on 31 December. The good-natured atmosphere and friendly local feel ensures that the Khon Kaen Countdown is an ideal New Year option for families looking for a memorable way to end 2013 year while enjoying Thailand’s cool season.

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