Pattaya’s popular International Fireworks Festival, one of the main events in the city’s festival calendar, will this year light up the sky over Pattaya on Friday, November 27, and Saturday, November 28. Originally intended to celebrate the Thai king’s birthday on December 5, Thailand’s largest annual firework display is expected to attract as many as 100,000 spectators this year.
The spectacular two-day competition between a number of international teams will kick off on Pattaya beach at approx. 9 p.m. Friday night, with each participating country giving a short snippet of their pyrotechnical skills. The two-day event will conclude late on Saturday night, with each national team putting up a full 45-minute performance to light up the night sky over Pattaya bay.
Both competition nights will also see plenty of booths set up along the Pattaya beach promenade, with vendors selling yummy Thai street food and beverages, locally made handicrafts, souvenirs etc. To keep locals and tourists entertained, there will also be a carnival-style parade on Beach Road, live music acts and shows in between the spectacular fireworks displays.
Pattaya Beach Road will be closed for traffic on Friday and Saturday evening, so expect a lot of traffic and traffic jams around Central and South Pattaya.
UPDATE – Here’s a clip a friend of ours has taken of this year’s fireworks festival on Pattaya beach: