Here’s an alternative to Thailand’s Full Moon parties
Every year, Thailand’s famed Full Moon party is attended by tens of thousands of revellers from around the world, but the big crowds can dampen its allure, making it a turn-off for some.
And those seeking for a good time that’s quite off the beaten path can expect another exciting event in the kingdom soon.
Enter the Jai Thep Festival, a weekend fest that touts itself as Northern Thailand’s “leading arts and music celebration”. Returning for the third year, the event is extending festivities for three days and adding a camping option.
Slated to be held between Feb 2 and 4, the event promises to captivate attendees with musical acts at four of its stages and a series of large-scale art installations.
The newest venue is nestled in the mountains and boasts about 40 rai (or 64,000sq m) for revellers to roam free and allowing the attendees to set up tent in a designated camping area.
The festival’s uniqueness lies with its the variety of stages, art installations, and magical, immersive environments, workshops and classes to explore. Ever experienced Laughter Yoga? Curious to learn about bitcoin and the cryptocurrency craze? Interested in refining your hula-hooping skills? There’s more than enough to keep you occupied throughout its duration.
“Curious souls who wander off the festival path may encounter many weird and wondrous realms sprinkled throughout the property, each with its own unique offerings, music and art,” the website read.
With preserving the natural environment in mind, Jai Thep organisers also want to keep the event green by asking visitors to help keep the grounds clean and clear of trash, especially plastic.
As a “pack-it-in, pack-it-out event,” Jai Thep Festival also requests all attendees take everything they brought into the festival out at the end of the event, including campground trash. And in an effort to lessen its ecological footprint, attendees are asked to bring a personal, reusable water container.