Anyone going on holidays to Thailand soon may be interested in hearing about an unusual cultural event going on in January.

Anyone going on holidays to Thailand soon may be interested in hearing about an unusual cultural event going on in January.The village of Bor Sang on the outskirts of Chiang Mai is to host its annual Umbrella Festival from 18th to 20th of next month in order to celebrate the production of decorative handicrafts.Held on the main street, it will feature exhibitions, a Miss Bor Sang pageant, stalls, contests and parades.

Tourists will be able to purchase the traditional umbrellas, which are made from intricately painted Sa paper and which are made by almost everyone in the village as part of their livelihood.

This will help to put money back into the community, while also allowing holidaymakers to participate in an authentic Thai experience.

Thailand is consistently popular with Britons – a spokesperson for the tourism authority recently told the Telegraph that 835,000 people from the UK visited Thailand last year.

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