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The Rough Guide to Andalucia by Geoff Garvey, Mark Ellingham

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By Geoff Garvey, Mark Ellingham

The absolutely up-to-date The tough consultant to Andalucía is the final word advisor to this self sustaining area in southern Spain; an exhilarating mixture of fiestas, sherry, Roman ruins and whitewashed villages. Lavish images brings to existence the region's wealth of sights from the breathtaking Alhambra palace in Granada and Córdoba's beautiful medieval Mezquita to the superb traditional great thing about Andalucía's a variety of nationwide parks. The tough consultant to Andalucía presents finished insurance of all significant points of interest and cities, with incisive reports of the simplest locations to consume, sleep and drink in each budget in addition to insider tips about the simplest tapas bars, golf equipment and shorelines. The special and easy-to-use color maps and plans for every significant city, urban and monument, along professional recommendation on getting round, in addition to enticing observation at the region's historical past and tradition suggest that you just rather could make the main of your stopover at to Andalucía.

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Beautiful blooms of the north displayed on floral float parades. Kite Flying Season (Feb–Apr), Sanam Luang, Bangkok. Colorful displays and kite flying contests. Makha Bucha (Feb full moon). Third of the year’s major Buddhist 55 festivals. Merit-making and candlelit processions at temples. Public Holidays Western New Year’s Day (Jan 1) Makha Bucha (Feb or Mar full moon) Chakri Day (Apr 6) Thai New Year – Songkran (Apr 13-15 ) Labour Day (May 1) Coronation Day (May 5) Royal Plowing Ceremony (early May) Visakha Bucha Day (May full moon) Asanha Bucha and Khao Phansa (Jul full moon) Queen’s Birthday (Aug 12) Chulalongkorn Day (Oct 23) King’s Birthday (Dec 5) Constitution Day (Dec 10) Western New Year’s Eve (Dec 31) INTRODUCING THAILAND  57 THE HISTORY OF THAILAND The history of Thailand is that of an area rather than of a single nation, and over the centuries numerous peoples have made their home in this region.

Numerous festivals, to celebrate of the end of the rains, afford a period of relaxation before rural activity climaxes with the rice harvest in December and January. November Golden Mount Fair (first week), Bangkok. Thailand’s largest temple fair, held at the foot of the Golden Mount. Elephant Roundup (third week), Surin. Annual spectacle honoring the many and varied roles played by the elephant in Thailand’s development (see p282). More than 150 elephants take part in displays of forestry skills and a mock battle.

44  INTRODUCING THAILAND The Ramakien The Ramakien, the Thai version of the Indian Ramayana, is an allegory of the triumph of good over evil. The hero, Rama, is a paragon of virtue – the ideal king. The villain, the demon king Tosakan, is a tragic character of great dignity. This epic tale is thought to have become established after the Thais occupied Angkor in the 15th century. It has been an inspiration for painting and classical drama. All the Chakri kings have taken Rama as one of their names, and the old capital of Ayutthaya (see pp180–85) was named after Ayodhya, a fictional kingdom in the story.

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