Grooving to Thailand’s Beat

Go on a trip of a different note to immerse in the sounds of the Land of Smiles

Issue: Nov 2009

Pattaya Music Festival 2009
Pattaya Music Festival 2009
Credit: Pattaya Daily News

Thailand prides itself on being a music destination. Eastern and western artistes performing rock, pop or jazz, DJs with wicked mixes of electro, techno and a never-ending list of new introductions: The best have been to Thailand and Thailand has some of the best. The trick is knowing when to visit for a musical escape.

Pattaya has both the qualities of a sophisticated destination and a laid back island. It has everything: big shopping malls, world-renowned golf courses, beautiful beaches and nature parks.

Also known for its exciting nightlife, Pattaya is at its most entertaining during the annual Pattaya Music Festival, which takes place in March.

The international festival recognised Asia-wide, and maybe even worldwide, sees a crowd of more than 600,000.

Part of the Thailand’s Amazing Thailand, Amazing Value tourism campaign, it is a totally free event despite the extensive line-up of musicians and artistes.

The international line-up includes Rynn Lim from Malaysia, Minh Thu from Vietnam, Cirque de Freak from Australia, Kym Jin Sha from China, and Shinee and Girls Generation from Korea.

The event held over three days features pop, rock, R & B, jazz, hip hop and country and western on three different stages.

Popular club, 808 Bangkok, on Royal City Avenue in Bangkok
Popular club, 808 Bangkok, on Royal City Avenue in Bangkok

January 31 is the time to put on your trendiest clothes and your most comfortable pair of dancing shoes and fly to Bangkok.

Top dance DJs from Thailand and across the globe set up their decks at helicopter pads of BITEC, one of Bangkok’s leading conference centres, for the pumping Culture ONE International Dance Music Festival.

Organised by Club Culture, one of Bangkok's many popular nightspots, the annual festival is one of the most anticipated event of the year. It brings together clubbers from all walks of life.

With four music arenas, and a mission to promote dance music in Thailand, it goes beyond by forming a global community of clubbers with an explosive, unashamed passion for this genre


Although Thailand is home to many foreign DJs, the local Thai DJs are whom you should keep your ears open for while in Thailand. They are making a name for themselves.

DJ Nakadia, Thailand's most popular female DJ
DJ Nakadia, Thailand's most popular female DJ

DJ Nakadia, one of Thailand’s most famous DJs, has trotted around the globe with her exquisite charm, inspiring international crowds to dance their hearts out to her mixes.

She feels that Thailand’s talents are not appreciated enough as jobs are given to foreign DJs or musicians instead.

“I hope I can do something to make a change in the future.”

As she spoke of her achievements, she exuded quiet pride, “I will have the biggest gig of my life in Johannesburg, South Africa. I will play in front of 100,000 people in the stadium and my set will be live on all MTV channels around the world. I will present my first album at that event (Loveparade 2009). I think that will be a big step for me and for other Thai DJs.

Famous Techno DJ/ producer/ musician: Montonn Jira
Famous Techno DJ/ producer/ musician: Montonn Jira
LoveParade will take place on November 21, 2009.

Renowned DJ Montonn Jira is known for his eclectic, unique sound which though esoteric is well worth delving into for its richness. He has his own label, Samutprakarn Sound, which probably is the only label in the country that releases music on iTunes.

“I'm working as the musical director for Heineken's "Music Beyond Borders" campaign which brings in international bands to perform at their festivals throughout the year,” said the artiste who wants to help mould the music scene in Thailand.

“My goal is to bring in fresh new artists that are shaping and influencing the scene of today.”

Thai DJs can be found at some big clubs and more so at smaller clubs in Bangkok. They keep up to date with new sounds and organise mind-blowing parties. Party scenes that are a must-visit in Bangkok are in the streets of Khao San, Silom, Sukhumvit and RCA Bangkok.


Citadines Sukhumvit 8
Studio apartment at Citadines Bangkok Sukhumvit 8

Described by a recent visitor as the “perfect oasis in the midst of madness” the Citadines Bangkok Sukhumvit 8 is a luxe haven for partygoers.

The staff have been frequently commended for their excellent service with a smile. Designed for the international professional, the residence is relaxing, spacious and offers hi-tech amenities.

Surrounded by a vast array of cosmopolitan restaurants, nightclubs, shopping centres, entertainment areas and parks, there is always something interesting to do. There is a complimentary tuktuk service from the residence to the nearby Nana Skytrain station for quick travel throughout the city. Combining contemporary services and facilities and the quiet comfort of a residence, you can feel at home in this modern serviced residence in the exotic city of Bangkok.

Citadines Bangkok Sukhumvit 8
77/7 Sukhumvit 8, Sukhumvit Road
Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: (66-2) 257 2277
Fax: (66-2) 257 2299

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