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Smiling faces and dark, dancing eyes were everywhere to be seen

Children's Day Special: Phuket, Ranong, Phang Nga

Saturday, January 10, 2009
THERE are those who will tell you that every day is Children's Day in Thailand. Well if that's true, then January 10 is an Extra Special Children's Day.

That's certainly what Phuketwan discovered as four reporters visited events across three provinces, Phuket, Ranong and Phang Nga.

North of the island, our open road team found delightful country carnivals where mothers with children queued happily for small gifts from the local councils.

Out on one of the scores of islands off Ranong, Black Sand island, the kids dressed in pink and watched other kids perform, just for fun.

At Kuraburi in Phang Nga, the local Buddhist temple grounds were packed with people having fun while others listened inside to chanting monks in prayer.

Huge numbers also turned out for the day's activities in the coast's largest town, Takuapa.

On the big island of Phuket, it was more high-tech, as befits the regional hub.

At Rajabhat University, each faculty had game and display booths set up for kids to take part in musical chairs, picture coloring, painting, quizzes and other games.

Popular attractions included the computer science booth featuring wii video games and the kayak paddle ride down the klong. Hundreds of families milled about at the game booths or relaxed in the shade.

At the Deep Sea Port, Makham Bay, events were very well organized as one would expect of the Navy. Long queues of families waited to board the Chao Phraya royal ship, but the wait was only about five minutes.

Other displays were of model airplanes and also, from the Army, mobile artillery.

The Songkhla vessel blared its horn as it departed from the port at about 1.30pm, with some lucky groups of people aboard for the trip to Cape Promthep.

People rushed to the helicopter landing pad when the display copter got fired up, then everyone ran away once it lifted off because the crowd got blasted with dusty wind.

The helicopter did several fly-bys over the Navy ship.

At FantaSea, in Kamala, it was fun, fun, fun, with performances on stage and much to see and do.

And at Phuket International Airport, boys sat in the cockpit of aircraft and pretended they were grownups.

Around them, and in provinces throughout Thailand, there were hundreds of thousands of adults wishing they were kids again.

More events were planned in some locations for Sunday.

Phuket Schools Mark Kids' Day: Photo Special
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Phuket schools celebrate Children's Day with colorful events, games and music. Phuketwan caught a glimpse of some of the day's festivities.
Phuket Schools Mark Kids' Day: Photo Special

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