Thailand is home to some of Asia’s best festivals, and the thrilling seven-day Buffalo Races festival that takes place annually during Buddhist Lent (normally in October) in Chonburi is no exception. Chonburi is located just southeast of Bangkok, and it takes about 1.5 hours to get there by car.

I recently hit the road to attend my first Buffalo Race festival. When I arrived, it was no surprise to see the grounds abuzz with a carnival-like atmosphere. As is typical of a Thai festival, there was plenty of food and booths selling locally-made handicrafts, as well as singers and dancers entertaining the crowds. The unique element of this festival was the hundreds of buffaloes that moved slowly before the watchful eyes of their owners.

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