Pattaya City officials along with locals helped to organise this years Pattaya International Balloon Fiesta. 50 huge hot air balloons came to the event, with a variety of other attractions present for the entertainment of the adoring crowd.

Pattaya, the 10th of December 2009 [PDN]: Pattaya City Mayor Mr Ittiphol Khunpluem opened the Pattaya International Balloon Fiesta 2009 at the Thammasart University. The event is organised to run between the 10th and the 13th of December with both Thai and foreign balloons participating.

Over 50 balloons from 10 countries gathered to show their magnificent designs which came in a variety of shapes and colours. The event was organised to promote tourism to the area with a unique display of hot air balloons in all their majesty. It is the events third year in succession with plans afoot for it to continue as an annual festival in the Pattaya City area for many years to come.

The other competitions on show include; a Para Motor Race, Parachute Race, Adventurous Plane Race, International Kite Competition and the Miss Balloon 2009 Competition, with over 400,000 baht in prizes to be won.

Entertainment in the form of concerts, outdoor movies and a colour and sound show is to be provided. Around the entire festival site are various market stalls providing a variety of items to the public.

Pattaya Daily News