Pakchong Cowboy City Countdown 2011 – Happy New Year 1

For the benefit of those readers who don’t know what the “Pakchong Cowboy City Countdown Festival” is it’s when Pakchong (Pak Chong) is turned into a Cowboy City for the week leading up to the New Year with actual Thai Cowboys, Indians, country and western music, rock music, the compulsory Thai food and beer sellers and a firework show beginning at midnight on 31st December 2010.

The festival is held at the Khao Khaen park on Mitraphap Road in Pakchong. The huge stage for the performers and bands features a Countdown Clock that counts down the time to the New Year 2011.

Thai Video Movie #1 – Pakchong Cowboy City Countdown 2011 – Introduction

This is a short 2.5 minute video and shows the neon lights sign at the entrance to the carnival and the main cowboy street.

Thai Video Movie #2 – Pakchong Cowboy City Countdown 2011 – Countdown 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – *Happy New Year Firework Display* – Opening Show

“The Best 20-Second Movie On YouTube”

This is a further short 20-second film that shows the last 10 seconds of the countdown to zero – midnight on new year’s eve 2010 – and the and the first of several firework salvos that lasted into the early hours of the morning of New Year’s Day, 2011.

Thai Video Movie #3 – Pakchong Cowboy City Countdown 2011 – *Happy New Year Firework Display* – Full Display

Below is an additional movie that shows more of the fireworks show and lasts for 8 minutes. That makes it a bulky video file and slow to load on YouTube.com.

The countdown to happy new year 2011 had commenced a week earlier when the cowboy city fiestival kicked off and the whole vicinity of Pakchong (Pak Chong) Cowboy City was taken over by the rock-band and country and western music stage, the food vendors and crowds of Thais and westerners each night truly delighted to be getting ready to wish themselves and everyone else a happy new year (Sawat Dee Be Mai) merriment.

I had arrived in Thailand in December 2010 to decide on the selection of a builder to build our retirement house in Pakchong not to watch the happy new year firework spectacle in Pakchong (Pak Chong). But the whole week’s event of live music every night, rock music and country and western music, the spicy Thai food from the food sellers, and the closing firework extravaganza had such a delighful impact on me that I am definitely flying to Pakchong in a year’s time to watch it all over another time.

However the firework extravaganza itself was amazing and I will never forget the gasps of delight and astonishment from the crowd of happy new year revellers as the fireworks exploded in the sky generating vast umbrellas of coloured stars slowly falling down to earth. It was like seeing shoals of gigantic brightly coloured jelly-fish descend from the sky like some alien star-wars attack. The stars fell from the sky in gentle arcs and appeared to drop so low that one could visualize reaching up and being able to touch them.

It was a sight and sound of awe for all the Thai people collected there to watch the impressive occasion.

So view and get pleasure from the Pakchong (Pak Chong) Cowboy City Countdown 2011 – Happy New Year (Sawat Dee Be Mai) Firework show 2011 video on youTube.com, and savour the ambiance, I am certain you will agree with me that it is something exceptional.
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Thai Video Movie #4 – Pakchong Cowboy City Countdown 2011 – Bad Moon Rising

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising lyrics:-

I see the bad moon arisin’
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
I see bad times today

Don’t go around tonight
Well, it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise

I hear hurricanes a-blowin
I know the end is comin’ soon
I fear rivers overflowin’
I hear the voice of rage and ruin

Don’t go around tonight

Well, it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise
Alright

Hope you got your things together
Hope you are quite prepared to die
Looks like we’re in for nasty weather
One eye is taken for an eye

Well don’t go around tonight
Well, it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise

Don’t go around tonight
Well, it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise


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