Celebrate Chakri Day during a Koh Samui visit - AsiaRooms.com

March 11, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
AsiaRooms.com divulges the annual Chakri Day provides a good option for those looking for things to do while staying in Koh Samui hotels in early April.

A national holiday, the April 6th event sees Thailand come together to celebrate the founding of the Chakri Dynasty under King Rama I, whose descendents have ruled the area around Bangkok - present day Thailand, formerly known as Siam - since 1782.

The festivities are led by incumbent leader King Rama IX - known as 'the Great' - who in his 64th year on the Thai throne is currently the longest-serving head of state in the world and one of the richest monarchs on the planet.

At the age of 82 and with a history of poor health, including a recent stay in hospital, this year could be one of the last chances for holidaymakers in Thailand hotels to witness the occasion under his rule.

The King's duties include laying a wreath for Rama I at Memorial Bridge and presiding over a religious ceremony at the Royal Chapel for all eight of his predecessors, each of whom has borne the Rama name.

Across the nation, the people of Thailand also perform meritorious acts in honour of the Chakri kings.