A recent competition held by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and partners, called ‘Inspiring Thailand’ has captured the essence of this wonderful country across three different categories – Lifestyle, Culture and Attractions. The competition entries show the diversity of the country and its culture and showcase a vast range of activities and experiences for visitors to take advantage of.

This is a competition that is run every year, each time with a new theme. The photos that are submitted as entries to the competition are amazing and really capture a magical side to Thailand.

Have you been? What about Thailand inspires you? Why not share your favourite Thailand pictures with us on Facebook … we love seeing what you lovely lot get up to!

Take a look at all the entries here and marvel at the wonders Thailand has to offer. It’s true, Thailand inspires! It really does!

And if that has convinced you that you absolutely must go and explore, Ultimate Thailand can take you there.  With our 10 day package, you can have the perfect introduction to your Thailand adventure! And when it’s time to move on, our team can help you plan where to go next!

Celebrate New Year … Again!

I know what you’re thinking … we’ve just had New Year, what are you on about, Ultimate Oz?! Well, don’t worry, you didn’t get so wasted on the 31st December that you slept through a whole year and we’re back there again … We’re talking about Chinese New Year!

When Sydney celebrates Chinese New Year, they don’t mess around. For just over two weeks, there are events galore to welcome the start of the Year of the Horse.

See the Chinatown Lion Dances, held on various dates from 18th Jan to 2nd Feb 2014. Watch the colourful and captivating lion dances begin to welcome in the new lunar year at various locations across Haymarket.

Visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship on their open day, to be held on 24th Jan from 9.30am – 4.30pm or see the Twilight Garden on 7th Feb from 6pm – 9pm. If you pop along to explore the Chinese Garden at sunset, you will be greeted by tai chi, music and delicious food to sample.

The festival officially launches at Belmore Park on Friday 24th January … starting at 6pm, this is a night of celebrations! You’ll see lion dancing, get a sneak preview of the Twilight Parade, special performances and an exclusive peek at Compartmentalized which has been described as a ‘breathtaking breakdance, fusing bold moves, drumming and a contemporary soundscape.’

One of the main events across the two weeks is the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade … head to Sydney Town Hall on Sunday 2nd Feb from 7pm and settle down for a spectacular display to last the evening.  Buildings will be transformed with illuminating projections, before an amazing fireworks display scares off any bad luck from the previous year and welcomes in the Year of the Horse! After the fireworks, get a closer look at some of the floats from the parade, which will be found at Darling Quarter.

All in all, the festival will be a fun affair filled with entertainment, food, culture and so much more! If you’re thinking of getting involved and want to keep up to date with what’s going on, check out the Facebook event page for all the latest news! Let Ultimate Oz know what you think about Chinese New Year in Sydney!