ASEAN Rally back in Thailand, spectacular welcome for drivers – The Times of India
THAILAND: Jaded after another day behind the wheels, the ASEAN-India Car Rally participants were rejuvenated by a spectacular light show blended with dance, music and drama as they visited the Sukhothai Historical Park during the second leg of their Thailand sojourn.
Organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the second ASEAN-India car rally reached Thailand after a warm send off from Vientiane, the capital city of Laos.
The participants were received similar warmth at the Sukhothai Historical Park here with an enthralling sound and light show.
A Buddha statue and the temple ruins formed the background as the sound and light show turned out to be a historical adventure for the participants.
It was quite a show as the ruins of the archaeological structure came alive by the splendid show of lighting and a musical performance by hundred artists, who made it an evening to remember for the 124 rally participants.
“It was spectacular. Bravo Thailand. Angkor Vat and Wat Phu were mesmerising but the sound and light show here tonight takes the cake,” said Adventure Overland co-owner and Team India driver Tushar Agarwal.
The show depicted the history of Sukhothai kingdom through a series of scenes enacted by the performers. Later, floating lanterns coupled with some glittering fireworks adorned the sky, it was a sight to remember.
After the show, the participants also got a chance to light a few airborne lanterns, which are also known as Kongming lantern or Chinese lanterns.
“These sky lanterns are a way of making a wish. It is considered auspicious,” said one of the Thai organisers.
The ASEAN-India car rally will start its eight leg tomorrow when it will enter Hpa-An, the capital of Kayin State in Myanmar.