Thai Festival presentation in Istria

In collaboration with the Honorary Consulate General of the Kingdom of Thailand in Zagreb, the Royal Thai Embassy in Budapest hosted a Thai Festival by the Sea at Kempinski Hotel Adriatic in Savudrija on Tuesday, 28 July 2015.

Her Excellency Mrs Kanthong Unakul, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Croatia, Mr Alojzije Pavlovic, Honorary Consul General and Mr Michael Pavlovic, Vice Consul of the Honorary Consulate General of the Kingdom of Thailand in Zagreb, welcomed many distinguished hotel guests and familiar faces from the public and political scene of Umag and Region of Istria, amongst which the President of the Istrian Region Mr Valter Flego, the deputy mayor of the town of Umag Mr Mauro Jurman and representatives of the Istrian Tourist Board.

After the welcome speech, guests enjoyed the pleasant and joyful atmosphere enhanced by the traditional instrumental music of the Land of Smiles. Thai chefs and culinary specialists showcased several dishes of Thai cuisine, famous for its exotic ingredients and traditions handed down from generation to generation. The Thai Festival by the Sea presented Pad Thai, a well known and commonly served stir-fried rice noodle dish, Som Tam, a spicy papaya salad, sweet and salty versions of savoury Thai crepes called Khanom Buang and a very popular Thai dessert called Look Chub. The relaxing summer atmosphere encouraged many guests to participate in fruit and vegetable carving and Thai handicrafts. An absolute favourite activity was umbrella painting, a very popular souvenir originating from the North of Thailand.

The Kempinski in Istria regularly organises attractive events, striving to provide its guests with added value to luxury hotel services. "Refined luxury reflecting an unobtrusive blend of warm Mediterranean ambience and classic-contemporary design of our golf and spa resort is an ideal setting for such social gatherings. We are extremely pleased and proud that last year’s Thai cultural evening, which was also held at our hotel and featured rich musical heritage, received more than a worthy sequel, which encouraged us to already start discussing ideas for next year’s event. We believe it is important to offer guests creative content and promote a destination, as well as indulge the cosmopolitan spirit of modern tourists," said Mr Zoltan Somlyai, hotel manager.

Besides recently held one-day Thai Festival by the Sea, Kempinski Hotel Adriatic currently hosts an exhibition of German pop art artist Devin Miles and participates in the famous project of the Istria Tourist Board and BMW called "BMW Coast Drive – Enjoy the sunny side of the streets in Istria" for a second consecutive year. As of July 2015, guests and visitors can also enjoy the Stradivari Rock by Dondè, a violin sculpture exhibition by famous Italian artist Daniele Dondè.
Thai Festival by the Sea in Croatia is part of a larger project to present the beautiful and amazing cultural heritage of this exotic country to a broader European audience. The tour started in Budapest and after Umag, it will continue in Poland and the Czech Republic.


Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
    Wine Destinations 2016

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.