This interesting annual August fair gives the local people of Surat Thani the opportunity to celebrate the delicious Rambutan fruit, which were first planted in the province around 90 years ago in the 1920's. Nowadays, the rambutan is a very popular fruit for exporting all over the nation(s), and is lovingly grown all around the Surat Thani province. The area is well known for producing really sweet and succulent rambutans when compared to other provinces (can you feel their pride)!
So what is a rambutan, we hear you ask? Well, it's a small fruit thats a little bigger than a lychee with a red outer thick skin that looks a little like a porcupine (but the bristles are soft'ish). Squeeze & twist or cut open the outer skin and inside you have a lychee-like fruit that's awesome to the taste, and hey, it's got a mid-sized woody stone in the middle - no eating that one folks. Anyway, all around Thailand, you'll see this fruit in supermarkets, markets and in the backs of pick-up trucks - thousands of little rambutans waiting to be bought and consumed by happy rambutan-eating people!
Anyway, back to the festival; it is celebrated with lots of float processions like a little carnival, and there's clever monkey coconut-harvesting agility shows, interesting and tasty food fairs, and lots of funfair stuff for the kids. So roll up, roll up to Surat Thani and get your rambutans by the bucketload, and all the fun you can find - it's a rootin' tootin' rambutan-eating family affair!