Thailand’s premier music festival is big time upping the ante.
Wonderfruit, the annual four-day food-and-wellness artsy dance party that descends on rolling fields near Pattaya, calls itself “hedonistic sustainability.” Next month’s iteration brings boosts to both halves of that phrase. Besides feasts from famous chefs, sound therapy and chakra balancing, and global music acts including Nightmares on Wax, Goldie & the Ensemble, Stars and Rabbit, and Craig Richards, here are three new reasons to indulge in a little pre-holidays hippie-shake.
Already flashing a fairly fancypants rep, Wonderfruit is this year introducing a special ultra-luxury glamping section called Camp Kerela, where guests will stay in carpeted, furnished, Wi-Fi-enabled, air-conditioned Maharaja tents with special access to their own set of bathrooms, as well as a private spa, lounge, and costume-and-make-up tent…say, if you accidentally leave your headdresses and glitter-tights at home. The whopping Bt427,000 price tag also comes with two tickets to the festival, all meals including 24-hour room service, and all drinks. Helicopter-transport from the airport sold separately, but your concierge will be happy to arrange.
Certified as carbon-neutral last year, the event is using both innovative and ancient techniques to stay sustainable. By investing in a cryptocurrency called TreeCoins, they’ve planted more than 10,000 mangroves in Burma’s Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park. Working with the land where they hold the festival to improve its ecosystem, and building with bamboo, they pay homage to, respectively, isolated low-lander Mayans and generations of Asians before them. All water comes from on-site lakes, all tableware is compostable, and all single-use plastic is banned. We’d call that guilt-free pleasures.
December may be “winter” in Thailand, but that can still make for pretty sweaty middays. This year, Wonderfruit has uprooted all stakes and moved them a few minutes but a lush world away. The new grounds promise to be cooler, with shady coconut groves and sandy lakefront beaches. And if the real natural surrounds don’t help you get into the forest groove, don a VR headset that will simulate your hopping around through the eyes of woodland animals. Totally not trippy at all.
wonderfruit.co; December 13–16; tickets from Bt5,200 for Sunday pass to Bt6,500 for a four-day pass. – JENINNE LEE-ST. JOHN
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Angkorn Fire Show lights up the night; silkscreening is one of many craft workshops on offer; music goes til dawn at the Solar Stage.