Thai­land’s pre­mier mu­sic fes­ti­val is big time up­ping the ante.

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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.

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