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The 2013 GBOB WORLD FINAL in Chiang Mai was an amazing four-day event which happened Feb 7 – Feb10. All band activities were filmed, and a documentary will be released soon. The concert was brought to you by Singha Corporation, Nok Air, MTV Thailand, Central Festival, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and the Chiang Mai Governor.

The bands arrived at the Chiang Mai International Airport on the 6th of February. On the 7th of February, sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the bands went on a tour to the Chiang Mai Zoo, the Royal Flower Festival, the Elephant Camp, and the Long Neck Tribe... More.



Welcoming Party at Khum Khantoke


The World Finalists were invited to try a traditional Lanna dinner at the Khum Khantoke restaurant in Chiang Mai, where they witnessed traditional thai dances and lit up night lanterns into the sky. See more of Khum Khantoke at their website . 


Chiang Mai Tour for Bands


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) sponsored a tour for the bands in Chiang Mai Zoo, the Royal Flora, the elephant camp, and the long-neck tribe.  Visit the website of the TAT


Farewell Party and Night Gigs for Bands


The Farewell Party was Niyom Panich Appliances in Chiang Mai. The bands were entertained by Thai Cultural Dances. They also had a chance to perform during the farewell party, as well as the separate parties afterwards in five different bars in Chiang Mai. 



Arrival of Bands Thursday, 6th of February
Meet and Greet  Thursday, 6th of February
Whole Day Tour by Tourism Department Friday, 7th of February
Filming with Elephants & Long Neck Tribe Friday, 7th of February
Welcoming Dinner by Tourism Department Friday, 7th of February
Press Conference Saturday, 8th of February
WORLD FINAL Saturday, 8th of February
VIP Dinner Sunday, 9th of February
Departure of Bands Monday, 10th of February


The GBOB World Final happened in the outdoor pavillion of the newly developed recreation complex in Chiang Mai, CENTRAL FESTIVAL. Click here to go to the website.

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2010 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2012 London, UK
2013 Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand’s “Rose of the North” is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions and welcoming hospitality.

The old city of Chiang Mai is a showcase of the north’s fascinating indigenous cultural identity that includes diverse dialects, a delectable cuisine, distinctive architecture, traditional values, lively festivals, numerous handicrafts workshops, northern style massage, and classical dances. Chiang Mai is also blessed with pristine natural resources including mountains, waterfalls, and rivers. The presence of numerous hill tribes that feature a wealth of unique cultures enhances Chiang Mai’s distinctive diversity. Hill tribe trekking, often combined with river rafting and elephant riding has always been one of Chiang Mai’s greatest tourist attractions. Nowadays there are innumerable activities and attractions both in the city and the surrounding province, including massage instruction and golf. Moreover, visitors can visit workshops where they can learn about the production of silk or silver, and purchase memorable, hand-crafted souvenirs. With such a diverse range of attractions and an equally grand selection of dining and accommodation options, Chiang Mai is a place where both backpackers and luxury tourists can enjoy the ultimate Thailand holiday.


Bands and guests stayed at a hotel sponsored by the Governor of Chiang Mai: B2 RESORT.  For a list of hotels and accommodation in Chiang Mai, you may book thru here



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