Hmmmm … I keep looking for the logic in the firework regulations that are now in place… but fail miserably! But this latest restriction ‘takes the biscuit’!
We were recently informed that we would only be given permission to shoot a firework display if it was for a wedding… any other celebratory events would be refused permission upon application. SO… birthdays… anniversaries… proposals… corporate events… etc etc will NOT be given the go-ahead… ONLY weddings!
Why this regulation even entered the discussion is beyond me… we have had no explanation as to why events other than weddings are not allowed to have fireworks.
Firework displays are ONLY allowed for weddings… the firework booking must be registered at the local government offices AT LEAST 15 days in advance of the shoot date… fireworks are ONLY allowed between the hours of 11pm and 1am (2300hrs – 0100hrs).
I must say that both Baladt and Ny Amphur (our 2 most senior government officials) are doing their level best to support us, but with these regulations emmanating from Central Government in Bangkok our local government officials also have their hands pretty well tied!
Oh… and not to forget… the new regulations make it impossible for us to actually sell consumer fireworks to anyone (15 days notice? Where they will be lit? etc etc)… so if you are wanting a few consumer-type ‘Patio Fireworks’ to set off for your child’s birthday party… or a few rockets to accompany your BBQ on the beach… then forget it! 🙁 🙁 🙁
We are very fortunate in that well over 90% of the firework displays we provide are actually for weddings, and these events are normally planned way in advance (so no problem with the 15 day rule), so our core business model will be relatively unaffected. However, I do feel sorry for those that would love fireworks for their proposal… birthday… retirement etc etc
Such is life! (Such is Thailand! lol) … we can only do what we can do, so please forgive us if we can not provide you with fireworks because your event is NOT a wedding 🙁
What a fantastic month February has been… and we still have 10 bookings left to fulfill!
We have been fortunate enough to shoot displays in some of Koh Samui’s most beautiful villas and resorts, and – apart from one ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ booking – they have all been weddings … fortunately La-on and myself are ‘die-hard romantics!
Kalyana… Villa Riva… Faraway Villa… Baan Ora Chon… Samujana… Koh Koon… Baan Suriya… and Sangsuri are just a selection of the luxury villas using our services this month, along with resorts such as Four Seasons... Conrad… Intercontinental… YL… Rocky’s… AM Samui… Miskawaan etc etc…
… and with 17 bookings already confirmed for next month, things don’t look as though they are going to slow down much!
Big thanks to team leaders Nu, Non, Dtuan, Prem and the rest of the guys for their efforts in upholding our claims in providing the safest, most professional quality service possible. We would be nothing without them, or indeed their skills, their ideas, their commitment, their loyalty, and their love of what they do! A heart-felt ‘thanks’ to you all!
Well…. it didn’t take too long for our bookings to shoot back up to ‘pre-holiday’ levels!
This month (Feb) we already have 30 bookings confirmed… with 27 of them for weddings here on our wonderful ‘Wedding Island’! (more…)
Well… where to even start???
The last 7 months have been a strange time… a strange and ‘quiet’ time actually… (more…)
Around 85%+ of our bookings are weddings, and it is always so wonderful to be able to play a part in the celebrations of such a special day in people’s lives… and provide some terrific pyrotechnic memories for the happy couple and their guests. Each and every wedding shoot is unique, and it is always a buzz to see the faces of people and hear their whoops of delight as we shoot their very own ‘tailor-made’ firework display. The joy for La-on and I… and the super people that make up our shoot teams… never fades… despite shooting literally thousands of displays over the last 9+ years! However… proposals are a different kettle of fish altogether! (more…)
Marc and Floor are professional pyrofreaks and there is not much they don’t know about fireworks. They have been here to visit us on Samui numerous times over the years for ‘firework holidays’, but this year decided to come out at New Year to do the job properly! ha ha.
This – would you believe – is a photo of their personal firework stash for New Year’s Eve!!!
They started shooting early at around 6pm on New Year’s Eve, and delighted the locals on Maenam beach by giving them their very own firework fun night which continued till way past midnight.
This has to be one of the best ‘Personal Firework Stash’ photos EVER!!!
Obviously both Marc and Floor are experienced pyro-professionals, otherwise we would never have sold either the amount, or the types of fireworks they are showing.
The Firework Shop is proud to be so well known among European pyro-professionals (particularly Dutch and German)… all members of the world’s biggest firework website… www.freakpyromaniacs.com.
We are also proud to be a ‘home from home’ for any other stray pyromaniacs out there! lol
HAPPY NEW YEAR guys… great to see you again… see you next year!? ha ha
Just had a lovely email from the GM at Silavadee. The wind on NYE at Silavadee was onshore, and we felt that it was strong enough to be a potential risk for 2 of fan-shaped 250 shot cakes that were part of the display package… so we decided not to use them (they were a relatively small part of the overal package, so not a huge loss… compared to the potential risk they presented). We sent an ammended invoice to Silavadee taking into account the fact that the 2 cakes were not used, and shortly afterwards received a lovely email from the G.M. – part of which is reproduced below;
“Thank you kindly for your email. The fireworks were a great success and the timing was perfect … Although the discount was not necessary it is very much appreciated and shows testament as to why Silavadee choose to work with you continually due to your honesty and ease of cooperation.“
What a great commendation to get from a world award winning resort! (Puffs chest out with pride lol).
We may not be perfect, but that will never stop us from trying to be so.
A somewhat belated Happy New Year to all our clients and friends… all of us here at The Firework wish you all that you would wish for yourselves, and trust your New Year will be filled with happiness, love, good health, and peace.
Photo courtesy of Bliss & Eak Samui.
We are all just about recovering from all of the work on New Year’s Eve… 13 deliveries around the island… by the time the shoots had all finished, and the equipment etc collected and returned to the shop (we ended up with 6 pick up trucks whizzing around the island… most needing to do multiple pick ups) it was close to 6 am and dawn was already breaking. The staff were amazing… many of them returning in the early afternoon of the 1st Jan. to finish up sorting and cleaning the hundreds of fibre mortar tubes we had used. The spent firework cake boxes were all checked for any shells that hadn’t lifted, before being prepared for pick up by the recyclers. All of the remote systems worked exactly as they should have, ensuring that at every venues, when the countdown hit ‘Zero’… they got the fireworks they were looking forward to… yay.
We have promised ourselves to concentrate on only a few shoots for next New Year’s Eve… but we did the same last year… and STILL ended up with 13 venues!!! Oh well… time will tell. (more…)
A huge welcome to Tina Roper-Morley of Unique Wedding & Events! Tina is a wedding planner here on Koh Samui, and with many years of top quality experience and an amazing imagination she offers a superb and personal service to those planning their very special day.
Thank you for choosing The Firework Shop as your Pyro-provider Tina… we look forward to working with you and helping you make your client’s special day just that little bit more special with their very own personalised firework display.
Here’s to a work-filled 2016!
Not long to go now until the firework highlight of each and every year! New Year’s Eve is our busiest time, and preparations for it have been underway for a couple of weeks already! (more…)