9 couples have competed in the “kissing marathon” being held at Ripley’s Museum in Pattaya, in the hope of setting a new world record for the longest continuous kiss.
Reigning champions Nonthawat Charoenkesonsin and Thanakon Sitthiemthong, a gay couple, also took part in the contest, which was running in its 3rd year. The couple entered this year’s event to defend their title, which they won after having successfully maintained a kiss for 50 hours, 20 minutes and 10 seconds.
74-year-old Lieutenant Commander Pannachet Yomchinda and his 72-year-old wife Suwanna, a couple married for 50 years, were the oldest contestants in the event held to mark Valentine’s Day.
The last couple left kissing and also sets a new world record will be rewarded with 100,000 baht in cash and a diamond ring worth 200,000 baht. They will also be named in the Guinness Book of World Records, under the title World’s Longest Continuous Kiss.
Meanwhile, prices of red roses in Surin province have more than doubled. Flower shop owners said they had to place orders for the roses a month in advance to make sure they would have the flowers for their clients during Valentine’s. This year they had to place orders even earlier because major production sites have been afflicted by bad weather. Rose plantations in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Tak provinces have reportedly been hit by rainstorms and hail.
Flower and souvenir shops In Nan province have been re-decorated and re-stocked for Valentine’s. Rose prices in the province have risen 15% so far, compared to the 5% rise during the New Year’s period. Grade A rose bouquets sell for 40-60 baht, whereas B-grade ones go for 20-35 baht each.