Happy Thai New Year – Songkran Water Festival is Here!

In Thailand - Songkran is considered to be the most magical festival of all, as it creates the important bonds of unity between families and communities that bring the Thai people together. It is not just about throwing water at each other, but about the traditions of hospitality, love and relationship in Thai families.

Generally, Songkran is celebrated and marked as public holidays during 13th – 15thApril of each year. However, Songkran in Thailand is actually lasts from 5-20 April, depending on the local culture and traditions in different areas of the country.

Top tips to get the most out of Songkran:

  • In the morning, make merit and listen to temple sermons to understand and benefit from the spiritual side of the festival.
  • To purify the Buddha or other statues, water should not be poured directly onto the head of the relic, rather on other parts of the statue’s torso.
  • The custom of pouring water onto the hand of elders’ (people above 60 years old), is to show respect and seek their New Year blessings.
  • Water used to splash on others should be clean or mixed with Thai traditional fragrances. Avoid throwing water aggressively or using high-pressure water guns or hoses.
cr: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Apart from Songkran Festival,
April is also well-know as the hottest month of the year in Thailand. If you can’t stand the heat, be prepared and take our tips to reduce the Thai temperature!

Eat something cold – Nothing better than cool down your body from inside out! Yes, eat some ice-cream, soft drink with ice cubes, or even try Thai cold rice (Khao Chae)!

Go indoor – There are many interesting in-door tourist attractions especially in Bangkok. Plan your trip in advance; try to put some indoor places in your itinerary! Ea. Siam Ocean WorldMadame TussaudsEscape Hunt, or Flight Experience 

Keep yourself cool – When you go out to the water battle at Songkran, try to take a bottle of drinking water with you. You will find it useful to cool your body down when you get too hot or even for cleaning your face off the ‘white clay / powder (Din-Sor-Pong)’ that often come together with the water during Songkran!

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