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New Year – Songkran – is Thailand's biggest celebration. Every year, Songkran
takes place over a three-day national holiday, with festivities lasting several
days in some cities. Songkran's defining feature is 'water play'. In Thai
Buddhist tradition, water poured over the hands is part of a cleansing ritual –
for Songkran, this solemn blessing is transformed into boisterous, fun-filled
water fights. Super-soakers and buckets increase the intensity, with iced water
often used for fuel and dousings followed by a blast of chalk powder.
visiting Thailand during Songkran can experience the country at its most
exuberant. Bangkok traffic eases as workers take time off and Silom Road and
Khao San Road are blocked off for music, dancing and water play. All of Bangkok's major malls stay open,
although smaller restaurants and street stalls may close for the three-day
period (April 13 to 15).
the coastal resort city of Pattaya, 90 minutes' drive south of Bangkok, the
beachfront promenade fills with parties and water play for a full week of partying.
In Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, Buddhist parades take place through the city,
while people bearing super soakers and buckets transform the historic moat into
a giant water fight.
is a prime time to visit Thailand. Engaging in water play with the locals is
one of the most unique and fun ways to experience Thai culture. Many Thai
families go on vacation during this time, so hotels fill up fast and room rates
can rise. For first-time visitors to the Kingdom during Songkran, there are a
few travel tips that can enhance the experience.
Wear light, quick-dry clothing. Thais don Hawaiian shirts, which
are inexpensive and available from local supermarkets.
Carry your mobile phone and money in a waterproof satchel. Street
vendors will start selling these a few weeks in advance in anticipation of
Khao San Road in Bangkok is one of the liveliest places for
Songkran and not for the feint-hearted.
Be especially careful around roads at Songkran, as water is often
thrown from moving vehicles at pedestrians and vice versa.
Avoid taking a tuk tuk
or motorcycle taxi anywhere during Songkran if you expect to stay dry. Tourists
riding in open vehicles are especially inviting targets for local teens.
Say, 'sawasdee bee mai' to
people. That's Thai for 'Happy New Year!'
If you get squirted or drenched, just smile and say, 'Thank you!'
It's good luck.
If carrying a laptop or camera, make sure it's in a waterproof
Escape water play by staying indoors in one of Bangkok's big malls
or full-service hotels – also the coolest places to be during Thailand's
Book your hotel as early as you can – it's peak travel time in
Thailand and you don't want to miss out!
Special Songkran Hotel Deals
Marriot and Spa – 5 stars
Early-bird rate: Junior Suite with American breakfast from USD 163
per night. Enjoy 14.7% discount.
Sky Hotel – 4 stars
Superior standard zone room from USD 62 per night – enjoy 25% discount.
Princess Larn Luang Hotel – 4 stars
Early-bird rate: Superior room from USD 59 per night – enjoy 49%
Mai Lanna Resort – 3 stars
Hot deal – Superior room for USD 38 per night. Enjoy 20% discount.
Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – 4 stars
Superior room from USD 56 per night – free breakfast. Limited
Beach Resort – 4 stars
from USD 89 per night – enjoy 26% discount.
Phuket – 3 stars
from USD 46 per night – enjoy 30% discount.
7Q Hotel – 3 stars
Rates from USD 42 per night – enjoy 40% discount.
Hotel Pattaya – 5 stars
rate: Superior Garden View room from USD 110 per night. Enjoy 20% discount.
Beachfront Living Hotel – 3.5 stars
Studio room from USD 62 per night. Free breakfast. Limited rooms
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