agoda.com's Super Songkran Deals for Thai New Year!

agoda.com's Super Songkran Deals for Thai New Year! from Agoda Company Pte Ltd,

By: Agoda Company Pte Ltd,  14/03/2012
Keywords: Travel, Accommodation, Hotel Deals

agoda.com, Asia's leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced special Songkran hotel deals to mark Thailand's biggest celebration.

Sawasdee bii mai! is Thai for 'Happy New Year!' and something travelers can expect to hear a lot of over the three days of Songkran.  Stretching from April 13 to 15, Songkran is not only the kingdom's biggest and most important holiday, it's something that lovers of Thailand should experience at least once.

During Songkran, many Thais visit family, party with friends and make merit at their local temple. Most Bangkok residents travel upcountry to their hometowns, leaving the city unusually quiet and traffic-free for the duration of the celebration.

Anyone familiar with Songkran knows it by its most boisterous tradition: water play. Derived from the Buddhist act of blessing with a sprinkling of water, the practice has today evolved into fully-fledged water fights.

Across the country, streets transform into water battle zones with people in Hawaiian shirts wielding high-powered water cannons and buckets of iced water. Following a thorough dousing, people are then smeared with chalk powder as a further blessing.

Travelers visiting Thailand during Songkran can expect an experience quite unlike anything else. To really get into the spirit of Songkran, here are a few indispensible items with which travelers should equip themselves.

5 Essential Songkran Items 

1)      A Hawaiian shirt of any color or pattern. These can be bought from street stalls or supermarkets for around 79 THB.

2)      A water gun. Plastic water guns of all shapes and sizes go on sale months before Songkran. Pump-action canons require the least downtime for refueling, though a bucket is also very effective.    

 

3)      Plastic wallet/phone holder. When venturing outside, travelers should carry their money and their phone in a plastic waterproof case. These can be bought cheaply from market stalls and street vendors for 20 to 50 THB.   

4)      Flip-flops. Trainers and other closed shoes are not a viable option when standing for hours in talc and water in Thailand's hot season.  

5)      Water proof camera. This is the most colorful and chaotic time in Thailand and it would be a shame not to have any photos. Rather than risk ruining an expensive phone or camera, disposable single-use cameras can be bought from 7-Elevens or supermarkets.  

Where to go for water play

·         Khao San Road in Bangkok. Just entering Khao San Road is consenting to involvement in the most rigorous water play in the city. The party here starts early every day and goes well into the wee hours.  

·         Chiang Mai around the Old City moat and gates. Chiang Mai is one of Thailand's most popular Songkran destinations with parades and various merit-making activities.

·         Pattaya. Songkran starts later in Pattaya with water play lasting until April 19 this year. Only the most devoted water play enthusiast should visit Pattaya at this time of year.  

·         Phuket. Patong beach is the epicenter of water play in Phuket, with traffic at a standstill as youths in pick-up trucks launch water at pedestrians by the bucket-load.

·         Pai in Mae Hong Son province – Walking Street here offers a comparatively subdued Songkran, with a more laidback approach to water play. Pai is also one of the most picturesque parts of the country and a mainstay retreat for backpackers and eco-travelers.

agoda.com Songkran Hotel Deals


Bangkok

5* - 57.23% discount! 
From USD 94 per night. Valid from 10 to 17 April, 2012.

 4* - 30% discount!
From USD 61 per night. Valid from now until April 30, 2012.  

5* - 30% discount!
From USD 90 per night. Valid from until December 12, 2012.

4* - 41.55% discount!
From USD 57 per night. Valid from now until June 12, 2012.

Chiang Mai

4*- 25% discount!
From USD 105 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights. Valid from April 1 until October 26, 2012.  

4 * – 10% discount!
From USD 61 per night.  Valid from April 1 to October 31, 2012. 

 4*- 27% discount!
From USD 93 per night. Early Bird rate – must book at least 10 days in advance. Valid from April 1 to April 30, 2012.  

3*- 30% discount!
From USD 35 per night. Minimum stay 3 nights. Valid from April 1 to June 30, 2012.  

Pai

3.5* - 25% discount!
From USD 17 per night. Valid from March 1 to September 30, 2012.

4*- 50% discount!
From USD 25 per night. Valid from March 1 - June 30, 2012.

3*- 50% discount!
From USD 23 per night. Valid from now until May 31, 2012.          

3.5* - 601 THB discount!    March 1 - Sept 30,
From USD 25 per night. Valid from March 1 to September 30, 2012.

Pattaya

4*- 40% discount!
From USD 60 per night. Valid from April 1 to September 30, 2012.             

4* - 30% discount!
From USD 62 per night. Valid from April 1 to October 31, 2012.   

3*
From USD 55 per night.                 Valid from now until June 30, 2012  

2.5*- 17% discount!
From USD 27 per night. Valid from now until October 31, 2012.  

Phuket

  4* - 50% discount!
From USD 79 per night. Valid from now until October 31, 2012.  Non-refundable rate.

 4* - 50% discount!
From USD 80 per night.  Valid from now until April 30, 2012. Non-refundable rate.

3*- 30% discount!
From USD 66 per night. Valid from now until April 30, 2012. Non-refundable rate.

4*- 50% discount!
From USD 93 per night. Valid from now Until April 30, 2012. Non-refundable rate.            

Note to Editors

About Agoda Company Pte Ltd:

Agoda Company Pte Ltd (agoda.com) is a leading Asia-based, online hotel reservations company, which specializes in securing the lowest discount hotel prices. Agoda.com is part of Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN). Agoda.com's network includes more than 170, 000 hotels worldwide. The multinational staff of more than 800 professionals, located throughout the world, provides a first-rate reservation service that uniquely combines local knowledge and local connections to provide the best hotel deals to both business and leisure travelers.

In addition, agoda.com customers participate in the agoda.com Rewards Program, earning further discounts and free stays. Unlike programs that limit travelers to a single chain, the agoda.com Rewards Program allows customers to redeem Rewards Points at thousands of hotels around the globe, at any time. A member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), agoda.com's aim is to promote travel by making it more affordable and more accessible to more people.

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