If you love experiencing the unique celebrations of different cultures, while having a truly unforgettable time then the Songkran Festival in Thailand is definitely for you. This unique water festival marks the start of the traditional Thai New Year, with celebrations across the country. It is Thailand’s most popular festival, so you can expect huge crowds, lively parties and an atmosphere that’s hard to beat.
The festival takes place from April 13th to the 15th and involves the throwing of water, which is symbolic for washing away all the bad from the previous year. Many of the locals use water in a more calm and traditional manner when cleansing themselves but at the heart of each celebration, you will find water cannons, water pistols and many buckets that will soak you from head to toe. Expect to get very wet, so it might be best to leave all electronics and valuables somewhere safe but feel free to bring your own water pistols!
The 13th is known as Songkran Day, which is when the water throwing will start. Wan Nao is the celebration of the Old Thai New Year held on the 14th and the 15th is Thai New Year’s Day, so expect at least three full days of unbeatable festivities. You’ll also notice locals cleaning their homes and gently washing statues of Buddha, as well as their hands, which will give you an insight into the traditional customs of this fascinating festival.
If you’re wondering where to stay we highly recommend heading to Phuket, as this is where you will find some of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches and also fantastic nightlife. Phuket is also home to the largest waterfalls in Thailand and offers some amazing diving opportunities in the clear waters.
When it comes to choosing hotels, why not treat yourself to 5* luxury at an unbelievable price by staying at the Radisson Blue Plaza Resort for only £171pp for a weeks stay. The hotel boasts an enviable beachfront location, giving you easy access to pristine white sand beaches. Take advantage of the three unique swimming pools, relax on the padded sun loungers, let the kids have fun on the waterslides in the activity swimming pool and have dinner on the beach. It’s only a short distance from Cape Panwa esplanade where you will find shops and much more. Cheaper accommodation options are also available, if you are on a stricter budget.
If you would like to find out more about accommodation availability, so you can experience the Songkran Festival for yourself, get in touch with one of our holiday advisors and they will be happy to help you find the perfect holiday package. Simply ring us on 01274 422341.