Songkran Festival is well known among tourists who visit Thailand in April, which is the hottest month. It is a must for everyone to join this festival. What they do during this long holiday is splashing clean water (sometime with a few drop of Thai perfume) to each other to reduce the heat of the summer air. For Thais, Songkran is more than the water splashing festival; it is Thailand’s former New Year day. So, we take this holiday as an opportunity to make merit at the temples and visit our respective relatives. Songkran Celebrations will be held throughout the country. If you’re ready to get wet, take a look on the following schedule and find the place to enjoy the festival.
The Reproduction of the Four Regions’ Songkran Celebrations
12-16 April 2013
Venue & Activities: Wat Pho, Wat Saket, Wat Ratcha Orasaram, Wat Suthat
Tourists can fully enjoy Songkran celebrations in 4 different styles in Bangkok. Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) features the northern style Songkran. Wat Saket (the Golden Mount Temple) celebrates the festival in the central region tradition. Wat Ratcha Orasaram offers the northeastern style Songkran celebration. Wat Suthat holds the celebration in the southern style. Activities include bathing the Buddha images, building sand pagoda, cultural shows, handicraft demonstrations, booths selling local products and food of the 4 regions of Thailand.
Visit the 9 sacred temples around the Rattanakosin Island
13-15 April 2013
Venue & Activities: Nine Temples in Bangkok
This is one of the most popular activities for Bangkokians. Tourists can fully enjoy our Thai tradition through various Songkran activities held in each temple. The nine royal temples are: Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo), Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), Wat Suthat, Wat Saket, Wat Bowonniwet, Wat Chanasongkhram, Wat Rakhang, Wat Arun (Wat Chaeng), and Wat Kanlayanamit.
Chiang Mai Songkran
11-15 April 2013
Venue & Activities: Nong Buak Hat Park
The grand celebrations include the processions and cultural performances from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and China (Yunnan), a traditional market selling local foods, sand pagoda building and many more activities.
More details contact TAT Chiang Mai Tel: 0 5327 6140
13-15 April 2013
Venue & Activities: The filed in front of the Three King Monument
Hosted by the Cultural Department, the Songkran celebration here is aimed to conserve the traditional Lanna style. Visitors can enjoy various activities throughout the three days.
More details contact Chiang Mai Cultural Office Tel: 0 5311 2595
11-18 April 2013
Venue & Activities: Royal Park Ratchaphruek
The festival is also celebrated in Lanna style with various activities such as local food demonstration, traditional market, etc.
More details contact the park Tel: 0 5311 4110