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Two days of concerts at the Pattaya Music Festival

Published June 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Two days of concerts at the Pattaya Music Festival

Travel log June 13, 2019 01:00

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This year the annual Pattaya Music Festival takes place from 14 to 15 June 2019 on Pattaya Beach Road, Chonburi. Dates have been postponed to June, instead of March as in previous years, so that the event is held as part of the 60th anniversary of Pattaya tourism.

At the Pattaya Music Festival 2019, different stages will be set up along the beachfront stretch between the Dolphin Circle Pattaya and Bali Hai Pier. Different genres of music will be featured ranging from Pop, Rock, Jazz, EDM by Thai pop stars, recording artists and local and international bands.

The event takes place from 18.00-01.00 hrs. on each day.

See https://www.tourismthailand.org/ for further information.

Pretty in pink: The Chaiyaphum Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival

Published June 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Pretty in pink: The Chaiyaphum Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival

Travel log June 12, 2019 10:14

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This year’s Chaiyaphum Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival once again sees fields of the Siam Tulip, or Dok Krachiao, blooming in full colour in the Northeastern province of Chaiyaphum.

Each year this annual festival draws local and foreign tourists to admire the gorgeous pinkish-purple flowers adorning the countryside in scenic floral beauty.

The two main spots for admiring the blooming Siam Tulip are Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Thep Sathit district and Sai Thong National Park in Nong Bua Ra Haew district.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand works together with Chaiyaphum province each year in organizing the Chaiyaphum Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival.

Pa Hin Ngam National Park and Sai Thong National Park are around a four-hour drive from Bangkok or five hours by bus.

Aside from the Dok Krachiao in all its blooming majesty, the parks also offer other picturesque natural landscapes to enjoy. Pa Hin Ngam National Park was named for its strange rock formations caused by erosion and which take on various shapes and play with the imagination, while the 846-metre-high Sood Phaen Din Cliff viewpoint affords dramatic vistas of the surrounding countryside and is also famous for its ‘sea of clouds’ views.

There are also a couple of medium-sized waterfalls. Sai Thong National Park is known for Sai Thong Waterfall with its 100-metre cascade down rocks, while its highest point is Khao Phang Hoei at a height of 1,008 metres.

All the beach’s a stage

Published June 5, 2019 by SoClaimon

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All the beach’s a stage

Travel log June 04, 2019 15:41

Taking place in the picturesque setting of Hua Hin Beach, the Hua Hin International Jazz Festival 2019 promises to thrill music lovers with an outstanding lineup of Thai and international artists during 7-8 June. Entrance to this two day not-to-be-missed event is free.

Premier Thai saxophonist Koh Mr. Saxman will again be performing at this year’s edition of the annual festival, while The KING of Samba will bring for the first time to Hua Hin their Brazilian jazz tunes and one of the world’s best bassists Rubem Farias will take to the stage.

The lineup of Thai and international performers includes New York Round Midnight, The Shanghai Sister, The Waltz, T-Bone, J.Jazz Super Project, Beets Brothers, Deborah Brown, Mitch Frohman, Richard Jackson, Denzo Hines, Filo Machado, Jirapan Ansvananda, Pom Autobahn, Viyada Komarakul Na Nakorn, Patchara Dela, Izaline Calister, ETC. and T-Bone.

The Hua Hin International Jazz Festival 2019 will feature two stages on which some 50 concerts will entertain audiences. Between them, the artists and performers will offer music ranging from Latin jazz, fusion jazz and jazz bigband to R&B, reggae and ska pop.

The event’s main sponsors include the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International.

A popular beach resort offering a quieter and more laid-back atmosphere than Phuket or Samui, Hua Hin is a three-hour drive from Bangkok in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan. Bus and train services also operate between the two points.

For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/jazzfestivalhuahin/

Surf’s up at Patong Beach

Published May 27, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Surf’s up at Patong Beach

Travel log May 27, 2019 01:00

The southwestern monsoon that hits Thailand’s Andaman coastline this month is welcome news for the country’s surfers, who will be out waxing their boards in anticipation of the surfing season that gets into full swing in May,  The Phuket Surf Fest 2019 will be held this year at Loma Park on Phuket’s Patong Beach from May 31 through June 2, 2019. The ideal venue for ‘endless summer’ enthusiasts, this year’s Surf Fest features an expo, workshops on how to surf, a surf show by Thailand’s top national surfers, live music and more. For those not so keen to get wet there’s also a surfing photography workshop being organized by Canon and yoga-on-the-beach sessions.

All in all, the Surf Fest promises to be a great long weekend on the beach with plenty of activities on the sand and in the water. For more information, contact the TAT Phuket Office on Tel. 076-212213, 076-211036.

Samui Regatta welcomes Synergy Samui Resort as new home

Published May 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Samui Regatta welcomes Synergy Samui Resort as new home

Travel log May 20, 2019 01:00

Asia’s favourite “Tropical Island Regatta” is set to return to Samui Island’s shores from May 25 to June 1 on Chaweng Beach at a new venue, Synergy Samui Resort. Known for its high-calibre racing and tropical-chic parties, the Samui Regatta is popular with sailors from around Australasia and organizers expect to welcome competitors of more than 20 nationalities in what is also the season-ending event in the 2018/19 Asian Yachting Grand Prix.

“The regatta has a new home this year. We will be headquartered at the stunning 5-star Synergy Samui Resort which has welcomed us with open arms and will be our base throughout the event, providing us with a beachfront hub from which to operate the regatta as well as hosting a number of daily prize givings,” said OrawintaneeWattana, Regatta Director.

“The resort is just a few hundred metres along Chaweng Beach from our previous home so the popular anchorage remains unchanged, as does the stunning sailing area off the east and north coasts, and our many repeat sailors can continue to enjoy their favourite hangouts onshore.”

Speaking of their involvement in the regatta, Sukhatat Chokkanapitak, Deputy Managing Director of Synergy Samui, said, “Growing up, seeing Koh Samui develop into a world-class destination was something we always dreamed of. We believed and realized the potential of this home island of ours, and today we are here; being once again picked as one of a few places in Southeast Asia for an international regatta such as this.”

“On top of that, as third generation members of this small local business, we cannot overstate how much this event means to us. We are ecstatic to not only be a partner of this great event like many years prior, but to be trusted and given a chance to host the event for the first time. We promise to do our very best in ensuring a smooth running of the whole regatta, period. We sincerely hope that guests, participants and everyone associated with this regatta will enjoy their time on this island we love so dearly.”

Organizers are expecting a top line-up of some of the best IRC yachts and crews in the region. The ever-green Jelik (HKG), which has a new bulb configuration, intends to give the region’s top TP52 crews a run for their money including Kevin and Tom Whitcraft’s THA72 (defending champion), Team Hollywood (AUS) and Freefire (HKG), as well as WindSikher II (SIN) and Zannekin (HKG) in IRC Zero.

Returning to the regatta this year is the Premier Cruising Class with MoonBlue 2 (HKG), Bella Uno (HKG) and Lawana (THA) towing the startline.

Meanwhile in IRC 1, last year’s regatta and 2017/18 AYGP winner, Nick Burns and Fred Kinmonth’s Mandrake III (HKG), will be up against some tough competition from the likes of Fujin (AUS), Tenacious (AUS) and Over Here (THA).

Lead by Samui veteran Mick Grover, the ‘new’ MoonShadow2 will race all-comers in IRC Cruising, including a number of boats based around the Gulf of Thailand as well as the Pattaya-based SailQuest Hi Jinks (USA) which will be sailed by students from the SailQuest Sailing School, and Holding Patten (AUS), a newcomer to the regatta with a well-known face at the helm, Michael Spies.

“Early entries are looking good with a strong line-up of boats and crew from Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Thailand. We also have interest from sailors in China and are working with Thailand-based cruising sailors to grow a fun and competitive cruising class,” added Wattana.

Samui Regatta, however, isn’t all about the racing. The social scene is a big part of the Tropical Island Regatta’s appeal for the international crews and the boost to the local community from accommodation and on-island spend by the 500-plus participants and friends, is significant.

“While the racing is important, so are the onshore activities. Our daily social programme this year includes a number of events at Synergy Samui Resort as well as some official offsite functions nearby. The final presentation dinner format will also be new this year – we are collaborating with local resorts and businesses to host a new experience alongside Chaweng Lake. We encourage participants, families and friends to enjoy Samui and its facilities while here, and in the process contribute to the local economy,” concluded Wattana.

The 18th Samui Regatta will take place May 25 to June 1, 2019 and is organized by Regattas Asia in conjunction with the Samui Yacht Club Regatta, under the auspices of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Municipality of Koh Samui and the Sports Authority of Thailand.

For further information, see http://www.samuiregatta.com/

Up, up and away… at the Hat Yai International Balloon Festival

Published May 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Up, up and away… at the Hat Yai International Balloon Festival

Travel log May 08, 2019 01:00

The International Balloon Festival at Hat Yai 2019 will see the skies above Songkhla’s provincial capital bursting with larger-than-life characters and colour.

Taking place from May 10-12 at the Jiranakorn Stadium in Hat Yai and sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the, the three-day festival of inflatable fun will feature 15 spectacular hot air balloons from Thailand and abroad, including the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, USA, Brazil, Japan and Vietnam.

In the daily program, there are morning activities from 06.00 – 08.00 Hrs. and evening activities from 17.00-22:00 Hrs. The morning activities include balloon flights, balloon tethering and walk-in balloon opportunities to get up close with the balloons and their pilots. The evening activities include the dazzling Balloon Night Glow performance with light and sound effects and international balloon display, as well as the balloon tethering and walk-in balloon attractions.

As always, this year’s edition of the International Balloon Festival @ Hat Yai promises heaps of fun. And for those who are visiting Hat Yai for the event, it’s an opportunity to take in some of the other local attractions. These include the Hat Yai floating market, Magic Eye 3D Museum, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Natural History Museum and Phra Maha Chedi Tripob Trimongkol.

For more information, see: http://www.thailandfestival.org/en

Learn and have fun on a Thai “school holiday”

Published May 3, 2019 by SoClaimon

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A Thai cooking class. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand
A Thai cooking class. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Learn and have fun on a Thai “school holiday”

Travel log April 30, 2019 01:00

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Some offer the joy of education, some offer certificates, others give diplomas, and all of them offer learning. Thailand has a different take on a school holiday where you visit the kingdom and vacation in school, not from school.

The classes and the learning are fun, and the settings can be spectacular. Spend five days learning to sail including overnighting on a yacht earning an internationally recognized competent crew classification. Or spend a few days under water earning a scuba license from PADI.

Learning to cook Thai cuisine can be fun and a great skill to take home. Thai massage skills will put you in high demand when you go home, too. Or for something totally different, be the first one in your town to learn how to be a mahout, an elephant trainer. Or learn to rock climb on the spectacular beachside cliffs in Krabi.

For a longer commitment, several Thai universities, including the kingdom’s oldest – Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, offer semester courses or semester exchange programs, and even degree programs taught in English. But for a short stay, you can learn for a day, a week or a month.

Thai food is appreciated the world over, and the secrets of Thai cuisine are a very usable skill to take home. Many of Bangkok’s top hotels offer cooking classes, including the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok where classes run from 8 a.m. to noon every day in a teak house.

Classes at most schools can be a half-day lesson on carving Thai fruit to daylong courses learning specific Thai dishes. Students learn how to prepare the cuisine, and some include visiting a local market to buy ingredients with a chef, but most of the preparation is done by school staff so students can focus on the cooking.

Students often work in teams with the chef’s supervision including a lot of one-on-one instruction. The classes focus on traditional Thai dishes that family and friends back home will be most impressed with. Classes are also relaxed and fun.

Massaging Your Holiday

Here is a practical skill to take home, and you can turn it into a job, company, or just to enjoy and share with family and friends and promote general wellbeing.

Centuries-old Wat Pho next to the Grand Palace and the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok offers General Thai Massage, a total of 30 hours of study, and Advanced Thai Massage, a total of 60 hours and several other types. Schedules can be 6, 5 or 3 hours a day and they start every day.

The school is in a large hall that is lined with mattresses on both sides. Wat Pho focuses on nuad phaen boran, meaning “ancient-style massage”. There are other places to learn massage too, and many hotels can recommend classes in most cities.

Underwater Learning

For scuba diving, PADI Open Water diver courses are the world’s most popular that can earn you a license to dive anywhere in the world. You can join the more than half-a-million people who have a PADI license. The best part is the islands and areas where you can take the 4-day Open Water courses. More advanced courses are also available once you have your open water license.

Competent Crew

This is schooling where the classroom is hard to beat. Five-day competent crew sailing courses are partly taught on yachts including at least one overnight stay while sailing on the water. When you finish, you have a certificate you can use it to work as a crew member on a sailing yacht as big as 24 metres. There are a few limits to jobs you can get after completing a competent crew course, like how far out to sea you can work, but after the course there are more advanced classes available if you find you like your sea legs better than learning on land.

Rock Climbing

Krabi in Thailand’s South is known for its beautiful beaches and spectacular setting next to the Andaman Sea. It is also known the world over by rock climbers for its climbs above those clear waters, ranging in difficulty from easy to very challenging. Climbs are available for the first-time novice climber, to challenging routes seasoned climbers travel the world to try. Several schools are available to learn the ropes, so to speak. Maybe the best part is after the climbing, returning to a beach resort or guest house and some great local food.

Mahout School

For something different when you return home, you can study elephant training. There are several mahout (rider, trainer, or keeper of elephants) schools around Chiang Mai where the student learns an appreciation for elephants. Half-day to three-day courses designed for tourists are available where students learn to care for and bath elephants and give basic commands. Other more intense courses can range up to 30 days and include learning how to ride elephants.

University Degrees

For something a little more substantial Thailand’s leading universities offer international programs with classes taught in English. You can study for an exchange semester, for a four-year undergraduate degree, or masters and even PhDs.

Knowing Your Stones

Thailand is a world centre for trading coloured stones from all corners of the world. The weekend gem market in Chanthaburi in the country’s east and Mae Sot in the northwest are well-known to gem traders. Bangkok also has schools offering three-month and longer courses awarding internationally recognized diplomas in gemstone grading and pricing.

Experience the diverse designs of Southeast Asia under one roof

Published April 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Experience the diverse designs of Southeast Asia under one roof

Travel log April 12, 2019 01:00

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In a world where everything is connected and the latest trends tend to inspire fresh creativity, one thing seems clear: Thai design has proven to be one of the most emerging scenes in Southeast Asia. And STYLE Bangkok offers a full spectrum of lifestyle ideas and innovations.

STYLE Bangkok, Asia’s premier lifestyle show will take place from April 17 to 21, 2019 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). On display will be the latest collections of lifestyle products – from fashion and apparel, to gift and houseware, as well as furnishings and home decor, and so much more.

Trade days are from April 17 to 19, 2019 (10.00 – 18.00 Hrs.) while public days are from April 20 – 21, 2019 (10.00 – 21.00 Hrs.).

Set under the theme “Crenovative Origin” where creativity meets innovation and originality, the combined-trade shows underline the outstanding lifestyle products that are uniquely Thai. For instance, materials are locally sourced and intricately crafted by local artisans, to embody Thai creativity. The five-day trade show provides an international platform for over 50,000 buyers to source and be inspired by state-of-the-art creations from local talents and world-class creators, all under one roof.

Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, in collaboration with 24 organisations, first launched STYLE Bangkok in October 2017.

Occupying an exhibition space of more than 40,000 square metres, it combines three mega trade shows: Bangkok International Fashion Fair and Bangkok International Leather Fair (BIFF & BIL); Bangkok International Gift Fair and Bangkok International Houseware Fair (BIG+BIH); and Thailand International Furniture Fair (TIFF).

STYLE Bangkok has become the centre stage for approximately 1,000 brands, from local, regional, and international vendors to display their creations for the world to see in true Thai style.

For more information, see https://www.stylebangkokfair.com/

Your guide to the Songkran Festival

Published April 4, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Your guide to the Songkran Festival

Travel log April 04, 2019 10:29

Songkran Festival is an event where boisterous fun and ancient traditions go hand-in-hand. For tourists, the event offers a chance to enjoy a huge celebration where water parties break out in the streets of Thailand’s towns and villages. For locals, it is a time when they can spend precious moments with their families and visit temples to observe ancient rites and make merit.

Some of the best locations to celebrate Songkran are Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and Hat Yai.

For the Songkran Festival 2019, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is organising celebrations in three emerging tourist destinations – Tak, Mukdahan and Ranong – and is supporting activities in eight other provinces (Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Ayutthaya, Phuket and Songkhla).

Here’s a round-up of Songkran Festivals organised and supported by the TAT.

Songkran in Tak, Mukdahan and Ranong

Amazing Songkran 2019 @ Tak

Scheduled from April 12 to 14 at Wat Thai Wattanaram and Naresuan Maharaj Stadium in Mae Sot district, the event celebrates the time-honoured traditions of the Thai Yai ethnic group and the Thai people, with traditional activities including purifying a Buddha image, sand pagoda building and a colourful parade. Other activities are cultural and music performances, a water tunnel display, a folk village, a food fair and local art and craft workshops.

Muk-Savan Fun & Fin Festival 2019, Mukdahan

Taking place from April 12-16 at Hat Manopirom, Wan Yai district, the event is focused on the theme of ‘Cool Isan’ with a water tunnel and displays, an umbrella tunnel, and a five-region sand pagoda zone as well as a ‘Sand Art Contest.’ The opening ceremony and stage performance is scheduled on April 13.

Mineral Water and Songkran Festival 2019, Ranong

Taking place from April 13-15 at the multi-purpose ground in front of the Mueang Ranong Municipal Office, the event places emphasis on Ranong’s unique local culture with a colourful twist. Highlights include a traditional Songkran parade, an exhibition on the 12 Zodiac signs, and a food fair with 20 booths of rare indigenous food items. There’s an LED-decorated water tunnel display to welcome visitors to various other activities unique to the area including cooking shows, traditional dances, and music performances.

Songkran in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Ayutthaya, Phuket and Songkhla

Songkran in Bangkok

  • Songkran Wisutkasat (April 13-15) on Wisutkasat Road, Under the Rama VIII Bridge. This year marks the 77th anniversary of Songkran Wisutkasat, best known for being the origin of the Miss Songkran Beauty contest in Thailand, with several other cultural activities, including merit making, purifying Buddha image, paying respect to the elders, and a colourful parade. One special activity for this year is free entry to the Bank of Thailand Museum (Bangkhunprom Palace).
  • Songkran Siam Square (April 13-15). This year’s event promotes “Pha Khao Ma” (Thai men’s multi-purpose loincloth) and a ‘safe Songkran’ theme, with cultural activities including purifying Buddha images from four ASEAN countries, cultural and music performances, folk market and water-based fun. Tourists and locals are encouraged to celebrate the festival without chalk powder (din sor pong), alcoholic drinks or wearing revealing clothes.

Songkran Phra Pradaeng 2019 (April 19-21) at the Phra Pradaeng City Hall. Phra Pradaeng is where the local people observe Mon ceremonies in a traditional way, and their New Year traditions are very different to those found in the rest of Thailand. For a start, the celebrations here take place a little later, and feature a range of cultural activities including a spectacular floral procession, a parade of the local Mon people in their colourful traditional outfits, a Miss Songkran parade and Mister and Miss Songkran Beauty Contest. Visitors will also have the chance to join merit-making activities in the local temples, pay respect to community elders and enjoy folk plays and cultural performances.

Sukhothai Songkran 2019

  • Thai Puan’s Elephant Ordination Tradition, Ban Hat Siew (April 7) at Wat Hat Siew in Si Satchanalai district. Held annually for over 175 years, this is an ancient ordination ceremony that all local men must become monks for at least seven days and every year, the ordinations take place on this date. The men prepared in the traditional way are taken to the temples on elephants while wearing local headgear. This ritual is based upon the tale of “Phra Vessandara Chadok” one of the Lord Buddha’s former incarnations. Most of the men leave the temples on Songkran day on April 15 to enjoy New Year with their families.
  • Song Nam – Oi Tan Ceremony, Songkran Si Satchanalai (April 8-12) at the Monument of Phra Mahathammaracha I (Lithai) in Si Satchanalai district. Oi Tan, is a phrase that means to make a donation and relates to the good morals of the people of Sukhothai. The highlight is a procession to pay respects to Phra Maha Thammaracha I, who was king of Sukhothai from 1347 to 1368. Other highlights include cultural parades from the 10 local communities, Lady Oi Tan beauty competition, a food fair and music performance.
  • Songkran and Sawankhalok Food Festival (April 11-15) at the Public Health Park in Sawankhalok district. Here visitors can Song Nam Phraor purifying the three highly-revered Buddha images from the three most important temples of the district, including Wat Sawang Arom Worawihan, Wat Sankaram, and Wat Klong Krajong. Other highlights are a local food fair and a chance to ‘check-in’ at the newly-created ‘Pop Culture’ street art created by famous ASEAN artists.
  • Retro Songkran Splendours, Sukhothai (April 12-14) at Sukhothai Historical Park. Celebrating the ancient city’s status as the cradle of Thai civilization, visitors can embrace the old-style features of the event with traditional costumes and age-old games, parades and merit making. One of the most popular events is the sand pagoda building contest in which families compete to make stunning designs.
  • Flowery Shirt Songkran on Khao Tok Road, Sukhothai (April 12-15) at the Sukhothai city and Sukhothai public park. Tourists and locals are invited to wear colourful Hawaiian-style shirts, which have become a firm Songkran tradition. Highlights include a float procession and the chance to pay respects to the Buddha images, water fun, retro Thai circle dance activities and beauty contests.
  • Hae Nam Kuen Hong Ceremony and Chao Muen Dong Bathing Rite (April 17-19) at the Monument of Chao Muen Dong, Ban Toek sub-district in Si Satchanalai district. Activities include a sacred ceremony to pay respect to the Buddha image of Chao Muen Dong at Ban Toek, folk plays and a procession of elephants as well as cultural parades from 14 local communities. Water-based activities can be enjoyed at Ban Toek-Ban Na Ton Chan tourism communities.

 

Paweni Pi Mai Muang, Chiang Mai (April 12-16).

Salung Luang Songkran Festival, Lampang (April 9 – 13) at Khelang Nakorn Park on Tha Kraw Noi Road. Enjoy a huge parade called the Salung Luang procession as well as the Miss and Mister Songkran Contests, floral horse-drawn carriages competitions, cultural shows and a many local performances.

Ayutthaya Songkran Festival 2019

  • Songkran at the Ancient Capital (April 13-15) along the Sri Sanphet Road in front of the TAT Ayutthaya Office. Celebrate Songkran in the most unusual exotic way – water splashing with the elephants in the environs of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya Historical Park and the chance to enjoy the traditional Thai circle dances with the locals.
  • Mon Songkran (April 14) at Wat Thong Bo, Bang Pa-In district. The Mon people have their own traditions when it comes to celebrating Songkran and many of these can be seen in the Bang Pa-in district of Ayutthaya where a range of activities take place around the temple of Wat Thong Bo. These include merit making, bathing of the local Buddha images and cultural parade.

Phuket Songkran Festival 2019

  • The Water Festival on the Beach (April 11-13) at Patong Beach.
  • Songkran No Alcohol (April 13) at Limelight Avenue Mall.
  • Water Festival 2019 (April 14-15) at Dibuk Road.

Hat Yai Midnight Songkran 2019 (April 12-15) on the streets of Nipat Uthit 3, Sanehanusorn and Thammanoon Vithi. Cultural activities include a Buddha image parade, purifying Buddha image and local folk plays. Others are beauty contests, Muay Talay sea boxing matches, music concerts and the Songkran Carnival parade.

Songkran is a time when family comes first, respect is paid to seniors and people visit the temples to take part in age-old ceremonies. Visitors will get more out of Songkran if they take the time to understand its origins and its traditions. Above all, have an enjoyable and safe time for Thailand’s New Year celebrations.

Head North for the soaking of a lifetime

Published March 31, 2019 by SoClaimon

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The Chiang Mai Songkran festival in full swing. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand
The Chiang Mai Songkran festival in full swing. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Head North for the soaking of a lifetime

Travel log March 29, 2019 01:00

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The best-known Songkran celebrations in the whole of Thailand take place in the northern city of Chiang Mai, and this year the Chiang Mai Songkran Festival 2019, during April 1-16, will be focusing on “telling the story of the Lanna culture while celebrating the auspicious new year with safety and without alcohol.”

In Chiang Mai, Songkran is often called Paweni Pi Mai Muang. Chiang Mai offers a wonderful balance of water-based fun and sacred ceremonies that show the religious importance of this festival to the Lanna people.

Highlights include the procession of Chiang Mai’s prominent Phra Buddha Sihing image as well as bathing the image, and taking part in a parade bringing sand and Sali (the Bodhi tree) clutches to temples, cultural events and performances.

Check out the full list of activities spanning the first two weeks of April at the Tourism Authority of Thailand website on www.tatnews.org or call the Chiang Mai Office on Tel: 05327 6140-2

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