Songkran Festival from around the kingdom
Songkran festival, A selection of interesting Thai New Year celebrations from around the kingdom.
SI SATCHANALAI SONGKRAN FESTIVAL Celebrate Songkran the traditional way in Sukhothai, at a ceremony of pouring scented water onto the hands of elders as a gesture of respect. Locals will dress up in Thai costumes to complete the sense of going back in time.(Through Apr 19.Si Satchanalai Historical Park, Sukothai, 055-611-196)
SONGKRAN â€“ THE WATER FESTIVAL ON THE BEACH.
Head to Patong beach or Soi Bangla in Phuket for a no holds barred water war. A more serene procession of a scared Buddha image around the streets of Patong Beach is an opportunity for people to bathe it for an auspicious start to the Thai New Year. (Apr 10-13, various venues, Phuket. 076 â€“ 211 â€“ 036 )
AYUTTHAYA SONGKRAN FESTIVAL
Observe traditional merit â€“ making rituals before attending a Miss Songkran beauty contest, or a grand procession to appreciate modern ways of celebrating the festival. Elephants from the province â€˜s famous kraal will also hose down visitors with their trunks. (Apr 13 , various venues, Ayutthaya, 035 â€“ 246 â€“ 076 -7 )
KOH SICHANG SONGKRAN FESTIVAL
Witness a rare courtship ritual on Koh Khaam Yai in which men invite eligible single ladies to join them for water â€“ splashing in the sea. The women will later consent to joining the men in a ramwong (traditional circle dance).(Apr 13 â€“ 18, Koh Sichang and Koh Khaam Yai, Chon Buri, 038 â€“ 423 -990 )