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Come and joy the fun during Songkran in Thailand

One of the famous festivals in Thailand is Songkran. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia and is taking place between the the 13th and the 15th  of April.Merit-making ceremonies are held at Buddhist temples

Songkran was celebrated originally only in the north of Thailand and was probably brought there by the Burmese, who adapted it from the Indian Holi festival. It spread across Thailand in the mid 20th century and is now observed even in the far south. However, the most famous Songkran celebrations are still in the northern city of Chiang Mai, where it continues for six days and even longer and takes the form of religious ceremonies as well as public festivities.

Merit-making ceremonies are held at Buddhist temples, Buddha images are bathed and in ancient days, old people were actually given a bath and clothed in new apparel presented by the young folks as a token of respect for the New Year. Songkran was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends and neighbors by capturing the water after it had been poured over the Buddha’s for cleansing and then using this “blessed” water to give good fortune to them by gently pouring it on the shoulder.Respect to the elders during Songkran

It is also an old belief that the Nagas or mythical serpents brought on rain by spouting water from the seas. The more they spouted, the more rain there would be.

The tradition of throwing water was at first based on a religious ritual, but soon evolved into an entertaining activity that people indulged in one this holiday. It has also become a party for foreigners and an additional reason for many to visit Thailand for immersion in another culture and giving Songkran the name “Water Festival”.

These days Thais as well as foreigners roaming the streets with containers of water or water guns (sometimes mixed with mentholated talc), or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench each other and passersby. Passers-by stand the chance of getting soaked when they walk on the road, but all this is done in a festive spirit. Another common sight during Songkran is people with a white chalk or talcum powder caked on their faces. This is believed to originate from Buddhist traditions where monks mark blessings with chalk.

The New Year celebrations in Thailand are special in many ways why not escape the cold weather and celebrate your New Year in Thailand?  The Thai weather, the splendid food and the genuine kindness and attitude of the locals makes this a great festival and a unique New Year location.

Interesting in celebrating Songkran with us? Let us know and we are more than happy to organize your Songkran week in Thailand.

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Songkran or "Water Festival" in Thailand

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Why not choose Thailand as your next holiday destination?

There are obviously any numbers of reasons why so many tourists choose every year to visit and some of them are even thing to settle down in Thailand.

 Thailand - the land of smile

There are only a few places as Thailand in our world, which offers diverse culture, tropical and pleasant climate, delicious and world class cuisine, nice beaches, friendly people, enchanting scenery, very affordable living costs and / or the vibrant nightlife around the country. And since there are only a few places you can find all these; many tourist are choosing Thailand for their holiday destination.

Quaint and refreshing beachesA heaven of a place, Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia and offers a huge selection of travel experience and travelers just have to pick the one that suits their interest and budget for their individual travel dream. While honeymooners like to toddle alongside its quaint and refreshing beaches, fun and adventure loving kinds like to make their splash into the blue sea and others are one the quest of some real excitement pick enthralling wildlife escapades for their holidays in the delightful country.

Scuba Diving at the Andaman Sea

Apart from many activities Thailand is also famous for its festivals as well as the taste of its exceptionally delecatble food that makes tours to Thailand special. Thailand is in every definition a tropical  paradise and voted as one of the most fulfilling holiday destinations in the world.

Kayaking at Kaeng Sam, Nakhorn Nayok Thailand Visit Thailand for an experience the best of both the urban and rural can offer and for those who are more attracted to the physical side of life, Thailand has it .

Thailand is also a site of ancient architectural wonders since the Thai history goes fare back and remnants of different Kingdoms, like Ayudhya and Sukothai, prompt exploration and a challenge to explore their origins. In the northeast, there are the remnants of many ancient Khmer temples and some of the people still speak the Khmer language.

Many of the ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples has marked as world heritage sites, exhibiting the precision and skill of ancient sculptors, a must for historical lovers.

Tom Yam Kung, Thailands most popular dishChiang Mai Songkran Festival, Chiang Mai

 Namtok Heo Narokjungle at the Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand…………………………..

With one side facing Andaman Sea and the other side facing Gulf of Thailand, Thailand has more than 1000 miles of coastline which became the primary attractions for Thailand vacations and for those who are more attracted to the physical side of life, Thailand offers a wide variety of water sports, which include scuba diving, water skiing, deep sea fishing, jet skiing and parasailing are offered all around. Beach at Hat Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan

Or have the choice of crowed tourist – or totally deserted beaches. The most popular beaches are found on the southern islands around. The most popular beaches are found on the southern islands around Phuket, Koh Chang and Koh Samui. Besides all the water activities and attraction, Golfing became very popular in Thailand and not only for tourists, many Thais are founding there peace during a match. Thailand offers year around golfing with a wide choice of high quality golf courses.

Blue Canyon Golf Course in PhuketBut Thailand has much more…..  Take the opportunity for exotic sightseeing Tours and Excursions at interesting destinations include Kanchanaburi, Chang Mai, the northern area around the “Golden Triangle”, the southern islands, Koh Chang and many others and  of course, not forget Bangkok itself.

A typical trip to Thailand will include landing in Bangkok and spending a few days there before they take off to an exploration of the northern part of Thailand such as Chang Mai and Chang Rai. Then usually people usually end their trip one of the islands in the southern part of Thailand, like Phi Phi, Phuket, Lanta, Samui, Koh Chang etc. for some relaxing days on the beach or some other water sport activities before they head back to Bangkok, so do some last shopping and then head home.

Before you pack for your “Thailand vacation” you can sure look forward to a journey of a lifetime as you will return with a bagful of memories worth cherishing.

Histroy - Nature - Shopping all in one country

 

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