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Songkran

Songkran

Songkran

Suk san wan songkran! Get ready to get wet in Thailand’s traditional New Year’s Day celebration, the Songkran Festival.

Literally meaning “astrological passage”, Songkran is celebrated every April 12 to 15. Though January 1 is the start of Thailand’s year today, the festival is commemorated as a tradition and a national holiday in the country. It is observed nationwide even in the southernmost part of Thailand, but the heart of the celebration is in the northern city of Chiang Mai, where it is observed for more than 6 days.

 

Throwing of water is the most amusing activity in the Songkran Festival. People will stroll through the streets with water guns or water container, which is usually mixed with mentholated talc or chalk, because monks use it to mark blessings. Some are even on the sides of the streets with a garden hose and drench people walking by. It is a fun-filled activity for all ages.

 

Songkran is also a time for reunions as most people come home to visit their families, especially to pay respect to the elders.  Since it is also celebrated as a Buddhist festival, most people also visit a wat or a temple to pray and give food to the monks. Some Buddha shrines and images will also be cleansed gently with water mixed with Thai fragrance and herbs for it is believed that it will prosperity and good luck for the New Year.

 

In Chiang Mai, Buddha images are showed off through the streets so that people bathe the images and statues by literally sprinkle water on it as it pass on colorful and decorated floats.

 

According to religious traditions and beliefs, the water used to cleanse Buddha images is best to throw at people as a sign of respect because it is already a blessed water. Elders believe that when the holy water will bring good fortune and wash all the bad luck when gently poured to the shoulders of the family members.

 

Some young people, on the other hand, come to believe in dousing strangers and passers-by is good since April is the hottest month of the year, which usually rises for more than 40°C or 100°F.

 

Most foreign tourist chooses to go to Thailand during this event because of its uniqueness and fun-filled celebration. It has become a party to the people, from the parades to water-throwing, a definitely one-of-a-kind celebration in the country.





published: 07.01.2011

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants

shopping

Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community

kayaking

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.

 

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