The Water Festival of Thailand – Splashes all around!

The Songkran Festival is the Thai New Year and is celebrated nationwide with a whole variety of festivities. Want to know more about this festival and what happens during it?

1) Central

When the new year approaches, people in this region clean their houses and dress up in colourful clothing. They offer food to the monks and then offer a requiem to their ancestors.

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2) South

The people in the south have 3 simple rules for Songkran, which are to work as little as possible and to avoid unnecessarily spending money, to not hurt other people and animals and finally to not lie.

3) North

In the north, it is celebrated with firecrackers and gunfire that is believed to repel bad luck. They then prepare food on the next day to offer it to the monks. They also pour water on the hands of their elders asking for their blessing.

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4) Bangkok (Capital)

Bangkok is where all the water festivities happen. The Khao San Road and Silom Road are the hubs and are usually closed down for traffic. People equipped with buckets full of water and water guns take to the streets in celebration. If you’re looking for a great Siam hotel, Bangkok has many, such as the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel for instance.

5) East

Similar to the other parts of the country, the people of the eastern region prepare food for the elderly and make merits at the temple. They also, however, create gorgeous sand pagodas.

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Family Vacations to Bangkok – Make fun memories!

A vacation Bangkok with family can be nothing short of exciting right from the day you’ve arrived! Why you may wonder? The reason is clear! There are several attractions in Bangkok that are perfect for all sorts of age groups! So, the kids will have fun too.

SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World

Kids are sure to enjoy the entire scene of the underwater world in the open! You are sure to be left in awe with over 30,000 species of aquatic life from around the world inside a tank that is as big as 3 Olympic swimming pools.

Art in Paradise

Located just 14 minutes away from Bangkok city hotels, the likes of AVANI Atrium Bangkok for example, Art in Paradise is a fun 3D museum that is sure to entertain the entire family! Don’t forget to take your camera along as some of the 3D effects are best seen through a lens.

Ice Skating

If you feel like the heat is getting to you, why not engage in a skating session? If you are a beginner, sign up for a class and you are sure to get the hang of things in no time!

Dream World

As the name suggests this is where kid’s dreams come true! Meet famous storybook characters like Cinderella and indulge in some of the most epic rides here!

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year in Bangkok – A colourful festival!

Streets garlanded with vibrant decorations, exploding firecrackers, vibrant display of fireworks, amazing food and so much more awaits you at Bangkok during the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Read on to know more about how extravagantly Bangkok welcomes the Chinese New Year.

Overview

Yaowaraj, which is the official China town in Bangkok, is the epicentre of all the celebration for the Chinese New Year in Thailand. The streets of this region will come to life with an exclusive display of festival lights, live music, decadent street food and more. With the date being calculated using the Chinese Lunar calendar the event usually takes place during January to February every year.

New year Traditions

Though it is not a public holiday, people who belong to the Chinese Bangkok communities take one day off from work to take part in religious observances and engage in celebrations. On the new years, eve families gather around to pay homage to their ancestors and pray God to bring lunch and good fortunes for the New Year. In the new year, the day is when the celebrations being. Families will enjoy a sumptuous Chinese banquet at home and they exchange gifts and on the New Year day after eating sweetmeats people just rest and enjoy.

Where exactly can you enjoy the New Year celebrations?

You should definitely be at Yaowara to witness the festivities up close and personal. You could also visit Lengnoeiyi Temple on Charoen Krung Street to pay respect to the gods and goddesses. You might need a whole day to witness and indulge in the joys of the new year celebrations and you could start by just taking a stroll along the streets of Bangkok’s China town.

Accommodation options and getting there

There are plenty of accommodation options near the china town and if you are looking for a Siam Hotel in Bangkok, accommodation options the likes of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is an option worth considering to plan your stay since it is located just a 35-minute drive away from the festival grounds.

Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+