Travellers Can Soak up the Fun at Thailand’s Annual Songkran Festival
Tourism Authority of Thailand to organise celebrations in Bangkok and twelve provinces
Dubai - 27 March, 2013: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising a variety of events from 6 to 21 April 2013 to celebrate the Thai New Year under the name “Songkran Splendours.” The holiday, which falls during the hottest month of the year in Thailand, celebrates the conventional calendar’s “astrological passage” and is marked by throwing water on anyone within splashing range.
TAT considers Songkran a unique festival which has captured the attention of many Thai and foreign travellers alike, and as a result it is holding simultaneous events in different areas of the country. The festival has been actively promoted at overseas marketing showswith the ultimate goal to introduce it as a world event.
“Songkran is definitely the festival that Thais most look forward to because it brings together family and friends to celebrate the Thai New Year by honouring their elders, while engaging in day-long fun by splashing water on friends and passersby. It is a unique combination of honouring ancient traditions and having fun, which makes Songkran popular with visitors looking for an unforgettable Thai experience.” said Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni, Governor of the Tourism Authority.
This year features a wealth of Songkran-related activities throughout the country. Peoplecan participate in an assortment of activities ranging from beauty pageants and oyster shelling competitions, to sprinkling water on sacred Buddha statues and making food offerings at temples.
The grand opening of the festival takes place in Bangkok and will feature events at four popular temples in the city, plus the area around Siam Paragon, and also a designated stretch along the Chao Phraya River.
“In 2013, we’ve ensured that visitors to Thailand can partake in an array of events happening throughout the country so they can explore and experience how people from various regions of the country celebrate the Songkran Festival," added Mr. Suraphon
This year’s “Songkran Splendours” include:
Bangkok- (12-16 April)
Old City Songkran Festival, Ayutthaya - (13-16 April )
Suphan Buri Songkran Festival - (11-14 April )
Chon Buri Songkran Festival - (13-21 April, depending on location )
Phra Padaeng Songkran Festival, Samut Prakan Province - (19-21 April )
Chiang Mai Songkran Festival - (7 -16 April , depending on location)
Sukhothai Songkran Festival - (6-14 April , depending on location)
Thai - Lao New Year’s Merit Ceremony & Nakhon Phanom Songkran Festival - (8-15 April)
Top Isan Songkran, Dok Khun Festival - (8-15 April)
Isan Nong Khai Songkran Festival - (6-17 April)
Hat Yai Midnight Songkran - (11-14 April)
Songkran on Phuket Beach - (10-15 April)
Nakhon Sri Thammarat’s Nang Dan Procession in Songkran - (11-15 April)
While the official holiday runs from 12-16 April, events will be ongoing for various periods from 11 to 21 April. TAT is expecting to make a big splash with this year’s festival, hoping it will lead to tourists returning for future Songkran holidays. In addition to increased revenue, TAT hopes successful marketing of Songkran will lead to conservation and restoration of the traditions, activities, festivals, cultures, and resources that Thailand has to offer tourists, helping to maintain Thailand’s uniqueness and its heritage.
For further information on destination Thailand contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Dubai & Middle East Office at:
Tourism Authority of Thailand, Dubai & Middle East Office
133 Sheikh Zayed Road, Apartment # 1804,
Dusit Thani Dubai,
P.O. Box 450019, Dubai, U.A.E
Tel: +971 4 324 0184 Fax: +971 4 325 0187
[About Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)]
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was established on the 18th March 1960. TAT was the first organization inThailandto be specifically responsible for the promotion of tourism. TAT supplies information and data on tourist areas to the public, publicizesThailandwith the intention of encouraging both Thai and international tourists to travel in and aroundThailand, conducts studies to set development plans for tourist destinations, and co-operates with and supports the production and development of personnel in the field of tourism. Since the inception of the first local office of TAT in Chiang Mai in 1968, there are now 35 regional offices throughoutThailand. TAT has also established many overseas offices the first being inNew York, which was opened in 1965. During the past 30 years, TAT has since established 26 more offices in different parts of the world, including the Dubai & Middle East Office, which is responsible for the promotion of Thailand within the GCC, the Levant, Iraq and Iran.