VIP Experiences:Apr 2016
The Songkran Festival is also known as the Thai New year or Thailand Water Festival, originally celebrated as a way for the Thai people to sprinkle water on their family members and elders for good fortune and pay their respects to images of the beloved Buddha. Today, the festival has transitioned into 3 days of water play fun, splashing locals and visitors alike with buckets of water, water hoses and super soakers as they gather in the streets.
If you’re considering traveling to Thailand for Songkran, be prepared to get soaked having the time of your life in a fun and exciting water fight (all in good fun). The Thai New Year always takes place in the hottest time of the year, so it’s the perfect time for water play; you’ll feel like a kid again. Everyone will get wet in the streets (at least those brave enough to gather in the streets), spraying, dropping water from above and splashing each other. While a lot of the water will come from the usual water guns, hoses and buckets, there are party goer’s who will drive around with 44 gallon’s of water, catching everyone by surprise; it’s all in good fun and a great way to cool off.
Chiang Mai holds the biggest, most recognized Thailand Water Festival parade, which includes statues from local temples being carried out and paraded through the streets in celebration of this very special time of the year. Everyone is invited to take part in the parade by delicately and respectfully, pouring water over the legs and arms of the Buddha. One reason that Chiang Mai most likely commemorates Songkran more vigorously than other locations in Thailand is that a large number of people from Chiang Mai work in Bangkok and neighboring cities, so it gives them a chance to return home and celebrate with their families and friends.
Our Karma Concierges will take care of everything to make your trip unforgettable.
TUESDAY 12 APRIL
Arrive at Chiang Mai.
Evening dinner or traditional Northern Thai dishes with host.
WEDNESDAY 13 APRIL
Join a trip to Chiang Mai City with our Karma Concierges and hosts to join in the Songkran traditional celebration and water fights.
THURSDAY 14 APRIL
Guided tour of the Karma Royal Chiang Mai property with host.
FRIDAY 15 APRIL
Leisure day. Depart Chiang Mai.
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