IF YOU’RE COMING TO THAILAND FOR SONGKRAN, Dusit Thani Bangkok is offering special discounts for visitors who want to join in the wildest water fight in the world.
Behind the fun, there’s also a very serious side. Traditionally, Songkran activities begin in the early morning when Thai Buddhists go to the temple to earn merit by offering food to monks and listening to the Dhamma speak. In the afternoon, Thai Buddhists sprinkle scented water on Buddha images. During this time, younger people ask blessings from their elders and pour scented water over their elder’s hands. In return, the elders wish them good health, happiness and prosperity.
Songkran is the Thai traditional New Year Day which is celebrated April 12-15 each year. It is one of the most important festivals in Thailand. Songkran, also called the “Water Festival,” is believed to flow and wash away bad omens.
With many celebrations throughout the country, Thais locals – and visitors alike – engage in massive water fights where they splash each other with water to symbolize the gift of a New Year blessing.
Dusit Thani is located in the heart of Bangkok’s Silom area, one of the best locations to celebrate the festival.
Dusit will be offering a special price of 500 THB per person for breakfast as well as 20% discounts for food at participating restaurants and bars and for a la carte spa treatments at Dusit’s Devarana Spa. The discounts are available April 1-30, 2014. This year’s festival runs from April 5-20.
The festival comes at a critical time for Thailand’s tourist industry, which had suffered because of the political unrest during the fall and winter months. The state of emergency declared in January has now been lifted and business has returned to normal.
While the state of emergency caused little inconvenience to travelers, the lifting of the state of emergency is a sign that things are fast returning to normal in Bangkok, and visitors can look forward to traveling around the Thai capital with ease, as well as to the provinces during the festival, says Thawatchai Arunyik, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.