Pristine beaches, great tours and tremendous shopping, all these are combined making Phuket as an exciting place to stay. Regarded as “The Pearl of Andaman”, the place is situated in the southern part of Thailand where most scenic attractions are to be seen. However, the most ideal time to pay a visit to the place this is during Phuket Songkran Festival week. Dated April 13, this event is the celebration of Thai’s New Year.
Aside from thanksgiving to Buddha, this is also the time of the year when Thais conduct reunions, visit monasteries and give alms to the monks. Being one of the friendliest people in the world, Songkran festival also gives way for young individuals to show their respect to elders usually by pouring fragrant water on their hands and by offering prayer for them.
The greatest event that happens during the celebration is the friendly water fight where people throw water to each other which they believe is a way to wash away all the bad luck from the previous year and substitute it with the good luck instead. In a point of view, this is a festivity of water guns, water cannons and buckets in streets of Phuket while the intense heat of summer is on.
Phuket Songkran Festival also showcases a variety of events mostly for guests. There are exhibits that feature local crafts and clothing. As part of the amusement, ladies from the particular place are showing off their beauties and talents. Yet, your stay in Phuket will not be complete without paying a visit to Buddhist temples. Take some pictures of scenic views while the natives are doing their ritual.
A 3-day celebration is sure tiring for every participant in the celebration. After all, this calls for a relaxing bed and excellent amenities of a hotel. Well, there a number of accommodation options situated side by side of Phuket. And while roaming around to find one, you can drop by in one of Thai restaurants and reward yourself with Pad Thai – a type of noodle with sweet and spicy seasoning. But if you want more, then you can choose from a number of options such as green curry, papaya salad, Tom Yam Goong etc.
Overall, Phuket has a rich culture similar to other parts of Thailand. And by means of Phuket Songkran Festival, natives will be able to show other nationalities how friendly and faithful they are.
Venue: Soi Bangla, Patong Beach, Phuket
Activities: Procession of the Phra Buddha Sihing image around Patong Beach, floral parade, little Miss Songkran beauty pageant, art and cultural exhibition and water splashing along Patong Beach.