Songkran is one of Thailand’s most important festivals, commemorating the traditional Thai New Year. The festival, held annually from April 13th to 15th, is famous for its water fights and splashing of water on friends and family. Koh Samui, an island in the Gulf of Thailand, is a popular Songkran tourist destination.
The centuries-old Thai festival pay homage to elders with traditional ceremonies and festive activities. Based on the Buddhist lunar calendar, the festival coincides with the arrival of spring, making it a time of renewal and new beginnings.
Songkran celebrations take place all over the Kingdom, with Koh Samui and Koh Phangan being popular destinations for tourists looking to experience the festival. The streets are lined with people armed with water guns, buckets, and hoses, all eager to participate in the festival’s signature water fights.
Traditional ceremonies such as merit-making at local temples are also happening for those seeking a more cultural Songkran. Thais make offerings to the monks and receive blessings for the new year and water fights. Furthermore, many Thais perform a ritual known as Rod Nam Dum Hua, in which they pour scented water over the hands of their elders as a sign of respect and to seek their blessings.
Songkran is also a time for feasting. To cater to the diverse range of visitors on the island, local restaurants and street vendors sell traditional Thai food such as som tam (papaya salad), pad thai, and mango sticky rice, as well as international cuisine through-out the holiday.
Explorar Koh Samui and Explorar Koh Phangan guests can celebrate Songkran with a special Explorar Songrakn Festivities Kit, which includes a water gun, waterproof covers for valuables, and other items. On 14th April from 2 pm, guests can also enjoy Good Times & Tan Lines’ ‘Songkran Edition’ with DJs, live BBQs, Drink Specials, and more.