Chaiyaphum Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival 2018

Every year from June to August, in the first few days of the rainy season The Siam Tulip or as they say in Thailand Dok Krachiao come into full bloom these white and purple flowers are totally draped over the lands of Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Thep Sathit district and Sai Thong National Park in Nong Bua Ra Haew district during these months. More than anything these places become the finest attraction for the tourists in town.

So for last a few years the Chaiyaphum province in association with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) arranges a variety of interesting and enjoyable activities annually, these activities include exploring the lands of at Pa Hin Ngam National Park and Sai Thong National Park relishing in fields of rose-tinted Krachiao flowers and the Rock Garden along with different live music performances. These activities are named Chaiyaphum Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival. People also hike in these two parks and enjoy the purchase the different products on sale during the festival.
This time around TAT and Chaiyaphum province have planned to the congregation the Krachiao Blooming Festival 2018 for four months, starting from 1st of June to the 30th of September, at Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Thep Sathit district and Sai Thong National Park in Nong Bua Ra Haew district.
Pa Hin Ngam National Park covers a vast area and is popular for its abundance of strangely shaped rocks. There are plenty of stones of different shapes and sizes available at this park and although a bit weather-beaten they have been the tourist’s attraction from million from years. People fascinate themselves with the outlandish shaped stones and collect them.


During the rainy season after the rain washes the land of Pa Hin Ngam National Park the different varieties of Siam Tulip flowers that had been rooted deep in the ground for years finally breaths in the fresh air and are seen in full as far as the eyes can see beautifying the park with their pink and purple shades. There are even meadows in some areas of the park where these Siam Tulips can be seen in large quantity. These beautiful pink-white flowers provide a delightful view to all the tourist. Especially at the time of the dawn, when the surface of the earth baths in col fog spreading over the ground enriching the view and making it all the more mesmerizing. Other than Krachiao flowers, there is more to Pa Hin Ngam National Park that has helped in gaining its popularity including ‘Sut Phaendin’, a vertical cliff viewing platform that joins the Northeast to the Central Region, and a pair of medium-sized waterfalls namely Namtok Thep Prathan and Namtok Thep Phanom.

On the other hand Sai Thong National Park is well-known for its excellent view of Sai Thong Waterfall. The Sai Thong Waterfall fall from a height of about 100 meters cascading down from the rocks at the top to the bottom.
And lastly, Chaiyaphum province is also famous for its white hill, Mor Hin Khao also known as “the Stonehenge in Thailand, located in a wide field of Phu Laen Kha National Park in Tah Hin Ngom sub-district. The mountain is filled with spellbinding sculptured stones.


Make sure you visit this outstanding place with your family and friends this year and hope you enjoy a fabulous time sightseeing the famous Dok Krachiao Flowers.

The 20th International Festival of Dance & Music 2018 At Thailand Cultural Center

It’s almost that time of the year again when the Bangkok’s air is filled with music and dance. Celebrating 20th year, Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music is here again in 2018. This is once in a year show celebrated almost every year in the second week of the September and lasting up till Mid-October. This Cultural festival includes thousand+ artists from all over the world contributing in different categories of shows including Operas, Dance, Music, and Magic etc. all performances will take place at Thailand Cultural Center.

Here’s a list of the Biggest Performances that will be blazing the stage with fire:

The World’s most historic and outstanding opera house Teatro di San Carlo Opera will be performing Georges Bizet’s adored classic ‘CARMEN’ in four acts on Wednesday, September 12th, and Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 7:30 PM with a cast of 256 artists, Celebrating the 150th anniversary of political bonds between Italy and Thailand.

Teatro Di San Carlo Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in will be performing two of the most Remarkable Works of Beethoven:  Leonore Overture No.3 and Symphony No.9 which will feature famous singers under Conductor Maestro Zubin Mehta on Thursday, September 13th and Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Presenting a “Balance between East and West” the Ju Percussion group will fill the evening with intense and passionate drumming casting melodious rhythms on various kinds of percussion instruments on Sunday, September 16th,2018 at 7:30

New York’s Seven best magicians and illusionists will take you through a journey full of unpredictable acts that will take your breath away on Wednesday, September 19th and Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

On Saturday, September 22nd  at 7:30 PM and Sunday, September  23rd, 2018 at 2:30 PM Break the Tango / Hip-Hop will set the stage on fire with an impressive act of two totally different dance styles mixed into one, an outstanding performance that is absolutely a must-see.

Celebrating 60 Years of Relation between Republic of Korea and Thailand, The Korean Symphony Orchestra will perform Bedrich Smetana: Valtava (The Moldau) Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto and Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.1 under one of the most high-class conductors of his generation: Chi-Yong Chung on Monday, September 24th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Singapore Dance Theatre celebrating their 30th anniversary will perform wedding scenes from three ballets: Coppelia Act 3, Sleeping Beauty Act 3, and Don Quixote Act 3 showcasing the talent of their dancers on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Get Ready for a journey to the land of India through a musical act performed by Taj Express, Bollywood Musical on Friday, September 28th at 7:30 PM and Saturday, September 29th, 2018 at 2:30 PM. The act is full of colors and shimmers, electrifying the stage with a stunning dance performance on musical hits of AR Rehman.

One of the Top five Orchestra of China Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra will be presenting their star violin soloist, Ning Feng. They will perform Jiping Zhao: Violin Concerto No.1 and Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.5 Conducted by Yang Yang on Monday, October 1st, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Moscow State Classical Ballet will be performing Firebird and Rite of Spring both with most interesting storylines on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at 7:30 PM. They will also perform Nutcracker on Saturday, October 6th, 2018 at 2:30 PM and The Legend of Swan Lake And The Ugly Duckling on Sunday, October 7th, 2018 at 2:30 PM.

8th October marks the 60th birthday of the world’s greatest entertainer the king of pop Michael Jackson. This night will be a tribute in his remembrance.

William Shakespeare’s “A Midnight’s Dream” performed by the artist of 14 different countries of Karlsruhe Ballet on Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at 7:30 PM. They are also performing a beautiful act on Monday, October 15th, 2018 at 7:30 PM giving you a memorable star-studded evening.

The last show of the festival is a glorifying and electrifying act by Los Vivancos presenting their impressive new production “Born to Dance” on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Bangkok Vegetarian Festival 2018

Bangkok Vegetarian Festival, locally known as Tesagan Gin Jay is one of the most colorful and delicious festivals that comes to mind when we talk about upcoming festivals in Bangkok. It is also known as Nine Emperor Gods Festival and is celebrated during the ninth lunar month of Chinese Calendar. It normally falls in October every year, but dates may vary. This year the Bangkok Vegetarian Festival Celebration starts on 8th October and lasts up to 17th October.

The major celebrations are held in Bangkok and Phuket but there are also some other places that do the celebration like Chiang Mai, Trang, Krabi, and Chonburi etc.

People all over Thailand are seen practicing Jay that mean vegetarian in the English language. People eat vegetarian food during the festival days and wear plain white cloths. The purpose of this practice is to cleanse the soul. You will even find yellow triangular posters on walls and on the windows of the shops with word Jay written in bright red color.  Aside from eating vegetarian food and avoiding meat Thai people also refrain from drinking alcohol, gambling, and all the other physical and psychological immoralities. They actively consider their action and thoughts and also perform religious activities such as going to temples. Mangkon Kamalawat Temple and the Chow Sue Kong Shrine are filled with people on these particular days. Moreover, the temples are decorated with candles. Lanterns and burning incense.

Gin Jay typically means “Eat Vegetarian Food” and Thai people follow this rule strictly throughout the Festival Days. Every type of meat disappears from food either it is chicken, fish or other kinds of seafood and all of these are replaced with meat substitutes or other foods which can be cooked without any meat or even meat products some people even refrain from food that have strong smells like onion and garlic.

Restaurants and Vendors also refrain from selling any meat product instead they do a temporary business of bite-sized veggie dumplings, bowls of steaming noodles, and sweet desserts swimming in coconut milk etc. there are also deep fried spring rolls and gyoza. Meat is substituted with mushrooms, tofu or taro which is a type of prudish root vegetable. It is the perfect time to enjoy some vegetarian delicacies which you may find hard to eat during other times of the year in Bangkok.

Other than various kinds of vegetarian foods you have never seen or heard about there are other parts of festivities that include Parade, Drums, and Fireworks. During the parade you can see different dancers performing traditional dance wearing traditional Chinese long robes, the parade also includes a long dragon exhibition and also drums are played throughout the parade with loud fireworks.

Most of the festivities and food stalls are found in Chinatown, Bangkok close to the Grand Palace. The parade revolves around Yaowarat Road between the Odeon Circle and the Chalerm Buri intersection. The road is closed during the festival day and around 4 PM the vendors start appearing close to the Chinese opera happening in the Chow Sue Kong Shrine. You can find some tasty vegetarian food stalls all around the Chinatown streets.

Electric Zoo Festival 2018: Celebrating its 10th Grand Event in Randall’s Island Park on Labor Day Weekend

Electric Zoo Festival is taking over Randall’s Park island once again on this Labor Day Weekend, starting 31st August and lasting up to 2nd September 2018. Randall’s Island is situated in New York and been a constant host to many of the cultural, sports and environmental events.

This year the Electric Zoo is going to be extra special because of its 10th edition. These festivities will be huge and the line up is just as great with headliners like Kaskade, Marshmello, Martin Garrix and Porter Robinson’s Virtual Self. Other than that, you will be able to see back to back performances from your favorite artist like 12th Planet and Doctor P, and a three-way groove journey from Andrew Bayer b2b Ilan Bluestone b2b Jason Ross. Plus, exciting sets from Alan Walker, Anna Lunoe, Gryffin, k?d, Manila Killa, Mija, Troyboi and so many more.

The Festival is going to be gigantic with 4 stages and more than 50 acts. Following is a full line up for the festival with:

Friday, 31st August:

 

Main Stage

Marshmello

Virtual Self

Jauz

San Holo

Slander

Boombox Cartel

Loud Luxury

Lestat

Hilltop Arena

Gramatik

G Jones

Herobust

Boogie T

Squnto

Noizu

 

Riverside

Zomboy

Kayzo

Kill The Noise

Crankdat

Riot Ten

Kuuro

Sunday School Groove

Hyperhouse x Night Bass

Anna Lunoe

AC Slater

Chris Lorenzo

Redlight

Uniiqu3

Petey Clicks

Saturday, 1st September:

 

Main Stage

Martin Garrix

Kaskade

Rezz

Alan Walker

Cash Cash

Party Favor

Bonnie x Clyde

Codeko

Whipped Cream

 

Hilltop Arena

Zeds Dead

Troyboi

Mija

Eprom

Habstrakt

GG Magree

Chuurch

DNMO

 

Riverside

Hippie Sabotage

Space Jesus

12th Planet B2B Doctor P

Said The Sky

Parker

Infuze

Luzcid

 

Sunday School Groove

All my Friends

Destructo

Shiba San

Justin Martin

Wax Motif

Stooki Sound

Deux Twins

Sunday, 2nd September

Main Stage

Tiesto

Alesso

Illenium

3Lau

Lost Frequencies

K?D

4B

Brohug

Devault

Hilltop Arena

Brownies & Lemonade

Gryffin

Ekali

Yehme2

Manila Killa

Graves

Medasin

Krane

Alexander Lewis

Cray

Riverside

Andrew Bayer B2B

Ilan Bluestone B2B

Jason Ross

Audien

Gabriel & Dresden

Spencer Brown

Sunday School Groove

Hyte

Chris Liebing B2B Dubfire

Pete Tong

Matthias Tanzmann

Gregor Tresher

 

The tickets are getting sold out hurry up and grab yours. There are different range of tickets available at their official website with 1Day, 2Day and 3Day passes. For more information on tickets click here.

Travel Information: How To Get There

 

The closest route to getting to Electric Zoo Festival is through Manhattan and to get there you have alternative choices to make on your own. Following is a basic information on each of the means of transportation to choose from:

Airport:

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) : JFK airport is largest & busiest airport in allover New York containing eight different terminals and 150 gates to go in and out. Its 10 miles away from Manhattan.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA) : LaGuardia has a better proximity than JFK as it is only eight miles away from Manhattan. You can easily reach your destination from LaGuardia Airport using Public transportation.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) : its technically in another state and is located in Newark but its very easy to get to Manhattan from there.

Metro:

NY City has the largest subway system in the entire world and travelling through metro when your destination is Electric Zoo festival is most suited way of transport.

Bus:

There are plenty of bus entry points to New York City but in our opinion The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the best entry point of all especially when you are coming from out of city. It is located in the middle of Manhattan and is merely two blocks distant from the Time Square.

Get your Electric Zoo Festival 2018 tickets now or for other information on festival you can get in touch with their official Website.

Boat Racing Festival 2018

Boat racing festivals are quite common in Thailand covering most of its states including Chainat, Saraburi, Singburi, Mukdahan, Chumphon, Nakorn Sawan, Phichit, Nan, Phitsanulok and Narathiwat, that put in order long boat races annually.

Its become more of a tradition to the Thai people that follow a backing story of the old man Qu Yuan. He is said to have had taken his life by jumping into the river after being completely disappointed by his country’s government. The local people then rushed towards the river in their longboats to find him but in vain.

People also brought drums and bugles to scare away any water creatures that might harm Qu Yuan. They also send an offering of rice to please his poor soul. The Thai people follow this tradition by establishing longboat races and different boat exhibitions from more than 600 years.

The Festival takes place all Throughout Buddhist Lent season, starting from August and Lasting Up to October. Though the dates may vary around years, most of the races are held on the weekends starting from mid-day to the time of the sunset. Since its rainy season farmers are free of chores and there is a low proximity of tourists in towns that increases the joy and easy-going festivity of the festival.

The Races are of three categories: large wooden longboat races with 55 oarsmen, medium-sized long boat races with 40 oarsmen, and small-sized steel long boat races with 36 oarsmen. The competition is held between people from around the area gathering almost 40 to 50 boats to race in the competition.

Around the mid of the Buddhist Lent, Luang Prabang holds the first major boat racing festival later on others follow and the final race marks the Xieng Ngeun Area. The Boat rowers are specially trained to upskill themselves for the time of the race. The preparations start earlier to cope with the competition that will be faced during the festival.

This festival inaugurates around the time when rivers are high in tides and contains more water than normal. Other than boat racing people also decorate their boats, present offerings of rice and many other festivities. There are also water parades along with the races.

 

Buffalo Racing Festival 2018, Chonburi Province

Chonburi is an eastern province of Thailand and mostly known for its Buffalo Racing festival. The festival is more than just a festival and has become one of Chonburi’s traditions for more than 100 years. The festival often takes place at the end of rain retreat or end of Buddhist Lent. After the rains stop, the farmers from all over Chonburi gather at the local temples to sell their cultivated rice to the people of Chonburi. They usually brought their Buffalos too, so to spend some fun times they’ll often do races and enjoy their spare time like this which later on became a tradition in Chonburi. The Races are now a part of the tradition and have taken the shape of a two-week festival. This year the festival will take place at 23rd of the October, though it varies from year to year.

These annual racing festivals is a serious matter to many farmers, they not only take extra care of the diet of the racing buffalos, but the buffalos also have to go through training, so they are ready to participate in the race. The Race is 100 meters long and jockeys sit on buffalo’s bare back holding a rein and a whip. The race tests the coordination of the rider and the buffalo as well as it is a measure of rider’s eligibility and buffalo’s speed. The races are of many kinds bringing variation to the festival. The Buffalo Racing is also a source of joy for the speculators. Gambling on the buffalo is part of the fun and joy people drive from the Buffalo Racing Festival.

 

No festival is complete without food to fill the hungry festival goers. As all the other festivals in Thailand food is the basic component of the buffalo racing festival as well. You will find various food stalls with different delicious food items at every corner along with amusing and fun rides set up for the children. Other than that, there also many other exciting activities that take place during the races like “Miss Buffalo”, I know what you’re thinking the title is a bit awkward but not for the local ladies who try their best to win this prestigious honor for themselves. There are also beauty contests for the buffalos who are not fit enough for the races.

The Festival attracts thousands of visitors every year which includes the people from all over Thailand plus some overseas visitors. The festival brings millions of baht to Chonburi each year according to local officials.

The festival takes place near the main Chonburi city close to the city hall, there are Mo Chit (Northern Bus Terminal) and Ekamai (Eastern Bus Terminal) to reach there from Bangkok. It will take you max. 2 hours to reach your destination with a fare of min. 120 baht. From Pattaya, there are several buses that can take you to Chonburi that run all day long, the journey takes approx. 1 to 2 hours with 40 baht as bus fare. Yellow Bus runs from Pattaya Nua (Pattaya Northern Bus Station) while all the other ordinary bus services can be hailed near Sukhumvit Road.

Khao Phansa – Buddhist Lent Festival 2018

The Khao Phansa Festival or also known as Buddhist Lent is a time period of three months by Buddhists where they avoid things like meat, alcohol, and tobacco. The monks are forbidden to stay in their temples and are not allowed wonder around outside. It encourages them to follow the five major Buddhist precepts: don’t kill animals; don’t steal or engage in corrupt acts; don’t commit adultery; don’t lie; and avoid drinking alcohol. This is a high spiritual time and monks stay behind in their temples praying and meditating or even fast for most part, however, it is not obligatory to fast mostly Theravada Buddhists observe Khao Phansa, and even many of them choose not to fast.

The khao Phansa is also known as rain retreat for monastics as it marks the rainy days in Thailand which normally begins at the full moon of the eighth month annually and falls in July and ends in the month of October for the most years. This year Khao Phansa will be celebrated at 28th of July. The dates may vary according to the full moon in the eighth month.

The number of the days of rainy season spent meditating and praying inside the temples is called “Vassas” and marks the years that a Thai Buddhist monk has been a monk.

Other people celebrate this day offering their respect to the monk by making various offering to monks i.e.  food, flowers, incense, candles and other items necessary for every use for the monks. Other than that, some people also offer robes to the monks.

This tradition follows a legend from Buddha’s times when his followers kept wandering in the fields during rainy season and people complained that they are violating the fields and damaging the seeds and perhaps other little creatures too. on hearing these worries by the people buddha then ordered his followers to stay inside the temples during rainy seasons.

The rituals are not for just monks other Thai people also refrain from drinking alcohol during this season. They pray for their guidance and happiness to fill their lives.

The festivities start from preparing food for the monks early in the morning. The items in the list vary according to people’s liking and preferences. You can also see some worshipers washing the feet of the monks to atone for their sins. Monks are also offered candles which they use during their time in temple. After the offerings have been made the monks then recite buddha’s teachings and state the history of Buddhist Lent to the people that go to the festival, in the evening the monks along with other people bring flowers and candle and walk around the central temple three times.

These are the most spiritual time for Thai people when their men practice monkhood for a short period of time along with many other ceremonies. In most Thai traditions lay people don’t get married in these three months of Khao Phansa or Buddhist Lent.

Hungry Ghost Festival 2018 – All You Need To Know

 

Every year on the 15th day of the Ghost month the 7th month on the lunar calendar different Chinese communities situated in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai Celebrate the Hungry Ghost Festival. This year the Ghost month starts on 11th August and lasts till 9th September and The Hungry Ghost Festival will take place on 25th of August.

According to the Chinese traditions the whole month is said to be a time when restless wandering spirits of ancestors are released into the realms of the real world to seek the worldly pleasures. Unlike Qingming Festival this festival mainly focuses on the ghost who were abandoned or murdered and also who committed suicide. The Ghost are said to be looking for relief and sometimes revenge from the people who cause harm to them when they were alive.

Chinese people believing this myth performs various offerings to these lost souls in order to bring peace to them including food, drinks, money and other entertainment. The festival follows the story of Mu Lian who was terrified to see his mother in the depths of hell and was told by Buddha to offer a prayer for her, so this ritual was performed on the 15th of the 7th lunar month by the Buddha and his disciples in result of which Mu Lian’s mother was released and thus has become a tradition.

Generally, the offerings last for the whole month but it is said that the extent of Ghost’s Hunger increases on the 15th night of the Ghost Month. The Festivities contain two main feasts one with the Family and second is the open offerings made for Hungry Ghosts. There are certain other traditions that Chinese people follow to ease the pains and suffering of these wandering spirits. We have mentioned some of them as following:

Burning Incense and Joss Paper:

It is said that nearly everywhere is a ghost that might harm you or not to be safe of that danger people often burn home made items of Joss paper it is said that its smells relax the minds of troubled souls. Fires are set at every corner of the streets.

Food offerings For Hungry Ghosts:

There are also food offerings beside all the other worldly pleasures. People leave off food on the street sides for any ghost who might pass by they are also offered sweets, tea and other eating items that may please the ghosts.

The Hungry Ghost Festival Feast:

As mentioned before because it is believed that the connection between living and dead is the strongest on the 15th night of the month people prepares gigantic feasts on the full moon night for the Hungry Ghost Festival. Feast have two main parts a family dinner where the seats for the deceased members of the families are left empty and other is the open feast usually held at the back yards of the houses.

Sending Ghosts off through Floating Lanterns:

Lanterns of different shapes and kinds are released into the sky at the Hungry Ghost Festival or at the last night of the Ghost Month so that ghosts can find their way back easily.

 Chinese Opera:

In order to praise the God and for the pleasure of the roving Ghosts different spur of the moment performances are performed by different Chinese communities. For the show there is a row of the seats reserved for the ghosts in the front other than that everyone is invited to sit anywhere.

How To Safeguard Yourself From Wandering Ghosts:

There are many superstitions that revolve around that can actually be quite helpful if you fear you’ll be attacked by a Ghost i.e. you can’t walk outside at night because there may be ghosts wondering around at that time, better avoid swimming in the pools for a while you never know when a ghost tries to drown you, also you can’t mess with the food offerings made for the ghost on the roadside, don’t sing or whistle or a ghost might answers just like that there is endless things that you can avoid is you don’t want interactions with nay of the ghosts.

Lopburi Monkey Banquet Festival 2018

Lopburi is a city situated in the center of Thailand and is 150 kms north of Bangkok. This city aside from being famous for its historical architecture is also majorly known for its Monkey Banquet Festival held at the last Sunday of November almost every year. A big part of the city is filled with long tailed macaque monkeys who are considered to be a good luck for the city. As these monkeys are regarded as the descendants of Hanuman, The Monkey King, no one dares to say no to them even when they ruin cables and wires of use. They wander freely in the city and eat from wherever they want. Specially on this special day people from all over Thailand set up food tables for them to eat from. This festival is meant to thank them for their presence in the city as they are considered to be a symbol of good luck also it causes numerous tourist to visit just to see these monkeys eat off tables decorated specially for them.

Lopburi Monkey Banquet Festival 2018

The Lopburi Monkey Festival usually takes place at the ruins of Khmer. In 11th Century Lopburi was under taken by Khmers and they built many architectural buildings in the area however later the Khmer empire fell apart but the buildings they created serve the purpose of offering gratitude to monkeys now. Aside from this people also decorate streets and also their house roofs with different colored fruits and other food items for monkeys to eat. It first started when a local businessman attended to show gratitude to these monkeys for bringing numerous tourist to the city by offering them food and now this tradition is extended to being a big festival by setting up long tables with red cloth and cool ice underneath tons of colorful fruits as an offering to monkeys.

As these monkeys have been living in these areas for centuries they are much acquainted with Thai people as well as they don’t shy away from tourists too. if you are thinking about visiting the place you must get ready for The Planet of The Apes live right in front of your eyes. Also, as Thai people have a huge respect for these monkeys they let them do whatever they want so beware if one of them steals your purse or your food or anything they get their paws on.

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The Banquet is split into four sittings starting from 10:00 AM, Then 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM and last at 4:00 PM. Other than monkeys eating food there are a lot of other attractions also available in the city like ancient buildings and other festivities along with the foods offerings to the monkeys.  And don’t worry all the food is not just for monkeys there are food stalls and different vendors for tourists aswell, so you won’t be dying with hunger.

You can get there by either bus or train. Usually the city is jam packed around the festival time so if you want to stay there for a while you are advised to book the hotel room in advance.

lopburi monkey festival fun 2018

Songkran Water Festival: Survival Tips and Tricks

Songkran is an annual festival held every 13 to 15 of April (Dates and Days may vary in different areas) when stars shift, and a new Thai year begins, in which people all over Thailand Splash water on everybody including anyone who comes in their way. This splashing of water is considered a way to purify soul and to wash off all the bad omen from the previous year by Thai people.

People also go to shrines and temples to give offerings and pray for the year ahead. They also make new year resolutions just like us, but the most important factor of the remains the water fights that takes on every corner of the Thailand and turns it into a war zone.

Songkran-Water-Festival

We have created a list of things you might want to consider if you are planning a holiday around that time of the year to Thailand. Following are a few things to keep in mind while you are at it:

Follow the Rules:

Yes! Even though this is supposed to be a safe water festival where you enjoy pouring on each other there are some rules you must consider before you start your fight like you must make sure the water you are using is clean and also that the water is not hot, room temperature can do as well as ice cold water in case its not too cold to cause the person you are pouring it at any harm. Some people add powder to their water making it a gooey and thick substance that Is prohibited in some area and you should also avoid doing such things.

You can use water guns or plain buckets for water fights but make sure that they are not heavy pressure guns that can hurt people. And make sure you know well where you are aiming at better not hit someone in the eye and turn the fun experience into a dangerous one some people also get arrested for not abiding by the rules.
Keep in mind that alcohol consumption is not allowed before 5 in the evening and can only be consumed in bars or hotels, so you better not be found trolling around street drinking.

Also keep your eyes open as some alcohol-driven men see this as a chance to grope and get extra touchy while lathering your face with white powder.

Songkran Water Festival Girls

Get Your Valuables Waterproofed:

As you know that the whole city will be filled people intended to get you wet it is better to safeguard your valuables that have a danger of getting ruined by water. You can easily find plastic bags being sold on the street and you can put your electronics in them to secure them.

You can also bring a big waterproof bag to put your things inside also plan ahead to get fully soaked with water and put your cards and other necessary items in a safe plastic bag. Also, carry a waterproof camera or don’t bring it along at all. Or you have the option to bring extra disposable stuff to avoid getting them drenched and damaged.

Make Sure To Dress Lightly:

You simply can’t avoid getting soaked so its is better to be prepared beforehand. Avoid dressing up too much as you are in for a water fight it will be more appropriate to wear something light or should I say wear something that you don’t mind getting wet. It is better to skip white dresses unless you don’t mind it being a see-through after being fully drenched. Also avoid jeans or denim pants as they will get heavy after getting wet and you will have to face difficulty walking around in them. see this holiday as a beach party and dress as light as you can with flip flops, t-shirts and short or such. It will be a great idea to wear your swimsuit under your cloths it will you in maintaining your dignity once you get all soaked. Put a of sun screen and wear googles to avoid getting hit in the eyes with water.

Avoid Wet Powder:

One more thing to keep in mind is that some people might also mark your face with wet powder it is considered to be a blessing that stays with you even after you are dried up after the festival. But it is better to avoid this altogether as there is not any guarantee that the person who is lathering your face has clean hands and also this powder tends to clog through the pores pf your skin and can cause serious damage to your skin. If you don’t want to look like an acne filled teenager, you better use precautions and bring a clean water bottle to wash your face if someone happens to mark your face with this wet powder.

Remember it’s a Holiday:

If you know what I mean this must have become clear that if it’s a holiday that means holiday all over the city i.e. no banks and no ATMs. So, make sure you have your required amount of cash with you and also don’t carry too much cash with as it will be a crowded weekend there is a high chance of pick pocketers to be out of leash so keep your eyes open and plan wisely on what you need to do to secure your money.

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Remember There are Also Temples:

Songkran is not just about water fights and wet powder the whole festivity actually has a deeper and religious outlook. There are also some important religious ceremonies that take place as part of the festival and there is no prohibition for tourist not to take part in these so make sure you enjoy this part of festivity with all people as well. There are also somethings you must avoid if you want to mess up anything during your visit to the temple like you better watch out not to dress appropriately, do not touch anybody’s head as it considered immoral, do not point your feet towards buddha or any of the monks, leave your shoes behind before stepping into temple, do not touch any of the monks or spill water on them and don’t kiss your partner or anyone while you are on temple grounds.

That’s it guys all that you need to know before you go to Songkran Water Festival.