The Thai New Year Songkran 2017 – the must visit celebration in Thailand!

Some people like to visit Thailand during wintertime, some others in summer, but we recommend visiting Koh Samui in April! This is definitely the best month to enjoy great weather and the traditional Thai New Year celebration – the Songkran 2017.

The Thai New Year- the Songkran will take place from the 13-15th of April. The date was originally set by astrological calculations, but now it is fixed on the 13th of April. Songkran stands as the most popular Festival in Thailand, as on this date everyone is participating in the celebration.

The word Songkran comes from the Sanskrit language and means the passage of the sun from one sign of the Zodiac to another. That means there are twelve Songkrans each year, but the significance of the this Songkran (sometimes called Major Songkran to distinguish it from the others) is when the sun enters the sign of Aries the Ram.

Songkran is a fantastic celebration, a unique moment to feel the unity and have fun with locals and other tourists.

The first thing you must know, that you will get wet!

Be ready to get buckets of water splashed on you and people shutting with water guns from every corner.

1.songkran 2017 water splash

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Usually, Thais would pour a bowl of water on they family members and close friends.

3.spngkran 2017 - water fight

At our days, Songkran became more festive, a bowl becomes a bucket or a water gun and the spirit of the holiday is shared with everyone on the street.

4.songkran 2017 - water fight in the street

5.songkran 2017 - water fight in the street

The water, as you guess have a special meaning.

6. songkran 2017 - water meaning

The custom originates from spring cleaning aspect of Songkran.

Part of the ritual was the cleaning of images of Buddha.

7.songkran 2017 - Buddha

8.songkran 2017 - Buddha

Using the ‘blessed’ water that cleaned the images to soak other people is seen as a way of paying respect and brings good fortune.

9.songkran 2017 - water

Behind the splashes is to symbolically wash off all misfortunes in the past year, thus welcoming the New Year with a fresh new start.

10.songkran 2017 - water fights for thai new year

Not only water is good for that, chalk is often used as well.

11.songkran 2017 - thai new year - chalk

The Must have for the Songkran 2017 celebration*:

12.Songkran 2017 what to wear

13.songkran 2017 what to wear

–           Light t-shirt or the Special flower-pattern shirt

–           Easy to dry shoes, like flip-flops or crocs

–           Water gun/ bucket

–           Waterproof case for money and phone (or other valuable)

*Everything is available for sale on the Island.

14.songkran 2017 - elephants

15.songkran 2017 - elephants

Songkran Do & don’t

Do’s

  • Do give alms and make merit (or just witness the rituals if you are not a Buddhist)
  • Do try wishing the locals a happy new year in Thai – “Sawasdee Pee Mai!”
  • Do smile and have fun
Don’ts

  • Do not douse monks, babies or the elderly
  • Do not drive when you have been drinking
  • Do not throw iced water or dirty water
  • Do not throw water at motorcyclists, to prevent road accidents
  • Do not wear your best clothes, as it will be full of chalk and wet at the end of the day

 


 

Wish to know more?

Have a look on our articles about SONGKRAN 2016 and SONGKRAN 2015


 

In the Songkran 2017 period we offer the following rates for our villas:

Bedrooms Villa

Rate per night,

US$,

not including the 10% service charge

Number of guests Additional guests
7 Villa Duo 2 525 14 up to 19 Book it Now!
6 Villa Duo 2 165 12 no additional guests Book it Now!
4 Villa 1 1 445 8 up to 12 Book it Now!
3 Villa 1 or Villa 2 1 340 6 up to 9 for Villa 2; no additional guests for Villa 1 Book it Now!
2 Villa 1 or Villa 2 1 230 4 no additional guests Book it Now!

Minimum stay: 3 nights

 


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Songkran board on pinterest samui turquoise villas for rent

 

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