SPLASH OUT AT SONGKRAN: AWAKEN YOUR INNER CHILD IN THE NEW YEAR, THAI STYLE
The new year means a new beginning and a time to start fresh. Whether its lighting firecrackers to ward off evil spirits, or partying among thousands at Times Square, every culture has their own way to ring in the new year.
The Traditional Thai New Year, or Songkran, is celebrated in April. As this festival falls in the middle of our Summer months, Songkran has evolved over the decades to become a fun-for-all water festival spanning 4 relaxed days every year.
Tourists and locals alike come together to party in the streets and stage water fights here, there and everywhere! Imagine the best water fight you ever had as a child, spread across an entire country! And its not just kids getting involved, adults alike get taken by the thrill of the party.
April is also the last chance to see the amazing Simillian and Tachai Islands off the coast of Khao Lak, before the Simillian National Park is closed between May and November. Book your stay at Casa de La Flora before the end of April for a chance to explore this island paradise.
The Simillian Archipelago plays host to a range of recreational activities both above and below the waves, being renowned as a top-ten dive site worldwide. Adding to the appeal of this region for diving, the local authorities recently facilitated the sinking of a decommissioned Navy Ship, the T13, just off the coast to become a new diving site for enthusiasts. This sunken wreck is sure to become home to a host of marine life and make for very exciting ocean exploration.
SAMPLE THE NEW FLAVOURS OF LA ARANYA
Our seasoned chefs at la aranya are on a constant search for new and exciting flavours, both from Thailand and abroad. When you stop by, sample some of our dishes of the month, like the slow-cooked BBQ Pork Ribs in house spices (above), or for something more exotic, Spicy Fried Rice with Northern Spices.
If youd prefer to take it easy during the Songran Splash-Fest, head over to Ingfah restaurant and bar for a special event on April 14. As well as a free snack bar from 6pm till midnight, there will be a live band and dancing to entertain the whole family.