Songkran - Thailand

The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia, and the traditional throwing of water is meant as a symbol of washing all of the bad away and is sometimes filled with fragrant herbs when celebrated in the traditional manner. Loads of fun, but everyone is fair game to be soaked!


“Songkran. Ayutthaya, Thailand. 9” by James Antrobus. CC2

Accommodation

Anantara Chiang Mai

A former British Consulate, this is one of the highest-end hotels in Chiang Mai. Mixing minimalist and colonial styles, private courtyards lead off to the immaculate rooms. It feels incredibly tranquil thanks to the lush gardens and riverside location, and...

Four Seasons Chiang Mai

Being around a 30 minute drive from central Chiang Mai affords this resort a peaceful, retreat-like atmosphere. Rice paddies and mountains surround the spacious private pavilions, each with their own veranda. A free shuttle bus can take you into the...

Dhara Devi

Just outside central Chiang Mai, this resort is almost like a regal fortress, with a moat running through the exotic gardens. The suites and villas maintain the high class theme, and sun decks and Jacuzzis come as standard. The cottages...

Puripunn Baby Boutique Hotel

The charming and traditional Puripunn hotel is a beguiling slice of old Thailand. Like an ornate cake fashioned from chocolate and cream, it's lovingly designed, satisfying to experience, and guaranteed to leave you wanting more. The rectangular jade swimming pool...

Sibsan Resort and Spa Maeteang

A heavenly tranquil boutique resort that nestles discreetly amidst tropical gardens which is your base for volunteering with elephants. The combination of modern Thai style and luxuriously spacious villas have been adapted to preserve the integrity of the environment. The...

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