As Songkran, the Thai New Year approaches, you should brace for the high temperatures that are witnessed during the month of April, the season in which Songkran is celebrated. One place that you must visit in Thailand is Chiang Mai, and there is no better timing than the New Year festival season.
Why Should You Visit Chiang Mai?
Situated in the north of Thailand, the city of Chiang Mai is very rich in culture, actually it is the best place to go if you want to see big things in a big place, and meet lots of people. It offers a mix of modernity and tradition to the tourist.The foothills that wrap this city give a wonderful scene to anyone who likes beautiful landscapes viewed from a vantage point like a hotel.
There are many things to do in this big city. You can take a sightseeing tour using a variety of transport, spend the day outdoors and order some excellent food from the numerous restaurants and bars in the city. Serve your tongue the exotic delicacies of the region like sushi, Thai cuisine, delicious offerings from Burma and many local recipes that will increase your appetite. You can even try food that is sold in the streets. If you have special needs, healthy vegetarian delicacies are also available.
Things to Do in Chiang Mai:
If you enjoy nightlife, you can visit the reputable Night Bazaar.
Nature lovers can explore the Botanic Gardens in the city.
Those interested in history will spare some time to explore the National Museum.
Visitors enjoy visiting historical monuments like the Buddhist temples and ancient walls.
Wat Phrathat Doit Suthep should not be skipped on your travel list. Make sure you are fit enough to scale 300 stairs to this place.
Songkran Festival in Chiang Mai:
The Buddhist New Year in Thailand is celebrated by pouring water on people as a way of sending goodwill. Everybody is looking forward to this festival, to either bless or be blessed with water on your head. You will need to get water to splash on the participants. Get a container, a clean bucket, bowl or mug to prepare for this event. Even water guns and hose pipes are allowed. Enjoy the fun, but have respect for toddlers, babies, monks and old people.
The timetable for Songkran celebrations in Chiang Mai are outlined below:
6 am – Merits are made and alms are given at Tha Pae Gate
8 am – The ceremony pens at Tha Pae Gate
8:30 am to 12:00 noon – A contest is held (Lanna offerings).Performances begin at Tha Pae Gate
7 am to 12:00 noon – Watch the parades (Mae Ying Kee Rod Theep Kaeng Jong), beauty contests by Lanna girls, proceeding to Tha Pae Gate from the TAT building.
9 am to 9:30 am – At Wat Phra Sing, the invitation ceremony takes place. A carriage carrying the image of Buddha Sihing is seen.
1:00 pm – Phra Buddha Sihing ceremony. Buddha images parade and Miss Songkran parade, marching from Train Station to Wat Phra Sing.
7 pm to 12 midnight – Beauty pageant contests for Miss Songkran and Mr Songkran.Lanna Local Arts Contest at Tha Pae Gate.
3 pm to 5pm – Buddhists march to Tha Pae Gate from the Iron Bridge. They are holding artifacts and holy sand.
1:30 to 6 pm – A procession to the home of the Governor, from 3 Kings Monument to Nawarat Bridge is made by the festival goers. At the bridge, blessings are sent to the Governor of Chiang Mai.
HAPPY SONGKRAN 2015