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Songkran in the Central Region

10 Apr 2017

Songkran in the Central Region

Ayutthaya: Songkran at the Ancient Capital
Date: 13-15 April 2017
Venue: Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya
Thailand’s former capital – Ayutthaya is another place worth visiting during the Songkran festival. The province is inviting both local and foreign tourists to celebrate Songkran in the most unusual exotic way – water splashing with the elephants in the very Thai environs of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya Historical Park. Tourists can celebrate Songkran with the elephants along the road in front of the TAT Ayutthaya Office. Several cultural activities will also be held such as pouring water over the sacred Buddha images, sand pagoda building, and the chance to enjoy the traditional Thai dances with the locals.
For more information, contact TAT Ayutthaya Office: Tel. +66 (0) 3524 6076-7

Map of  Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya

Mon Songkran of Ayutthaya
Date: 14 April, 2017
Venue: Wat Thong Bo, Bang Pa-in sub-district, Ayutthaya
The Mon people have their own traditions when it comes to celebrating Songkran and many of these can be seen in the Bang Pa-in district of Ayutthaya where a range of activities take place around the temple of Wat Thong Bo. Visitors will get the chance to donate food to the local monks and watch the ceremony in which the main pagoda of Wat Tong Bo is covered by sacred fabric. One of the more unusual aspects of the Mon ceremony is the bathing of the local Buddha images which is done via long bamboo pipes.
For more information, contact TAT Ayutthaya Office: Tel. +66 (0) 3524 6076-7

Map of Mon Songkran of Ayutthaya

Songkran Splendors Supanburi 2017
Date: 13 -14 April, 2017
Venue: Muang Supanburi District Office, Supanburi
To appreciate how Songkran is celebrated on Thailand’s central plains, visitors should head to Supanburi which boasts one of the biggest New Year celebrations in the country. Many people come here to cool off with the water splashing but there are also many traditional elements of Songkran to appreciate. You can see the golden Luang Poh Toh image as it’s paraded through the streets of the town and appreciate cultural displays from ten different ethnic groups from the region. There will be a contest to see which of the displays in the parades are best as well as a Miss Songkran pageant. Throughout the festival there will be concerts from well-known Thai artists and folk and cultural shows performed by local students.
For more information, contact: TAT Supanburi Office: Tel. +66 (0) 3552 5880, 3552 5867, or 3553 5863-4

Map of Songkran Splendors Supanburi 2017

Kanchanaburi: Wax Candle Procession Songkran
Date: 13-14 April, 2017
Venue: Wat Nongprue, Nongprue district, Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi has its own distinctive Songkran traditions, the highlight of which is the spectacular beeswax candle procession and other activities that accord with the Buddhists’ belief of the locals. The celebrations take place around Wat Nongprue in Kanchanaburi. Visitors will be able to take part in merit-making activities at the temple, the gentle pouring of water on local elders to show respect and to enjoy an exhibition that tells the story of the candle procession in Kanchanaburi. There will also be booths selling local products and tasty treats.
For more information, contact TAT Kanchanaburi Office, Tel. +66 (0) 3451 1200

Map of Wat Nongprue, Nongprue district, Kanchanaburi

Songkran in Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi
Date: 13 – 17 April, 2017
Venue: Wang Wiwekaram Temple and Budhagaya stupa, Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi
The most visually striking Songkran ceremony takes place in Sangkhla Buri where the local Mon people  make merit by showing respect to the local monks. This is done by creating a human bridge so that monks can walk to the temple without polluting their feet by touching the ground. After ceremonies at the temple have been carried out, local men carry the monks back to their dwellings. Food is also carried to the monks on the local heads. These are some of the many Songkran activities that will be of interest to visitors. The bathing of the local Buddha images is also carried out here in way that differs to most of Thailand as the water is delivered via bamboo pipes that can stretch long distances. Most people stop by the local Bodhgaya stupa to see the sand pagodas being built or to pay respect to the local elders.
For more information, contact TAT Kanchanaburi Office, Tel. +66 (0) 3451 1200

Map of Wang Wiwekaram Temple and Budhagaya stupa, Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi